RESEARCH REPORT

Competing Priorities: Can Defense and Civilian Agencies Afford Energy Efficiency?

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Energy efficiency is a strategic objective for the Department of Defense (DoD), yet DoD managers believe established goals for reducing demand are too ambitious. Defense managers agree that the government should reduce its reliance on the commercial energy grid—but the established DoD goal of reducing demand by 30 percent before 2015 seems aggressive. Cost constraints, a culture resistant to energy efficient practices and conflicting priorities limit progress. 

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