Air Force to Rely on EUL Projects to Boost Use of Renewables
Norfolk, Va. — The Air Force Real Property Agency is striving to execute $5 billion in enhanced use leasing (EUL) projects by the end of fiscal 2016, with almost half of them producing renewable energy, Terry Yonkers, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics, told attendees this week at the ADC 2011 Annual Conference.
To help realize its ambitious goal, the agency is assessing its contract authorities to create more attractive business opportunities.
“In other words, we are seeking good ideas and the business case from industry rather than prescribing the kind of technology, size of the project, renewable energy source or even the contract duration,” Yonkers said.
In the last year, the agency hosted two industry days devoted to renewable energy. “There will be more to come,” he said.
Yonkers highlighted the opportunities available for communities and industry in waste-to-energy projects. While every Air Force base generates municipal and commercial waste, typically the stream isn’t large enough to make a project viable.
“So we are looking at partnerships with communities, developers and utilities to size an economically feasible project based on our collective waste streams,” he said.
In FY 2011, the Air Force produced or procured nearly 7 percent of its total facility energy from renewable sources. The service operates 85 on-base renewable energy projects at 43 installations, generating 30 megawatts of capacity. Additionally, the service has 31 projects under way or slated for construction that will add 139 megawatts of capacity.
“And in the next two to three years, [we] have an aggressive game plan to achieve 1,000 megawatts of production capacity,” Yonkers said.