DoE unveils new energy efficiency funding programme

The US department of Energy (DOE) launched a US$3 million energy efficiency project to help federal governments to improve their energy conservation measures.

In a press statement, the DoE said the state governments will secure the funding, ranging between US$200,000 to US$1 million, through its Federal Energy Management Programme (FEMP).

FEMP provides assistance in the form of information, tools and funding to help agencies and organizations to meet and track their energy-related requirements and goals.

The grants are aimed at assisting small facilities owned by the federal governments to implement water and energy efficiency projects such as replacing existing lighting, HVAC and water systems with energy efficiency models.

[quote] The money will also be used to install solar PVs to reduce stress on the grid as well as generation of extra revenue through selling of power to utilities.

In addition, the FEMP grants will also be used to monitor the deployment and effectiveness of energy efficiency programmes receiving funding from the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) ENABLE, states the statement.

ENABLE is a US government financing mechanism providing funding to federal governments to reduce consumption in federal buildings.

Capitals directed to the ENABLE are authorised by either the Senate or the House of Representatives.

Federal governments in energy efficiency

The news follows an announcement by the US Bereau of Prisons that it selected Siemens Government Technologies (SGT) to deploy water and energy efficiency projects at two Kentucky Correctional sites.

Under the US$38.6m agreement, SGT will implement 44 projects to reduce water and energy consumption at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Ashland and the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Lexington.

In a combined statement, Siemens said it will install modern LED lighting, building automation systems, low-flow sink and shower fixtures, high-efficiency refrigeration systems, roof-top HVAC and laundry water recycling systems at the two sites.

In addition to replacing the equipments, the organisation designed to help US federal governments to meet their water and energy needs, will integrate energy efficiency technologies that require less maintenance therefore lowering lower life cycle costs.

SGT claims implementation and integration of the programmes and technologies will save the federal government US$2,5m annually.

The agreement is a measure by the federal government to meet its target to reduce water and energy usage in line with the White House mandate. stipulating that governments reduce their energy consumption by 2,5% and water consumption by 2% annually by 2025.


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.