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Current Inititiaves

Air Force energy and water projects are transforming the ways in which the Air Force uses energy and water at installations. To ensure a reliable, ready and resilient supply continues, the Air Force Installation Energy Program is integrating energy and water considerations across the enterprise by focusing on the following initiatives:
To ensure that United States Air Force Airmen have the power when and where they need it, the Air Force, through the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment, Safety, and Infrastructure (SAF/IEE), is leading the development of an Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) business model that can support Air Force installations in meeting their energy needs. Through the model, the Air Force envisions realigning energy procurement and management functions through one contract to cost-effectively and comprehensively deliver reliable, resilient and efficient energy at an installation. To accomplish this, the EaaS provider would be responsible for optimizing the integration of the energy delivery chain, which covers commercial energy supply procurement, distribution, onsite generation, and load management. Read more about this effort with the Energy-as-a-Service fact sheet.

 EaaS utilizes one industry partner to manage, operate and invest in the energy portfolio at an installation.

Installation Energy Plans
With the increased prevalence of large-scale natural disasters and the recognized threat of physical and cyber-attacks on our utilities, coordinating installation planning for energy and water resilience has never been more important. To address these threats, the Air Force is developing IEPs to employ strategies to improve installation energy and water resilience. By planning for the future, the Air Force is better equipped to identify and execute energy and water projects to achieve mission assurance

Learn additional information about Air Force Installation Energy Plans

Mission Assurance
The operating environment is becoming ever more networked and dependent on enabling systems like energy and water. Whether physical or cyber, disruptions to these enabling systems pose a risk to mission operations because of the potential for unknown or under-analyzed impacts of such an event in a global system-of-systems environment. Even at a single installation, balancing and responding to competing priorities during an energy, water or cyber denial of service is extremely difficult if not considered in advance. To help address these risks and support mission assurance, the SAF/IEE Installation Energy Program is working to identify, assess, test, and mitigate enabling system vulnerabilities under an overarching Mission Thread approach with includes the following initiatives:

  • Crown Jewels Analysis (CJA) - Identifies on and off base systems and assets whose failure can cause mission impact if a service such as energy or water is denied
  • Energy Resilience Readiness Exercise (ERRE) - An Office of the Secretary of Defense-mandate to determine how mission-critical energy needs are met during a base-wide loss of commercial electricity
  • Grid modelling - The Department of the Air Force is leveraging system models to understand and manage electrical grid capacity to meet mission requirements in a dynamic environment.

Water Resources Management
From training to operations and facilities, water is a critical input to accomplish Air Force missions. As part of the Installation Energy portfolio, the water resources management program is shifting from managing water primarily based on conservation targets and quality monitoring toward a risk-based approach that more directly supports mission assurance. This will provide insights into vulnerabilities and potential impacts to mission at installations and enterprise wide, empowering decision makers to invest in resilience and manage water more effectively.

Learn additional information about Department of the Air Force Water Resources Management


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