Related Links: Pew Charitable Trusts study Proposals Sought for Largest Ever Army Renewables Program A new study says the Dept. of Defense is well on its way to meeting its goal of an electric grid that uses more renewable and energy-efficient components.The report, which the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Charitable Trusts released on Jan. 15, found that DOD energy-efficiency projects more than doubled, to 1,339 in FY 2012 from 630 in FY 2010. Renewable-energy projects jumped 54%, to 700, in that same period.By the end of 2018, renewable-energy capacity on U.S. military bases could rise more than fivefold, to 2.1 GW,
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.