The Air Force and Army offices responsible for building a portfolio of large-scale renewable energy projects that leverage private sector financing entered into a formal partnership on Wednesday that will allow the two organizations to share resources.
The memorandum of agreement — signed at a Pentagon ceremony by Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, and Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy — calls for the offices to share support staff, business processes and best practices, according to an Air Force press release.
“The partnership provides a framework for cooperation and support in the development of renewable energy projects, establishes the expectations and requirements of each service, and demonstrates both services’ focus on achieving energy assurance,” according to the memo.
“The departments of the Army and the Air Force share a common commitment to securing our installations with energy that is clean, reliable and affordable,” Hammack said. “I am pleased that through this agreement, we can share lessons learned and leverage the relationships we have developed with government, industry and utilities for the benefit of both our services,” she said.
The Air Force Office of Energy Assurance was established last month with a mission of developing an integrated facility energy portfolio. Ballentine said the partnership would advance the office’s focus on energy resiliency and strategic energy agility.
“This Army-Air Force partnership will accelerate our goal of providing mission assurance through energy assurance,” Ballentine said. “Installation energy projects are another area where a joint approach and strong collaboration can help us do more, faster.”
Lt. Gen. David Halverson, the Army assistant chief of staff for installation management, said the partnership will identify and expand potential renewable energy opportunities across Army and Air Force installations.1 comment