Defense Energy Support Center Facilitates Renewable Power Purchases

April 30, 2003

The Defense Energy Support Center's (DESC's) mission is to provide the Department of Defense (DOD) and other government agencies with comprehensive energy solutions in the most effective and economical manner possible. DESC is taking an active role in Federal renewable power purchases by routinely including requests for prices on renewable power in their competitive electricity market solicitations. Both the U.S. Air Force and DOE have requested that DESC seek renewable power pricing when soliciting for competitive electricity for their facilities. The result is that DESC asks for renewable power pricing in almost all their electricity solicitations.

Recently, DESC awarded a 2-year contract to BP that will provide between 5 to 10 percent renewable power to four Department of the Navy installations and three U.S. Air Force Bases in Texas, for a total of 29.5 million kilowatthours per year (see table for details). In addition, DESC assisted with the contract modification resulting in Dyess Air Force Base's purchase of 80 million kilowatthours of wind power (see article on the cover page). "Our customers' need only contact us, we are glad to assist them with their purchase of renewable power products," said John Nelson of DESC. The recent purchases by the DOD in Texas have clearly established the DOD as a leading purchaser of renewable energy in Texas and the Nation, once again demonstrating Federal leadership by example.

Air Force and Navy Renewable Power Purchases in Texas
FacilityKilowatthours
Navy - Corpus Christi Naval Air Station6.6 million
Air Force - Shepherd AFB6.4 million
Navy - Reserve Facility6.0 million
Air Force - Laughlin AFB4.2 million
Navy - Ingleside Naval Shipyard2.4 million
Air Force - Goodfellow AFB2.2 million
Navy - Kingsville Naval Air Station1.7 million

The recent Texas purchases however were not the first renewable energy purchases by DESC. In 2002, DESC contracted for renewable energy on behalf of the Department of the Army in Washington, D.C. and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Texas. Through a supply agreement with Washington Gas Energy Services, Inc., more than 8 percent of the electricity needs of the Army's Fort McNair, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and Adelphi Laboratories are being generated by a combination of wind power and landfill gas through the end of 2004. (See "Army Shows Renewable Energy Leadership in the Nation's Capital," FEMP Focus, November 2002.) For NASA's Johnson Space Center, TXU Energy will provide 10 million kilowatthours of renewable power.

For more information or assistance with a renewable power purchase, please contact John Nelson of DESC at 703-767-8153 or john.nelson@dla.mil.