DOE launches initiative to decrease energy intensity by 30%

The TEAM Initiative aims to meet or exceed the goals already laid out by President Bush for increasing energy efficiency throughout the federal government. Experts predict that reducing energy intensity by 30% across the DOE complex will save approximately $90 million each year, after projects are paid for.

08/21/2007


U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman launched the Transformational Energy Action Management (TEAM) Initiative, a department-wide effort aimed at reducing energy intensity across the nationwide DOE complex by 30%.

The TEAM Initiative aims to meet or exceed the goals already laid out by President Bush for increasing energy efficiency throughout the federal government.

Reducing energy intensity by 30% across the DOE complex will save approximately $90 million each year, after projects are paid for.

The Initiative meets or exceeds energy efficiency goals mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) as well as President Bush's Executive Order (EO #13423), announced in January 2007, which directed federal agencies to reduce energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions; substantially increase use andefficiency of renewable energy technologies; adopt sustainable design practices; and reduce petroleum use in federal fleets. This Initiative adopts an evenmore ambitious timeline and targets changes that will have an impact on DOE's energy use as early as next year.

Specifically, TEAM Initiative requires:
* By 2008, DOE have in place executable plans for all facilities to reduce energy intensity by 30%
* The Department maximize installation of secure, on-site renewable energy projects at all DOE sites and/or optimize affordable purchases of renewable electricity;
* DOE's entire Alternative Fuel Vehicles fleet operate exclusively on clean, alternative fuels;
* DOE benchmark and monitor water use and implement a plan - and begin saving water - by fiscal Year 2008 to reduce consumption by at least 16%.
* New DOE construction, major renovations, and 15% of existing federal capital asset building inventory incorporate the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings, ultimately aspiring to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification, or comparable certification;
* The Department use Environmental Management Systems to ensure implementation of, and provide the supporting framework for, these activities.

By setting aggressive goals and timelines, and streamlining contract approval for change, and increasing use of private financing to make improvements, TEAM Initiative will end DOE's incremental approach to saving energy. These goals cannot be achieved without the expanded use of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs), Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs) provided by utility companies. ESPCs and UESCs are unique contracting vehicles, allowing agencies to complete needed energy savings projects for their facilities. ESCOs and utilities provide the private financing required for equipment purchases and process enhancements and are subsequently repaid from the revenues generated from energy cost savings resulting from improved energy efficiency.





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