Everyone in the Air Force, from Airmen to civilians to contractors, play a key role in achieving our energy goals by making energy a consideration in all that we do. Energy Action Month is a time to reflect on the crucial role energy plays for our Air Force and for each Airmen to learn more about what they can do to help the Air Force achieve an assured energy advantage in air, space, and cyberspace.
Department of Energy recognizes Air Force energy program
It's the Oscars of the energy world and the Air Force has stolen the show again. Innovative ideas and procedures for saving facility energy and aviation fuel have earned the Air Force five Federal Energy Management Program awards in 2013, bringing the total to 21 winners in the last four years.
'Vortex surfing' could be revolutionary
Flight tests with C-17s "vortex surfing" at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Sept. 6 and Oct. 2, have demonstrated potentially large savings of fuel and money by doing what geese do naturally.
Wind Turbines Save Air Force Money
The Air Force has installed wind turbines at Cape Cod Air Force Station and is already seeing a reduced energy bill. The Air Force will save even more when the project is completed next Fall.
Multidimensional' approach to energy initiative
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- A panel of energy experts met at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 17 to discuss the service's progress in meeting the Defense Department's energy goals.
Large solar array planned for Davis-Monthan AFB
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFNS) -- The Air Force plans to expand its renewable energy portfolio substantially with a 14.5-megawatt photovoltaic solar array at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The base has entered into an agreement with SunEdison, LLC to design, finance, build, operate and maintain the array on 170 acres of underutilized base property. Construction will begin soon with completion planned for no later than December 2012.
SecAF shares AF, DoD energy goals at summit
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley presented a keynote address on the Department of Defense's energy initiatives at the 2012 National Clean Energy Summit on August 7.
Service leaders weigh in on BRAC, renewable energy
MONTEREY, Calif. -- Air Force, Army and Navy officials discussed renewable energy milestones, force structure changes, and the impact on military and surrounding communities affected by base realignment and closure here Aug. 6.
"Energy enables every mission across our global Air Force as we try to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. It powers our aircraft, it supports our installations, and no matter what your job is or where you are in the world, energy is enabling what Airmen are doing."
-- Hon. Michael Donley, Secretary of the Air Force
Federal Energy Management Program Award Winners
Kelly Jaramillo, USAFE
USAFE Energy Manager Kelly Jaramillo oversaw an energy program including 46 projects costing $14.6M that are estimated to save more than $5.5M a year. Jaramillo engaged the residents in Military Family Housing across the MAJCOM through training and education to reduce energy consumption saving 25% in electricity and 17% in natural gas in the first quarter of FY2012. Jaramillo also led an initiative to eliminate the use of 1,300 air conditioning units by implementing higher temperature set points, saving $373K in energy costs.
LEED Gold Seymour Johnson Support Center Seymour AFB, North Carolina, ACC
The Seymour Johnson Support Center at Seymour AFB earned a LEED Gold rating by consolidating five functional organizations into a single facility which cut energy consumption 60%, energy costs 50%, and reduced the overall base building footprint 18%. The building utilizes a high-efficiency variable refrigerant flow HVAC system, centrally maintained temperature set points, and low-flow sink, lavatories, urinals, and other water fixtures. These building features helped the base to reduce potable water use 50%, achieve an energy improvement of 30.9%, and an annual energy savings of 2862 MMBTUs and $55,000.