• News Report Questions Whether Pentagon Really is Embracing Energy Resilience

    News Report Questions Whether Pentagon Really is Embracing Energy Resilience0

    The military’s push to ensure its installations are energy resilient has slowed, according to a McClatchy DC Bureau story which makes its case primarily by pointing out that only a small portion of the solar arrays built on installations over the past decade are connected to microgrids. But while there is no overarching mandate to

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  • Military Should Prioritize Energy Security, Efficiency Projects, Spending Panel Says

    Military Should Prioritize Energy Security, Efficiency Projects, Spending Panel Says0

    The Defense Department should pursue a range of actions to enhance its installations’ energy security and efficiency, including investing in renewable energy, microgrids and smart technology, according to the report accompanying the fiscal 2019 military construction and Veterans Affairs spending bill the House Appropriations Committee approved earlier this month. Those types of projects would help

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  • Air Force Considers Use of Single Vendor to Build, Manage Smart Energy Infrastructure

    Air Force Considers Use of Single Vendor to Build, Manage Smart Energy Infrastructure0

    The Air Force is contemplating the use of a single provider to support its push to achieve energy resiliency, a strategy that would allow it to avoid the arduous efforts now required to launch any one renewable energy project. Under an “energy-as-a-service” approach, the Air Force’s service provider would be responsible for combining the various procurement tools — including enhanced use leasing and energy savings performance contracts — officials currently rely on to develop renewable energy sources or build a microgrid. “It’s very piecemeal right now,” said Mark Correll, deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and infrastructure …

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  • Military Projects Featured at White House Summit on Energy Storage

    Military Projects Featured at White House Summit on Energy Storage0

    The White House last week announced a series of executive actions, along with state and private sector commitments, to scale up microgrids, energy storage and renewable energy throughout the nation. The actions covered by the announcement, which included a handful of projects on military bases, are expected to result in at least 1.3 gigawatts of additional storage procurement or deployment in the next five years. The White House released the list of initiatives in conjunction with a summit it hosted on energy storage and microgrids that drew energy developers, power companies, municipalities and regulators. Military projects intended to enhance energy resiliency by increasing storage and microgrid capacity include: a new 50-100 megawatt grid-scale battery project that will be developed by a third-party at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif. …

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  • Air Force to Use Beale AFB to Test Energy Resilient Technologies0

    The Air Force plans to use Beale AFB in northern California as a demonstration site to develop and deploy energy resilient technologies that can be deployed to other missions and installations across the service. On Tuesday, the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative team — composed of representatives from the Air Force and the Department of Energy’s national labs, and other outside experts — will meet with mission commanders at Beale and evaluate opportunities for energy projects. The team then will develop a plan to provide resilient, cost-effective, cleaner power to the installation, and begin implementing that plan by the end of the year …

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  • Some Installations Able to Cut the Cord to Commercial Grid

    Some Installations Able to Cut the Cord to Commercial Grid0

    Each of the services has efforts under way to protect their installations from disruptions to the commercial grid, including the possibility of cyberattacks, according to testimony from top installation officials Tuesday. The Army recently conducted a test demonstrating that a biomass plant located on Fort Drum, N.Y., could power the post in the event the grid goes down. An energy firm invested $34 million converting the installation’s coal-fired plant to burn logging residue and wood products reclaimed from demolition sites. The plant provides 100 percent of the post’s electricity needs. “We demonstrated that right now Fort Drum is the most resilient installation in the Army’s portfolio from an energy standpoint,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and the environment …

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