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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 (E.O.) 13834: Efficient Federal Operations.

USDA, which owns and operates tens of thousands of 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. 13834, 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 mission areas and staff 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 Sustainability Report and Implementation Plan (SRIP), which is required by E.O. 13834.

As of 2018, USDA facilities decreased energy use intensity by 38 percent compared to the 2003 base year and decreased potable water use intensity by 25 percent compared to the 2007 base year. Also, in 2018, USDA facilities purchased and consumed approximately 84,000 megawatt-hours of electricity, which is equivalent to 19 percent of its electricity use.

The energy and water intensity reductions as well as the renewable energy use achieved by USDA in 2018 exceeded the targets set forth in EPAct, EISA, and E.O. 13834. USDA’s energy and water use performance has positive impacts for both the economy and the environment. For further information contact Mr. Dean Johnson, 202-720-2941 or by email deanc.johnson@usda.gov.