Lieutenant, U.S. Air Force, 20
, Global Air Chiefs Conference Public Affairs, “Air Force energy initiatives focus on fuel, beyond,”http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=1230696179/26/2007 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) --
Leaders of Air Force energy policy
here Sept. 25
the Air Force'sdirection and initiatives in the realm of
renewable and alternative energy
sources. William C. Anderson, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics and senior energy executive, and his deputy, Kevin W. Billings, presented the latest Air Force energy initiatives during sessionsat the Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition hosted by the Air Force Association. "Energy conservation and developing energy technology is a major Department of Defense effort," Mr. Anderson said. "As the largest consumer of energy in the federal government, the Air Force is in a great position to look for, promote and utilize alternative energy sources." We are working to incorporate new energy initiatives and programs at every installation, and we want to incorporatealternative energy and energy conservation everywhere it makes sense -- for the military and the civilian community, Mr. Billings said.
The Air Force iscommitted to
working with agencies in the private sector, experts in academia and throughout the DOD to
generate viable sources of energythat are both domestically sourced and more environmentally friendly than current petroleum-based sources
, Mr.Anderson said. While energy programs cover installation power, ground vehicles and other requirements, the current focus of energy technology in the Air Force isaviation fuel, which makes up 82 percent of all energy consumed in the Air Force, Mr. Billings said. In August,
was certified to usea blend of the current petroleum-based fuel, JP-8, and a synthetic fuel derived from coal, natural gas and feedstocks. "This synthetic fuel blend is currently the only viable alternative to jet fuel
, and the United States holds one of thelargest coal reserves in the world," Mr. Anderson said. "
Alternative energy holds tremendous potential to produce environmentaland ecological benefits