Commercial development of energy projects may affect unique Department of Defense (DoD) activities and military readiness, especially when located near installations, ranges, or on lands beneath designated military training routes or special use airspace. State, tribal, and local governments can support effective collaboration, early engagement and dialogue between DoD and energy developers to ensure proposed energy projects may proceed without compromising the DoD missions.
The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) has announced a funding opportunity for community planning assistance to help prevent the siting of energy projects from adversely affecting DoD’s test, training, and military operations. OEA will consider on a continuing basis, subject to available appropriations, proposals for grant assistance to support communities, regions, and states to assist in the siting of energy project investments so they do not impair the continued operational utility of a DoD installation. A proposal must respond to the need to ensure proposed energy projects may proceed without compromising DoD’s test, training, and military operations, to include radar interference from wind turbines; low-level flight obstructions associated with tall structures such as solar power towers and wind turbine projects; electromagnetic interference from high voltage electrical transmission lines; and glint and glare impacts to flight operations associated with solar photovoltaic arrays or power tower projects near military airfields. Details on how to apply can be found in the April 3, 2015 Federal Register Notice.