With rising energy prices and impacts to the environment associated with burning fossil fuels, on-site renewable energy generation has emerged as a clear solution. MCFA's staff of professionals and engineers are well versed in all aspects of renewable generation.
Net Zero Department of Defense
MCFA was selected to provide Energy Engineering Analysis Program (EEAP) services to five military installations (Fort Carson, Fort Detrick, West Point, and Sierra Army Depot) in support of their Net Zero programs. MCFA’s efforts at each of these installations enhanced the installation’s efforts to achieve energy Net Zero and meet mandated energy reduction goals. Specifically, MCFA performed energy assessments and feasibility studies; developed Energy Conservation Measures (ECM); and identified energy conservation opportunities for approximately 300 facilities and 16M SF. The resulting cumulative efforts of these tasks contributed to the development of a comprehensive Net Zero Energy Plan. Completed assessments and studies included: energy optimization assessments of all energy generating and using components/systems in identified facilities to benchmark and validate energy consumption; identification of conservation measures; and development of information required to support recommendations of technical and economic feasibility. Final feasibility reports included the results of MCFA’s analysis and outlined holistic recommendations and strategies for more efficient power production, distributed power generation, utility distribution infrastructure, and optimization of Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS).
As a Department of Defense (DoD) flagship installation, Fort Bliss added a small city of about 50,000 people to its population and built an entirely new complex. This investment was over 3 billion dollars. These additions dramatically increased the energy needs of Fort Bliss and its surrounding communities. MCFA realized that the generation of wind power, bio mass, and solar represented an opportunity for the installation capture a renewable energy source on a large scale and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.
MCFA formed a research team with the New Mexico State University Institute for Energy and the Environment and developed a number of potential projects which are now in various stages of development and procurement. MCFA also selected two sites and erected the testing equipment necessary to analyze the technology’s potential.