Army ups the ante for renewables ($7 billion worth)

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By: SGN Staff

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Quick Take: Will the military be the next market driver for smart grid? We think it's likely – and the story below certainly suggests that outcome. Not only will they be promoting renewables, which will need grid interconnection, they are already early proponents of microgrids and energy storage. Utilities with military bases in their territory also need to remember that the military is not a typical customer. Once they get their marching orders, they will proceed full speed. They will not take lightly to the bureaucratic delays some utilities have used as a tactic to forestall distributed generation. - By Jesse Berst

 

The Department of Defense announced earlier this month that it plans to get 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. And the U.S. Army isn't wasting any time: In a recent news article, the Army announced it is looking for industry partners for up to $7 billion in renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, biomass and geothermal.

 

Katherine Hammack,s assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy & the Environment, explained the strategy at a media roundtable earlier this month and outlined the Army's net zero strategy. "Specifically, a net zero energy installation produces as much energy annually as it uses, and this does not mean replacement of current energy requirements with onsite energy production. It means that installations address energy efficiency  as the primary first step and then evaluate, repurpose and reuse energy as well as energy recovery."