Air Force Office of Energy Assurance

The Office of Energy Assurance (abbreviated OEA) was established by the United States Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force in February 2016[1] to serve as a central management office dedicated to strategic energy and resiliency.

Air Force Office of Energy Assurance logo

OEA serves as an extension of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center and in conjunction with the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy to ensure alignment with Air Force priorities.[2] OEA develops, implements and oversees an integrated facility energy portfolio, including privately financed, large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects as well as direct Air Force investments.[3] OEA leverages partnerships[4] with the Army's Office of Energy Initiatives and the Navy’s Resilient Energy Program Office.

For OEA, energy assurance represents a vast array of activities across three categories - preparation and planning; mitigation and response; and education and outreach - focused on the goal of energy resiliency.[5] OEA uses a holistic, enterprise-level approach across all Air Force installations with a focus on optimizing cost and providing resilient and cleaner sources of energy to assure the mission. OEA's mission is to deliver creative installation energy resiliency solutions to meet 21st century threats. Its vision is to be the recognized leader for implementing innovative energy assurance solutions that provide the Air Force with mission-ready installations.

OEA works with installations to determine energy requirements critical to the mission and provides practical tools and support to develop projects to meet those needs. OEA develops energy assurance projects on or near installations by collaborating with community stakeholders to identify shared interests, such as costs, risks and goals, and to develop mutually beneficial solutions. OEA leverages the expertise, resources and capabilities of private industry to design and execute creative solutions to energy challenges. The office seeks innovative solutions for energy assurance projects, including but not limited to alternative generation methods, smart controls, increased cyber security, infrastructure upgrades and storage.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Establishment of the Air Force Office of Energy Assurance" (PDF). Safie.hq.af.mil. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  2. ^ "Energy Flight Plan : 2017-2036" (PDF). Safie.hq.af.mil. Retrieved 2017-06-23.
  3. ^ Takala, Rudy (2017-01-11). "Energy assurance is critical to Air Force missions". TheHill. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  4. ^ "Article Display". Safie.hq.af.mil. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Office of Energy Assurance". Safie.hq.af.mil. Retrieved 22 June 2017.