Secretary Bodman Announces Major New Energy Efficiency Initiative at the GovEnergy 2007 Workshop and Exposition in Historic New Orleans

August 9, 2007

The Federal Government’s premier energy workshop and exposition held its 10th annual event in historic New Orleans on August 5 – 8.  The event, which was chaired by DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program and cosponsored by five other Federal agencies, drew a record-breaking crowd of  nearly 2000.  Cosponsors included the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security; the General Services Administration; and the Environmental Protection Agency. Assistant Secretary Alexander A. Karsner introduced Secretary Samuel W. Bodman – the first DOE Secretary to attend and address the annual event.  In the Closing Plenary session followed by a press conference, the Secretary announced his  new Transformational Energy Action Management   (TEAM)  Initiative.  

Through this new initiative, DOE plans to “lead by example” in order to meet or exceed the Federal goals of Executive Order 13423 – Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.  The new order, which was signed by President Bush on January 26, 2007, directs Federal agencies government wide to reduce the energy consumption of their facilities and vehicle fleets and increase the use of sustainable design practices, water efficiency, and the purchase of renewable power.  Under the TEAM Initiative, the Secretary has established the following Department wide energy management goals:

  • Achieve a 30 percent energy intensity reduction or have an executable plan in place for all DOE sites by the end of 2008.
  • Maximize the installation of secure, on-site renewable energy projects at all DOE sites and/or aggregation of DOE sites to optimize affordable purchases of renewable energy generation.
  • Require the Department’s entire fleet to operate the agency’s Alternative Fuel Vehicles exclusively on alternative fuels.
  • Benchmark and monitor water use and implement a plan, and begin saving water by FY 2008 to reduce consumption by at least 16 percent.
  • Incorporate the new Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings for new construction, major renovations, and 15 percent of existing Federal capital asset building inventory in order to reach the Leadership in Energy and environmental Design Gold (or equivalent) certification.
  • Use Environmental Management Systems to ensure implementation of and provide the supporting framework for these activities.

In his remarks on August 8, Secretary Bodman said: As the federal government’s lead agency on energy management, DOE will have raised the bar with TEAM Initiative. 

Over the next few years, DOE will leverage every possible public and private resource to improve our energy performance and reduce our energy intensity.  By fundamentally transforming the way the Department manages energy use in its facilities, not only will we be able to achieve the President’s ambitious goals for increasing efficiency, but it will also allow for a cleaner, leaner and more efficient federal government.

GovEnergy 2007 provided participants with a broad array of topical training choices, including 9 technical and policy tracks and over 80 individual workshop sessions.  The expo included the participation of 84 exhibitors displaying the latest energy and water saving technologies and management practices commercially available today.  Participants included officials from Federal agencies government wide, state and local government agencies, the utility industry, energy service companies, equipment manufacturers, energy management companies, the building design and construction industry, and national laboratories, among many others.

Next year’s event will be held on August 3 – 6 in Phoenix, Arizona.  For more information on this year’s event and announcements regarding GovEnergy 2008, go to www.govenergy.gov.  The site will be updated to reflect the 2008 agenda and registration and accommodations details. For information on Federal energy management in government facilities and vehicle fleets, go to the FEMP Web site.

For more information on the new TEAM Initiative, contact  Beverly Dyer 202-586-7241 or Steve Chuslo 202-586-1326.