Alliance to Save Energy Praises Bush Administration for High Level Recognition Of Energy Efficiency in Government

Release Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2001

Federal Government Had Wasted $1 Billion Annually On Energy

The Alliance to Save Energy — which three years ago exposed more than $1 billion annually of energy waste in the federal government, the nation's largest energy user — now is praising the White House for its high level support for the federal government's energy efficiency efforts.

"We don't hesitate to criticize the Administration when we think they're wrong and it's just as important to cheer them when they do the right thing," Alliance President David Nemtzow said. "Energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to extend our nation's energy supply and help increase our energy security."

"Despite the recent terrorist attacks on the United States and the ongoing war, Vice President Cheney took the time to present awards personally to four federal agency energy management teams whose projects will result in significant energy cost savings. In this climate of uncertainty about energy supply, demand, cost, and depth of dependence, White House leadership is invaluable in making the government more energy efficient," Nemtzow said.

The Alliance has long been urging the federal government to put more effort into federal energy management. Three years ago, the Alliance released a major report, Leading By Example: Improving Energy Productivity in Federal Government Facilities, that showed the federal government wasted more than $1 billion annually on energy. In response to that finding, Executive Order was issued in June 1999, and subsequently updated this year by President Bush, calling on federal agencies to dramatically decrease their energy use through energy-efficiency improvements.

The awards the Vice President presented October 18 honored teams from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Department of the Navy for projects that will result in millions of dollars of energy cost savings.