Energy Secretary Honors Federal Employees who Saved More Than $63 Million in One Year through Energy Efficiency and Conservation

October 23, 2002

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October 23, 2002

WASHINGTON, DC--Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham today honored 53 groups and individuals for creating efficiency improvements and saving energy at federal facilities around the country and as far away as Brazil, the United Kingdom and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Sponsored by DOE's Federal Energy Management Program, the awards acknowledge efforts to save energy, reduce federal energy costs, promote a cleaner environment, promote technology transfer and create a stronger economy. The 2002 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize efforts that saved the federal government more than $63 million in energy costs in the last year alone.

"These awards support President Bush's National Energy Policy which calls on federal agencies to lead by example and conserve energy use at their facilities," Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham said at a ceremony at the The Wyndham Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. "The President's National Energy Policy also charges the federal government to enhance conservation efforts, increase energy supplies, accelerate the protection and improvement of the environment, and strengthen our nation's energy security."

This year's winners are from the United States Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy; the Departments of Energy, Health and Human Services, Interior, State, Veterans Affairs and Treasury; the General Services Administration; the Tennessee Valley Authority; Presidio Trust; and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Presented each year since 1981 by the Department of Energy and the Federal Interagency Policy Committee, the awards recognize efforts that have resulted in real progress toward government-wide energy efficiency goals set by the President and Congress.

Preliminary Fiscal Year 2001 data indicates that the federal government has reduced its energy intensity in buildings by 23 percent as compared to 1985.

The 2002 winners were selected from more than 120 nominations submitted by 14 federal agencies. Accomplishments of the winners include:

  • the largest one-time installation of solar heating systems in the country;
  • implementing energy savings performance contracts and utility-financed contracts to obtain private sector funds to cut federal energy costs; and
  • making facility-wide systemic changes by installing energy-efficient lighting, energy-saving motors and energy monitoring control systems.

October is Energy Awareness Month. This awards program is one of the many activities held each year to promote and celebrate energy efficiency and renewable resources.

View the list of the 2002 winners.

Release No. PR-02-224