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Federal Energy and Water Management Awards

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

25 winners across the federal government have been recognised by the US DOE as recipients of the 2013 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards. The awards highlight the federal agencies’ commitments to lead the US in implementing efficiency measures to improve energy, water, and vehicle fleet management that save taxpayer money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The winners
The winners this year include:

  • US Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy.
  • The Departments of Agriculture, Energy, Homeland Security, Interior and Veterans Affairs.
  • General Services Administration.

The above have saved a total of 1.9 trillion Btu of energy, nearly 400 million gal. of water and more than US$ 43 million during the 2012 fiscal year. The initiatives implemented by the winning staffers also helped to offset more than 86 billion Btu of fossil based energy through a combination of renewable energy generation and purchases.

The combined accomplishments of the winners include:

  • Implementing fleet optimisation and training that saved 286 billion Btu in aviation fuel consumption.
  • Implementing facility wide changes to operations and maintenance practices, saving more than 1.6 trillion Btu.
  • Installing significant water efficiency improvements, saving nearly 400 million gals. of water.
  • Implementing energy savings performance contracts, utility energy service contracts, and power purchase agreements to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation and greenhouse gas management projects.

Putting it in to perspective
The energy savings are equivalent to 27 000 cars being taken off US roads and eliminating the average energy use of more than 20 000 US households a year. This has all supported the Administration’s new renewable energy consumption goal for the federal government, consuming 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd

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