Federal Facilities to be Retrofit With Climate-Resilient Technologies
WASHINGTON — The Energy Department is providing $13 million in funding to retrofit 17 federal facilities across the country with renewable energy and other climate resilience technologies.
According to the department, these projects will lower energy costs and enhance the facilities’ resilience following the more extreme weather events that are a byproduct of climate change.
Each of the projects will rely on energy performance contracts at no additional up-front cost to the government and will lower energy and water utility bills by more than $30 million annually while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 200,000 metric tons, the department said in a press release.
To kick the initiative off, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm recently visited the New Carrollton Federal Building in Maryland to observe a model of the energy efficient technologies that will soon be deployed across the country.
“By outfitting federal buildings with technologies to reduce water and energy consumption and shrink carbon emissions, the federal government is leading by example and saving taxpayers money by lowering energy bills,” Granholm said during the visit.
“The investments of the bipartisan infrastructure law and the build back better agenda will supercharge the deployment of these technologies and grasp a substantial opportunity to strengthen America’s economic, energy, and environmental security while fighting climate change,” she said.
Funding for the projects is being provided through the Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies program.
In addition, the bipartisan infrastructure law includes $250 million for federal building energy efficiency improvements.
To increase the impact of these projects, federal agencies will leverage over $724 million by using alternative financing mechanisms, including energy savings performance contracts and utility energy service contracts.
The participating agencies will install both traditional energy efficiency measures and renewable energy technologies, such as solar photovoltaics, while deploying innovative energy conservation measures like battery energy storage systems with microgrid controls, pumped water storage, lighting efficiency, electric vehicle supply equipment, combined heat and power using biofuels with carbon capture and storage and other novel technologies.
Participating agencies and facilities include the U.S. Coast Guard, Naval Information Warfare Center, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, General Services Administration (multiple locations), Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Department of Energy, Office of Science, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Service, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Eglin Air Force Base, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, and Federal Aviation Administration.
As the single largest energy consumer in the nation, reducing the carbon footprint of the federal government is critical to achieving President Biden’s goal of a net zero-emission economy by 2050.
In recent years, the federal government has prioritized the energy efficiency of federal property. In 2018, it spent $16.6 billion for energy used in more than 350,000 buildings and 600,000 over-the-road vehicles, as well as aircraft, ships, and other equipment.
Dan can be reached at [email protected] and at https://twitter.com/DanMcCue.
In The News
WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed the energy bill the new Republican leadership said was its top priority, but... Read More
WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed the energy bill the new Republican leadership said was its top priority, but in the wake of the vote, the Senate’s top Democrat said the legislation is dead on arrival in his chamber. “The GOP ‘energy package’ would gut... Read More
WASHINGTON — Nine companies will each receive $100,000 and vouchers for $75,000 in technical assistance after the beginning phase of... Read More
WASHINGTON — Nine companies will each receive $100,000 and vouchers for $75,000 in technical assistance after the beginning phase of a first-of-its-kind competition to tackle the floating offshore wind energy industry’s biggest supply chain challenges. Roughly two-thirds of the nation’s offshore wind resource potential is in... Read More
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill in the House would reauthorize the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program and... Read More
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan bill in the House would reauthorize the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program and provide it with $3.5 billion in annual funding for the next five years. According to Reps. Marc Veasey, D-Texas, Greg Stanton, D- Ariz., Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa.,... Read More
MADRID (AP) — Renewable energy investors who lost subsidies promised by Spain are heading to a London court to try... Read More
MADRID (AP) — Renewable energy investors who lost subsidies promised by Spain are heading to a London court to try to claw back $125 million from the government — a decadelong dispute with ramifications for clean energy financing across the European Union. The outcome will be closely watched... Read More
Electricity generated from renewables surpassed coal in the United States for the first time in 2022, the U.S. Energy Information... Read More
Electricity generated from renewables surpassed coal in the United States for the first time in 2022, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced Monday. Renewables also surpassed nuclear generation in 2022 after first doing so last year. Growth in wind and solar significantly drove the increase in... Read More
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Despite all the descriptors you could put in front of his name — astrophysicist, director of... Read More
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Despite all the descriptors you could put in front of his name — astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, graduate of Harvard, with a Ph.D. from Columbia, author and celebrated scientist, TV star — Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson had... Read More