The President’s Climate Action Plan stated a goal for the Federal government to consume 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 – more than double the current goal of 7.5 percent. The path to that goal was then established in the December 2013 Presidential Memorandum, Federal Leadership in Energy Management. The Climate Action Plan also called on the Federal community to continue efforts to improve energy efficiency at Federal facilities through redoubling of energy savings performance contracting efforts. Taken together, these actions will reduce the demand for energy, and ensure that the remaining demand strengthens the development of new renewable energy sources. They will also ensure that we stay on a path to meet the President’s Federal government-wide target, announced in 2010, of a 28 percent reduction in direct greenhouse gas emissions and a 13 percent reduction in indirect emissions by 2020.
Renewable energy and performance contracting efforts are established in the Federal community. The enhanced target for each of the goals will require agencies to sharpen their focus on achieving the goals through existing mechanisms and programs. The Administration has already initiated actions to support Federal efforts in renewable energy and energy efficiency.
CEQ and OMB have worked closely to ensure that Federal agencies understand the necessary steps to pursuing renewable energy and performance contracting goals and those efforts are supported by an interagency Steering Committee.
Pursuit of the renewable and performance contracting goals will impact at least 25 of the largest Federal agencies. Success will be greatly enhanced by the cross-cutting nature of the goals and the similarity in the tools and procedures used for implementation.
While all Federal agencies have an important role to play in ensuring the Government meets its energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, key delivery agencies include: The General Services Administration, Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Energy, National Aeronautic and Space Agency and Department of Homeland Security.