Airports are facing increasing challenges and opportunities as they strive to achieve environmental goals, increase energy resiliency, and meet the quickly evolving energy needs of their customers. For example, gas-fired central utility plants typically create most of an airport’s Scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions, and some airports are exploring converting their plants to electric power. Additionally, airports are vulnerable to power disruptions from the larger energy grid, which may adversely affect not only their facilities but large segments of the National Airspace System as well, resulting in millions of dollars in costs. Airports and their customers are increasingly relying on electrification to meet their power requirements, resulting in enhanced charging infrastructure and related ancillary needs.
The objective of this project is to conduct an ACRP Insight Event to provide a forum for airports, stakeholders (e.g., airlines, concessionaires/tenants, service providers, utilities, government partners), and subject matter experts to discuss the key factors related to airport energy resiliency, encourage stakeholder engagement, learn about current practices and trends, and identify future research needs.