McGeown Associates LLC. is a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) specializing in development of 21st century resilient energy systems that combine conventional generation, smart grids, storage, and renewable energy.
Over the past five years, the Army has been busily building renewable power facilities on its bases in order to reach an overall goal of 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. But now, the Army is putting more of an emphasis on using that energy to make its bases entirely self-sufficient from the public electric grid, so they can continue to function in the event of an outage. Michael McGhee, executive director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, talked with Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the technologies the Army’s pursuing to make that a reality.
McGeown Associates is helping the Army Office of Energy Initiatives strengthen energy resilience on Army installations.
Working as a senior utility advisor, MCGA is part of the contract support team headed by Value Recovery Holdings Inc. MCGA is a principal author of the Army's resilient energy strategy.
MCGA is especially focused on working with the utility industry to blend conventional generation with smart grids, renewables, and energy storage to create resilient communities around our military installations. The Army has already added over 180 MW (megawatts) of energy security projects with renewable generation on Army land and continues to grow its pipeline with natural gas, renewables, microgrids and storage.
The Latin-American Energy Organization (OLADE)
is an international public entity that fosters integration, sustainable
development, and energy security in Latin American and the Caribbean.
Its fundamental purpose is integration, protection,
conservation, defense and rational use of energy resources of the
McGeown Associates worked with OLADE and Belizean teams to assess the state of the energy sector and provide recommendations for an institutional framework that will facilitate development of clean energy resources in Belize. This included:
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McGeown has been providing strategic advice to the US Department of Energy since the fall of 2008, when Assistant Secretary Andy Karsner asked him to provide support to Secretary of Energy Bodman's Transformational Energy Action Management (TEAM) Initiative, a
Department-wide effort aimed at leading the Federal government by reducing energy intensity across the
nationwide DOE complex by 30 percent. McGeown led many of the business development activities to attract the private sector to finance projects at DoE sites. Subsequently McGeown has continued to advise senior leaders on the opportunities created by technology advancements and new energy sector business models as deployment of distributed generation, smart grids and 'the internet of everything' fundamentally transform the electric utility industry. MCGA has been instrumental is shaping great deals for the government to reduce costs and improve quality acting as liaison and translator between the government and the private sector. Too often good opportunities wasted due to an inability to understand each party's needs in a deal.
An offshoot of the DoE work has resulted in resilient energy strategies in the Caribbean stemming from AS Karners' initiation of the Energy Development for Island Nations program. Pilot work in the US Virgin Islands has been further developed with US funding from Insular Affairs and the Organization of American States to become policy adopted by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
David got a chance to ask Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus about the state of energy security on Navy bases throughout the country.
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We are proud to announce the Energy Department's Federal Energy Management Program has released a resource that provides best practices and other helpful guidance for federal agencies developing large-scale renewable energy projects.
David McGeown is one of the team of authors that created the Large-Scale Renewable Energy Guide: Developing Renewable Energy Projects Larger than 10 MWs at Federal Facilities. It provides a comprehensive framework including active project management strategies, common terms, and principles that reduce project uncertainties and promote partnerships between the federal government, private developers, and financiers.
Anyone interested in renewable energy should become familiar with the Guide. The principles apply for just about any government around the world.
McGeown Associates is speaking about the guide and its application at a number of venues in the coming months. Feedback on the Guide is welcomed. This is an important tool that will change as experience is gained. We are also available to help explain and tune the guide.