Senate Committee Would Augment ECIP Funding to Accelerate Renewable Projects
In a bid to bolster the Defense Department’s effort to develop renewable energy sources and improve energy security, the Senate Appropriations Committee has recommended adding $10 million to the administration’s FY 2012 request for the Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP).
The extra $10 million would be used for planning and design and would increase ECIP spending to $145 million. The panel said it wants to encourage DOD to continue using ECIP funds — the only dedicated funding stream for energy projects within the department — to leverage investments in major energy projects, particularly renewable energy initiatives.
“ECIP is emerging as a major tool to leverage investment in larger projects, such as net-zero energy facilities or smart grid technologies, that are intended to produce significant improvements in energy consumption, costs or security at single or multiple installations,” according to the committee report accompanying the FY 2012 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill the panel approved June 30.
The committee report, S. Rpt. 112-29, is available on Thomas. The bill is a substitute version of H.R. 2055.