Renewable Energy as an Airport Revenue Source

Airports have the goal of maintaining fee and rental structures that will make them as financially self-sustaining as possible. To accomplish this, airports are now exploring non-traditional revenue sources. At the same time, utility service providers have recently begun looking for opportunities to purchase energy generated from renewable sources to meet state, regional, and federal environmental and energy goals. Since airports often have available property and facilities to host and generate clean and renewable energy sources, there may be opportunities for them to generate revenue. Nevertheless, the use of renewable energy as a revenue source is a complex issue, requiring an understanding of emerging technologies, financing mechanisms, regulatory frameworks, and operational factors. There is limited guidance to help airports identify, evaluate, select, and successfully implement renewable energy projects for revenue generation. Research is needed to develop a guidebook and evaluation tool to help airports understand the feasibility, opportunities, and challenges of renewable energy projects and their implementation for revenue generation. The objective of this research is to prepare a guidebook, with an associated evaluation tool, to help airports identify and develop viable renewable energy opportunities for increasing net revenues.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 01-24

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Harris Miller Miller & Hanson, Incorporated

  • Principal Investigators:

    Barrett, Stephen

  • Start Date: 20130813
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20141212
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37819

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543922
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 01-24
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 23 2014 1:01AM