November 2005
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Minnesota and South Dakota VA Medical Centers Win Federal Award

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MILWAUKEE – The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs) in the Midwest will be honored with a 2005 Federal Energy and Water Management Award for an innovative energy program in which Johnson Controls, Inc. guaranteed to save $26 million. The U.S. Department of Energy award ceremony will take place Thursday, October 27 at the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.. Peter Yakowicz, Network Capital Asset Manager, will accept the award on behalf of the VAMC.

The VAMCs, located in Minneapolis, Minn., Sioux Falls and Black Hills, S.D., are part of the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 23. VISN 23 had contracted with Johnson Controls to implement cost-effective energy conservation measures that directly support medical, surgical and rehabilitative care services. United States Senator Mark Dayton, who supported this effort, stated, “I congratulate the Department of Veterans Affairs and Johnson Controls for winning this very prestigious award. Every dollar saved by the Minneapolis VA hospital in energy costs is one more dollar available for the care of our veterans.” Through an energy savings performance contract, a capital investment of $14.1 million is yielding estimated annual energy and operational savings for a total guaranteed savings of more than $26 million over the life of the project.

The projects contribute to several key VA initiatives, including:

Control Solutions, Inc About the Federal Energy and Water Management Award

The Federal Energy and Water Management Award recognizes leadership in promoting and improving federal energy management. Currently in its sixth year, the award program was established by Executive Order 13123, “Greening the Government through Efficient Energy Management.” The awards support President Bush's National Energy Policy that calls for America to modernize conservation efforts, increase energy supplies, accelerate the protection and improvement of the environment and increase our nation's energy security.

About Johnson Controls, Inc.

Johnson Controls is a global leader in interior experience, building efficiency and power solutions. The company provides innovative automotive interiors that help make driving more comfortable, safe and enjoyable. For buildings, it offers products and services that optimize energy use and improve comfort and security. Johnson Controls also provides batteries for automobiles and hybrid electric vehicles, along with systems engineering and service expertise. Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), founded in 1885, is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For additional information, please visit


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