Federal managers seek to trim energy costs


Federal energy managers gathered in Pittsburgh earlier this week to identify energy and water efficient products that will save the government money and protect the environment.

The Energy 2000 conference, sponsored by the Energy Department's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), was held last week in Pittsburgh, Pa. and included energy management professionals from the federal sector and private industry.

FEMP seeks to reduce pollution and increase energy and water efficiency at federal facilities. Under Executive Order 13123, issued by President Clinton in 1999, the federal government must reduce its energy consumption by 30 percent from 1985 levels by 2005 and by 35 percent by 2010.

In April, Department of Energy Secretary Bill Richardson announced that the federal government has reduced energy use in its buildings by 20 percent since 1985, one year ahead of schedule. The energy savings are calculated using fiscal year 1999 data from the 30 largest federal agencies.

Government buildings account for one half of the government's total energy cost, which adds up to about $8 billion annually. The Defense Department is the largest single energy user in the nation, spending over $6 billion on energy in fiscal 1998.

In addition to the conference, FEMP sponsors annual awards for agencies that implement energy efficiency improvements. Last year the Walter Reed Army Medical Center was recognized for saving more than $675,000 annually by installing new energy-efficient chillers, motors, and boilers, among other items.

Winners for the 2000 award will be announced shortly on the FEMP Web site.

Conference attendees learned best practices on topics ranging from collecting energy data to using cutting edge technologies to create effective energy-efficiency programs. The General Services Administration and the Defense Department co-sponsored the event, which featured environmentally-friendly conference materials printed on vegetable- and soy-based inks.

"GSA has made every effort to encourage environmental responsibility at Energy 2000, and is institutionalizing green meeting principles at other events such as this," said Paul Lynch, Environmental Executive for the U.S. General Services Administration.

For more guidance on how to buy energy-efficient products, see FEMP's Product Efficiency Ratings.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.