Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 drilled three 800- to 1,000-foot holes in the area to assist the U.S. Navy Geothermal Program Office in their research of local geothermal energy potential.
OSD centrally controls ECIP funding allocation on a by-project basis. In FY 1999 ECIP funds were allocated to those projects with the highest savings to investment ratio (SIR) and the best payback periods, regardless of component. In FY 2001, the Department revised this process to allocate funds based on the components' percentage of total DoD installations BTU consumption. Within the allocated amount, the Component prioritizes their projects based on a combination of SIR and the priorities emphasized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Executive Order (EO) 13423, and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The Department emphasizes the use of ECIP in reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing the use of renewable energy.