Johnson Controls Helps U.S. Army Improve Energy Resiliency at Aberdeen Proving Ground

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New combined heat and power plant will save $113 million and help Army reduce need for third-party energy resource

MILWAUKEE, May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Johnson Controls joined U.S. Army senior commanders at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) 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.

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The new natural gas cogeneration plant designed by Johnson Controls will supply a substantial portion of the garrison's heating and power needs, and help APG make significant 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.

About Aberdeen Proving Ground
Aberdeen Proving Ground is a $1 billion U.S. Army research and development resource and a key player in the nation's homeland defense and international counterterrorism efforts. Located on more than 72,500 acres — along the shores of Chesapeake Bay – base employees are responsible for numerous technical achievements in military intelligence, medical research, engineering and computer technology.  With more than 21,000 civilian, military and contractor employees, Aberdeen Proving Ground is one of the largest employers in the state of Maryland.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 170,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2015, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #15 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.


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