Congress plans funding for $4.7M Microgrid at Ohio Airport

Dec. 13, 2021
Springfield-Beckley is owned by the city of Springfield, Ohio but also utilizes its connection to the military as a base for Ohio Air National Guard units

By Rod Walton, EnergyTech Senior Editor

A small portion of the $768 billion defense spending act passed by the U.S. House earlier this month is targeted at developing a base-wide microgrid at the military-civil Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport in Ohio.

The appropriation targets $4.7 million for base-wide microgrid, which can include on-site power generators, solar power, energy storage and integrative controls. Springfield-Beckley is owned by the city of Springfield but also utilizes its connection to the military as a base for Ohio Air National Guard units.

The airport has been awarded numerous federal grants helping fund runway rehabilitation and other infrastructural improvements. Some funding is allocated toward construction of the National Advanced Air Mobility Center of Excellence.

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Some other federal grants will fund lighting improvement and purchase of a zero-emission on-road airport veh8icle, according to news reports.

Recent military microgrid projects include work at Maxwell AFB, Fort Sill Army Base, Fort Hood Army Base, West Point Military Academy and Vandenburg AFB, among numerous others.

The microgrid market is expected to grow almost 13 percent annually to $19.5 billion market revenue by 2025, according to Technavio.

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(Rod Walton, senior editor for EnergyTech, is a 14-year veteran of covering the energy industry both as a newspaper and trade journalist. He can reached at [email protected]).