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October 30, 2003

Five Federal Energy Management Teams Earn White House Honors

The White House awarded the Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management to energy-saving teams at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force on October 30th. The teams implemented measures that will save the federal government about 1.3 trillion Btu (British thermal units) of energy each year-more energy than is used by 13,000 typical U.S. homes.

Five energy management teams earned presidential awards: the team at the Naval Facilities Engineering Command drew on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and combined heat and power systems to save more than 900 billion Btu per year; the team at the Fort Carson Army post established long-term sustainability goals, including increased use of energy efficiency and renewable energy; the team at the Dyess Air Force Base arranged to buy all the base's electricity from wind power plants; the team at the Food and Drug Administration's Jefferson Laboratories underwent an industrial assessment audit and upgraded its district cooling system, lighting systems, and other equipment; and the USPS team implemented a strategic energy management plan for its operations in Arizona, Nevada, California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. See the DOE press release.