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Federal Employees Honored for Saving $14 Million Through Energy Efficiency

October 27, 2005 - 12:33pm

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Energy Department Receives Energy Saver Showcase Award for Superior Building Performance and Sustainable Construction

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today honored 20 federal government employees, teams and organizations for saving more than $14 million in energy costs in the past year through energy efficiency improvements and innovative energy-saving strategies across the federal government.  During the ceremony DOE received a special award for superior building performance and sustainable construction at its facilities.

Under Secretary of Energy David K. Garman presented the 2005 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards, which recognize efforts to save energy, reduce federal energy costs, promote a cleaner environment, accelerate technology transfer, strengthen our national security and create a stronger economy.  

"President Bush has called on government agencies and individual Americans to improve energy efficiency," Under Secretary Garman said.  "These awards showcase the leading and important efforts of federal employees and prove that individual efforts can add up to big savings."

In addition, today, Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman announced that the first federal Federal Energy Saving team is being deployed to a General Services Administration facility in Jamaica, N.Y., as part of the comprehensive national energy efficiency effort being undertaken by the Bush Administration.  The team, made up of Energy Savings Experts, will assess the facility's energy usage with the goal of not only improving efficiency, but also reducing energy costs.     

The White House also gave Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management at today's ceremony.  These awards honored five energy management teams from the Departments of Defense and the General Services Administration that saved more than $9 million and enough energy to power 9,800 typical homes.

Energy Department award winners' accomplishments include:

  • Upgrading heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, improving operations and maintenance practices, recommissioning energy systems and installing direct digital energy controls;
  • Implementing innovative energy efficiency contracting mechanisms whereby private companies are paid only when energy savings are achieved; and
  • Issuing contracts for the purchase of "green power" and installing renewable energy systems.

Selected from 100 nominations submitted by federal agencies, this year's awardees are employees from the United States Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy; the Departments of Interior and Veterans Affairs; the General Services Administration; and the Smithsonian Institution.  Federal facilities at the Departments of Energy and Interior and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration received Energy Saver Showcase Awards for superior building performance and sustainable construction.

Sponsored by DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), these awards demonstrate a commitment to sound government stewardship of resources.  For 24 years, FEMP and the Federal Interagency Policy Committee have chosen these award winners to recognize efforts to help agencies increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy.  The federal government estimates that it has reduced its energy use in buildings by almost 26 percent since 1985.  The Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires the federal government to reduce its energy use by two percent each year and to purchase at least 7.5 percent of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2013.

This awards program is one of the many activities held each year during October, Energy Awareness Month, to highlight the critical importance of energy efficiency and renewable resources and federal efforts to lead by example in energy management. The complete list of Federal Energy and Water Management Awards winners can be viewed at http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/awards_fewm2005.html.  For more information on how businesses and American families can save energy and lower energy costs, please visit http://www.energysavers.gov/.

Media contact(s):

Chris Kielich 202/586-5806

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