The Air Force and the Defense Logistics Agency are interested in hearing from energy developers about their ideas for creating resilient energy systems, covering energy generation, storage and microgrid controls technologies, and approaches requiring the integration of existing authorities for privately financing federal energy projects.
The request for information (RFI), released last week, is one of the first steps in the Air Force’s plan to use Beale Air Force Base in northern California as a demonstration site to develop and deploy energy resilient technologies that can be deployed to other missions and installations across the service.
“This RFI represents a new approach for how the Air Force pursues energy assurance for its installations,” Mark Correll, deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and infrastructure, said in a news release.
“By connecting Beale AFB’s core missions with their energy requirements directly, we will ensure that our energy investments are targeted to enhance our military capability. And by adopting a holistic approach to energy resilience, we hope to encourage creative collaboration with industry partners,” Correll said.
Responses to the RFI for the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative (REDI) are due July 15.
The initiative is going forward as lawmakers and national security officials have voiced the need to build a more resilient electric grid, and mitigate cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructure.
“This RFI is an important step to enhance mission assurance through energy assurance,” said Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy. “Through REDI, the Air Force will demonstrate new ways to power critical missions on our installations by incorporating and integrating 21st century technologies and procurement strategies,” Ballentine said.