DOE Announces Funding for Energy Efficiency in Federal Buildings

August 10, 2009

Photograph of the Forrestal Building, a large, square, concrete building lifted on concrete pillars above a parking lot.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today 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. Under President Obama, the federal government 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 retrofits.

Fifteen agencies will share more than $20 million in technical assistance:

  • Architect of the Capital
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Transportation
  • General Services Administration
  • Health and Human Services
  • National Archives
  • Treasury Department
  • United Stated Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Veteran Affairs

The federal government, as the nation's largest energy consumer, has a tremendous opportunity and clear responsibility to lead by example. FEMP is central to this responsibility, guiding 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.

Many projects will help create new jobs and expand a clean energy economy. $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's Recovery and Reinvestment Web site.

This announcement is being made the twelth annual GovEnergy conference. As the federal government's premier energy training workshop and tradeshow, GovEnergy provides federal employees with cutting-edge training to address the difficult challenges of federal energy management. For more information on GovEnergy visit the GovEnergy Web site.