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El Paso/Las Cruces Region. Becoming a Leading Center for Alternative / Renewable Energy. Bob Cook President El Paso Regional Economic Dev Corp. Unique Air/Ground Space. Geographic Comparison. Baghdad. WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE. 183 Miles 295 km. HQ WSMR. FORT BLISS. HQ

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El paso las cruces region

El Paso/Las Cruces Region

Becoming a

Leading Center for

Alternative / Renewable Energy

Bob Cook

President

El Paso Regional Economic Dev Corp


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Unique Air/Ground Space

GeographicComparison

Baghdad

WHITE

SANDS

MISSILE

RANGE

183 Miles

295 km

HQ

WSMR

FORT

BLISS

HQ

FT BLISS

An Nasiriyah

Largest DoD-controlled air & ground space in the United States

Slightly smaller than Connecticut – 7,105 sq. mi.

DoD air traffic control from “mud to space”

Joint, interagency, & multinational test and maneuver environment

HOLLOMAN

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  • Completed move

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Soldiers

30,239

34,259

17,170

19,678

23,967

43,637

48,934

25,898

29,279

35,061

Families


Timeline for action

Timeline for Action

Renewable

Energy

Rodeo

Renewable

Energy

Stakeholders

Summit

Consultant

Interviews

?

“Dissonance”

Pivotal

Garrison

Meeting

Winter

Storm

2011


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Regional Stakeholders

EL PASO SOLAR

ENERGY ASSOCIATION

Local

Government

Economic

Development

Utilities

DoD

Higher Ed

Community


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Varying Goals & Interests…

… to Become a Cohesive Regional Strategy

  • Economic

  • Development

  • Become a “clean

  • tech” hub

  • Establish a system of

  • economic incentives

  • Tax base & Jobs

  • Renewable Portfolio Standards

  • 20 renewable energy projects by 2015

  • Transition 20% of energy supply and 10% of community supply to renewable sources by 2020

  • 10% by 2020

  • Net zero and 100% of power from renewables generated on site

  • Efficiency/

  • Conservation

  • Reduce consumption by 30%

  • by 2014

  • 1% energy efficiency/year 09-13

  • 100% of buildings smart metered

  • Decrease usage by 30% of

  • the 2003 baseline

  • Shave peak demand

  • Grid

  • Safety & stability

  • Develop micro grid with renewables &

  • cogeneration; eventually go grid neutral

  • Own and operate enough renewable

  • energy on site to power entire installation

  • Financial

  • 20% of average

  • savings over past 5 years

  • for installed

  • load growth

  • Reduce energy costs


Our goal a cohesive regional strategy

Our Goal:A Cohesive Regional Strategy

(1) Jointly Identify opportunities for regional collaboration

(2) Jointly Identify potential barriers/challenges

(3) Jointly develop a cooperative regional framework/process with all stakeholders

  • Clear strategic goals & messages that we jointly communicate to all constituents

  • Develop a comprehensive vetting process for technologies and the companies that claim to possess them

  • Jointly develop solutions -- technical, financial/economic, regulatory/statutory


Essentials

Essentials….

Understand costs and technological

capabilities & limitations of renewables

Find and focus on regional

assets that will lead to success


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Comparative Analysis of Energy Sources

(NREL Energy Analysis, http://www.nrel.gov/analysis/tech_costs.html; data retrieved Feb 2011)

Fixed O&M Cost

(2006 $ / kW / yr)

Installed Cost

(2006 $ / kW)

Capacity Factor

data not available


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Comparative Analysis of Energy Sources

(NREL Energy Analysis, http://www.nrel.gov/analysis/tech_costs.html; data retrieved Feb 2011)

Fixed O&M Cost

(2006 $ / kW / yr)

Installed Cost

(2006 $ / kW)

Capacity Factor


Regional assets for clean technologies

Regional Assets for Clean Technologies

  • More than 1,300 science & engineering grads annually from UTEP & NMSU

  • EP and Juarez combine to make one of the most globally competitive manufacturing locations on the planet

  • Robust supplies of conventional fuel sources as EP is in main E-W transmission pipeline corridor

  • Robust Solar Radiation Characteristics

    • Over 325 days sunshine yearly

    • Higher than average capacity factors

  • Grid accessible geothermal

  • Utility scale wind resource within 250 miles

  • Largest military land area in US (3.1 million acres)

    • Major research university with goal to achieve Tier 1 status

    • World’s largest inland desalination facility – 27.5 mgd


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Army Potential for

Solar, Wind and Geothermal

WSMR

Ft Bliss

Ft Carson

Ft Riley

Ft Hood

Source:“Army Energy Security: The Way Ahead”;

a briefing by Dr.KevinGeiss; Program Director,

Energy Security; ACSIM; 20 May, 2009


El paso las cruces region

Geographic Center of Renewable Energy Generation

Region represented 39.46% of all geothermal,

solar, wind and biomass generation in 2007.

13%

100%

56%

98%

Source: US Department of Energy, EIA


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Electric Grids in the United States

Western Interconnect

Eastern Interconnect

Texas

Interconnect

Source: US Department of Energy


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Regional Renewable Energy Transmission

Opportunities for Energy Supply Chain

Western Interconnect

Eastern Interconnect

Tres Amigas

Palo Verde

Corona

Luna

Texas

Interconnect

Sun Zia Preferred Route

Sun Zia Alternate Route

Centennial West Lines

High Plains Express Lines


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Army / Bliss have stated RPS goals

Utility Scale Generation

Deployable/Portable Operating Power

Expeditionary Systems

FFID / Evaluation BCT

Military Opportunity


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Observations

  • There is no cohesive strategy unless key stakeholders are involved

  • The host community is essential to war fighter preparedness (we see energy in this way)

  • DoD can capitalize on surrounding community assets to support its mission(s)

  • Strategy should recognize unique attributes of the installation and the community that surrounds it

  • Community involvement in war fighter preparedness

    means jobs for the community & potential cost

    reductions for the military


El paso las cruces region

BACKGROUND


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Fort Bliss / WSMR Land Area

Ft Polk

Ft Irwin

Ft Leonard Wood

Ft Rucker

Ft Sill

Ft Riley

Ft Carson

Ft Hood

Ft Knox

Ft Benning


Alternative renewable energy initiatives

Alternative/ Renewable Energy Initiatives

  • El Paso Electric Company

    • - Renewable Portfolio Standards

  • - RETAC-- $10 M for solar generation

  • - Solar Rebate Program

  • El Paso Solar Energy Association (EPSEA)

    • Oldest, continuously active local solar association in US

  • UTEP Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM)   

    • Provides university-wide leadership and coordination for energy and environmentally-related academic, policy, research, and service activities.

  • El Paso County Resolution- “Solar Capital of the Southwest”  

    • Passed by El Paso County government on February 11, 2008 – announcing the County leadership’s intent to establish El Paso as the “Solar Capital of the Southwest”.  The resolution also outlines an array of initiatives that are being established to help achieve that status.

  • Fort Bliss

    • Growth on installation, interest in renewables/ partnership opportunities.

    • Vision of DOD / DA Center of Excellence

  • EP Housing Authority- nation’s first LEED Platinum project


Key messages

Key Messages

  • Our observation– Bliss plans/desires don’t match budget; which led us to take a closer look at our region’s renewable strategy which led us to a number of conclusions

    • there is no regional strategy

    • Complexity-- realization that no single entity can act independently

      • State and federal regulatory issues influence

      • Expensive implementation

    • therefore a need to pull stakeholders together

  • Hired BAH (Slide 12) interviews revealed…….

    • Stakeholders have different goals/expectations

      • Efficiency/conservation

      • Renewable portfolio goals (incl net zero)

      • Micro grid

      • Cost

        Kickoff stakeholder meeting scheduled for Feb 3 now rescheduled for Mar 2nd. Due to weather, and our Army partner noted that last week’s events underscore the need for this type of regional collaborative process

  • Our plan for stakeholder engagement

    • Identify opportunities for regional collaboration

    • Identify potential barriers/challenges

  • Our goals for stakeholder engagement

    • Develop a cohesive regional strategy, because we all see opportunity

      • Facilitate a cooperative regional framework/process with all stakeholders

      • Vetting process for technologies and the companies that claim to possess them (more than 40 cos have descended upon EP last 24 months– all want to see the CG and EPE– and we need to bring sanity)

      • Jointly develop solutions (technical, financial/economic, regulatory/statutory)


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