Cutting the Federal Government's Energy Bill: An Examination of Executive Order 13514

January 27, 2010

A Senate subcommittee hearing—Cutting the Federal Government's Energy Bill: An Examination of the Sustainable Federal Government Executive Order—held on January 27, 2010, focused on ways the Federal Government can lead by example in the nation’s energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction efforts.

The subcommittee is part of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

“Becoming energy efficient is a clear way for the Federal Government not only to save money, but also to improve the quality of service we provide to the American people,” said Tom Carper, Senator and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security.

The hearing focused on Executive Order (E.O.) 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. FEMP Program Manager Richard Kidd provided testimony on reducing Federal energy consumption as required in E.O. 13514 and other laws and regulations.

“Investments in energy savings will not only reduce the Federal energy bill, they can also lead to a range of other important benefits including safeguarding our environment, increasing the productivity of the Federal workforce, and improving our nation’s energy security,” said Kidd. “This is the first time that legislation or an executive order related to Federal energy management has explicitly required agency-level planning, clearly linking that planning with the budget formulation process. The impact of this change should guide agencies to adopt rigorous analysis to ensure that all proposed energy-related investments result in the highest possible return to the American taxpayer.”

Richard Kidd’s testimony is available (PDF 494 KB). Download Adobe Reader.  

The full witness panel included:  

Nancy Sutley
Chair, Council on Environmental Quality

Richard Kidd
Program Manager, Federal Energy Management Program

Dorothy Robyn
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, Installations and Environment; U.S. Department of Defense

Sam Pulcrano
Vice President, Sustainability; U.S. Postal Service

Testimonies from each panelist are available.