Tradeoffs for Renewable Energy Projects: Environmental, Planning, and Mission Considerations
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER CHAMPAIGN IL CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB
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The U.S. Federal government is pursuing a policy to reduce the rate of fossil fuel consumption, to provide more energy from local, renewable sources, and to effectively use Federal resources to help achieve these goals. Actions supporting these goals are now putting significant pressures on U.S. military bases to provide physical space for wind generators, for solar panel arrays, for bio-energy production, for the transformation of energy from one form into another, and for the entire associated infrastructure related to the operation, transmission, and service of these energy assets. This document explores as-yet unanswered questions related to the potential impacts of these new renewable energy infrastructures on the military installations. Installation Managers need to make informed decisions about the tradeoffs between renewable energy production and ecosystem services, between energy and water availability, and between energy production and current or potential future mission use. This study was undertaken to help inform those decisions.
- Non-electrical Energy Conversion