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Energy Projects Keep Us Powering On: A Look Back at 2016

Posted on December 12, 2016

By Dennis V. McGinn
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment

As my time as ASN EI&E draws to a close, it is with great pride that I look back and reflect on all our accomplishments that enhance the energy security of our Navy and Marine Corps team. And what a fantastic journey it has been. Looking back on 2016, I am reminded of just how far we have come in our efforts to ensure a more secure, reliable and resilient energy future for the Department of the Navy (DON) by more fully and aggressively integrating renewable energy into our power portfolio. […]

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Charting the Department of the Navy’s Energy Future

Posted on October 24, 2016

By Dennis V. McGinn
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment

I look forward to Energy Action Month every year as a key time to reinforce the criticality of reliable energy to accomplishing the Department of the Navy’s (DON) mission. The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson has said that “Anybody who has operated at sea or ashore knows that energy is absolutely critical to doing our job.” Every year during Energy Action Month, we focus on new ways to optimize our energy use to chart the course to energy security at home and abroad. […]

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Microgrids: Macro Benefits for our Navy Bases

Posted on May 2, 2016

In May 2014, Secretary Ray Mabus stood up the Renewable Energy Program Office (REPO) to help the Department of the Navy (DON) bring 1 gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015. By identifying and executing cost-effective renewable energy projects for DON installations, REPO has enabled the DON to exceed the goal. With more than 1 gigawatt (see our July 6, 2015 post “What is a Gigawatt?”) in final negotiations and under construction, REPO will now begin to look for ways to further enhance energy security and resiliency. One of the ways REPO will be doing this is by adding microgrid technology to our installations to enhance our mission capability. […]

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150820-N-LV331-003 Cost-Conscious Renewable Energy for Energy Security

Posted on February 9, 2016

The Department of the Navy (DON) has had quite a year for progress towards the Secretary of the Navy’s (SECNAV) one gigawatt (GW) goal. Along the way, we’ve received lots of feedback – positive, negative, and neutral. Often, it seems like much of the feedback stems from concerns that the DON is investing money that could be put to better use. I want to take the time to explain how our commitment to renewable energy actually makes sense from both a financial and a warfighting perspective. […]

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 151216-N-OY319-002 From Seas to Skies – Power Matters

Posted on December 15, 2015

The Department of Defense (DoD) uses a lot of energy – approximately $18.2 billion worth per year – which makes sense when considering that it’s key to every global mission. When we think of energy in the DoD, we often think of the operational side, but our installations are also crucial military readiness platforms that require energy; facility energy accounts for approximately 30 percent of the DoD’s total energy consumption and costs $4.2 billion annually. Of course, using existing energy wisely is important to the greater mission, but innovative enhancements such as microgrid capabilities and infrastructure upgrades are equally important to energy security and warfighting. […]

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 090414-O-9999H-001 Executing Renewable Energy Projects as Environmental Stewards

Posted on October 8, 2015

Building renewable energy enhances the DON’s energy security and operational capability, but that doesn’t mean other considerations aren’t taken into account. A significant, but little-known, consideration that all projects face is their potential impact on local habitats and species. […]

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 On-Base Solar Farms Blog Photo  On-Base Solar Farms: A Sunny Outlook for the Navy’s Energy Strategy

Posted on August 7, 2015

Renewable energy for the Department of the Navy (DON) is not a distant goal or a vision of the future—rather it’s a change for the better that is happening all around us, and it’s happening quickly. The DON’s pursuit of renewable energy is being accomplished in many ways, one of which we can see at the 17 megawatt (MW) solar farm that started construction at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune last week. […]

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 111022-N-OH262-322  What is a Gigawatt?

Posted on July 6, 2015

If you’ve ever seen Back to the Future, you’ll know that in order to get the DeLorean running again, Doc needed 1.21 gigawatts of power. When he uttered that amount in his eccentric way, you probably either thought that metric was made up, or had no idea what it meant, much like Marty McFly. But rest assured a gigawatt is a very real thing, and what’s more, it is the key measurement for one of Secretary Mabus’ (SECNAV) energy goals for the Navy. […]

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 Renewable Energy {owering the Future Blog Photo Renewable Energy: Powering the Future

Posted on June 18, 2015

Energy is at the core of every one of our missions. You may not think about where your energy comes from, but make no mistake—its source matters. Fossil fuels, which have been the primary source of energy in the past, are finite and an overreliance on them puts our Nation and Navy at risk. […]

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