Energy Department Announces Interagency Committee to Increase Use of Clean Energy Technologies in Federal Facilities
June 1, 2012
In support of the Obama Administration's all-out, all-of-the-above approach to American energy and dedication to improving energy efficiency within the federal government, the Energy Department today announced a new interagency advisory committee to accelerate deployment of innovative products and technologies in the federal sector. The Senior Executive Committee for Technology Deployment, a subcommittee of the Interagency Technology Deployment Working Group, brings together leaders of technology deployment programs from across the federal government to implement the Obama Administration's comprehensive strategy to reduce energy costs in agency facilities, while boosting American competitiveness in the global clean energy race.
The Senior Executive Committee features founding representatives from the Energy Department, General Services Administration, and the Department of Defense, including the Army and Navy, and is expected to grow. The committee will support the transition of energy efficient technologies from research and development to successful commercialization by developing consistent processes to test and evaluate innovative and underutilized technologies, and share information on technology performance and economic value agency-wide. The committee's activities will be coordinated agency-wide by the Energy Department's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP).
Using rigorous methods, agencies will test and evaluate technologies that show promise to reduce energy use and save taxpayer money in federal facilities. The new committee will review and share results from energy-related technology demonstrations with other agencies in the federal government. When individual clean energy technologies are shown to save energy and money, agencies will work to accelerate their deployment across federal agencies, in turn, helping to speed their adoption in commercial markets. Agencies will also develop new policies, modify procurement specifications, and increase communications and outreach about these technologies to support this effort. In addition, FEMP will facilitate agency projects by engaging energy service companies and utilities that routinely provide support to federal agencies.
As part of the Administration's broad efforts to improve efficiency in the federal government, President Obama announced in December nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings. As part of that announcement, the Administration issued a Presidential Memorandum committing the federal government to enter into a minimum of $2 billion in performance-based contracts to improve federal building energy efficiency over the next two years. These investments will save billions in energy costs, promote energy independence, and, according to independent estimates, create tens of thousands of jobs in the hard-hit construction sector.
The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. Learn more about how the Energy Department provides the services, tools, and expertise to federal agencies to help them achieve their federal energy management goals at the FEMP website.