Assisted NC businesses in winning 4,050 contracts minimum value of $15.77 billion
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GENERAL. Energy requirements are mandated for federal agencies. Legislation has required reductions in fossil fuel consumption and increases in renewable energy use and efficiency targets for government fleets and buildings. The National Energy Conservation Policy Act (NECPA) requires federal agencies to report annually on energy management activities. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 amended and addressed additional federal energy management targets.

As the largest energy consumer in the federal government, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) drives total federal energy management goal achievements. The annual National Defense Authorization Act has included provisions related to DOD energy management and authorities. Throughout several administrations, Presidents have issued executive orders to establish energy management guidelines and targets for the federal government as well as energy directives for the country at large.

President Biden has a $2 trillion climate change plan, which includes moving the United States to 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Under his administration, the U.S. is expected to rejoin the Paris agreement, whose central goal is to keep the rise of global temperatures below two degrees Celsius compared with pre-industrial levels. Biden’s plan also includes a $400 billion in clean energy research and development, over a period of ten years, which would make it the largest-ever government investment in clean energy. As the nation’s largest energy consumer, DOD’s investments in research and development will reduce fossil fuel use and increase use of clean energy sources.

The energy plan recognizes how climate change, especially extreme weather events, threaten the resilience of military bases and security infrastructure. The plan encourages collaboration between DOD and the U.S. Department of Energy to determine the most urgent climate-related threats to the military and prioritize climate-resilience infrastructure spending to prevent further damage.

Plans for collaboration align with the DOD’s Report on Effects of Climate Change to the Department of Defense from 2019, recognizing climate change as a national security issue, interfering with missions, operational plans, and installations. More specifically, Biden’s plan invites the DOD, as well as the Departments of State and Homeland Security, to devise a comprehensive strategy to deal with the national security implications of climate change.

DOD ENERGY.  The primary energy goal for DOD is supporting the DOD’s mission. Energy is critical in all military operations both at installations (installation energy) and operationally (operational energy). Installation energy includes energy needed for powering military installations such as buildings and non-tactical vehicles. Operational energy, on the other hand, is the energy needed for training, moving, and sustaining military forces and weapons and the energy used by tactical power systems. DOD’s operational energy is not subject to federal energy management requirements.

Installation energy represents 80 percent of all federal energy consumption. DOD has 500 installations worldwide, including 30,0000 buildings, which account for 30 percent of the total DOD energy use. DOD spends $4 billion a year to power all its fixed installations. Therefore, it is critical to reduce energy demand through efficiency programs on its installations. Examples include lighting retrofits, high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and energy management systems.

Military energy efficiency projects are directed through the Energy Policy Act of 1992, which amended NECPA and authorized two alternative financing methods, including energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and utility energy service contracts (UESCs). ESPCs have become a preferred means of making energy efficiency improvements at military bases because, in part, funds do not have to be directly appropriated. Training and guidance for utilizing ESPCs and UESCs is provided through the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP).

DOD bases are currently dependent on a power grid vulnerable from aging infrastructure and weather-related events. Within North Carolina, military bases are extremely vulnerable to hurricanes and other natural disasters and along with the rest of the country, the aging grid will require significant infrastructure upgrades to address the needs of an evolving energy network. Both energy resilience and energy security are and will remain critical priorities for the DOD under the Biden administration.  Military bases across the country are already using a combination of renewables and energy storage to increase energy security and resilience and these efforts will only increase.

North Carolina has capacity in renewable energy and energy conservation and both represent an important opportunity for businesses to engage in the federal marketplace.  The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC) will assist businesses successfully engage in these markets and grow jobs through energy-related federal opportunities.

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Diane Cherry

NCMBC Key Information

  • NCMBC-assisted firms won 4,050 contracts – minimum value at $15.77 billion – from the NCMBC’s opening in 2005 through August 2021
  • FY2020: Federal agencies awarded $9.5 billion in prime contracts to companies in 97 of 100 North Carolina counties
  • FY2020: Department of Defense awarded $6.1 billion in prime contracts to companies in 83 of 100 North Carolina counties
  • NCMBC’s return on State investment: 33:1







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