Okay, that’s fake news. He didn’t say exactly that. But he did issue an Executive Order mandating deeper efforts to achieve energy cost and usage reductions, built on a foundation of energy tracking and reporting.
He signed Federal Executive Order 13834 on May 17, requiring all federal agencies to manage their operations in a manner “that increases efficiency, optimizes performance, eliminates unnecessary use of resources, and protects the environment.”
The Order establishes specific agency goals:
- Achieve and maintain annual reductions in building energy use and implement energy efficiency measures that reduce costs
- Meet statutory requirements relating to the consumption of renewable energy and electricity
- Reduce potable and non-potable water consumption and comply with stormwater management requirements
- Utilize performance contracting to achieve energy, water, building modernization, and infrastructure goals
- Ensure that new construction and major renovations conform to applicable building energy efficiency requirements and sustainable design principles; consider building efficiency when renewing or entering into leases; implement space utilization and optimization practices; and annually assess and report on building conformance to sustainability metrics
- Implement waste prevention and recycling measures and comply with all federal requirement with regard to solid, hazardous, and toxic waste management and disposal
- Acquire, use, and dispose of products and services, including electronics, in accordance with statutory mandates for purchasing preference, Federal Acquisition Regulation requirements, and other applicable federal procurement policies
- Track and report on energy management activities, performance improvements, cost reductions, greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water savings, and other appropriate performance measures
Steve Heinz, EnergyCAP, Inc.’s Founder & CEO, commented that “It’s significant that the federal government, which ‘manages more than 350,000 buildings and 600,000 vehicles, and is the largest consumer of energy in the country’ includes energy tracking and reporting as a major requirement for federal agencies. We have long recognized and communicated ‘Measure – Manage – Save’…energy tracking and reporting is the foundation upon which efficiency, conservation, renewables and ultimately savings, are all built. This Federal Executive Order validates that message.”
The Executive Order specifically encourages agencies to enter into performance-based contracts “to achieve energy, water, building modernization, and infrastructure goals.” That’s good news for long-term EnergyCAP partner, Cenergistic, whose consultative and hands-on energy efficiency expertise and resources have a 32-year track record of producing substantial energy and cost savings, with little or no up-front monetary investment from the customer. And EnergyCAP’s IPMVP-compliant Cost Avoidance functionality has been used for decades to objectively measure and verify the savings realized from performance-based and other energy conservation measures.
We applaud the Federal Government for taking this leadership role in energy conservation and encourage other organizations—public and private—to follow the Fed’s lead. You can take the first step by downloading our eBook, “An Introduction to Measurement & Verification.”