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EBC Joint Wind Energy Development Committee & Site Remediation and Redevelopment Committee
April 14, 2009 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am EDT
Did you know that the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) is installing wind turbines to power its groundwater remediation systems which pump and treat over 18 million gallons of groundwater per day? These projects will dramatically decrease both the cost and environmental footprint of this significant remediation effort.
The amount of power required to run the pump and treat systems at MMR is staggering, with electricity costs adding up to $2.7 million for fiscal year 2008. In order to reduce costs and environmental impact, MMR has already increased the efficiency of the systems by installing variable frequency drives, optimizing flow rates, matching pump sizes to the adjusted flow rates, replacing inefficient lighting, and shifting electric loads to low peak/low cost periods. These steps reduced overall power costs and environmental impacts, but were not enough to meet the projects? green remediation goals.
Based on an evaluation of air emissions resulting from power use from conventional power plants, alternative energy technologies were explored. This resulted in the Air Force’s decision to install a large class (1500 kW) wind turbine at MMR. The Army is in the planning stages and will likely do the same in the near future. The large class wind turbine will be 260 feet tall to the hub, and 390 feet tall from ground to the tip of the rotor blade.
Come to this joint committee meeting to hear the folks who are managing these projects talk about how the decision was made to install wind turbines, the steps taken so far, and what obstacles have arisen.
Paul S. Nixon, P.E., Army Environmental Command, Camp Edwards/MMR Paul Nixon works for the Army Environmental Command’s Impact Area Groundwater Study Program (IAGWSP) at the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR). He has worked at MMR for most of the past 12 years, first on the Air Force cleanup program, then the Army’s. He is a Civil Engineer with professional license in Environmental Engineering. Mr. Nixon earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1988. Since that time he conducted and managed a wide variety of environmental projects for public and private clients before working at MMR. His current duties include management of groundwater and soil remediation projects for MMR sites contaminated with explosives compounds and managing the IAGWSP’s renewable energy initiatives. After the work day is done, his interests include bicycle racing, sea kayaking, hiking, and playing guitar and saxophone among other things.
Rose H. Forbes, P.E., Project Manager, Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE). Ms. Forbes is a Professional Engineer with 17 years experience in contaminated site investigation and remediation. Ms. Forbes has worked on the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) project since 1999 where she is responsible for construction, operation and maintenance of remediation systems, monitoring of the groundwater plumes, program optimization, energy conservation and renewable energy implementation.
Ms. Forbes graduated with a B.S. (1992) and an M.S. (1993) degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Engineering and Mines. At UND, she was employed by the Chemistry Department, the Office of Safety and Environmental Health, the Chemical Engineering Department, and the Energy & Environmental Research Center. In September 1993, she was hired by the 319 CES/CEV at Grand Forks AFB, ND to work in the Installation Restoration Program, where she became the Remedial Program Manager. In March 1997, she accepted a field engineer position at Wurtsmith AFB, MI with AFCEE. Her duties included conducting field oversight of contractors working at both Wurtsmith and KI Sawyer, reviewing technical documents, and assisting the base personnel with environmental projects. In addition to saving the environment and taxpayers’ dollars and talking about her wind turbine project, she enjoys outdoor activities such as kayaking, cross country skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and gardening.