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GSA's "Green Button" to Save Energy Costs Across Federal Government
May 28, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The head of the General Services Administration, Dan Tangherlini, announced today that GSA will use Green Button technology to save energy and shrink costs across the federal government. The agency launched this initiative in partnership with industry leaders following a 2013 Presidential memorandum directing federal agencies to strengthen efforts to use renewable energy and manage energy usage more efficiently and effectively.
What is Green Button?
- Inspired by a White House call to action, Green Button is an industry-led effort that allows electricity customers to download their household or building energy-use data in a user-friendly format.
- The December 2013 Presidential Memorandum set a new target for federal agencies to increase their consumption of renewable energy to 20% of their total amount of electric energy use by 2020 and instructs them to use.
- More than 43 million household and business customers, reaching well over 100 million Americans, already have access to their Green Button data. In the future, more than 61 million customers will have access based on utility commitments.
- GSA, along with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with support from the National Institute of Standards and Technology have worked with Schneider Electric, Pepco Holdings, and FirstFuel Software to launch a Green Button Pilot demonstrating integrated Green Button energy analytics. The pilot built upon earlier 2012 GSA Energy Management activities where energy management of 100 GSA buildings uncovered $16 million in total energy savings.
GSA Administrator Tangherlini said the agency is committed to supporting the President’s green goals: “Creating a more sustainable government is vital to our mission and drives the agency’s priorities. As one of the largest real estate managers in the country, adopting Green Button technology across our real estate portfolio allows us to improve building performance and save taxpayer dollars.”
For more information on Green Button, visit http://www.greenbuttondata.org/.