• Cyber Activities Heighten Importance of Energy Assurance, James Says

    Cyber Activities Heighten Importance of Energy Assurance, James Says0

    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James last week highlighted the service’s shift to a more comprehensive approach to meeting its energy goals that balances the need for cleaner sources of energy, a competitive cost and energy resiliency. The Air Force’s new approach will be carried out by the Office of Energy Assurance, which will develop privately financed, large-scale clean energy projects. The office, which was created in March, will leverage existing tools and authorities to procure large-scale energy projects, including power purchase agreements, direct funding and enhanced use leasing. “We are going to have to make sure there’s some money there. Like with any new approach you perhaps start on the smaller side and then you scale from there,” James said …

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  • Air Force’s New Energy Office Signals Shift to Achieving Broader Objectives

    Air Force’s New Energy Office Signals Shift to Achieving Broader Objectives0

    The Air Force’s recent creation of an office dedicated to developing privately financed, large-scale clean energy projects marks a transition to a more comprehensive approach to meeting the service’s energy goals that balances the need for cleaner sources of energy, a competitive cost and energy resiliency, according to officials. “The core principles — resiliency, cost-competitive, and clean — will continue to characterize Air Force energy projects, but with an increased focus on meeting multiple objectives within single projects,” the service’s public affairs office stated in response to emailed questions. “In short, energy projects should move toward the ‘sweet spot,’ or meeting all three principles wherever possible …

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  • Air Force Creates Office for Large-Scale Energy Projects

    Air Force Creates Office for Large-Scale Energy Projects0

    The Air Force has established the Office of Energy Assurance, an activity focused on developing privately financed, large-scale clean energy projects as part of an integrated facility energy portfolio. Secretary Deborah Lee James announced the office’s establishment last week during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. She said the organization will take an enterprise-wide approach to identify and pursue projects that provide resilient, cost-effective, cleaner power to Air Force installations, according to a news release. The office already is up and running and anticipates having 10 large-scale projects in service or procurement across the country by the end of 2017, said Miranda Ballentine, assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy …

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