Air Force Outlines Energy Plan Priorities

October 28, 2014 By Karen Henry

USAF-refuel-energy-manageTo maintain a state of uninterrupted readiness, the US Air Force has developed a strategic energy plan that includes improving resiliency, reducing demand, maintaining an assured supply, and fostering an energy-aware culture, according to an article in Defense One.

To improve resiliency, the Air Force is diversifying its fuel sources. By including wind energy at Joint Base Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the Air Force is reducing its dependence on the grid. It is also working on several initiatives to reduce demand. Through its Adaptive Engine Technology Development initiative, the Air Force is working with government and business partners to build a jet engine that consumes up to 25 percent less fuel. It is also encouraging its major commands to update their mission planning with energy efficiency in mind and make training more energy efficient.

By modifying its air drop and air refueling training programs, to the 97th Air Mobility Wing at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma saved $30 million per year.

To foster an energy-aware culture, the Air Force has encouraged service members to submit their energy-efficiency ideas. A historic World War II-era hangar at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, for example, has been restored using energy-saving design, and a holistic energy plan has been instituted at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England.

The fruits of the Air Force’s energy plan has been highlighted in several news reports. From August 2013 to August 2014 the US Air Force Academy reduced its electrical use by 3.3 million kWh. Earlier this year, the Air Force won eight 2014 Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) awards.

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