Improvements Needed in Department of Defense Energy Conservation Investment Program

EMD-78-15: Published: Jan 18, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 18, 1978.

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The Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP) afforded the Department of Defense (DOD), the Government's largest energy user, an opportunity to make its existing buildings more energy efficient. However, the program as conceived and currently structured does not insure that its primary objective of conserving DOD's energy resources will be achieved in the most efficient, effective, and economical manner.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should closely evaluate the ECIP program and determine scope and funding levels needed to meet the administration's new energy conservation goals for existing buildings; revise the EPIC program structure and criteria to: insure that, effective immediately, all Government-owned, contractor-operated plants and overseas installations can compete for program funds, insure that proper economic analysis methods are used to evaluate and select all projects, include a measurement of the amount of energy saved per dollar invested as a secondary evaluation technique, insure that the military services determine whether the energy savings to be realized could be accomplished through less costly energy conservation measures, and include guidelines and controls to obtain consistent and reliable data for use in evaluating and selecting energy conservation projects; and work closely with the Department of Energy in its development of energy price escalation projections and use these projections in the ECIP program.

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