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Phase II of renewable energy audit complete

Posted 2/3/2011   Updated 2/3/2011 Email story   Print story


by Bekah Clark
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

2/3/2011 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.  -- A team of energy experts from AMEC Earth and Environmental Company, contracted by the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency, visited Scott last week to conduct Phase II of a renewable energy audit.

Throughout the week, the audit team surveyed the base and other nearby federally owned land for space and environmental concerns to determine the feasibility of placing a renewable energy plant at Scott.

While the results of Phase II won't be available until after an extensive final report due in mid-2011, the audit team presented their preliminary findings to a group of Scott stakeholders during an outbrief Jan. 27.

During the outbrief, the audit team shared available locations they deemed most-suitable for a renewable energy plant and explained the challenges and advantages of each, while keeping in mind that the program is still in very early conceptual stages.

"The audit team is here to find out if a renewable energy plant is even possible," said Liz Toftemark, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron's energy manager. "There are currently no plans for the establishment of this type of plant at Scott--we're simply in the exploratory phase to uncover whether it's even a possibility."

Lt. Col. Craig Johnson, 375th CES commander, who presided over the outbrief, said, "As Air Mobility Command's Showcase base, it's important that we explore these options of a renewable energy plant at Scott. If our explorations show that it's not feasible, that's OK--but it's important that we take the steps to find that out. As an Air Force, we've been charged to reduce our energy consumption by 30 percent by 2015, and Scott is going to make every effort to do its part in meeting that goal."

Once the final report from this visit is submitted, it will be determined if Scott is a candidate for Phase III of the audit. If Scott continues to be considered a candidate, Phase III will serve as a business case analysis which will analyze the feasibility of a plant from a financial standpoint.

An audit team first visited Scott in 2009 for Phase I of the audit to determine what types of renewable energy projects would suit the base's infrastructure and environmental conditions.

During this first visit, Scott was deemed to be a potential candidate for a biomass or a waste-to-energy plant based on its onsite and regional access to sources of waste including, waste from surrounding towns, farm waste and waste collection companies.
These plants create electricity using heating methods to break down waste into a usable energy source.

According to the team's Phase I final report, these projects could potentially "be sized to provide all of Scott AFB's electricity consumption."

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