National Defense and Clean Energy (Applications and Implementation)

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The Department of Defense makes up 80 percent of the federal government’s energy use, and 1 percent of the nation as a whole. The Department spent $15 billion on energy last year, 75 percent of which was for military operations. In addition, DOD’s gasoline costs are up 225 percent from a decade ago. (source: DOD press release, June 14, 2011)

Given this backdrop, the Department of Defense and its service branches are actively engaged in energy innovation and the deployment of various clean energy solutions to respond to existing and foreseeable risks of growing oil price volatility, and the impact of fuel dependence and logistics on operational effectiveness. In addition, the services are considering alternative sources of energy and fuel, energy efficiency programs and “smart” energy technologies such as microgrids, to provide DOD installations with cost effective, stable, and indigenous forms of energy and power.

Speakers include:

  • Col. David Reynolds, Commander, Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida — AFCESA is an Air Force Field Operating Agency that supports 60,000 Air Force civil engineers at 84 major and 82 minor installations worldwide. The Agency serves as the Air Force center of expertise for many topics that include energy management, power generation, facility maintenance and infrastructure planning. Col. Reynolds received his commission in 1983 from the Air Force Reserved Officers Training Corps program at Georgia Tech. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and a MS in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. In addition, he has MA degrees in political science and national security and strategic studies from Midwestern State and the U.S. Naval War College, respectively.
  • Dr. Christine Hull, Chief, Operations and Maintenance Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina — Dr. Hull is responsible for maintenance and repair of more than 35 million square feet of facilities, 1,500 lane miles of roads and three operational airfields. She is responsible for one of the most aggressive energy programs in the Army in which Fort Bragg has competed for and obtained over $46M in FY11 funding for energy conservation projects that include thermal energy storage, ground source heat pumps, solar PV, and utility monitory and control systems on 300 buildings. Dr. Hull has a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Tennessee. 
  • Dr. Steven Meier, Vice President, New Business Initiatives, Lockheed Martin Corporation — Dr. Meier has more than 20 years of federal and private industry experience in the defense, intelligence, and civil aerospace communities. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Dr. Meier was a Division Director for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA, focused on rapidly demonstrating and transitioning innovative technologies into future space missions. Dr. Meier earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. 


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  • Created By:Michael Hagearty
  • Created:02/02/2012
  • Modified By:Fletcher Moore
  • Modified:10/07/2016