In the midst of the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the future of DOD energy, one of the innovative ideas of the Navy seemed to run aground on the shoals of Senate trepidation. Senator Toomey (R-Pa) submitted amendments to the continuing resolution that would cut funding to the Navy biofuel program. Apparently, Toomey was not happy about Tobyhanna’s loss of 400+ civilian contractors in the coming weeks due to sequestration.
According to ASD,OEPP Sharon Burke’s Facebook page there is good news! She is thanking the Senate for keeping DOD energy options open, vis-à-vis biofuels. And yes, I get most of my news from Facebook and Jon Stewart. I know this will draw the ire of those old salty dogs who don’t want to see their Navy used to “experiment”, so we can await their comments.
I have been AWOL from this blog for some time, so Andy has been doing double duty with this and the Smart Grid Security Blog. It has been hard to come by good news in this arena and you all know how I hate to be a Debbie Downer. My reports from the front indicate that the sequester has not had immediate impact, but the impending cuts has everyone nervous and giggle. I am hopeful that investments that save energy (and lives!) will continue to be made. As everyone’s’ resolve stiffens, so do the walls of FOB shelters!
Those crazy kids at Natick have done it again with a ridged wall shelter that reduce energy requirements, are less costly and are easier to erect. 35% to 75% reduction in energy requirements means less fuel and less convoys. I will not point out that there will still be years of development to go before this makes it to the front line. By then we should have a lot fewer front lines.
I am trying to gather data on the progress toward the gigawatt goal by each of the Services and the eventual Huntsville MATOC. If you attend the microgrid conference next week, let me know what they have to say. Look forward to your input. Dan