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Facilities Energy & Water

USDA’s Facilities Energy and Water Management Program works to enhance energy and water efficiency at USDA facilities nationwide in support of the goals and objectives of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) ; the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) ; and Executive Order 13693 (E.O. 13693), Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade .

USDA, which owns and operates nearly 24,000 facilities nationwide, consumes vast amounts energy and water resources each year. The variety of size, purpose, and geographic dispersion of this inventory makes achieving energy and water goals challenging.

To meet these challenges and achieve the targeted goals of EPAct, EISA and E.O. 13693, a National Facilities Energy and Water Management Program has been established within USDA. Facilities Energy and Water Management Program staff serves as the liaison between Federal Oversight Agencies (i.e., CEQ, OMB and DOE) and USDA's agencies and offices in implementing the energy and water efficiency goals and requirements throughout USDA. Facilities Energy and Water Management Program staff is instrumental in developing and implementing USDA’s annual Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP), which is required by E.O. 13693.

As of 2015, USDA facilities decreased overall energy use intensity by 30.1 percent compared to the FY 2003 base year; decreased overall potable water use intensity by 17 percent compared to the FY 2007 baseline; and decreased industrial/landscaping/agricultural water use by 17.5 percent compared to the FY 2010 baseline. Also, in FY 2015, USDA facilities purchased and consumed more than 140,000 megawatt-hours of electricity, which is equivalent to 29 percent of its electricity use.

The energy and water intensity reductions as well as the renewable energy use achieved by USDA in 2015 exceeded the targets set forth in EPAct and EISA. USDA’s improved energy and water use efficiency along with its increased renewable energy use has positive impacts for both the economy and the environment. For further information contact Mr. Dean Johnson, 202-720-2941 or by email