This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

October 29, 2003

Federal Government Leaders Achieve $62 Million in Annual Energy Savings

The recent efforts of 37 individuals and organizations throughout the U.S. federal government have yielded new energy savings worth $62 million annually. In recognition of their efforts, DOE presented these federal leaders with the 2003 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards on October 29th. This year's winners are from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy; the Departments of Commerce, Energy, Interior, Transportation, Veterans Affairs, and Health and Human Services; the General Services Administration; and the U.S. Postal Service. Some federal facilities also received Energy Star and Showcase awards for superior building performance and sustainable construction.

DOE chose the award winners from more than 100 nominations. Some of the accomplishments of the winners include installing the largest federal solar photovoltaic power system in the United States; implementing contracts that allow private companies to invest in energy-saving projects at federal facilities; and reducing the energy impact of federal buildings by installing energy management systems, upgrading heating and cooling systems, installing more energy-efficient equipment, and buying renewable energy. See the DOE press release.