Federal Employees Receive DOE Awards for Saving Over $33 Million in One Year through Energy-Efficiency and Conservation

October 17, 2001

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October 17, 2001

WASHINGTON, DC -� The U.S. Department of Energy today honored 43 groups and individuals for creating efficiency improvements and saving energy at federal facilities around the country. The 2001 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognized individuals and organizations from all federal agencies whose efforts during the past fiscal year saved the federal government more than $33 million in energy costs.

"Today the Department of Energy honors 43 federal energy-efficiency projects that have saved the American taxpayers over $33 million in energy costs in one year," said Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. "These awards salute the individuals and organizations that have made this possible. The President's National Energy Policy urges all federal agencies to conserve energy and reduce energy demand."

Winners today were the United States Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy; the Departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, Interior, State and Transportation; the General Services Administration; and the United States Postal Service. The awards support the President's National Energy Policy (NEP) which calls on federal agencies to conserve energy use at facilities. The NEP also charges the government to enhance conservation efforts, increase energy supplies, accelerate the protection and improvement of the environment and increase the nation's energy security.

Presented each year since 1981 by the Department of Energy and the Federal Interagency Policy Committee, the awards recognize efforts which have paid off in real progress toward energy efficiency goals set for the government by the President and Congress. Preliminary FY�2000 data indicates that the federal government exceeded energy reduction goals by 3.1 percent. In real dollars the government spent $2.4 billion less for facility energy in FY 2000 than in FY�1985.

The 2001 winners were selected from more than 100 nominations submitted by federal agencies. Awardees represent all parts of the government, including the Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the General Services Administration, the U. S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Postal Service. Accomplishments of the winners include:

  • installing a 2.8 kilowatt building-integrated photovoltaic (PV) roof system;

  • implementing energy savings performance contracts and utility-financed contracts to obtain private sector funds to cut federal energy costs; and

  • making facility-wide systemic changes by installing energy-efficient lighting, energy-saving motors, and energy monitoring and control systems.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program, the awards demonstrate a commitment to sound investment by acknowledging efforts to save energy, reduce federal energy costs, promote a cleaner environment, promote technology transfer, and create a stronger economy. October is Energy Awareness Month. This awards program is one of the many activities held each year to promote and celebrate energy efficiency and renewable resources. The list of the 2001 winners can be viewed on the web at: www.eere.energy.gov/femp/newsevents/.

Release No. R-01-177