Fort Drum Powered by On-Post Biomass Plant

October 20, 2015 By Carl Weinschenk

biomassFort Drum, which is in Jefferson County, New York, is being powered by an on-post biomass plant. The goal is to fulfill the 2007 National Defense Authorization Act, which calls for a quarter of the Department of Defense’s energy to come from renewable sources. The Army created a separate goal of generating 1 GW of renewable energy by 2025.

The plant is run by ReEnergy. Since November, National Grid had supplied power to the substation at the base. The job of ensuring that all the power systems interacted correctly when the switch to biomass was madecost $12 million and required the post, National Grid and the Army to work in unison.

A year ago, the post signed a 20-year contract with ReEnergy for $288,918,210, which is the largest deal of its kind in Army history. Since March 2012, ReEnergy became a biomass provider by converting a coal-fired plant. That project, which cost $34 million, now enables energy to be produced from wood products and forestry residues, according to the story.

Last week, The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, on behalf of the United States Army Garrison Fort Hamilton, struck a deal with Ameresco on an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC). The contract, which is valued at $16.7 million, is for solar photovoltaics, water conservation and energy efficiency upgrades.

 

 

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