Administration Turns to Former Wal-Mart Exec to Trim Air Force Energy Costs
By: L.A. Times 07.22.2016
Wal-Mart is one of the nation's largest private energy consumers, having to power millions of square feet of store space. So when the Obama administration wanted to cut energy bills for the Air Force - which consumes more energy than any other U.S. agency - it turned to the person who had led similar efforts at Wal-Mart for six years.
As assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy since 2014, Miranda Ballentine has used her private-sector experience to help the Air Force keep its energy costs down.
The Air Force spent $8.5bn on energy in 2015 — about 86 percent of that on jet fuel. But without the changes put in place since 2010, those costs would have been $1.9 billion higher, she said.