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ENSEC COE Steers its Agenda toward Military Energy Efficiency

Director of NATO Energy Security Center of Excellence (ENSEC COE) in Lithuania, Colonel Romualdas Petkevicius, discussed the role of the ENSEC COE in energy security, especially as it relates to the energy efficiency of military forces. During a roundtable hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Energy and Environment Program and the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Col. Petkevicius highlighted that ENSEC COE’s focus is now directed toward operational energy security.  Read more at the Atlantic Council.




The NATO Smart Energy LIBGUIDE recently added several articles on Smart Energy published in the current issue of the Journal of Energy Security.  These articles include Frontline NATO: Energy, Science and the Warfighter and  Expanding the Value of Operational Energy .  Other LIBGUIDE Journal of Energy Security articles can be found by clicking on the LIBGUIDE hyperlink above.   The Journal itself is also listed by the Smart Energy LIBGUIDE as a secondary (non military) resource website for ready access by LIBGUIDE readers. 

We encourage and welcome submissions from smart energy and operational energy professionals, policy makers, and energy efficiency private sector technology and service providers with military application.  

The Virtual Energy Auditor will Patrol Army and Navy Buildings

In effort to make half of its buildings net-zero-energy by 2020, the US Army and Navy will use the virtual energy assessment model pioneered by Retroficiency to conduct 640 energy audits at military buildings in several regions worldwide over the next year. Specifically, Sain Engineering Associates (SEA) will use Retroficiency’s   Building Efficiency Intelligence (BEI)   software platform   which the company expects will cut project time and cost by 80 percent compared with conventional audits. According to Retroficiency CEO, Bennett Fisher, the contract signals that the military "is looking for solutions that can move it beyond the traditional 'one-building, one-measure' approach to building energy efficiency."   Read more   at Green Tech Media.  


US West Point Academy Seeks Energy Self-Sufficiency

In yet another example of the US military’s energy efficiency efforts, West Point academy is currently seeking public comments on its 346-page draft plan “United States Army Garrison West Point Net Zero Energy Initiative”. The document outlines how the academy could produce, reduce and conserve energy. Plans include harnessing solar power for electricity, heating and hot water and using the Hudson River for cooling requirements. These plans add to a wind turbine and rooftop solar arrays the academy is already using.  Read more at Army Times.

Military Mobile Power Summit

On January 13-14, US Defense Strategies Institute will host “Military Mobile Power Summit: Advancing Operational Energy to Ensure Readiness, Efficiency, and Stability”. The summit will bring together selected technology, engineering, and requirement offices, along with key policy-makers to discuss current and future energy and power initiatives.  See the list of speakers and detailed agenda here.

NATO Conference on Energy Efficiency

NATO’s Energy Security Center of Excellence has announced its intention to organize its second conference for November 2014 in an attempt to bring together the military, experts, academia and industry from NATO and partner nations to exchange their experiences and to discuss the need for improving energy and environmental technologies in the military, for raising the visibility of those projects and products which have the potential of military application.    Read More   on the ENSEC COE.

US Army Training on Operational Energy

This Ford Hood Sentinel article provides an overview of how operational energy, energy, efficiency and energy security is being integrated into US Army training and education programs across the entire service.  From the West Point Service Academy to the The United States Army War College which has added “Energy and National Security” to the Key Strategic Issues List the effort is intended to engender a culture of energy awareness and OE on the strategic level.   Read More   from Fort Hood.

Sandia National Lab SPIDERS Microgrid Project Secures Military Installations.

Sandia National Lab SPIDERS microgrid project secures military installations.  With growing emphasis being placed on permanent energy efficiency solutions for permanent military bases, and the security of these installations from power loss, Sandia Lab’s research is worth looking at particularly as how it is integrating renewable energy generated power into the microgrid. Read More on this 2012 directly from the Sandia website.

US Air Force Pilots New Solar Power Storage System

Air Force pilots new solar power storage system, a component of the new Advanced Energy Storage and Management System (AESM) spearheaded by the Air Force Research Laboratory Power Technology Office. The Air Force Research Laboratory is looking at a computer center in Hawaii to demonstrate an advanced system for collecting, storing and using solar power. The goal is to demonstrate that solar power can add to a seamless energy management system for a sensitive, high-demand facility. If the pilot project is successful, it could be applied at other US Department of Defense facilities. Read More on this story published 21 October in Clean Technica. 

US Air Force Tests Wind Power

The US Air Force has tested wind power at a remote monitoring station used for combat exercises in Alaska. The objective behind this effort is to reduce costs and the need for airborne fuel drops during hazardous flying conditions. With March being a hazardous month, the wind turbines will help the Air Force to shift March refueling to the monitoring stations all the way into June. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Advanced Power Technology Office (APTO) executes technology development and demonstrations of alternative energy technologies on behalf of Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Energy. APTO is currently developing a comprehensive power solution for these shelters. The results of this demonstration will help determine the optimal power solution for the remote arctic range. The solution provided by APTO will also improve resiliency and reduce demand for fossil fuel...

The First Defense Energy Summit Held in Texas

On 11-13 November, Texas hosted the very first Defense Energy Summit (DES) aimed at building the foundation for a new Defense Energy Center of Excellence and exploring ways to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the DOD. The summit also showcased the existing and emerging technologies employed by the military on-base and in-theater focused on reducing the military footprint.  Bringing together policymakers, military officials as well as industry, investment and academic stakeholders, this loaded summit served as a unique platform for key actors in the defense energy community to showcase new technologies, share lessons learned and hear from high-level decision makers. For the detailed program, list and bios of speakers and sponsors  Read more  here.

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