first_imgCommunities interested in intervening when a commercial energy project could interfere with military activities now can apply for planning assistance from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to limit potential conflicts with installations, ranges, training routes or special use airspace.States, counties, municipalities and other public entities, along with tribal nations, are eligible for community adjustment planning assistance under the program to ensure an energy project does not jeopardize DOD’s test, training and military operations. Examples of conflicts with military activity include low-level flight obstructions caused by wind turbines or solar power towers, electromagnetic interference from high-voltage electrical transmission lines, and glint and glare from photovoltaic arrays and solar power towers near military airfields.Proposals should support effective collaboration, early engagement and dialogue between DOD and energy developers to ensure energy projects can proceed without interfering with military operations, according to the April 3 Federal Register notice.OEA is accepting proposals on a continuing basis. Applicants will need to contribute a minimum of 10 percent of a project’s total cost.Applicants will need to demonstrate how a grant would support local planning and stimulate cooperation between state and local adjustment planning efforts. Grants can be used to accomplish a variety of objectives, including:analysis and dissemination of information;timely consultation and cooperation among DOD, developers and state and local governments;resolution of regulatory issues impeding the siting of compatible energy projects;cost-effective strategies and action plans;effective cooperation and involvement of the public and private sector; anda clearinghouse to exchange information among federal, state and local efforts.Specific activities covered by the grants include:staffing, operating and administration costs;outreach to industry;geospatial information system mapping;model ordinances; andsiting or permitting procedures that could include DOD Siting Clearinghouse mitigation agreements as conditions for local siting approvals.For more information, contact Cyrena Chiles Eitler, OEA compatible use program director, at [email protected] Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img