Robins makes strides in energy efforts|
Posted 8/6/2010 Updated 10/4/2010
by Tech. Sgt. Vann Miller
78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
8/6/2010 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- For more than a year, the Energy Office here has tried to make people smart on ways to curb energy usage on the base. The office has done this not only with Robins in mind, but also with a desire to help the Air Force and the United States become more energy independent.
The Air Force has historically been the largest user of energy in the federal government. In 2008, the Air Force spent $9 billion on fuel and electricity. Meanwhile, the U.S. federal government is the greatest consumer of energy-related products in the world.
Beyond the energy campaign, how does an individual help the base, the Air Force and the nation reach their energy goals?
Many members of Team Robins are making a difference, and employees should be commended for their efforts in energy reduction. In one major holiday in 2009, Robins used 362,875 fewer kilowatt hours compared to the same holiday two years prior. But the leaders here understand major changes are required to reach the goals they have set.
So far, Robins has made some interesting strides toward energy reduction. In finding alternative sources, the base has already implemented both solar power and hydrogen alternatives into its operations.
For example, the solar panel, on demonstration here for one year, is capable of producing 25 kilowatts of electricity and is primarily used to power the hydrogen fuel station.
The new hydrogen station is a test project within the Department of Defense to develop an alternative fuel source. Currently, there are some vehicles using the new hydrogen fuel cell, but there is a plan to use hydrogen in approximately 100 vehicles assigned to the Defense Distribution Depot here.
In 2009, the base signed a partnership with Georgia Power to buy 40 percent of the alternative energy the company produces. This agreement allows Robins to meet its goal of obtaining 5 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Since then, Georgia Power has increased its renewable energy production, but Robins still purchases the largest volume of green energy in Georgia.