US army reaches $1bn in energy savings

Energy efficiency has helped the US Army save $1 billion (£0.77bn) in the last five years. The milestone has been achieved in response to President Barack Obama’s challenge to all […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Energy efficiency has helped the US Army save $1 billion (£0.77bn) in the last five years.

The milestone has been achieved in response to President Barack Obama’s challenge to all federal agencies to achieve $4 billion (£3.08bn) in energy savings performance contracts by the end of 2016.

Under these contracts, a utility assesses a facility’s energy needs and provides upfront funding to make improvements. Then, the agency pays back the provider with a portion of the savings resulting from the upgrades.

The Army Materiel Command’s Anniston Army Depot in Alabama awarded a $20 million (£15.4m) utility energy service contract to run more effectively and efficiently daily operations on the site.

It contracted 127 individual projects totaling $1 billion – that’s 33 % of the federal government’s total response to the President’s challenge.

Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment said: “These contracts are important to the Army. Federal agencies like the Army can leverage their utility budgets and take the steps essential to enhancing resiliency, achieving cost savings, and improving operations and maintenance.”