New Mexico Business Weekly – May 23, 2008
Interesting article about good use of natural resources to power federal government facilities. It is also worth noting that the facility tried to not just use wind but also solar and found that solar was not economical. This subject should be interesting to all that are concerned with global warming and also those that want to make sure that we tap every available option to create energy.
A 30 megawatt wind farm soon could supply a third of the energy consumed by Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base.
“It would be the first site to have a utility-scale wind farm with the power generated and consumed on federal lands,” Zayas said. “It shows the pro-active approach we’re taking to renewable energy. It’s not a done deal, but it’s looking very likely.”
The federal government is the largest single user of energy in the U.S., and DOE is the second-largest energy consumer of all civilian federal agencies.
The project depends on four key factors, Hill said. Those include adequate wind, ability by Sandia and Kirtland to consume all power generated, land availability and the project’s cost competitiveness for private companies.
Project competitiveness could be a larger issue. In January, Kirtland put out a request for proposals for private firms to construct a 100-megawatt or larger solar energy plant to supply the base, but the project was discarded in March after no companies responded, said David Sconyers, a civil engineer at Kirtland.
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