The Energy Department and the General Services Administration see an uptick in energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs), while the Army, the biggest adopter of ESPCs, look to strengthen the resiliency of its electrical grid through these smart energy projects.
Neil Chatterjee will take over as chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, after Kevin McIntyre announced he was stepping down due to a “health setback.”
Federal infrastructure projects have stalled around the country due to cumbersome permitting processes and funding challenges, which is why a bipartisan law was enacted two years ago to speed things up. Now the authors are hoping to amend that legislation with the Federal Permitting Reform and Jobs Act.
Federal CIO Suzette Kent said four agency proposals are among the first set of finalists to get some of the $100 million Technology Modernization Fund.
The Energy Department is lending some supercomputing capacity to the VA for a genetic coding and analysis program that could change how post-traumatic stress disorder and other combat injuries are treated.
Despite wrestling with a less than ideal budget, the Army is trying to keep energy resilient in the 21st century. Federal News Radio’s Scott Maucione talks with Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability Jack Surash on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the Army’s energy future.
In today’s Federal Newscast, three federal agencies launch a new network to quickly relay information about individuals considered a threat to police officers.
The federal government has been on a drive to economize on energy since Middle East oil embargoes of the 1970s. In more recent times, policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the government’s buildings and vehicles have joined efforts to reduce spending on fuel.
For the armed services, more efficient use of fuel and greater energy self-sufficiency are matters of readiness, agility and, ultimately, the ability to prevail in war. That’s why military leaders are undertaking a broad range of energy efficiency efforts encompassing installations, ground vehicles, ships and planes.
The Air Force is beginning to explore the idea of asking a single provider to take over the complicated web of business arrangements that power its bases and support its energy resiliency strategies, and replace them with a new model: Energy as a service.
Navy Secretary says the maritime services haven’t devoted much attention to nuclear as a shore-side “alternative” energy option thus far, but it’s time to start.