Federal Procurement of Energy Efficient Products November 2011 Update

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Welcome to the second issue of Federal Energy-Efficient Product Procurement! This bi-monthly update will help Federal procurement officials, facility managers, and others remain up to date on events, training, technology, and changes to acquisition requirements.

In This Issue:

FEMP-Designated Efficiency Requirement Updates

FEMP will update the following efficiency requirements in November 2011:

  • Fluorescent Ballasts
  • Fluorescent Luminaires
  • Industrial Luminaires
  • Commercial Boilers
  • Standby Power

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Low Standby Power Update

Federal procurement officials must purchase products that use less than 1 watt of standby power, where such products are available. FEMP is in the process of eliminating many low standby power categories and is instead referring Federal purchasers to the ENERGY STAR© website for the following categories:

  • Consumer Audio
  • DVD Players
  • TV/VCR/DVD Combo
  • Scanners
  • Televisions (TVs)

The low standby power requirement for microwave ovens remains 2 watts, and the low standby power requirement for all other categories is now 1 watt:

  • Desktop Computers
  • Displays and Computer Monitors
  • Copiers
  • Fax/Printer Machines
  • Multifunction Imaging Devices
  • Printers
  • Cordless Phones

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Federal Energy and Water Management Award Winners

Celebrating its 30th year, the Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize the commitment by Federal agencies to invest in efficiency measures that save money for taxpayers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a stronger economy for the American people. Over the past 30 years, winners have saved almost $16 billion and an estimated 770 trillion Btu of energy. This is enough energy to provide all the energy needs of Federal Government facilities for two years.

In 2011, 29 individuals, teams, and organizations across the Federal Government received awards for outstanding and innovative efforts to implement sustainable strategies that improve energy, water, and vehicle fleet efficiency. Winners include employees from the U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Defense Logistics Agency; the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Homeland Security, Interior, and Veterans Affairs; and the General Services Administration.

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OMB Scorecards Due in January

FEMP would like to remind agencies that the next quarter for scorecard reporting is in January 2012. Agencies can also view their current scorecard data and sustainability plans in the Sustainability section of the Performance.gov website.

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GreenGov 2011

The 2011 GreenGov Symposium was held October 31 through November 2 and featured 70 sessions, nine breakout tracks, and more than 325 speakers and moderators. GreenGov brings leaders in sustainability together under one roof to address the challenges of the Federal Government—the biggest energy consumer in the U.S. economy—to become leaner, greener, and more efficient. Thank you to everyone who participated in making this year's GreenGov Symposium a success. Visit the GreenGov website for more information.

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Upcoming Events and Conferences

The following conferences and events can be beneficial resources for facility managers and procurement officials:

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Contacts and Subscriptions

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