Panama City, FL-- Even though U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ranks the Air Force #1 in the Department of Defense and #2 in federal government for it's use of green power, doesn't mean they can celebrate at the air force civil energy center, as Energy Director Ken Gray tells us,
"About 6 percent of the Air Force's Energy comes from renewable sources."
6% is a strong number, which is why the Air Force is near the top of the list with other Fortune 500 companies, but due to the Energy Policy Act of 2005, they will still have to improve that number to 7.5% by the end of the year. But Gray says there is a plan,
"Well we've been working for several years to help the Air Force begin to develop renewable energy sources."
These renewable sources could be anything from solar power like they use on site at Tyndall and at Nelis in Arizona, wind power like at Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming, or even methane acquired from an unlikely place,
"The most productive one we have used to this point is landfill gas. It's a methane gas that's produced in a landfill and we will take it to a motor generator set and we'll generate electricity with it."
And digging through trash is not the only way the Air Force is gathering methane, they also have been producing algae to power, as Bobby Diltz tells us,
"We'll take this algae and digest it and then the methane that will be produced from our digestion will actually be able to power a building."