Preliminary Assessment of Factors Affecting DoD Facility Energy Management Capabilities

by Jeffrey A. Drezner, Beth E. Lachman, Melissa A. Bradley


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DoD is the largest single energy using organization in the U.S. Achieving DoD's energy conservation goals has become increasingly important in a tight budget environment. This report documents Phase 1 of a larger study examining DoD's energy management capabilities and ways to enhance those capabilities. Energy management includes both technical (e.g., project design) and non-technical (e.g., education and awareness) activities. Based on extensive interviews of energy managers throughout DoD, we have identified several categories of factors affecting energy program success, including organizational factors, training and experience, communication and interactions, resources, and metrics and measuring. These areas suggest where energy policy emphasis should be placed.

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