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The military plans to build a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient Marine Corps base on Guam to accommodate the thousands of Marines who will be relocating to the island as part of the military build-up.

According to Will Boudra, director of the Guam Program Management Office for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, the Department of Defense has given a directive to incorporate energy resiliency and energy security into the military’s main facilities and installations on Guam.

The directive includes implementing resiliency and reliability solutions to mitigate man-made threats and natural hazards.

“What we are doing is to build a 21st-century base,” said Boudra.

“For the different programs on Guam, our objective is to incorporate new technology to help us achieve our goals,” he said, referring to the military relocation projects on the island.

The Department is currently analysing the possibility of implementing a microgrid power system for the new base, which will include a backup power generation system to serve as a contingent power source for critical facilities.

“Additionally, to effectively manage baseline energy usage, we are analysing implementation of a smart grid system to monitor and control energy usage via digital communications,” Boudra said.

They also are exploring the possibility of implementing a base-wide district cooling system to reduce utility costs. The technology includes circulating chilled water to the military facilities for air conditioning.

“These are just some of the energy-resiliency and energy-security initiatives which we are planning and working hard on for the new Marine Corps base on Guam,” he said.

“There will be more information to follow in the months ahead as our new project solicitations are released."

The military relocation project will see a number of new construction and developments projects spring up on Guam.

Aside from the energy efficiency initiatives, nine projects have been completed at a total of $510 million. Eight additional projects have been awarded, or are under construction, totaling $495 million. Six projects worth a combined $2.6 billion are in the solicitation process.