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The Air Force Facility Energy Program relies on several sources of funding to meet federal and OSD energy mandates: MILCON; Sustainment Restoration and Modernization; Energy Conservation Focus, known as NRG; and Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP) funds. Together, these dollars save the Air Force energy, water and money.

Project Selection Process

Geothermal DrillingThe energy and water project selection process begins at the installations where energy teams develop well-planned energy projects, upload the documents into the Civil Engineer System Program Management, or ACES, database, then submit it to the installation's facilities board. The board evaluates and prioritizes projects and selects which ones to send to the major command. MAJCOM energy managers review and  concur with the selected projects, then upload the project validation packages (DD Form 1391, BLCC, and supporting documentation) to the AFCEC Energy SharePoint.


It is critical for supporting documentation to be standardized, simple and complete to present an understandable picture of the work planned and the estimated project costs and first-year annual energy savings (both MBTU and dollars).
    1. The first support document is a well- written DD Form 1391 clearly describing the work contained in the project.

    2. The second document is the building life cycle cost (BLCC) analysis. The BLCC provides the savings to investment ratio and  simple payback (or "break-even" point to recover the costs) based on the estimated costs and the estimated annual energy savings in million BTUs. Additional documentation of how the project's estimated savings are derived are critical for project validation and must be provided by the installation engineering team.

Prioritizing Projects

Ice TankTwice a year, typically on March 1 and November 1, AFCEC completes an ACES PM project pull. The March 2013 pull identified 401 potential projects. The current list includes 300 energy and 16 water conservation construction projects. The balance is 85 design projects.

After the validation of a project's supporting documents, AFCEC engineers rank the projects according to economics and energy savings potential. Projects must meet these criteria to receive energy conservation funding:
    · An SIR of one or greater
    · Project investment costs of at least $100,000
    · Significant energy and/or water savings

AFCEC prioritizes the validated energy projects by multiplying BTU savings to investments ratio by the SIR. Those at the top of the list receive priority for  funding during the year of execution.


FY12 FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16 FY17 TOTAL
ECIP 40.0 32.2 40.5 40.5 40.5 40.5 234.2
EC FOCUS FUNDS 248.0 215.0 215.0 215.0 0.0 0.0 893.0
35.4 24.6 25.1 24.2 23.9 24.3 157.5
TOTAL 323.4 271.8 280.6 279.7 64.4 64.8 1284.7

Several capital investment funding sources are available for energy conservation and water conservation projects. These sources include MILCON funds; Sustainment Restoration and Modernization (SRM) funds, Energy Conservation Focus funds; Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP) funds and Energy Initiative funds.

Energy Conservation Focus funds are fenced SRM dollars. They are centrally managed at AFCEC to fund energy conservation projects with the best combination of energy savings and return on Air Force investment. Focus funds supported the award of 202 energy saving projects at a value of $131M, saving an estimated $26.M and 1,565 BBTU per year.

ECIP Wind TurbinesECIP funds are Department of Defense MILCON dollars competitively allocated to each Service for approved energy and water conservation and renewable energy projects. OSD ranks projects to be funded.

Energy Initiative refers to O&M funds that buy energy program management support and other enablers such as resource efficiency managers and advanced meter reading systems. AMRSs help the Air Force more effectively invest NRG and ECIP as well as identify third-party investment opportunities. AMRS will enable more efficient monitoring and response to energy system inefficiencies and help maintain optimum performance of building systems.

For information on third-party funding visit the ESPC page.


Tinker Heat PlantIn 2012, the Program Development Division executed 258 energy focus fund projects worth $154 million, six Energy Conservation and Investment Program projects worth $40 million and supported $1.2 million worth of renewable energy development.

An Energy Savings Performance Contract awarded in June 2012 is being implemented at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. The $91 million ESPC project decentralizes three central boiler plants at Tinker, replacing them with smaller, more efficient boilers in 70 buildings. When complete, this project will save 493,000 MBTUs/year, enough energy to power 12,242 homes annually. Utility and operations and maintenance savings over the next 20 years will be used to repay the project costs.