U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
U.S. Government Exceeds its Goal for Renewable Energy Use
November 3, 2005
The federal government exceeded its goal of obtaining 2.5 percent of
its electricity from renewable energy sources by the end of September,
according to figures released on November 3rd by DOE. As the largest energy
consumer in the nation, the federal government now uses 2,375 million
kilowatt-hours of renewable energy per year. That represents a nearly
14-fold increase in renewable energy use since 1999, when an Executive
Order set the goal. Today, the federal government's annual use of
biomass, geothermal, solar, and wind power is enough to power 225,000
homes or a city the size of El Paso, Texas. See the DOE press release.
The federal government now has a new goal to meet, as the Energy
Policy Act of 2005 requires the government to obtain 7.5 percent of
its electrical power from renewable sources of energy by 2013. A key
facilitator for that goal is the Federal Energy Management Program
(FEMP), a part of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Energy that helps federal agencies employ renewable energy by
purchasing green power or deploying renewable technologies. As a
result, solar panels, wind turbines, and thousands of geothermal heat
pumps have been installed at federal facilities across the nation.
See the FEMP Web site.