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Facilities Energy

The Energy Management program works to improve the energy and water efficiency of 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); Executive Order 13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management; and Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance.

The Federal Government is the nation's single largest consumer of energy resources. Reducing the amount of energy used and improving energy efficiency has positive impacts for both the economy and the environment.
The Energy Management program personnel serve as the point of contact between the Department of Energy and USDA's agencies and offices in implementing the goals and requirements of the energy and water efficiency program throughout USDA.

USDA owns and operates over 20,000 buildings nationwide, and the variety of size, purpose, and geographic dispersion of this inventory makes achieving energy goals challenging. As of 2010, USDA facilities decreased overall energy intensity by 15.9% compared to the FY 2003 base year. The energy intensity reduction achieved by USDA exceeded the energy reduction goal of 15% set forth in Executive Order 13423.

To meet these challenges and achieve the targeted goals of EPAct, EISA, EO 13423, and EO 13514, an Energy Management Team has been established in USDA. This team was instrumental in the development of the Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP), which is on record with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

For further information contact Mr. Dean Johnson, 202-720-2941 or by email deanc.johnson@dm.usda.gov