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Federal Energy Management Program Director Timothy Unruh shares his thoughts on topics related to energy management.

November 30, 2015
FEMP Director's Blog
Making a Difference: Federal Energy Management Down on the Farm

Support from the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has helped the USDA develop shelters for agricultural equipment that are also generate solar power. The "Solar Shaded AgPort" is a model of interagency cooperation that yields a harvest of savings for American farmers.

November 10, 2015
As part of the Dept. of Energy Scholars Program, veterans visited a solar array at the U.S. Army base in Fort Carson, Colorado.
Energy Department Training Veterans to Join America’s Clean Energy Workforce

Military veterans returning to the workforce possess unique skills, knowledge, and experience to help advance the federal government’s clean energy initiatives. Over the summer, the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) hosted nine military veteran student interns through the DOE Scholars Program, where each participant worked closely with leaders in advancing clean energy technologies, supporting greater national energy security.

September 30, 2015
FEMP eTraining Certificate Series
Federal Energy Management Program Launches New Training Series

With a footprint that includes 350,000 buildings, 600,000 fleet vehicles, and $445 billion spent annually on goods and services, the federal government’s actions to reduce pollution, support renewable energy and operate more efficiently can make a significant impact on national emissions. That's part of the overall goal of a new certificate training series from the Energy Department's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) being launched to help with education, workforce development and cut energy use in the public and private sectors.

June 24, 2015
FEMP Director's Blog
The Energy Exchange: Doing Our Part to Support Sustainable Practices in the Federal Government

The federal government is the single largest consumer of energy in the nation with a footprint consisting of 350,000 buildings and 600,000 vehicles. With this large portfolio comes a tremendous responsibility to ensure everything is running at optimal condition. The Energy Department's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will offer a new training event called the Energy Exchange from August 11-13 in Phoenix, Arizona. The training is geared toward civilian and military federal agencies, as well as partnering organizations that are responsible for a host of energy, water, and sustainability activities in federal building and fleet operations.

March 19, 2015
FEMP Director's Blog
Leading by Example on Climate Change: Our New Federal Sustainability Plan

President Obama signs executive order to ensure federal government leads by example on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and boosting clean energy.

March 2, 2015
Free, online training courses on <a href="[0]=93">Renewable Energy Technology Applications</a> are available through the Federal Energy Management Program.
New Online Training Courses Help Agencies Understand Renewable Tech

Updated courses on Renewable Energy Technology Applications now available through the Federal Energy Management Program.

February 25, 2015
On February 20, GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini and Dr. David Danielson, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, sign a Memorandum of Understanding, as GSA’s Kevin Kampschroer, Director of Federal High Performance Green Buildings and Christine Harada, Associate Administrator, Office of Government-wide Policy applaud. | Energy Department photo
Working Together to Make Government Greener

By Kevin Kampschroer, GSA Director of Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings and Dr. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency 

With hundreds of thousands of facilities and vehicles spread across the globe, the United States government is one of the world’s largest consumers of energy. This highlights how important it is for federal agencies to lead by example in conserving energy and slashing carbon pollution.

February 11, 2015
Energy consumption by the federal government has been steadily declining for nearly four decades. Much of the decline in recent years can be attributed to a decrease in the use of jet fuel at agencies like the Air Force. | Air Force photo
Federal Government’s Energy Consumption Lowest in Almost 40 Years

While the U.S. federal government continues to be one of the largest energy consumers in the world, its consumption has been steadily declining for nearly four decades, and now stands at less than 1 quadrillion British thermal units, the lowest since 1975, when data collection began. Find out how our Federal Energy Management Program helped agencies achieve this milestone.

December 19, 2014
Photovoltaic panels were installed on the Harold Washington Social Security Center in Chicago as part of an Energy Savings Performance Contract.
Federal Energy-Saving Program Keeps Federal Government on Pace to $4 Billion Investment

Driving investments to improve federal building efficiency is a top priority for the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). One of the most cost effective and high-impact ways this is being achieved is through FEMP’s Energy Savings Performance Contract program.

November 13, 2014
FEMP/DOT team members accepting award at the GreenGov Presidential Award Ceremony. | Photo credit U.S. ACE.
DOE Federal Efficiency Program Wins GreenGov Dream Team Award

The White House Council on Environmental Quality’s GreenGov Presidential Awards honor federal, civilian, and military personnel as well as agency teams, facilities, and programs who take innovative steps to reduce energy use and carbon pollution, curb waste, and save taxpayer money in federal agency operations. Late last month, the Department Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) was announced as the GreenGov Presidential Green Dream Team Award winner for work done in partnership with the Department of Transportation (DOT).

November 7, 2014
Veterans take a training at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. | Photo credit: ORAU.
Leveraging Veteran Talent: The Opportunity for the Clean Energy Industry

As clean energy industries scale and grow, companies are uniquely positioned to recruit and harness the technical skills and intangible traits of transitioning service members and veterans.

August 6, 2014
Ronald J. (R.J.) McIntosh receives a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Rep. Suzan DelBene of Washington. | Photo courtesy of Rep. Suzan DelBene’s office
Veterans Solving Energy Challenges

Energy Department internship program enables veterans to hone their skills and help agencies throughout the federal government achieve energy goals.

May 15, 2014
Federal Energy Management Program Director Dr. Timothy Unruh (fourth from left) with Air Force Academy staff and students. The Air Force Academy team won a DOE Excellence in Energy Award for their microgrid design that featured two biomass-fired combined heat & power facilities, fuel cells, and a complex load management scheme. |  Photo courtesy of Air Force Academy
Excellence in Energy Awards: Military Academies Leading by Example

Federal Energy Management Program honors military academies with DOE Excellence in Energy Award for innovative capstone engineering design projects.

March 21, 2014
David Morin, Energy Manager for Laughlin Air Force Base, discusses the base-wide xeriscape project with his colleagues.  The design incorporates native turf and includes advanced scheduling and metering, which automatically modifies irrigation to weather conditions to reduce potable water use.
Making Sustainability "Business as Usual"

Find out how the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program is helping reduce energy use within the federal government through Institutional Change mechanisms.

December 3, 2013
Energy Department Training Breaks New Ground

The Federal Energy Management Program is now an authorized provider of continuing education units from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training. These continuing education units are recognized by regulators, licensing bodies, and employers around the world.

November 6, 2013
Fort Carson’s first U.S. Green Building Council platinum-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified facility, the 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team Brigade and Battalion Headquarters, features a 482 kilowatt ground-mounted, tracking photovoltaic system. | U.S. Army photo
Leading the Way in Energy Best Practices

Every year, the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program honors leaders in the federal government who have developed unique ways to conserve energy and improve water and vehicle fleet efficiency, which ultimately saves taxpayers money.

October 30, 2013
The Energy Department's Federal Energy Management Program guides and advises agencies on how to use funding more effectively in meeting federal and agency-specific energy goals. | Department of Energy photo
Federal Energy Management: Helping Agencies Achieve Savings

The Federal Energy Management Program guides and advises agencies on how to use funding more effectively in meeting federal and agency-specific energy goals.