Johnson Controls’ heat, power plant to save U.S. Army $113 million

Glendale-based Johnson Controls Inc. joined U.S. Army senior commanders today at Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Ground to break ground on a new combined heat and power plant. Scheduled to be completed by January 2016, the plant is projected to save the Army nearly $113 million over 19 years.

The new natural gas cogeneration plant designed by Johnson Controls will supply a substantial portion of the garrison’s heating and power needs, and help APG— a $1 billion U.S. Army research and development resource— make progress toward energy resiliency, a critical mission for Army installments around the world.

“This plant will reduce our reliance on a third party for energy,” said Jeffery Presgraves, contract officer representative for APG. “Since our research and military testing facilities directly support national security, reliable energy services are crucial.”

Johnson Controls has helped APG reduce its environmental impact and operational costs since 2007 through multiple energy savings performance contract projects, utility monitoring and control systems, and new construction projects. In total, these initiatives will help APG benefit from more than $430 million in guaranteed cost savings.

“This plant represents the U.S. Army’s continued commitment to energy resiliency, environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility. We are proud to support that mission while updating facilities that help the Army’s men and women at home and abroad,” said Steven Spanbauer, global director of federal solutions, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency.

Under the energy savings performance contract, Johnson Controls is guaranteeing an estimated $113 million in savings—generated from the improvements—will pay for the project.

Johnson Controls has implemented more than 100 energy savings performance contract projects for various agencies, including the Department of Energy, Air Force, Navy, General Services Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Justice Department and Department of the Interior.

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