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November 07, 2007

Five Federal Teams Recognized for $133 Million in Energy Savings

Five federal energy management teams were honored on November 2nd with the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management for their efforts to save energy and use renewable 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. Consisting 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 (FEMP), which resides within in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Over the past three years, the federal government has reduced its energy use by 6.4% per square foot and is currently meeting 6.9% of its electricity needs with renewable energy.

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 annual 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 awards page on the FEMP Web site, and the Laboratories for the 21st Century Web site.

DOE also honored 25 individuals, teams, and organizations throughout the federal government with the 2007 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. The awardees' efforts saved more than $18 million in energy costs over the past year. The agencies that received the awards included the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Navy; the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Health and Human Services, Interior, and Veterans Affairs; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the General Services Administration (GSA); and the U.S. Postal Service. The awards recognize accomplishments such as making use of renewable energy systems, upgrading building energy management and heating and cooling equipment, and improving internal energy security. In addition, the Energy Saver Showcase Award was awarded to federal facilities at the EPA, the GSA, and the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Interior for their superior sustainable building construction. See the DOE press release and the awards page on the FEMP Web site.