GSA pushes extra energy savings for government

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As part of the Obama administration’s push for energy efficiency in federal buildings, the General Services Administration announced Feb. 11 it has awarded more than $191 million more in energy-savings performance contracts.

The awards were given as part of the president’s Better Buildings Challenge, according to a statement from GSA.

GSA’s extra push for contracts throughout the challenge is expected to cut energy use in facilities by 38 percent, totaling nearly $10.6 million in additional annual savings.

“Through performance-based contracts with energy companies, the government can harness private-sector innovation and investments to achieve greater levels of energy savings in federal buildings,” the statement said.

The Better Buildings Challenge was created in 2011 and directed agencies to enter into at least $2 billion in performance-based contracts over the next two years to save energy.

Obama upped the ante for energy savings December 2013, pushing federal agencies to cut more energy use than the original plan of 2.5 percent per year.

“Federal agencies have met the president’s challenge to save energy and money in federal buildings by committing to energy efficiency upgrades at no up-front cost to taxpayers,” said Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “Expanding this challenge will ensure that the federal government continues to do its part to save energy, grow our economy, and promote healthy communities.”

So far, GSA has entered almost 100 buildings into the program.

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