Monday, Congressman Andrews announced that the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst has landed a new and exciting opportunity to partner with private industry to produce a new energy project that will help grow local jobs, generate revenue for the federal government and help the military achieve its target of decreasing its carbon footprint by 2025.
Three sites at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, a combined Army, Air Force and Navy base, are being offered for development into energy projects through an Enhanced Use Lease (EUL). EULs are long-term agreements between the Department of Defense and either public entities or private developers to lease Federal land in exchange for cash or in-kind services and can cover a broad range of development from renewable and conventional energy to commercial use. A group called the Starwood Siemens team has been selected to evaluate several energy sources that could be built at the Joint Base including a natural gas plant, solar facilities and a bio-mass plant that would burn wood or other material to produce usable electricity. The electricity produced from this project would be sold to the public as well as the military.
"An energy project of this magnitude could create hundreds of jobs and be a boon to our local economy," said Congressman Andrews. "Not only would this project create jobs building and running the plant, but it would also lower energy costs for South Jersey residents and make the Joint Base more energy self-sufficient, which is a definite win-win."
As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Congressman Andrews is committed to creating good jobs building the energy infrastructure needed to put South Jersey on the course of long term economic growth and energy independence. Nationwide, the Air Force has finalized eight EUL projects worth more than $250 million in cash or services.