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Federal Energy Management Program 101

January 10, 2013 By Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

The DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) assists federal agencies with energy legislation and regulations, and helps them build and retrofit high-performance buildings and procure energy-efficient products and renewable energy.

The federal government is the nation’s largest energy consumer, and the FEMP gives federal agencies the tools to help them achieve their mandated energy, GHG and water goals. It analyzes federal energy rules to help agencies comply with them, and provides technical assistance to agencies introducing new energy-efficient technologies.

Additionally, FEMP helps agencies save money by helping them obtain project funding tools such as energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs), utility energy service contracts (UESCs), on-site renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs), and other federal and and state incentives.

Since 2005, FEMP has facilitated $3.1 billion of efficiency investments in federal government facilities from performance-based contracts, which resulted in cost savings of about $8.5 billion over the life of the energy-saving measures, DOE says.

FEMP also helps agencies implement sustainable design practices, such as using passive solar to capture light and heat from the sun and saving water by landscaping with native plants (see image). Its services include:

  • Energy audits
  • Combined heat and power assessments
  • Operations and maintenance assessments
  • Laboratory design protocols
  • Independent evaluations of technologies
  • Advanced metering
  • Guidance for procuring energy-efficient and renewable energy products

FEMP also provides purchasing tips, cost data and calculations to help agencies offset energy consumptions costs by purchasing energy-efficient products that are Energy Star certified or otherwise in the top 25 percent of energy efficiency in their class.

EPAct 2005 requires federal agencies to source no less than 5 percent of total electricity consumed in fiscal years 2010 through 2012 from renewable energy, increasing to 7.5 percent in FY 2013 and beyond. FEMP helps agencies meet these renewable energy requirements.

Additionally, FEMP helps agencies reduce water use and GHG emissions, and meet meet fleet management requirements, such as reducing petroleum consumption by 2 percent per year through FY 2020, compared to a FY 2005 baseline, and increasing alternative fuel use by 10 percent per year relative to the previous year through 2015.

Photo Credit: Heather Lammers, NREL



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