Congressional budget cuts have forced the Army to scale back its efforts to become more energy efficient and generate more renewable energy, a top Army official said.
Richard Kidd, the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for energy and sustainability, said Nov. 20 at a panel discussion in Arlington, Va., that the Army had to cancel $250 million in energy projects in fiscal 2013 because of budget cuts.
He said the Army has also had to slow down its replacement of aging coal-fired boilers and plants because of a lack of funding.
But he said one of the most pressing issues is that sequestration has cut into the Army’s ability to maintain and repair its equipment and facilities — and those facilities will become less efficient over time and cost more money to maintain.
“Existing Army facilities are breaking, and they are not being repaired,” Kidd said.
He added the longer the Army struggles with lower funding, the worse the problem will get.
“This represents a significant long-term cost liability to the country because once they break, they are going to consume more energy and they are going to be more expensive to fix once we get the funds,” Kidd said.