Power to Ranges project to begin next
|Electrical power will be available at all the
ranges/training facilities that surround Fort McCoy’s North Impact Area
by the end of 2011.
The project to provide electrical power to the remaining ranges that
don’t have power will start in spring 2011, according to Roy Brewer,
resident engineer for the Army Corps of Engineer branch office at Fort
The $2.7 million project recently was awarded to Xcel Energy and Bloom
Companies LLC of Milwaukee.
Xcel Energy, Fort McCoy’s energy provider, will install the primary
electricity connections to the transformers. Bloom will install the
secondary electricity connections and take the electricity from the
transformers and extend it to the range buildings, targets, etc. The
project is paid for by Military Construction, Army Reserve funding.
Terry Hoff, Fort McCoy Range officer, said the project will bring power
to Ranges 6 (the Infantry Squad Battle Course), 10 (Reflexive), 12
(Light Anti-Tank), 17 (Squad Defense), and 18 (Gun Truck Gunnery).
Other ranges in the area previously were connected to electrical power
in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and include Ranges 1, 2, 26, and
“The project will eliminate the use of generators, which are
environmentally unfriendly, on these ranges,” Hoff said. “Electrical
power is more convenient, more reliable and easier to maintain.”
Electrical power will eliminate power surges and be friendlier to such
things as hard-wired targets, computers, lights, transformers and
radios, he said. In addition to being less expensive, electrical power
will reduce downtime for repairs, maintenance, etc. It also will help
reduce manpower needed to place and remove generators and will be
quieter than generators.
“Electrical power will be more suitable to us having more permanent
structures on the ranges, which will improve training opportunities and
comfort for troops in winter and inclement weather,” Hoff said.
The project should not affect any training opportunities, he said. The
work should be completed to support training in time for calendar year