The Northport VA Medical Center Handles a Cooling Tower Crisis

Carl Weinschenk

On March 10, 2015, The Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center was presented with a big problem: The piping connecting four cooling towers that served two buildings on the large campus ruptured and lost all cooling capacity. The buildings are part of a nearly century old, 200-building, 1.4 million square foot facility on a 253-acre site on the   …Continue Reading

Veterans Administration Using NORESCO for Energy Efficiency Projects in El Paso, Albuquerque

Carl Weinschenk

The Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque and the El Paso VA Health Care System in the city of the same name receive almost $22 million in upgrades through an energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with NORESCO, which is part of a United Technologies Corp. unit. The work will include energy management and   …Continue Reading

Fort Dix Getting Big Solar Farm

Carl Weinschenk

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has begun building a 16.5 MW solar farm on a former Superfund site near the base, according pv magazine USA. The project will feature about 50,844 solar panels and produce 21,315 MWh of energy annually, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 15,000 metric tons. The base, which is commonly referred to as   …Continue Reading

SWAP: The Air Force Academy Versus The Naval Academy

Carl Weinschenk

The two military training institutions face similar problems – and helped each other see where some easy gains can be made.

Holloman AFB and El Paso Electric Teaming on Solar

Carl Weinschenk

Holloman Air Force Base and El Paso Electric are teaming on a 5 MW solar facility, according to The Albuquerque Journal. The cost of the project – which consists of field solar panels and associated equipment — is estimated to be $13 million, with groundbreaking set for next month. The new facility will be ready   …Continue Reading

Georgia Marine Base Will Be Net Zero

Carl Weinschenk

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) has awarded a 23-year, $170 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) to Exelon subsidiary Constellation for work at the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany, GA. The base will become net-zero, meaning that the amount of energy used will be the same or less than what is generated on   …Continue Reading

CCI Group Awarded Contract for Anniston Army Depot

Carl Weinschenk

The CCI Group has been awarded a Utility Energy Savings Contract (UESC) for the construction, upgrade and modernization of the Anniston Army Depot in Anniston, AL. The contract is part of the Army’s effort to save $1 billion energy on energy. CCI will help the Alabama Power Company – which selected the firm – replace and repair   …Continue Reading

Honeywell, OG&E Upgrading Tinker Air Force Base Assembly Plant

Carl Weinschenk

Honeywell and Oklahoma Gas & Electric have agreed to work together on a $19.1 million facility modernization project for the assembly plant at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, OK. The effort is in line with the Air Force’s goal of reducing energy consumption by 25 percent by 2025. The project is being led   …Continue Reading

Vendors, Air Force Researching Remote Power

Carl Weinschenk

Ideal Power, EnerDel, the University of Dayton Research Institute and the United States Air Force Research Laboratory are researching ways to reduce the amount of diesel fuel used by forward operating bases (FOBs). Ideal is a developer of power conversion systems, which are being used in the project. It is being paired with lithium-ion battery manufacturer   …Continue Reading

The Next Generation: How Microgrids Are Changing the Business Landscape

Ken Silverstein

College campuses are the epitome of free thinking and where innovation often gets its roots. Burning greener fuel and improving energy management are two sprouting concepts there — ideas that are being facilitated by micro-grids.