HomeNewsArticle Display

AF introduces new Energy Flight Plan

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force introduced a new Energy Flight Plan, signed by Miranda Ballentine, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, on Jan. 6.

Following the direction established by the Air Force 30 Year Strategy and the Strategic Master Plan, the Energy Flight Plan identified a long-term vision for the Air Force to enhance mission assurance through energy assurance.

“This plan, along with our recent policies, codifies the importance energy resiliency has to the Air Force mission and identifies how we are going to move forward,” Ballentine said. “We need to take a holistic approach to energy projects to provide resilient, cost-effective, cleaner energy solutions to ensure we can continue to operate when our energy supplies are interrupted.”

Throughout the last year, the Air Force continued to improve how it manages energy by advancing new approaches and developing new projects.

In February 2016, the Air Force stood up the Office of Energy Assurance to take an enterprise-wide approach to facilitate energy projects that provide resilient, cost-effective, cleaner power to Air Force installations. It also established the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative to develop and deploy innovative energy resilience technologies and business models that could later be used across the Air Force.

The Air Force then unveiled a 19-megawatt solar array at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada; broke ground on a 16.5-megawatt solar array at Joint-Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; and signed a cooperative research and development agreement with EDF-Renewable to demonstrate an operational microgrid.

Recently, the Air Force announced a $262 million energy savings performance contract, ESPC, for the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma. This contract – the largest performance contract in federal government history – will modernize 50 buildings and help reduce energy usage at the complex by 35 percent.

The Air Force exceeded its commitment toward the $4 billion Presidential Performance Contracting Challenge goal with this project. Under the challenge, each federal agency was charged with optimizing its energy footprint through the use of third-party performance contracts.

The government develops performance contracts enabling partnership with the private sector to develop and maintain energy projects, without upfront costs to the taxpayers. The government then uses the cost-savings garnered by the improvements to pay the company back, resulting in modernized infrastructure and increased energy efficiency at no net cost to taxpayers

The Air Force is largely dependent on the commercial energy infrastructure for its electricity and fuel. The plan affirms three goals for the Air Force energy program – improve resiliency, optimize demand, and assure supply – and establishes a framework to make the best use of its energy resources.

“We are facing a changing threat environment to our energy systems, as cyber and physical threats to our energy systems continue to rise,” Ballentine said. “It is important we have a comprehensive approach to our energy projects to ensure we have the technologies, processes, and resources in place so we can continue our mission in the event of an outage.”

To view the entire "U.S. Air Force Energy Flight Plan," go to the Air Force Energy website.

Engage

Facebook Twitter
#ICYMI Yesterday, #USAF Chief of Staff @GenDaveGoldfein had the privilege of presenting the Air Force Cross to Tech… https://t.co/E1f8TBgJYn
Planning to visit the National #911PentagonMemorial? Know before you go; the memorial will close temporarily later… https://t.co/8dBsvEl1gW
RT @ActingSecAF: Op-ed | The U.S. Space Force must be independent but not insular - https://t.co/VAoFe3oXF1 https://t.co/swaIMlVVDZ
👋 Hello @CityOfDallas, #AmericasAirForce is heading your way Sept. 27. Mark your calendars and meet us there!… https://t.co/MWnoLe8aSF
RT @DeptofDefense: Can we fix it?! 👷 $106,176 is how much money the @usairforce saved, thanks to Tech. Sgt. Keith Boudreau’s innovative 3D-…
RT @WomenInAviation: USAF women pilots to provide inspiration to future female aviators https://t.co/HsQuy6RKSH #WomeninAviation #GIAD19 #F
RT @AFResearchLab: "The technologies of tomorrow will exist because of the "Basic Research" of today." Read more on how we're collaboratin…
#WatchLive today at 9:00 A.M. EDT as Barbara M. Barrett, Secretary of the Air Force nominee, testifies before Congr… https://t.co/7DsAHZSZRL
RT @PACAF: #PACAF photo of the Week! #Defenders from bases around the world converged on #Guam to drill in close quarters urban combat as…
An Oral History of 9/11 - Commander Anthony Barnes, "That first hour was mass confusion because there was so much e… https://t.co/cqmFnxB9LA
RT @ActingSecAF: We will #NeverForget the lives lost, both victims and first responders, or those Airmen who have sacrificed so much since…
RT @ActingSecAF: Thanks @JohnBoozman & @RepGaramendi for hosting an early #USAF birthday celebration & honoring the service of our #Airmen
RT @DeptofDefense: WATCH LIVE: @POTUS Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, & Chairman @thejointstaff @USMC Gen. Joe Dunfor…
RT @AirmanMagazine: The paint job on these @48FighterWing F-15s is similar to that of the P-47 Thunderbolt, the primary aircraft used by th…
Six years ago, Lt. Col. Dan Magruder lost his friend and fellow #AirForce Veteran to suicide. Their training didn't… https://t.co/fY7sVgrriF
#ICYMI, the #F22 turned 22! Happy Birthday! https://t.co/KH4m6FnJk5
RT @Eagles: Thanks to the 177th Fighter Wing for today's amazing flyover! #AFFlyover | #FlyEaglesFly https://t.co/s7EJqi1O1l
RT @AirmanMagazine: A B-2 Spirit from @Whiteman_AFB received fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker above the Norwegian Sea, Sept. 5, 2019. This e…