Federal agencies may have to make significant process changes to meet the mandated 30% energy reduction in federal building by 2015, according to a new report. Produced by attendees of a workshop held by representatives of the Federal Facilities Council and private-sector organizations, the report details the challenges of meeting the requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).
One of the main changes recommended by attendees
is alteration of funding mechanisms by Congress. Appropriators and oversight
committees need to recognize that previous funding patterns may need to change,
as additional upfront funds may be needed to implement energy savings, but
long-term costs will fall with lower energy expenditures.
One suggested strategy for funding
improvement is establishing a government-wide revolving fund for energy
improvements and energy efficient equipment purchases "