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Jul. 11, 2013 8:30 am

U.S. Senate proposes defunding Navy Yard’s Energy Efficient Buildings Hub

A cornerstone of the Navy Yard's burgeoning tech community, the EEB Hub broke ground on its new headquarters last month. Without the EEB Hub, will the momentum behind the Navy Yard's tech scene skid to a halt?
A rendering of the south side of the EEB Hub’s headquarters-to-be.

A rendering of the south side of the EEB Hub's headquarters-to-be.

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has proposed defunding the Navy Yard’s Energy Efficient Buildings (EEB) Hub, a five-year, $129 million research initiative dedicated to developing ways to make buildings more energy efficient, Newsworks reported.

From Newsworks:

Citing “poor management and failure to meet technical milestones,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) called for the EEB Hub to be axed from the 2014 budget.

In its report, the Senate committee slammed the Hub — claiming “no measurable benefit” from the $55 million invested to date.

EEB Hub Director Paul Hallacher told Newsworks that the program has “indeed met [its] milestones.”

A cornerstone of the Navy Yard’s burgeoning tech community, the EEB Hub broke ground on its new headquarters last month. The organization has about 25 full-time employees and 150 part-time employees. Without the EEB Hub, will the momentum behind the Navy Yard’s tech scene skid to a halt?

Read the whole Senate report and the Newsworks story here.

Read more on the Inquirer.

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