February 19, 2014 – Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) Executive Director Amanda Simpson made a major announcement this morning for Army large-scale renewable energy at the U.S. Power & Renewable Finance Forum in New York.
The Defense Logistics Agency Energy, in close coordination with EITF, issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Award to ReEnergy Holdings LLC, for the purchase of up to 28 megawatts (MW) of electricity from a renewable energy biomass facility at Fort Drum, N.Y. This project will include a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement and provide the installation with 100 percent energy security and sustainability. “The EITF remains committed to executing a large-scale, renewable energy program,” said Simpson. “The facility will provide the installation with energy security by supplying up to 100 percent of the installation’s electricity requirements twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This is a significant accomplishment for the Army and the Fort Drum community.”
This is the Army’s largest renewable energy project to date, and the second EITF project to reach this milestone. Fort Drum will remain connected to the grid, which serves as a reliable and trusted source of power. The NOI is a significant milestone that brings the Fort Drum project closer to contract award.
The EITF remains committed to executing large-scale renewable energy projects to achieve the Army goal of one (1) gigawatt of Renewable Energy by 2025. The EITF currently has eight projects in the contracts and agreements phase representing nearly 175 MW of potential capacity.
The EITF focuses on the implementation of renewable energy projects – solar, wind, geothermal and biomass – sized 10 megawatts or greater, which are located on Army installations in the United States. Since its establishment in 2011, the EITF is helping the Army meet its renewable energy goal of deploying one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025 and has more than 175 MW of project opportunities in procurement at this time.