• Apex Chooses Partner for Ft. Hood Hybrid Renewable Energy Project

    Apex Chooses Partner for Ft. Hood Hybrid Renewable Energy Project0

    Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy this week selected Houston-based MP2 Energy as its partner for a 65.8-megawatt, hybrid renewable energy project that will serve Fort Hood, Texas. MP2 will provide retail services and serve as the quality scheduling entity to deliver solar and wind power that will supply 40 percent of the post’s electricity needs, according to a press release. The project will feature a 15.4-megawatt (alternating current) photovoltaic solar plant at Fort Hood and 50.4 megawatts of power from Apex’s Cotton Plains wind energy project on the Texas Panhandle …

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  • Hybrid Wind-Solar Project to Supply 40 Percent of Ft. Hood’s Energy Needs

    Hybrid Wind-Solar Project to Supply 40 Percent of Ft. Hood’s Energy Needs0

    Army officials cited the estimated cost savings and greater reliance on green energy as two major plusses in celebrating the 65-megawatt, hybrid, renewable energy project that broke ground at Fort Hood Thursday. “There are a lot of firsts here. It’s the first hybrid project, wind and solar, in the Army; it’s the first to combine onsite and offsite energy; and it is the largest,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment. “As was said, everything is bigger in the state of Texas, so right now Texas has the distinction of contributing the most to renewable energy in the Army.” The effort will feature a 15.4-megawatt (alternating current) photovoltaic solar plant at Fort Hood and 50.4 megawatts of wind energy from Apex Clean Energy’s Cotton Plains wind energy project on the Texas Panhandle …

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  • DLA Signs Deal with Apex for 66MW Wind-Solar Project at Ft. Hood

    DLA Signs Deal with Apex for 66MW Wind-Solar Project at Ft. Hood0

    Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy, in coordination with the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, last week signed a 28-year power purchase agreement with Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy for a hybrid, renewable energy project relying on an onsite solar system at Fort Hood and an offsite wind farm located 350 miles away from the central Texas post. The effort will feature a 15.4-megawatt (alternating current) photovoltaic solar plant at Fort Hood and 50.4 megawatts of wind energy from Apex’s Cotton Plains wind energy project on the Texas Panhandle. The project will begin providing energy to Fort Hood in 2017 …

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  • 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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  • Developer Suspends Maryland Wind Project that Posed Risk to Pax River0

    The developer of a proposed wind farm on Maryland’s Eastern Shore said it was placing the project in “indefinite suspension” after it could not overcome concerns by the state’s congressional delegation that the project would interfere with a radar system at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The Great Bay Wind project, located across the Chesapeake Bay from the air station, had survived a move last year by Maryland lawmakers to delay its construction until MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory could evaluate ways to mitigate the turbines’ impact on the radar system after then- Gov. Martin O’Malley vetoed the bill. In response, however, Sen. Barbara Mikulski — who was chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee — added language to the committee report of the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill barring the Navy from reaching a deal with Pioneer Green Energy to turn off the turbines during radar testing at Pax River until MIT completes its study …

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  • Report Addresses Key Hurdles to Renewable Energy Development at Installations0

    A new report published by the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) offers an overview of the primary decisions facing companies pursuing development of renewable energy projects at military installations. Renewable Energy for Military Installations: 2014 Industry Review is made up of 12 articles, each written by a separate set of authors. The 54-page report is divided into four sections: policy — addressing state utility regulatory risk; and collaboration among state energy offices and DOD; contracting and finance — the Army’s multiple-award, task-order contract (MATOC); creating successful power purchase agreements; and risk in long-term energy contracts with DOD …

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