Jersey. This project will provide steady
steam for heating and numerous ammunition manufacturing processes in addition
to providing the 2 MW of generation. The
two types of energy provided by this project will significantly enhance resilience
in the critical process of manufacturing
ammunition at this plant.
Picatinny Arsenal will receive a
$2 million incentive from the state of
New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program for
the CHP project. The new CHP plant will
be another component of the energy
program at the installation, which also
includes solar energy and improvements
to reduce energy use. Over the years,
Picatinny has achieved seven Secretary
of the Army Awards for Energy Efficiency
and one Secretary of the Army Award for
Water Efficiency, as well as other federal
awards for energy and water efficiency.
Moving forward, Army projects will
seek to provide installations with more
diversified energy solutions and islandable capabilities and look for ways to
improve the resilience of power infrastructure to support critical missions.
An example of one of the Army’s premier resilience projects can be seen in
Hawaii where a privately funded, owned,
operated and maintained 50 MW multifuel power generation plant, built on
Army land, is configured and positioned
to provide Schofield Barracks, Field Station Kunia and Wheeler Army Airfield with
additional backup power during extended
power grid emergencies. During normal
day-to-day operations, the plant provides
power to all utility customers on the Oahu
power grid. The plant is located at an altitude above the inundation zone and provides blackstart capability to enhance grid
resilience – benefiting both the community and the Army. This plant became fully
operational in May 2018.
Another example of energy resilience, combined with cost avoidance, is
the privately financed Fort Hood, Texas,
65 MW wind and solar power project that
saves the Army approximately $2 million
per year and should reduce costs by more
than $100 million over the term of the
28-year power purchase agreement.
A third example is at Redstone Arse-
nal, Ala., where a privately financed 10 MW
At Fort Huachuca, Ariz., the Army is
planning for the installation of a 4 MW
CHP plant fueled with natural gas. This
project will also serve as the foundation
for a future microgrid solution and benefits
the Army by reducing energy costs, pro-
gressing energy resiliency, diversifying the
energy supply and supporting Army and
federal energy policies. In order to imple-
ment microgrid considerations into proj-
ects like the CHP project at Fort Huachuca,
the OEI seeks to combine savings result-
ing from a robust consideration of oppor-
tunities within the finance, engineering,
regulatory, market, real estate and environ-
mental attributes of a project concept to
leverage efficiencies for the Army, ratepay-
ers and private-sector partners alike.
Opportunities for additional CHP
projects exist across many Army installations where large barracks, dining halls,
hospitals, hangars, labs, manufacturing
and maintenance facilities present both
thermal and power loads. In those locations, CHP plants can offer benefits by
capturing heat that would otherwise be
wasted from electricity generation and
utilizing it to serve those thermal loads.
At some locations, especially where there
are high energy costs, CHP plants also
offer an attractive alternative to regional
grid power and can ensure that mission-critical functions on installations are
maintained even in the event that access
to the regional electrical grid is severed.
In November 2017, the Army broke
ground on a 2 MW CHP project at Picatinny Arsenal, a military research and
manufacturing facility located in New
The Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, multifuel generation plant.
Courtesy Ha waiian Electric Co.
The Redstone Arsenal project, Alabama.
Courtesy Rising Tide Aerial Cinema.