• 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 …

  • Army Official Makes Case for Dedicated Funding Stream for Energy Security Projects

    Army Official Makes Case for Dedicated Funding Stream for Energy Security Projects0

    Congressional appropriations are needed to fund projects aimed at enhancing an installation’s energy security that cannot be justified on the basis of energy efficiency savings, Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability, said during a briefing last week for Senate staff. “There is no budgetary mechanism that allows us to actually go out and do a cost-benefit analysis and buy that energy security,” Kidd said, reported the Army News Service. “Energy security does not fit into traditional cost-benefit analysis as applied to efficiency projects. We are including energy security as part of … other projects …

  • Army Installations Install Microgrids to Improve Energy Resilience

    Army Installations Install Microgrids to Improve Energy Resilience0

    The Army continues to gain experience using microgrids in a variety of settings as its installations strive to reach energy independence, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said during a panel discussion at the Newseum last week. To date the Army has about 100 microgrids, but only some are smart ones that rely on renewable energy sources to manage an installation’s energy load, reported the Army News Service. Last month, Fort Drum, N.Y., successfully tested its microgrid to confirm that it could provide power to the post if the commercial power grid went down. The installation houses a biomass energy plant that supplies all of the post’s energy needs and some of the surrounding communities’ from wood chips and shrub willow located nearby …

  • For Installations, Affordable Energy Storage Remains Holy Grail of Resiliency0

    An efficient means to store renewable energy is the missing ingredient that would allow military installations to keep running in the event the commercial grid goes down, Army officials said Tuesday at an Association of the U.S. Army forum. “Right now we have solar panels that when the sun goes down, the power goes down,” said Robert Sperberg, chief of the facilities policy division in the office of the assistant chief of staff for installation management. “We’re 98 percent dependent on the grid,” Sperberg said. “What happens to the grid, happens to the installation, happens to our ability to serve …

  • Microgrids Prove Key as Installations Advance toward Energy Security Goals0

    Construction of a microgrid at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, Calif., linking a system of small power plants, solar panels, batteries and diesel generators soon will enable the Mojave Desert base to operate independently of Southern California Edison in an emergency. The installation already is saving $10 million a year in energy costs. Workers started by adding a small generating plant, and then added solar panels and batteries. The base finished construction of a second generating plant this summer. Officials believe they soon will be able to generate about 80 percent of the base’s power needs …

  • Microgrid to Turn Hawaiian Marine Base into an ‘Energy Island’0

    By the spring of 2015, workers will finish building a microgrid at Marine Corps Camp H.M. Smith on Oahu, making it the first military installation to have the ability to maintain all critical operations in the event of a power outage. The camp will generate enough electricity for an “energy island” microgrid by adding five diesel generators to the two already there. Those will be combined with a bank of photovoltaic cells on the base’s new fitness center and two large solar carports …