Work begins on U.S. Army power plant designed by Johnson Controls

Construction has started on a natural gas heat and power plant designed by Johnson Controls Inc. to reduce energy costs by $113 million at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

The plant will supply a substantial portion of the garrison’s heat and power, reducing the reliance on utility services.

“This plant represents the U.S. Army’s continued commitment to energy resiliency, environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility,” said Steven Spanbauer, global director of federal solutions in the Johnson Controls building efficiency division.

The Aberdeen project is part of Johnson Controls’ extensive work with the military to improve building efficiency, a core part of the company’s business. Earlier this month, Glendale-based Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) was selected as one of 13 businesses eligible to share in $1.5 billion worth of contract work on future energy savings projects for military installations.