News: Energy commissioner visits MCI-West facilities
Story by Cpl. Damien Gutierrez
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- California’s Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman visited Marine Corps Installations-West to tour various renewable energy projects and survey the efforts the Corps is making to conserve energy, Nov. 17.
Peterman first visited Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, where she was briefed on the Marine Corps’ Expeditionary Energy strategy.
The strategy, mandated by Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, directs the Corps to increase energy efficiency on the battlefield by 50 percent. It plans to cut the fuel used per Marine, per day, in half by the year 2025, and aims to have 50 percent of the bases and stations to be net-zero energy consumers.
“Our vision is to be the premier self-sufficient expeditionary force, instilled with a warrior ethos that equates the efficient use of vital resources with increased combat effectiveness,” stated Amos in All-Marine Message 011/11.
To conclude her visit at the air station, Peterman toured the 1,500-acre Miramar Landfill, which collects nearly one million pounds of waste annually.
The landfill on Miramar not only holds waste, it is capable of extracting methane, a greenhouse gas produced as a byproduct of the landfill, that is then captured and used to provide 90 percent of the fuel to power electrical generators at the Metropolitan Biosolids Center and North City Water Reclamation Plant to total 10 megawatts.
“I am very impressed with how well maintained and organized the landfill and its operations are carried out,” said Peterman. “This was without a doubt a very educational experience for me.”
To conclude her visit of MCI-West, Peterman stopped by Camp Pendleton to tour the numerous energy conversation facilities such as the Combat Convoy Simulator, the solar photovoltaic farm and hydrogen refueling facility.
Before seeing the facilities, Peterman sat down with Maj. Gen. Anthony L. Jackson, who at the time was commanding general of MCI-West, to discuss plans and strategies that could be taken to expand and progress in the development of renewable energy.
As of today, Pendleton has successfully developed 18 energy efficiency projects that total up to more than $14 million.
Of these 18 projects, the base’s photovoltaic system produces the most energy by using solar cells to convert light into electricity, generating four megawatts of renewable base wide. The system has 225 panels, with each panel featuring 28-235 watt-modules tallying 6,300 photovoltaic components for all six acres. The project also includes a monitoring system providing real time data to monitor how much electricity is being generated each day.
“I’ve been to numerous facilities throughout the state and I have to say that this tour was without a doubt one of the most memorable and informative trips I’ve been on,” said Peterman. “I look forward to reviewing the information given to me today and I hope MCI-West continues to make such a intrepid effort to conserve energy.”
Since 1974, the CEC has acted as California’s primary energy policy and planning agency. As a commissioner, Peterman is responsible for supporting renewable energy by providing market support to existing, new, and emerging renewable technologies; providing incentives for small wind and fuel-cell electricity systems; and providing incentives for solar electricity systems throughout California.
Carla Peterman holds a Public Member position on the five-member Energy Commission. Each of the five members have specialized training in environmental protection, engineering, physical science, economics, and law.