The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides $120 million in funding for the Department of Defense Energy Conservation Investment Program, in addition to annual appropriations by Congress. The ECIP is a small, but key component of the Department’s energy strategy. This program is specifically designated for projects that reduce energy usage, and therefore, costs. This program includes construction of new, high-efficiency energy systems and the improvement of existing systems.
The Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP) includes projects that meet the long-term Department of Defense goal to reduce energy consumption. The program complies with facility requirements that ensure high operational performance and productivity, while emphasizing sustainability, energy efficiency, safety, and maintainable structures and systems; as well as meeting overall life-cycle cost effective standards. Project activities funded by the Recovery Act, will achieve long-term public benefits by investing in technologies that increase economic efficiency and health benefits, build new sources of renewable energy, enhance job creation/retention, improve military facilities, and improve the quality of life for our troops and their families.
This program also continues to support the goals of fostering energy independence and security while improving infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits.
The Military Services and Components (including Defense Commissary Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, and National Security Agency) are working to maintain mission readiness while incorporating energy conservation projects within existing Department facilities. Savings-to-Investment Ratios (SIR), estimated through life-cycle costs, and Payback Period, the length of time needed to pay back the initial capital investment, are key components in the selection of ECIP projects. Historically the program obtains more than two dollars in life-cycle savings for every dollar invested, which indicates a very positive investment for the Department of Defense. For example, the Air Force targets projects with SIR greater than 1.25 and Simple Payback of less than ten years.
This program delivers costs savings, freeing funds for other warfighter needs. For example, by implementing the ECIP projects, the annual savings for the Army are estimated to be $5.0 million in operating costs.
The Department’s continued support for advancements in innovative technology, and leadership role as a steward for the environment, is reinforced through the implementation of energy conservation measures at DoD facilities within the ECIP. This includes using renewable energy, highly efficient Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), and conserving water. For instance, the Marine Corps Facilities Energy and Water Management Program serves to support national goals to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. Reducing energy usage at Marine Corps installations frees up resources for operational and mission requirements.