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In today’s changing security landscape, the Department of the Air Force (DAF) strives for new and effective ways to ensure that installations are supported with uninterrupted power and water supplies. The Air Force Office of Energy Assurance (AF OEA) leads these efforts by driving forward strategies and initiatives that accelerate the process of improving installation energy resilience throughout the DAF’s 188 installations. Read the full article...

 Geothermal Panel Discussion and Forthcoming AF OEA Solicitation for Geothermal Pilots—June 7, 2024

On June 7 at the New York Energy Capital Assembly at Nasdaq in New York City, the Air Force Office of Energy Assurance (AF OEA) participated in a panel discussion on geothermal energy – the Air Force’s top energy innovation priority given its promise of providing 24/7, clean, secure, on-site, base load power nearly anywhere. The Air Force is conducting multiple pilots to assess the technical and economic viability of cutting-edge geothermal technologies with the hope that the host installations can enter into long-term power purchase agreements.

AF OEA will soon release a solicitation for additional geothermal pilots. To receive news on this subject, please connect with us at af.energy.assurance@us.af.mil.

Julia Kramer sat down with Dr Richard Hartman to find out how he is applying his military, academic and private sector experience in his role as the Chief Innovation Officer in the Office of Energy Assurance in the US Air Force.

“Energy was never in my career playbook”, states Richard Hartman in the first few minutes of our interview. Not exactly the type of opening statement you would expect from someone speaking at Enlit Europe 2023 in Paris. Read the full article...

Airmen from the 374th Airlift Wing hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil a new power plant at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 3. The combined heating and power plant came as a result of an energy savings performance contract with Schneider Electric that went into effect in 2020. The plant modernizes and expands energy control systems for Yokota, reduces the base’s carbon footprint and allows access to power independent from local sources. Read the full article...

photo of a facility for generating geothermal powerSeeking to fortify defense infrastructure, the Department of the Air Force has signed agreements for groundbreaking geothermal energy prototype facilities at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, and Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. When operational, the new facilities will deliver continuous clean energy for direct consumption at the installations. Read the full article...

The Department of the Air Force, in partnership with the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, reached a critical milestone Aug. 31, in piloting advanced nuclear energy technology with the issuance of the Notice of Intent to Award a contract to Oklo Inc.

Oklo Inc. will site, design, construct, own and operate a micro-reactor facility licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The notice initiates the acquisition process to potentially award a 30-year, firm-fixed-price contract to the vendor after successfully obtaining an NRC license. Read the full article...

photo of a facility for generating geothermal power Installations across the Department of the Air Force often are reliant on off-site energy. As extreme weather, cyberattacks, and man-made threats continue to threaten energy infrastructure, the department is constantly looking for ways to make installations more energy resilient, creating more lethal and ready power projection within the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. Read the full article...

photo of a wind turbine in a field Climate change is reshaping an already increasingly complex global security environment. We must adapt and respond to that threat. Extreme weather and environmental conditions are imposing high costs on Department of the Air Force installations and missions while simultaneously posing new risks to our ability to train and operate effectively. Read the full article...

photo of a plane silhouetted against a blue sky seen through the branches of surrounding trees The Department of the Air Force acknowledges that unprecedented changes to the global climate and increasingly severe weather events create new challenges for continued mission assurance. As one of the largest energy consumers, the Department of Defense has a unique opportunity to catalyze private sector investment and expand the economy and American industry by transforming how we build, buy, and manage electricity, vehicles, buildings, and other operations. Read the full article...

On Feb. 14, the Department of the Air Force is kicking off a $10 million next-generation energy performance contract that will deliver resilient and reliable energy at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts.

The pilot project is the federal government’s first-ever effort to adopt and integrate a commercial Energy-as-a-Service, or EaaS, business model, which gives customers access to energy management services without upfront costs, to provide resilient, efficient, and cost-effective energy that will benefit an installation. Read the full article...

 Micro-Reactor Pilot Program at Eielson AFB—Feb 7, 2023

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The following are Energy-related events in which OEA plans to participate. If you also plan to be at one of these events and would like to connect with someone from our office, or if you are an event organizer and would like to invite OEA to participate in your event, please Contact Us.

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 September, 2024

Energy Marketing Conference EMC22
Engage, educate, & empower a sustainable future with some of the greatest minds in the competitive energy space.
September 23-24, 2024
Las Vegas, NV
Event Details

 August, 2024

2024 Federal Utility Partnership Working Group Seminar
Sharing of success stories and information on Federal Energy Management Program activities.
August 21-22, 2024
Houston, TX
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 July, 2024

DoD Energy & Power Summit
Explore the advancement of technologies that promote energy security, resiliency, and sustainability and that meet the DoD’s installation and operational energy demands.
July 31-Aug 1, 2024
Washington, DC
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 June, 2024

New York Energy Capital Assembly
Define, realign, & execute the energy investment strategy for energy financiers and investors
June 6-7, 2024
New York City, NY
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ARPA- Fusion Programs Annual Meeting
Showcase the latest achievements and technological breakthroughs achieved through ARPA-E fusion programs.
June 11-12, 2024
Seattle, WA
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Oklahoma Military Environmental and Energy Group Annual Meeting
Discuss value of partnership, military energy & environmental updates, and methods targeting resilience and decarbonization.
June 12-13, 2024
Oklahoma City, OK

Utility2030 Collaborative Mtg: New Frontiers in the Energy Transition (Members-Only)
Gain insights on technologies, including microgrids and long-duration storage, critical to the energy transition of reducing carbon and assuring reliability and resiliency.
June 16, 2024
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 May, 2024

Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting
U.S. Department of Energy Hydrogen Program
Hydrogen and fuel cell projects funded by DOE are presented, and projects and programs are reviewed for their merit.
May 6-9, 2024
Arlington, VA, USA
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Facilities & Campus Energy North America Summit
Improving strategic planning and technical operations to support decarbonization and electrification, and increasing overall energy efficiencies and resiliency, in a financially sustainable. manner.
May 8-9, 2024
National Harbor, MD, USA
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SAME Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo
Education, training, networking to advance of technical skills and capabilities of warfighters and industry, and strengthen engineering in support of national security.
May 14-16, 2024
Orlando, FL, USA
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"Ask Me Anything" Featuring the Air Force Office of Energy Assurance
AMA hosted by Deep-Tech Showcase to interview Dr. Richard Hartman and Chris Murray from AF OEA to gain insight on how to engage with industry, find the right home for new innovation, and better prepare for the bumps along the way. 
May 16, 2024
Online Event
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ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit
Professional discussions focused on innovative approaches to energy challenges, commercialization of cutting-edge technologies, and investigating research collaborations.
May 22-24, 2024
Dallas, TX, USA
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International ESCO Symposium 2024
ESCOs, ESCO associations, government representatives, financial institutions, and partners to inspire government actions for scaling up the contribution of ESCOs to the global response for mitigating the threat of climate change and the goals set out by the Paris Agreement.
May 29, 2024
Paris, France
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 April, 2024

Association of Defense Communities (ADC) National Summit
April 8-10, 2024
Washington, DC
AF OEA Attendee: Mr. Kirk Phillips, Director
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gasworld Decarbonisation Summit/Industrial Gases & Clean Energies 3.0
April 8-11, 2024
Jersey City, NJ
AF OEA Attendee: Dr. Richard Hartman, Chief Innovation Officer
Speaking Session: Dr. Hartman presents on ‘The Make Hydrogen Happen Panel: Pathways & Pinch Points (Session 3)
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IDGA Operational Energy Summit
April 9-10, 2024
Reston, VA
AF OEA Attendee: Mr. Kirk Phillips, Director
Speaking Session: Dr. Phillips presents on ‘Air Power & Energy Panel
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 March, 2024

Hydrogen Policy Leaders Convention
Topics: Discussing policy in the development of the hydrogen economy: production, storage, transportation, usage
March 1-3, 2024
Tysons Corner, VA, USA
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Energy Exchange DoE
Topics: Energy priorities, goals, and strategies, aligning policy with engineering, the Federal clean energy economy
March 26-28, 2024
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
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 February, 2024

National Association of Defense Communities Federal Market Workshop
Federal agency officials tasked with setting and implementing Federal energy efficiency and infrastructure policies meeting with ESCOs.
February 29, 2024
Washington, DC, USA
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 January 2024

PowerGen International
Meeting with utilities and emerging technology companies and engineers to discuss innovation in power generation.
January 23-25, 2024
New Orleans, LA, USA
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AFCEC Design & Construction Partnering Symposium
Leading a breakout session discussing ERCIP to communicate program initiatives with lessons learned from HAF to base-level civil engineers. Offers civil engineering community the tools and approaches to manage AF projects in support of execution goals established by leadership at the policy level. Mr. Phillips speaking on February 1.
January 30 - February 1, 2024
HYBRID conference from San Antonio, TX
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 November, 2023

SAME Small Business Conference
November 1-3, 2023
San Antonio, TX, USA
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Ribbon Cutting ESPC
November 3, 2023
Yokota AB, Japan

Installation Innovation
November 6-8, 2023
Orlando, FL, USA
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DERS & Microgrids Connect
November 8-9, 2023
Oxon Hill, MD, USA
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Hydrogen Policy Leaders Convention
November 12-14, 2023
Tysons Corner, VA, USA
Event Details - This event has been cancelled by organizers

3rd Infrastructure & Estate Working Group Meeting
Topic: USAFE Energy Roadmap in Italy November 15-16, 2023
Rome, Italy

Enlit Europe
Topics: How does AF OEA achieve resilient energy systems? Flexibility by linking decentralized assets.
November 28-30, 2023
Paris, FRA
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Resilience Week/Defense TechConncect
Topics: Public/Private partnerships, disaster mitigation for critical infrastructure, unexpected and malicious threats, cybersecurity, energy equity and community resilience
November 28-30, 2023
Washington, DC, USA
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DoD Energy & Environment Innovation Symposium
Topics: Installation energy and water projects, improving water security and resilience
November 28-December 1, 2023
Arlington, VA, USA
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 October, 2023

Geothermal Rising
October 1-4, 2023
Reno, NV, USA
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Hydrogen Americas Summit
October 2-3, 2023
Washington, DC, USA
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Smart Data for Energy Optimization Summit
October 3-4, 2023
Oxon Hill, MD, USA
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Power Up Energy Expo + Tri-regional JETS
October 10-12, 2023
Panama City Beach, FL, USA
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Hydrogen North America
October 11-12, 2023
Houston, TX, USA
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Energy Marketing Conferences
October 17-18, 2023
New York, NY, USA
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IDGA Defense Logistics & Support
October 25-26, 2023
Bethesda, MD, USA
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 September, 2023

Month-long Virtual Conference
Houston, TX, USA
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Air, Space, & Cyber Conference
September 11-13, 2023
Oxon Hill, MD, USA
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September 11-14, 2023
Las Vegas, NV, USA
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U.S. Installations in EUCOM Working Meeting
September 12-14, 2023
Rome, ITA

Energy & Mobility Forum
September 12-15, 2023
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 August, 2023

EPRI Summer Seminar
August 6-8, 2023
Washington, DC, USA
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 July, 2023

AFIT for Energy Managers
July 10-14, 2023
Dayton, OH, USA
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Defense Strategies Institute DoD Energy & Power Summit
July 12-13, 2023
Oxon Hill, MD
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NARUC Summer Policy Summit
July 16-19, 2023
Austin, TX, USA 
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U.S. Installations in Italy Working Meeting
July 19-20, 2023
Rome, ITA

 June, 2023

ADC Maryland Defense Forum
June 5-6, 2023
Annapolis, MD, USA
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The Smarter E Europe
June 14-16, 2023
Munich, DEU
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Oklahoma Military Environmental & Energy Summit
June 15, 2023
Oklahoma City, OK, USA

Summer Infrastructure Council
June 27-30, 2023
Dayton, OH, USA

 May, 2023

Society of American Military Engineers- Joint Engineering Training Conference
May 2-4, 2023
San Antonio, TX, USA
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Facilities & Campus Energy North America
May 3-4, 2023
Oxon Hill, MD, USA
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Federal Planning Division Conference
May 22-25, 2023
San Diego, CA, USA
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 March, 2023

NRECA PowerXchange
March 3-8, 2023
Nashville, TN, USA
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Association of Defense Communities National Summit
March 6-8, 2023
Washington, DC, USA
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National Association of Defense Communities Federal Market Workshop
March 9, 2023
Washington, DC, USA
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IDGA Operational Energy Summit
March 14-15, 2023
Washington, DC, USA
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ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit
March 22-24, 2023
Oxon Hill, MD
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Finance First
March 24, 2023

San Antonio Electromagnetic Defense Quarterly Update
March 24, 2023
San Antonio, TX, USA

Investing in Advanced Nuclear Energy
March 30, 2023
New York, NY, USA
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 February, 2023

NARUC Winter Policy Summit
Feb. 12-15, 2023
Washington, DC, USA
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 January, 2023

AFWERX Innovation Industry Days
Jan. 24-26, 2023
San Antonio, TX, USA
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  • Microgrids

    MicrogridsDefinitionThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) defines a microgrid as "a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries that acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid[...]and can operate in either

  • Geothermal

    GeothermalDefinitionGeothermal energy is thermal heat energy generated from the earth. There are two main categories of energy generation from geothermal resources: hydrothermal and closed loop geothermal systems. The most common use is hydrothermal, where steam produced from reservoirs of hot water

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Geothermal energy is thermal heat energy generated from the earth. There are two main categories of energy generation from geothermal resources: hydrothermal and closed loop geothermal systems. The most common use is hydrothermal, where steam produced from reservoirs of hot water sometimes found miles below the earth's surface rotates a turbine that activates a generator to produce electricity.

  • Hydrothermal resources recover heat energy from naturally occurring hydrothermal sources in the earth (e.g., groundwater, rock), typically in the form of hot water or steam.
  • Closed Loop Geothermal Systems make possible the use of alternative heat transport fluids, such as supercritical CO2, that can be used to reduce the power otherwise consumed by pumping water through the system.

USAF Relevance

The Air Force seeks to use geothermal resources to serve an installation or mission's base load to confront the challenge of generating energy inside the installation boundary for extended outages. The Air Force can then use renewable intermittent resources to cover variations and peaks. The fuel supply from geothermal is virtually limitless in these scenarios, so the requirement for fuel storage or reliance on outside entities is non-existent. Although drilling carries an upfront cost and risk that solar and wind do not, new closed-loop technologies that utilize proven lateral drilling technologies open a wider geographic range of viable depth baseload power generation opportunities. these technologies create a subsurface heat source via a "closed-loop" geothermal power technology that eliminates the need for subsurface permeability and large quantities of water. Closed-loop geothermal involves the creation of a sealed well traversing the subsurface rock strata through which heat transport fluid can freely circulate.

Potential Sites

  • FE Warren AFB
  • Mountain Home AFB
  • Joint Base San Antonio

Long-Duration Energy Storage


Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) use electricity to drive a reversible chemical reaction to store power. This process is then reversed to inject power into a system.

There are two main components to a battery system. The batteries and the inverter/charge controller that discharges/charges the batteries. Output of a BESS is defined by two major characteristics: power and capacity. Power is defined as the instantaneous energy that is moving into or out of the BESS, usually noted as kW or MW. Capacity is the amount of energy that the BESS can hold, usually noted as kWh or MWh.

USAF Relevance

BESS can store power produced by other connected sources, such as a power plant on the electric grid or onbase generation source and discharge the power later to supplement primary sources. The ideal application for BESS on military installations is to be implemented into a system with both dispatchable generation sources (e.g. diesel generator for hardening or stability) and a renewable (intermittent, to provide low-cost fuel) generation source for longer-term operation. The BESS will both make the renewables less variable as well as smooth the generator output to match load. BESS have multiple value streams, such as providing peak shaving or frequency regulation. Some regulatory markets allow for batteries to be included in ancillary markets – providing power between a buyer and seller of power during congested areas of the grid. To increase the value of a BESS, revenue stacking is common – allowing additional revenue streams with varying uses of the BESS.

Potential Sites

  • Vandenberg SFB
  • Eareckson AS
  • Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
  • Offutt AFB
  • Tyndall AFB



The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) defines a microgrid as "a group of interconnected loads and distributed energy resources within clearly defined electrical boundaries that acts as a single controllable entity with respect to the grid[...]and can operate in either grid-connected or island-mode."

Microgrid Advantages

  • Enables an installation (or portion of the load) to island from the public grid during a grid outage
  • A microgrid can enable an installation to provide demand-response capabilities to a utility, and can reduce strain on the electric grid
  • This can be a source of revenue to finance the microgrid

Microgrid Limitations

  • Can increase operations and maintenance (O&M) for installations
  • One alternative is to have a third-party own, operate, and maintain the microgrid. However, military personnel must be trained to operate the system during an emergency or have an agreement in place to provide access to the installation for the third-party
  • Typically installed at the distribution-level so there is still potential for a fault on the distribution system
  • Microgrids do not replace building-level generators, but instead add redundant sources of power
  • Microgrids often require replacing several decades old switchgear

USAF Relevance

For the military, installing a microgrid enables the operation of an electric distribution system in the absence of power from the electric utility grid. A microgrid can provide an additional redundancy to a single building, campus or section of an installation, substation, or the full installation. A microgrid does not necessarily replace backup generators in the event of electrical outages within an installation distribution system (e.g. falling tree limbs, construction accidents).

For military installations, a control system can reduce the amount of manpower required to operate an installation distribution system, especially during a grid outage. This will require training and skilled personnel for operation.

Potential Sites

Multiple (Examples: FE Warren AFB, Joint Base Andrews, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Offutt AFB)

Solar Photovoltaic


Photovoltaic systems (PV) – also known as solar arrays – convert sunlight into electrical energy. An array is composed of photovoltaic modules, mounted on a roof, carport, or ground structure, that produce direct current (DC). An inverter is then used to convert this DC to alternating current (AC). Afterward, the AC will run to a switchgear and, if necessary, be combined with the power from other inverters. A transformer is often used to step up the voltage to match distribution voltage for grid interconnection.

PV systems are comprised of five main pieces of equipment: modules, racking, inverters, overcurrent protection, and monitoring systems.

USAF Relevance

Unlike traditional generators, PV systems can operate in grid-connected mode and provide value through regular monthly electric bill savings to system owners. Due to the systems being used regularly, it is more likely they will be operational when called upon in an emergency. Furthermore, although generators require regular maintenance and a constant fuel supply to continue functioning, PV can provide power for an extended period, assuming there is enough solar resource.

Potential Sites

Multiple (Examples: Arnold AFB, Eglin AFB, JB Andrews, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Offutt AFB, Tyndall AFB)

Wind Turbine Generators


Wind turbine generators (WTG) convert kinetic wind energy into electrical power. The most prevalent type of wind turbine utilized for electric power generation are those of the horizontal-axis three bladed design. "Lift" is generated when wind flows around the turbine blades, resulting in rotation. Most blades can "pitch" or rotate along their main axis. This allows the turbine to shed wind when needed and serve as the turbine’s primary braking system. The blades are connected to a central hub and main shaft that turns a generator, whose power is made grid-ready by power electronics in the nacelle, the housing positioned atop the wind turbine tower.

USAF Relevance

For the military, wind generation enables installations to offset their fuel consumption by utilizing a free energy source and using federal property for the sites for the turbine generators. Furthermore, wind turbines offer resilience in their role as a variable generating source for microgrids. The Air Force has several onshore wind turbines installed and operating at installations.

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The Installation Energy Plan (IEP) process is mission-driven and integrates applicable installation and higher-level strategic guidance, plans, and policies into a holistic roadmap to help an installation meet its energy assurance goals based on the 5 Rs of Resilience: Robustness, Redundancy, Resourcefulness, Response, and Recovery.

Once complete, the IEP will help the installation meet current and future energy demands to achieve mission assurance through energy assurance while integrating cybersecurity requirements into planning strategies. 

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Mr. Kirk A. Phillips

Director, Air Force Office of Energy Assurance

Kirk A. Phillips is the Director, Air Force Office of Energy Assurance (AF OEA). AF OEA serves as the integrator of energy and water resilience efforts by ensuring projects align with installation needs and with the three goals of the Department of the Air Force (DAF) Installation Energy Strategic Plan — identify enabling system vulnerabilities, improve resilience planning, and ensure resilience results. As such, AF OEA connects DAF enterprise and installation stakeholders with energy and water resilience partners, emerging technologies, and industry best practices.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Phillips was the Health Safety and Environmental Practice Leader and Vice President at LJB Inc. and worked as a thought leader with the American Industrial Hygiene Association on Total Exposure Health. As the Practice Leader of HS&E, he provided comprehensive health, safety and environmental services to all segments of industry across the US and Internationally. In 2018, Mr. Phillips retired as a Colonel from the Air Force after serving as the Biomedical Science Corps Associate Chief for Bioenvironmental Engineering in the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General. In this capacity, he oversaw development and execution of Air Force occupational and environmental health policies and development of the career field’s 362 officers and 960 enlisted members. In 2014, Mr. Phillips developed the Total Exposure Health as a strategic initiative to institutionalize primary prevention in work, environmental and lifestyle exposures. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Phillips was the Director of Policy and Programs for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health, Pentagon, Washington DC.

Mr. Phillips entered the Air Force from a four-year AF ROTC scholarship in 1985. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and his master’s degree in engineering and environmental management, where he was a distinguished graduate. Mr. Phillips has held a broad range of leadership positions throughout the Air Force. Initially serving as Chief and Flight Commander at three operational bases for a combined period of 11 years, he also completed a 12-month fellowship at the Air Force Medical Operations Agency (AFMOA). Mr. Phillips served as a staff officer at a major command and Air Staff in the AF Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, the AF Surgeon General, and the Air Force Medical Support Agency offices. He deployed to Qatar in support of operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. He served a tour at the Air National Guard Readiness Center, where he oversaw the occupational health program for 93 ANG bases and 242 units. Mr. Phillips led his career field as Deputy in the Bioenvironmental Engineering Division at AFMOA and he was the Commander, 47th Medical Support Squadron, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.


1990 Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, University of Missouri, Rolla, Missouri
1993 Master of Science in Engineering & Environmental Mgmt, AF Institute of Tech., WPAFB, OH
1996 Squadron Officer’s School (in residence), 1 Jan
2000 Fellow, Occupational & Environmental Health, AF Medical Operations Agency, Wash, DC
2002 Air Command and Staff College (by seminar), 1 Sep
2008 Air War College (by correspondence), 1 Feb


October 1989 – April 1992, Chief, Bioenvironmental Engineering Services, USAF Clinic, Brooks, Texas, Joint Military Medical Command, Systems Command and AETC
April 1992 – September 1993, Graduate Student, Air Force institute of Technology, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, AETC
September 1993 – June 1996, Assistant Chief, Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight, 18th Medical Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan, PACAF
June 1996 – May 2000, Flight Commander, Bioenvironmental Engineering, 509th Medical Group, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, ACC
May 2000 – May 2001, Fellow, Occupational and Environmental Health, Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Bolling Air Force Base, District of Columbia, HAF
May 2001 – May 2003, Environmental, Safety and Health Policy Officer for Ranges and Airspace, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations (A3/5), Headquarters US Air Force, Pentagon, District of Columbia
May 2003 – May 2006, National Guard Bureau Command Bioenvironmental Engineer, Air National Guard Readiness Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, ANG
May 2006 – May 2007, Chief, Environmental Safety and Occupational Health, Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Bolling AFB, DC, HAF
May 2007 – June 2009, Chief, Bioenvironmental Engineering Force Development, Air Force Medical Support Agency, Bolling AFB, DC, HAF
June 2009 – Jun 2011, Commander, 47th Medical Support Squadron, Laughlin AFB, TX
Jun 2011 – Apr 2014, Director, Plans and Policy, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment & Logistics), Pentagon, Washington DC
Apr 14 to Feb 18, BSC Associate Chief for Bioenvironmental Engineering, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Pentagon, Washington DC

Major Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal


“A Decision Support Model Using Life Cycle Cost Analysis to Select Cost Effective Alternatives for Hazardous Materials,” Air Force Institute of Technology, 1993
“Total Exposure Health: An Introduction,” Taylor and Francis, 2020

Effective Dates of Promotion [Military only]

Second Lieutenant 19 Sept 1989
First Lieutenant 19 Sept 1991
Captain 19 Sept 1993
Major 1 Apr 2001
Lieutenant Colonel 1 Oct 2006
Colonel 1 Nov 2013

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Major Jay Calvo

Deputy Director, Air Force Office of Energy Assurance

Major Jay Calvo is the Deputy Director, Air Force Office of Energy Assurance (OEA), Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC), Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., where he helps provide mission assurance to more than 175 Department of the Air Force (DAF) installations through Energy Assurance project planning, programing, and execution that is mission-focused and climate informed.

Maj. Calvo earned his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Manhattan College, New York City – Detachment 560 in 2011. He served in various leadership positions with teams from three members to 500 at different organizational levels and across several major commands. Maj. Calvo deployed to Afghanistan in support of operation Enduring Freedom and to Panama in support of the humanitarian Exercise New Horizons.

Prior to his current position, the major was the Operations Flight Commander, 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron (ECES), Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, where he acted as the squadron commander during Operation Allies Refuge, the largest humanitarian air evacuation in history, where he provided life support services for more than 60,000 evacuees.


2011 Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Manhattan College, New York City
2011 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2016 Master of Science, Engineering Management, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
2021 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence 


June 2011–June 2013, Chief, Construction Management, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron (CES), Misawa Air Base, Japan (January 2013–June 2013, OIC, Tactical Operations Center, 577 EPBS, Afghanistan)
June 2013–August 2014, Flight Commander, Readiness and Emergency Management, 35th CES, Misawa AB, Japan
August 2014–March 2016, Graduate Student, Air Force Institute of Technology AFIT, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
March 2016–May 2018, Chief, Vertical Construction Team A, 820th RED HORSE Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
(March 2018–June 2018, Director of Operations, 346 ERHS, Panama)
May 2018–April 2019, Resources Flight Commander, 820th RHS, Nellis AFV, Nev.
April 2019–July 2021, Wing Engineering Program Manager, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing, Fort Meade, Md.
July 2021–July 2022, Operations Flight Commander, 379 ECES, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
July 2022–present, Deputy Director, OEA, AFCEC, Tyndall AFB, Fla. 


Air and Space Meritorious Service Medal