U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Federal Energy Management Program
Economic Stimulus Act to Result in Greener Federal Buildings and Fleets
February 18, 2009
Federal buildings and fleets will become greener under a measure of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which President Barack Obama signed on February 17. The act provides $4.5 billion to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to convert federal buildings into high-performance green buildings, which generally combine energy efficiency and renewable energy production to minimize the energy use of the buildings. The act also directs $4 million toward the establishment of an Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings within the GSA.
In addition, the act provides $100 million for the Energy Conservation Investment Program within the Department of Defense (DOD), as well as another $100 million for energy conservation and alternative energy projects at facilities of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. The act also provides the DOD with $3.84 billion to modernize its facilities, and a portion of those funds will go toward energy efficiency improvements.
For federal vehicle fleets, the act provides $300 million to cover the costs of acquiring greener motor vehicles, including hybrids, electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid vehicles, once they become commercially available. Buying plug-in hybrids will be an iffy proposition, however, as the funds must be spent by September 30, 2011. See pages 45-48, 88-91, and 195-197 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (PDF 13.4 MB), as well as pages 19, 30-31, and 73 of the accompanying joint explanatory statement of the conference committee (PDF 10.3 MB). Download Adobe Reader.