Emergency Power Generators Used and Managed Inefficiently by Department of Defense

LCD-77-406: Published: May 20, 1977. Publicly Released: May 20, 1977.

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The Department of Defense (DOD) needs to make improvements in the management and use of the emergency power generators, which provide backup power for vital DOD facilities, such as hospitals, if normal power sources fail.

DOD needs to provide standard guidelines to the services on how to best manage and use emergency power generators. More stringent DOD and service criteria on the authorization and use of emergency power generators could reduce many of the problems noted at the installations visited, such as generator capacities greater than required, unnecessary and duplicate generators, inconsistencies in generator use, and unnecessary costs to maintain duplicate systems.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should: (1) provide criteria for determining which users should have priority access to emergency power and how the needs of these users can best be met; (2) strengthen the process for reviewing and justifying the need for all generators in order to permit the initial need for a generator to be adequately justified, to permit those users which can be serviced by smaller generators to be identified, and to permit generators no longer necessary to be made available to other users; and (3) instruct installations to share generators, when appropriate, as an alternative to buying or retaining unnecessary generators.

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