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June 04, 2014

GSA's 'Green Button' to Save Energy Costs Across the Federal Government

The General Services Administration (GSA) on May 28 announced that it will use Green Button technology to save energy and shrink costs across the federal government. The agency launched this initiative in partnership with industry leaders following a 2013 Presidential memorandum directing federal agencies to strengthen efforts to use renewable energy and manage energy usage more efficiently and effectively.

Green Button is an industry-led effort that allows electricity customers to download their household or building energy-use data in a user-friendly format. The December 2013 Presidential Memorandum set a new target for federal agencies to increase their consumption of renewable energy to 20% of their total amount of electric energy use by 2020. GSA, along with the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, with support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, have worked to launch a Green Button pilot program demonstrating integrated Green Button energy analytics. The pilot built upon earlier 2012 GSA energy management saving $16 million across 100 GSA-owned buildings. See the GSA news release.