eLab Accelerator 2016

Air Force Energy Assurance

Project Objective

Create a foundational plan for electrical power at a competitive price point that provides a reliability rate approaching 100% for critical mission areas. The desired end state is to be able to store or produce electricity indigenously, maintain critical missions and functions for a prolonged period, and adjust demand for less critical sectors, independent of the external electrical grid's operational status.

Team Members

Chris Archer, Deputy Civil Engineer, Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst
Matt Bell, Chief, Portfolio Optimization, Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst
Michael Wu, Special Assistant, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment, and Energy)
Allan Curlee, Associate General Counsel, Office of the Deputy General Counsel (Installations, Energy & Environment)

Project Description

The Air Force’s vision for installation energy projects is Mission Assurance through Energy Assurance. The Air Force requires resilient, cleaner, cost-effective energy for its core missions. Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst is pursuing an installation energy assurance planning initiative in response to this vision, as well as its experience as an integral component to Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts.

Progress Made to Date (pre-Accelerator)

Energy Assurance Planning Kickoff with Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment, and Energy) Phase I comprehensive evaluation of energy infrastructure (in progress)

Post-Accelerator Outcomes

At Accelerator, the Air Force team clarified their objective to develop a process that facilitates the creation of resilient, cost-effective, cleaner energy projects where the Air Force needs them most. In particular, the process will be based on the experience of JB MDL in implementing an energy assurance plan. JB MDL is finishing Phase I (baseline review) of their project and looking towards Phase II (design). Stakeholder engagement and applying innovative value perspectives are key next steps.