Federal Employees Receive Department of Energy Awards for Saving $62 Million in One Year through Energy Efficiency and Conservation

October 29, 2003

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Chris Kielich, 202/586-5806
For Immediate Release
October 29, 2003

WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Department of Energy today honored employees from federal agencies for creating efficiency improvements and saving energy at federal facilities around the country as well as in Europe and Japan. The 2003 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize 37 individuals and organizations. The efforts of the honorees resulted in the federal government saving more than $62 million in energy costs in one year.

This year's winners were from the United States Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy; the Departments of Commerce, Energy, Health and Human Services, Interior, Transportation and Veterans Affairs; the General Services Administration; and the United States Postal Service. Some facilities also received ENERGY STAR® and Showcase awards for superior building performance and sustainable construction.

All of the award winners's efforts support President Bush's National Energy Policy, which calls on federal agencies to conserve energy use at government facilities, Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham said. The President's National Energy Policy also charges the government to enhance conservation efforts, increase energy supplies, accelerate the protection and improvement of the environment and increase the nation's energy security.

Presented each year since 1981 by the Department of Energy and the Federal Interagency Policy Committee, the awards recognize efforts that have paid off in real progress toward energy efficiency goals set for the government by the President and Congress. Preliminary FY 2002 data indicates that the federal government has reduced its energy intensity in buildings by almost 25 percent as compared to 1985.

The 2003 winners were selected from more than 100 nominations submitted by 13 federal agencies. Accomplishments of the winners include:

  • installation of the largest federal photovoltaic systems in the United States, among the largest in the world;
  • implementing energy savings performance contracts and utility financed contracts to obtain private sector funds to cut federal energy costs; and;
  • becoming an ENERGY STAR® building by installation of building-wide energy management control system, renewable energy purchases, numerous product replacements with energy efficient models, HVAC upgrade, and other improvements.

Sponsored by the Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), these awards demonstrate a commitment to sound government stewardship by acknowledging efforts to save energy, reduce federal energy costs, promote a cleaner environment, accelerate technology transfer and create a stronger economy. This awards program is one of the many activities held each year during October, Energy Awareness Month, to highlight the critical importance of energy efficiency and renewable resources and federal efforts to lead by example in these efforts. The complete list of the 2003 winners can be viewed on the FEMP Web site.

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