Defense

June 15, 2012

Leaders speak at renewable energy industry day event

by TSgt. Julie Weckerlein
Air Force News

Terry Yonkers speaks at the Joint United States Army and United States Air Force Renewable Energy Industry Day on June 12, 2012, in Arlington, Va. The event brought together government and industry leaders to discuss opportunities for public-private collaboration in renewable energy development. Yonkers is the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environmental, and Logistics.

Military and industry leaders gathered for the annual Renewable Energy Industry Day to discuss opportunities for public-private collaboration to meet the military’s energy needs June 12 in Arlington, Va.

While making the event’s opening remarks, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Installations, Environment and Logistics Terry Yonkers spoke of the military’s challenge to be “energy secure” despite high demand, restricted budgets and growing fuel prices.

“As our budgets come down, our energy prices go up,” he said. “We need to reduce this trend in energy purchases. We believe in the long run, renewable energy is a reliable, economical alternative.”

The Air Force is the largest consumer of energy in the federal government, spending more than $8.2 billion for electricity and fuel last year alone. Though the price tag was high, the Air Force also made strides in saving taxpayer dollars by making various changes across the service with an energy strategy to reduce demand, increase alternative fuel supply, such as solar power, and changing the culture by training Airmen to be more energy aware.

“The Air Force is fully committed to culture change, reducing demand and increasing supply,” Yonkers said. “The overriding concern is to secure energy for the future.”

One such effort is certifying the Air Force fleet to be ready for alternative fuels. Today, the Air Force has positioned 99 percent of its aircraft inventory to conduct unrestricted operations using alternatives to traditional petroleum-based fuels.

Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment Katherine Hammack lauded the partnership between military energy leaders and industry experts.

“We see this as a forum for discussion about the approaches and technical challenges that the military and private sector might face together,” she said. “Many technologies will help us reach (our energy) goals.”

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
VG01

Space tourism rocket explodes in desert

MOJAVE, Calif. – A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded Oct. 31 during a test flight, killing a pilot aboard and seriously injuring another while scattering wreckage in Southern California’s Mojave Desert, ...
 
 

Headlines October 29, 2014

News: Unmanned rocket explodes just six seconds after taking off - A NASA rocket due to be visible across the East Coast on its way to the International Space Station has blown up on the Launchpad. IG: Former chief of wounded warrior office broke law, DOD regs - The Defense Department inspector general has recommended “corrective action”...
 
 

News Briefs October 29, 2014

F-35C makes first landing at Virginia Beach Navy base The Navy says an operational F-35C joint strike fighter has landed at Naval Air Station Oceana for the first time. Naval Air Station Oceana is the Navy’s master jet base on the East Coast. The Navy says the plane came to the Virginia Beach base Oct....
 

 

Time to turn to American technology for space launch

For the first time since the Cold War, the United States has deployed armored reinforcements to Europe. To counter Russia’s aggression, several hundred troops and 20 tanks are now in the Baltic. Yet the U.S. military is still injecting millions into the Russian military industrial complex. In late August, the United Launch Alliance – the...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Joe Davila

Boeing, Air Force demonstrate Minuteman III readiness in flight test

Air Force photograph by Joe Davila Boeing supported the launch of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Sept. 23, 2014. Boeing supported the U.S. Air Force’s succ...
 
 

Pentagon going to court for refusing to release Sikorsky data

PETALUMA, Calif. – The Pentagon is refusing to release any data on any prime contractors participating in the 25-year-old Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program. The American Small Business League launched a program in 2010 to expose the fraud and abuse against small businesses the CSPTP had allowed. As a test the ASBL requested the most...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>