Milcon Panel Praises DODs Energy Initiatives

first_imgThe Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee commends the Defense Department for its efforts to invest in renewable energy projects and energy security, improve the energy efficiency of its facilities and reduce its energy consumption, according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill.Those efforts, along with the department’s programs to enhance water conservation and to improve the security of installation energy sources, are critical components of DOD’s strategy to meet federal goals for reliance on renewable energy and resource conservation, the panel said.The committee also supports the department’s efforts to incorporate green building technologies when constructing new facilities or renovating existing ones. “In doing so, DOD and the services should seize upon leading edge technologies and new and underutilized, low-cost, energy-efficient technologies that provide value through minimal life-cycle costs,” according to the report.The panel highlighted projects underway in Hawaii as being at the forefront of the military’s energy initiatives, including the development of  net zero energy installation facilities, and upgrades to improve energy and water efficiency. Two installations in Hawaii are serving as demonstration sites for the Smart Power Infrastructure Demonstration for Energy Reliability and Security [SPIDERS] Program.“The efforts underway in Hawaii, and at military installations elsewhere, are helping to inform department-wide and government-wide energy policies and investment strategies,” the lawmakers said.These investments already are paying off. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus earlier told the Senate Armed Services Committee that energy efficiency projects underway in Hawaii are projected to save the federal government $4.5 million annually.“This is an example of the progress being made to reduce spending while addressing energy and water efficiency, conservation and security at installations throughout the country,” the report stated.The Appropriations Committee passed its FY 2016 milcon spending bill on May 21. The committee report, S. Rpt. 114-57, is available on congress.gov. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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