Air Force Hosts Energy Forum II: Save the date

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  • Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Public Affairs
On March 3, 2008, the Air Force will host the U.S. Air Force Energy Forum II at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va.

The forum will build on last year's highly successful event by moving forward from policy to actual energy programs and projects at Air Force bases across the country. In commenting on the program content for this year, Bill Anderson, Assistant Secretary of Installations, Environment and Logistics said, "We want to raise the bar this year and bring industry and government together to discuss how we can aggressively drive the development of energy projects that capitalize on our respective resources and deliver tangible results."

The forum will feature an opening plenary session with top-level energy officials from industry followed by concurrent sessions that will focus on such issues as Enhanced Use Leases for the development of energy projects on military installations, alternative fuels certification, fuels research and development, sustainable design, and new vehicle technology. The sessions will be designed for extensive speaker and participant dialog and interaction leading to "deliverables" or recommendations at the conclusion of the forum.

A highlight of the forum will be an entire track of sessions focused on developing a path forward on nuclear power generation technologies and the Air Force's vision to investigate the potential to install nuclear generation facilities at appropriate Air Force installations. These sessions respond to Congressional inquiries about the feasibility and potential of using these power sources.

Energy is both a national security and an economic issue, which is why the Air Force has established a comprehensive energy strategy to reduce demand, increase supply, and change the culture so that energy is a consideration in everything it does. To accomplish these goals, the Air Force seeks to enhance the development of domestic alternative fuels and greater reliance on alternative and renewable energy. The Air Force recently demonstrated its commitment when it flew the first transcontinental flight on synthetic fuel in a C-17 and, opened the largest solar photovoltaic power system in the America's at Nellis AFB, Nev. 

Partnering with the Department of Defense and other government departments and agencies, the Air Force believes the Energy Forum will provide the industry a better understanding of the it's plans to move forward with a multitude of energy initiatives and stimulate discussions of new and innovative technologies to bring these new resources on-line in an environmentally sound manner.