$24M Funding for Green Energy Upgrades at Butte’s Mansfield Building

Green Energy Improvements at Mike Mansfield Federal Building and Courthouse

Federal Funds Allocated for Green Energy Upgrades


Federal and local officials have revealed plans to allocate $24 million in taxpayer funds from the Inflation Reduction Act for green energy enhancements at the Mike Mansfield Federal Building and Courthouse in Butte.

Low-Embodied Carbon Materials

An estimated $8 million will be dedicated to utilizing low-embodied carbon materials such as concrete, glass, and steel. These materials have minimal greenhouse gas emissions associated with their production.

Emerging Technologies

The remaining $16 million will be invested in emerging and sustainable technologies. This could involve implementing highly efficient mechanical systems like geothermal or air-source heat pumps. The goal is to reduce energy consumption by 40%, eliminate operational greenhouse gas emissions, and transition the building to run entirely on electric power.

Statements from Officials

Robin Carnahan, administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration, emphasized the project’s alignment with President Biden’s Investing in America agenda. She highlighted how the initiative will drive sustainability, foster innovation, and create high-paying manufacturing jobs domestically.

U.S. Senator Jon Tester expressed pride in securing the funding for the project, emphasizing its role in creating jobs, updating infrastructure, and modernizing the Mike Mansfield Federal Building.

Controversy Surrounding the Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act, passed by Democrats in August 2022, faced criticism from Republicans. They argued that the legislation would exacerbate inflation, raise taxes, and fund unaccountable programs. The act was also accused of expanding the Internal Revenue Service and introducing unnecessary subsidies.

Construction Timeline

Construction on the green energy projects at the Mansfield building is slated to commence in late 2025, with substantial completion expected by the summer of 2027.

Article by Mike Smith | Montana Standard

Read More of this Story at mtstandard.com – 2024-06-05 01:00:00

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