02/15/10

Federal Energy Management

By collaborating with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program, the Alliance helps the government implement improved energy management and investment strategies.

As the nation's greatest energy consumer and a well-positioned leader in efficiency policy, the federal government plays a unique role in promoting energy efficiency. Each year, the federal government consumes about 1.6 percent of all energy used in the United States, at a cost of $24.5 billion to taxpayers. Most, 65 percent, of federal energy consumption goes to power planes, ships and automobiles; 30 percent goes to operating the government's 500,000+ facilities and buildings.

Better federal energy management over the last two decades to reduce energy use in federal buildings and other facilities has resulted in significant energy and cost savings. Federal energy use decreased by 16 percent from 1985 to 2007. Energy-saving efforts helped federal building carbon emissions decrease by 9.4 percent from 2003 to 2007.