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Tinker Air Force Base, Honeywell partner in $80 million heating system

Tinker Air Force Base will save money each year in energy and maintenance costs after an $80 million upgrade is completed, base officials said Tuesday.
by Adam Wilmoth Modified: October 30, 2012 at 9:08 pm •  Published: October 31, 2012

/articleid/3723978/1/pictures/1871235">Photo - Steam from the heating system. Tinker Air Force Base officials held a ceremony and tour of Tinker's heating system. The base in August awarded an $80 million contract to Honeywell to build a new, more efficient heating system.  Photo By David McDaniel, The Oklahoman <strong>David McDaniel - The Oklahoman</strong>
Steam from the heating system. Tinker Air Force Base officials held a ceremony and tour of Tinker's heating system. The base in August awarded an $80 million contract to Honeywell to build a new, more efficient heating system. Photo By David McDaniel, The Oklahoman David McDaniel - The Oklahoman

The energy-efficiency effort is likely to become a model for the rest of the military, Bleymaier said.

“This is a real success story,” he said. “Multiple Air Force offices, the Department of Energy and the private sector all are working together to tackle a major issue for our military and Tinker Air Force Base.

Tinker is the No. 1 energy user in the Air Force.

“That's a No. 1 we don't want,” Bleymaier said. “This effort will help us lose that notorious title.”

As part of the project, affected buildings will receive advanced metering and monitoring systems, which will help base officials monitor the base's energy savings.

“We're not doing this just for energy's sake,” Bleymaier said. “Ultimately our mission is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace, and our job at Tinker is to provide our war fighters with the capabilities they need to win.

“When we're able to reduce the amount of energy we use and the amount of money we're spending on energy, that's money that we can use in a better way.”

by Adam Wilmoth
Energy Editor
Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector....
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