DOE and Interior Department to Deploy Clean Energy at National Parks

November 26, 2008

DOE and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) are teaming up to deploy energy efficient and renewable energy technologies throughout the national park system, through the new Energy SmartPARKS program. The two agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 18 that commits them to contributing a total of $1 million in seed money for the program, with the intent of drawing additional private sector support. The Energy SmartPARKS program will include such efforts as conducting energy audits, retrofitting lighting, replacing windows and furnaces, upgrading meters and thermostats, purchasing electric utility vehicles, and studying the feasibility of installing wind power. An example is the recent exterior relighting of the White House and the Washington Monument, which achieved energy savings of 27%-50%. The new program Web site list 16 projects, including specific efforts at 14 sites. See the DOI press release and the National Park Service's Energy SmartPARKS program Web site.