Johnson Controls joined U.S. Army senior commanders at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland to break ground on a new combined heat and power plant designed to save the Army nearly $113 million over 19 years and provide reliable energy service to mission-critical facilities.
The new natural gas cogeneration plant designed by Johnson Controls will supply a portion of the garrison's heating and power needs, and help APG 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 (ESPC) 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 an ESPC, Johnson Controls is guaranteeing an estimated $113 million in savings, generated from the improvements, will pay for the project.
Under the federal ESPC program, Johnson Controls has implemented more than 100 projects for various agencies, including the Army, Department of Energy, Air Force, Navy, General Services Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Justice Department and Department of the Interior.
The APG cogeneration plant is scheduled to be complete by January 2016.