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North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

House And Senate Pass FY 2015 NDAA Legislation With Conflicting Biofuels Provisions

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services passed versions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 that included starkly different...more

Purdue University And U.S. Navy Sign MOU To Develop Biofuels

Last week, Purdue University (Purdue) President Mitch Daniels, and U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), agreeing to work together on the development of alternative energy sources,...more

Energy Efficiency on the Battlefield

In his recent testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey stressed the imperatives of lives saved and operational agility as being at the fore of the U.S....more

Army Pre-Qualifies Biomass Developers Under MATOC

On September 23, 2013, the U.S. Army Engineering & Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, acting in conjunction with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, issued its final round of awards under the multi-award task order...more

Army Pre-Qualifies Solar Developers Under MATOC

On August 28, 2013, the U.S. Army Engineering & Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, acting in conjunction with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (“EITF”), issued a second round of awards under the multi-award task...more

DENR to Issue Siting Permits for Wind Energy Facilities

In April, I posted a discussion of the background of proposed legislation (HB 484 and SB 491) concerning the siting of wind energy facilities in North Carolina. In particular, the legislature was responding to concerns about...more

Siting Wind Energy Facilities in North Carolina

The North Carolina legislature is now considering proposed legislation (SB 491/HB 484) under which the siting of "Wind Energy Facilities,” otherwise known as wind turbine farms and the supporting infrastructure, would be...more

Defense Agencies Seek Electrical Power from Biomass

On December 12, 2012, the Defense Logistics Agency – Energy (DLA-E), in close coordination with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for electrical power from a biomass...more

What is a “Small Business” Under the Army’s $7 Billion Renewable Energy RFP?

As the October 5, 2012 deadline looms for interested parties to submit proposals in response to the Army’s RFP for Renewable and Alternative Energy there remains a great deal of confusion as to the details of the “small...more

Large Opportunities and Potential Risks: Renewable and Alternative Energy Companies Competing for the Army’s $7B Contract

Renewable and alternative energy (“RAE”) companies will throw their hats into a rich, but potentially risky, ring for an opportunity to contract with the U.S. Army beginning at the end of September 2012. A number of those...more

Recent Developments in DOD’s Renewable Energy Programs

While August is generally quiet in Washington, D.C., so far this month, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has made progress on two on-going efforts to secure power from renewable energy facilities, and has initiated a...more

"U.S. Army Issues RFP for Renewable Projects"

The U.S. Army (the Army), on August 7, 2012, issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the eventual procurement of $7 billion in renewable and alternative energy under up to 30-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) from solar,...more

U.S. Army Releases Final RFP for $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Contracts

The U.S. Army has released its final request for proposals to obtain up to $7 billion in locally generated large-scale renewable and alternative energy through long-term power purchase agreements and “other contractual...more

U.S. Army Issues RFP to Purchase $7 Billion of Renewable Energy from New Projects on U.S. Military Installations

On August 8, 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through its Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, issued a Multiple-Award Task Order Request for Proposal (RFP) for $7 billion in total contract capacity to procure...more

Department of Defense Releases Funding Announcement for Integrated Biofuels Production Enterprise

The Department of Defense recently released a long-awaited $210 million Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support the development of commercial-scale drop-in biofuels production through the use of the Defense...more

REGULATORY: Government Relations: Renewable Energy Initiatives in the Department of Defense by Thomas J. Spulak and Allison F....

The U.S. Department of Defense is the largest energy consumer in the country, accounting for one percent of total consumption. In fact, the Department’s energy bill last year was $19 billion, up $3 billion from the year...more

"Department of Defense Initiatives Focus on Renewable Energy Projects"

The recession, improvements in energy efficiency, low natural gas prices, ratepayer unwillingness to fund higher-cost renewable energy and largely satisfied renewable energy portfolio standards have resulted in slower load...more

U.S. Army Looking for $7 Billion in Renewable Energy Over the Next 10 Years

In late February, the U.S. Army began its long-awaited process for signing up to $7 billion in renewable energy contracts over the next 10 years when the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (AEITF) issued a draft request for...more

Department Of Defense Announces Billions Of Dollars In Opportunities For Renewable Energy And Energy Efficiency Companies

In recent weeks, the Army and Navy have solidified and ramped up their commitment to energy innovation and technology. Going forward, the services are likely to be the leading public-sector partners for funding,...more

Green Building Update - December 12, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *First LEED Platinum hanger unveiled *Green Building Focus ..Army discloses its carbon footprint *S.C.Edison starts first of 150 solar projects *Enterprise invested $9 billion in green housing *Napa...more

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