White House Honors Four Federal Teams for $72 Million in Energy Savings

October 23, 2008

The White House recognized energy management teams from four federal entities on October 22 with Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management, which honored the teams for their support, leadership, and work in promoting and improving energy use in their facilities. The teams included 44 federal employees and contractors that were collectively responsible for reducing the federal government's annual energy use by 3 trillion Btu—roughly equal to the annual energy use of 32,000 average U.S. households—for an annual cost savings of about $72 million. Teams from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration were chosen from nominations sent to DOE, which were reviewed by a panel of judges before being recommended to the president.

HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing achieved the greatest savings by using energy performance contracting, in which the contractor invests in the energy efficiency upgrades and is paid back over a period of time through a portion of the energy savings. The office awarded contracts in fiscal year 2007 under which $121 million will be invested in energy efficiency projects to achieve guaranteed annual energy savings of $68 million, an 80% increase over the guaranteed energy saving's of the previous year's contracts. To date, more than 201,800 public housing units have been renovated under the office's energy performance contracts.

The other three awardees include the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, which used a full-time resource efficiency manager to reduce the base's energy intensity by 9.5% from the previous year, saving almost $1.4 million per year; the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, which developed an agency-wide energy management initiative to invest more than $7.5 million in energy efficiency projects over the last two fiscal years, reducing energy intensity by 6% last year while cutting energy costs by $2 million per year; and GSA's Pacific Energy and Sustainability team, which completed energy projects at nine facilities that encompass 24 buildings. Along with lighting retrofits, the GSA team installed a 274-kilowatt solar power system and awarded a 10-year contract award for on-site solar power that will produce 740 megawatt-hours per year. See the DOE press release.