With the increasing impacts of climate change, large-scale natural disasters, and growing threats of physical and cyber-attacks on our utilities, coordinating energy and water resilience has never been more important.
The Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety, and Infrastructure's (SAF/IEE) Installation Energy Program is committed to ensuring end-to-end energy resilience for mission-critical infrastructure assets across the Department of the Air Force (DAF). As part of this, the Installation Energy Program delivers the necessary policies, tools, and oversight to ensure the resilience of energy and water systems that enable enterprise capabilities and mission execution.
By placing a greater focus on resilience, mission, water, and climate, our Air and Space Forces will be more prepared to deliver energy and water whenever and wherever it is needed to protect the nation, its values, and its interests.
Resilience-focused. Energy projects should bolster an installation’s ability to respond to and recover from a loss of power.
Mission-centric. Identify interdependencies impacting mission success that may have otherwise been overlooked, and recognize that additional vulnerabilities and adaptive capacities come with the geographical dispersion of its missions.
Water-inclusive. To address issues from stressed water resources to water rights disputes, the DAF is more fully incorporating water into resilience efforts through a comprehensive water management framework.
Climate-informed. Incorporate comprehensive climate adaptation and mitigation measures across energy and infrastructure projects to secure resilience against climate threats, while addressing contributions to greenhouse gas emissions.
Installation energy accounts for nearly 20% of total DAF energy consumption and includes the energy used to power all facilities located on military installations and enduring locations, as well as fuel for the non-tactical fleet vehicles used at those locations and the energy consumed in manufacturing, maintenance, and other processes.
Learn more about the Installation Energy Program.
The Department of the Air Force Installation Energy Strategic Plan aligns installation energy efforts with mission needs. By placing a greater focus on energy resilience and mission, the strategic plan will create an Enterprise that is ultimately more prepared to deliver energy and water when and where it is needed to protect the nation, its values, and its interests.
SAF/IEE also published an article on the Installation Energy Strategic Plan in The Military Engineer, Vol. 113, Issue 732, pages 54-57, Copyright 2021. Shared with permission from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).