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.”