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Six Federal Agencies Recognized for $133 Million in Energy Savings
Five federal energy management teams were honored with the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management on November 2nd for their efforts to save energy. The five teams are responsible for approximately $133 million and 4.6 billion Btu in savings, which equals the energy use of about 50,000 average U.S. homes. Composed of 51 federal employees and contractors, the five teams are from the U.S. Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Interior, and Justice, as well as a partnership involving DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The awardees were selected from nominations submitted to DOE's Federal Energy Management Program, which resides within in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
The departments' accomplishments encompass a wide range of energy management goals. Laboratories for the 21st Century, a voluntary partnership co-sponsored by DOE and EPA, worked with 80 laboratories, half of them federal, to save more than 533 billion Btu. The U.S. Air Force Energy Management Senior Focus Group at the Department of Defense saved $100 million and 3.3 trillion Btu through their rigorous energy management program. The Department of Homeland Security's Energy Management Committee implemented an energy management plan that resulted in an 18% decrease in energy intensity between 2003 and 2006. The Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management Energy Efficiency Team created a plan applicable to all agencies with small, remote facilities that culminated in $400,000 and 20 billion Btu in savings for 105 sites. Finally, the Justice Department's Federal Bureau of Prisons invested $3.5 million in a wind turbine and solar electric array at the Federal Correctional Complex in Victorville, California, thereby saving $350,000 in annual energy costs. See the DOE press release, the Web page for the awards on the EERE Web site, and the Laboratories for the 21st Century Web site.