Michael McGhee, Executive Director U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives - 3.19.18

In this edition of the AEG podcast, Michael McGhee, Executive Director of the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives, joins us for a conversation on energy resiliency. Key topics in this conversation include: partnerships with private entities to facilitate energy resilience initiatives, the Army's minimum 14-day power supply requirement, and example projects that deliver energy resilience.

The U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives secures Army installations with energy that is resilient, affordable and sustainable.  Army Energy Resilience "enables Army readiness and is a key enabler and force multiplier for a ready and resilient Army. Energy resilience enables the Army to anticipate, prepare for, and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to and recover rapidly from disruptions in the availability of energy, land, and water resources (Army Energy Security & Sustainability Strategy)."

Mr. McGhee discusses the U.S. Army's priority of meeting the minimum 14-day requirement for quality power to sustain critical missions and the importance of collaboration with contracted entities, including private organizations, to support the Army's energy resilience.  Part of this discussion focused on the potential use of available Army land for siting power generation equipment that is compatible with the military's requirements as well as those for surrounding communities.

Mr. McGhee's office has many projects and opportunities underway.  One of the premier projects that we discussed is the 50 MW multi-fuel / biofuel generation plant at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.  Another project example that was discussed is the 50 MW natural gas fueled grid-facing peaking plant and 20 MW solar array at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Mr. McGhee was a featured Discussion Leader at the first quarter Washington Advanced Energy Stakeholder Breakfast on February 22, which focused on the topic of Resiliency, Critical Infrastructure and Microgrids.  The following day, Mr. McGhee attended the ribbon cutting for the very exciting solar energy (10 MW) and battery storage (1 MW / 2MWh) project at Redstone Arsenal.  Mr. McGhee highlighted the cost savings the Army will benefit from through solar generation and battery discharge at times when the Army is charged peak rates.  This project includes the Army’s first privately funded, commercially available, and economically viable battery energy storage system.

Lastly, Mr. McGhee touched on the importance of diverse stakeholder dialogue to overcome information overload.  Sharing stories of projects in forums like the Advanced Energy Group's stakeholder series can open 'up the universe of possibilities in a way that you otherwise might not have discovered.'


The second quarter Washington Advanced Energy Stakeholder Breakfast will be held on June 7, 2018 and will cover the topic of: Smart Buildings, Cities, and Grid Modernization.  More details can be found here.

WAE's Q2 2017 event was featured in this recap and video highlight

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