The U.S. Department of Energy announced more than $20 million in high-end technical assistance to federal agencies to help ensure the widest possible implementation of leading-edge energy efficiency technologies across the federal government. The current administration is committed to leading a transformation to a low-carbon emission future.
To assist federal agencies
in achieving this goal, DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will
make available the technical expertise from DOE's National Laboratories for
such projects as cool roofs, greenhouse gas reductions, renewable energy, smart
grids, zero energy homes, sustainable buildings, and energy and water
Fifteen agencies will share more than $20 million
in technical assistance. According to DOE, the federal government is the nation’s
largest energy consumer, and it has a tremendous opportunity and clear
responsibility to lead by example. FEMP will guide agencies to use funding more
effectively in meeting federal and agency-specific energy management objectives
and goals, including reducing federal energy intensity by 30% by 2015 from 2003
levels; reducing water intensity by 16% by 2015 from 2007 levels; and
generating or purchasing renewable electric energy equivalent to at least 7.5%
of its electricity use by 2013.
DOE hopes the projects will help create new jobs and expand a
clean energy economy. Nearly $17 million will be used to enhance and accelerate
FEMP service functions to the federal Government, $3 million to develop a
comprehensive greenhouse gas (GHG) management and abatement program, and $2.5
million to develop an energy, water and emissions reporting and tracking system
for federal facilities.
For more information on
these and other Recovery Act-related funding opportunities, visit DOE'sRecovery
and Reinvestment website.