Marine Corps Base Chooses Duke Energy for Microgrid Installation

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Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune has awarded Duke Energy a $22 million utility energy service contract (UESC) for the design and building of a microgrid on the navy base. The microgrid resolution consists of upgraded electrical infrastructure; 5 MW of on-site pure gas-fired era; a 5.4 MW battery energy storage system; integration of an current solar photovoltaic system; and a microgrid controller to offer built-in demand administration, black begin and islanding functionality.

“We’re excited to bring additional energy reliability and resiliency to Camp Lejeune,” says Melisa Johns, vp of distributed energy options at Duke Energy. “This project offers a number of innovative and integrated solutions that will lead to more efficient energy use and significant cost savings to Camp Lejeune.”

The award leverages Energy Resilience Conservation Investment Program (ERCIP) funding to put in the microgrid at Camp Johnson, an schooling and coaching space positioned inside Camp Lejeune.

“The Marine Corps is investing in state-of-the-art infrastructure to position installations to prevent, recover and survive a prolonged loss of electrical service from weather – and climate-related events,” explains Marine Corps Installations Command Public Works Director Walter Ludwig. “This UESC award is a major step toward furthering the reliability, resilience and efficiency of Camp Lejeune’s electrical infrastructure and on-site generation capabilities.”

Located in Onslow County, N.C., Camp Lejeune is home to the biggest focus of Marines within the Marine Corps. It makes up almost 20% of the Marine Corps’ set up energy consumption. In addition to a number of different energy effectivity initiatives, Duke Energy additionally accomplished a 13 MW solar facility at Camp Lejeune in 2015.

This UESC challenge is a part of Duke Energy’s unregulated federal enterprise as a Department of Energy licensed Energy Services Company.

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