Federal Employees Honored for Saving Millions in Energy Costs

October 27, 2005

DOE honored 20 federal government employees, teams and organizations on October 27th for saving more than $14 million in energy costs in the past year. Selected from 100 nominations submitted by federal agencies, the recipients of the 2005 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards included employees from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy; the Departments of Interior and Veterans Affairs; the General Services Administration; and the Smithsonian Institution. The award-winning efforts included renewable energy installations, green power purchases, energy efficiency upgrades, innovative energy efficiency contracting mechanisms. In addition, federal facilities at the DOE, the Interior Department, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration received Energy Saver Showcase Awards for superior building performance and sustainable construction. See the DOE press release and the complete list of award winners.

Sponsored by the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), a part of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the awards demonstrate a commitment to sound government stewardship of resources. The federal government estimates that it has reduced its energy use in buildings by almost 26 percent since 1985, and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires the federal government to further reduce its energy use by two percent each year. The act also requires the federal government to purchase at least 7.5 percent of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2013. For more information, see the FEMP Web site.