Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies
A major objective of the United States Air Force is to meet the renewable energy goals stated in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Executive Order 13423 and 10 USC 2911. This requires the development of on-base renewable energy resources with either government or third-party owned projects. Government owned projects may be funded with Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP) funds, Sustainment Revitalization and Modernization (SRM) funds, Energy Savings Performance Contracts, Utility Energy Service Contracts or other appropriated funds. Third party owned projects may be developed through a FAR 41 Utility Purchase contract (Power Purchase Agreement [PPA]). Utilization of the PPA method would allow a contractor to monetize tax benefits or local incentives. A comprehensive evaluation of the renewable energy resources at AF installations along with Renewable Energy Projects (REP) was needed to focus execution efforts on projects with the highest expectation of execution, economic value and size.
HDR evaluated 18 separate sights across the U.S. investigating major renewable energy scope areas: biomass, wind, solar, thermal and ocean energy. After the initial data collection period, our renewable energy technology leads and their team performed a Level I screening analysis to determine the most viable technologies for further study at each site. The Level I analysis included a review of available resources, energy production capability and a review of critical issues.
HDR also developed energy profiles for each site based on the data collected from three years of historical data. This included the annual energy consumed, energy costs and a discussion on rate structures and trends in energy consumption and costs. Based on information obtained during the data collection period, an overview of the existing utility infrastructure was provided as it related to incorporating proposed renewable energy technologies.
The feasibility report included a summary of the existing and potential renewable energy projects together, with the site energy profile and a general discussion of the renewable energy market study, available incentives and regulatory issues.
- Sustainable Features: Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management Plan, Federal Energy Mandates, Geothermal Energy
- Professional Services: Energy Audits
- Project Components: Energy
- Project Type: Energy, Federal, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy
- Related Projects: Federal, Federal Energy, Power, Renewable Energy