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Environmental Assessment for the Solar Photovoltaic Array, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

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Final rept. 2011-2014

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This finding, and the analysis upon which it is based, was prepared pursuant to the President s Council on Environmental Quality CEQ regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA and its implementing regulations as promulgated at 40 Code of Federal Regulations CFR Part 1500 40 CFR 1500 1508, as well as the U.S. Air Force Environmental Impact Analysis Process as promulgated at 32 CFR Part 989. The Department of the Air Force has conducted an Environmental Assessment EA of the potential environmental consequences associated with the construction and operation of a solar photovoltaic PV array at Eglin Air Force Base AFB, Florida. That EA, finalized in January 2014, is hereby incorporated by reference into this finding. The U.S. Air Force is the largest consumer of energy in the federal government, and electricity accounts for 48 percent of Air Force energy usage. In 2010, the Air Force developed two plans Air Force Energy Plan and Air Force Infrastructure Energy Plan to address its overall energy strategy, which includes strategies for reducing energy consumption, controlling costs, and increasing renewable generation. The Air Force has the challenge of meeting or exceeding federal energy goals as established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, and departmental goals established in the Air Force Energy Plan and the Air Force Infrastructure Energy Plan. The Air Force Energy Vision is to reduce demand through conservation and efficiency increase supply through alternative energy sources and create a culture where all Airmen make energy a consideration in everything they do. The Air Force goals, as related to renewable energy, include the following -Meet or exceed federal mandates -Increase on-base renewable generation -Control andor reduce energy costs

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  • Electric Power Production and Distribution
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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