• Military’s Clean Energy Push Could Help States Meet New Mandates0

    The military’s concerted effort to increase its reliance on renewable energy sources to power its installations is benefitting the civilian sector as well, lowering prices for renewables and curbing the demand for new power plants dependent on fossil fuels. Most significantly, DOD’s shift to clean energy could make it easier for states to comply with new Environmental Protection Agency rules requiring them to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, reports the Washington Post. “If the Army, Navy and Air Force met their combined announced goals of renewable energy capacity, the Defense Department could meet South Dakota’s challenging emissions reduction requirements nearly one and a half times over,” said Matt Stanberry, vice president for market development at Advanced Energy Economy …

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  • Landfill Gas Plant Helps Power JB Elmendorf-Richardson0

    While solar power may not be viable in Alaska, officials at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage are generating a significant share of their energy needs through renewable sources. A landfill gas plant on the installation generates more than 56,000 megawatt-hours, or 26 percent of the installation’s electrical load, relying on the Anchorage municipal solid waste landfill adjacent to the base, reported the joint base’s public affairs office. The plant, which primarily uses methane, is allowing the installation to exceed a federal goal of obtaining 7.5 percent of its electric consumption from renewable sources …

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  • Minnesota National Guard, Local Utility Reach Agreement to Build 10MW Solar Array0

    Minnesota Power will build a $25 million, 10-megawatt solar farm for the Minnesota National Guard at Camp Ripley in central Minnesota under a memorandum of understanding signed last week. The solar photovoltaic project, which would cover 100 acres, would be the largest solar farm on any National Guard base and the largest contiguous solar farm in the state. In addition to helping the Guard increase its reliance on renewable sources, the project also will help Minnesota Power meet its state-mandated requirement to produce 1.5 percent of its electricity via solar energy by 2020 …

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  • Mabus Vows to Achieve Renewable Energy Goals0

    Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Wednesday reiterated pledges he made three years earlier to shift much of the service’s energy supply from carbon-based fuels to alternative energy sources. Mabus told attendees at the National Defense Industrial Association’s Naval Energy Forum that he was “absolutely confident” that the Navy will obtain more than half of its energy from sources other than petroleum by 2020. The Navy’s other energy goals call for half of all energy used by shore-based installations to come from renewable sources by 2020 …

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  • Air Force Surpasses Statutory Goal for Renewable Energy Use0

    The Air Force was the only military service in fiscal 2011 to meet the 2005 Energy Policy Act (EPAct) mandate that 5.0 percent of energy consumed at installations come from renewable energy sources, as it obtained 6.0 percent of its electricity consumption from renewables. Overall, the Defense Department acquired 3.1 percent of the electricity it consumed at installations from renewable sources. The Army obtained 0.5 percent of its electricity from alternative energy sources; the Navy, 1.0 percent; and the Marine Corps, 1.2 percent …

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  • ADC to Host Energy Partnerships Forum in June0

    On June 13, ADC will host a limited-attendance event for industry to provide feedback, review pending projects and highlight the contribution of the private sector and communities in helping DOD meet its energy requirements. The ADC Energy Partnerships Forum will be held in conjunction with the Joint Army & Air Force Renewable Energy Industry Day taking place the previous day. Both events will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va. The ADC Forum will extend the dialogue started the previous day by bringing together key players from the private sector, DOD and communities …

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