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Accession Number PB2012-114330
Title Opportunities for Energy Savings at Department of Energy Facilities. Audit Report.
Publication Date Aug 2012
Media Count 26p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Promoting energy efficiency is one of the Department of Energy's top priorities. In the Federal sector, the Department's Federal Energy Management Program and Sustainability Performance Office provide leadership for the implementation of key energy initiatives, including the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005). These broad policy initiatives contain significant provisions on reducing energy consumption across the Federal enterprise. EISA 2007, for example, requires evaluations of 'covered facilities,' those designated by each agency that, in aggregate, account for at least 75 percent of total facility energy use at the site or location, every 4 years. Facility evaluations include assessments of existing buildings to determine whether systems are operating as intended. Such assessments often identify low- and no-cost opportunities for energy savings by ensuring that mechanical, heating and lighting systems perform optimally, thereby, reducing energy consumption. Under EPAct 2005 all Federal buildings are required to have electricity metering in place, where cost-effective, by October 2012. Metering provides information that can be analyzed and used through a variety of means to optimize equipment performance and allocate utility costs on an 'actual use' basis to incentivize energy conservation. At its 47 major sites, the Department's energy costs for buildings subject to goal reporting totaled about $277 million in Fiscal Year 2010. Because of the importance of reducing energy consumption, we initiated this audit to determine whether the Department had effectively identified and implemented energy-saving opportunities through facility evaluations and electricity metering.
Keywords Auditing
Cost effectiveness
Department of Energy
Energy conservation
Energy consumption
Energy savings
Federal government agencies
Lighting systems
Performance evaluation

Source Agency Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category 97G - Policies, Regulations & Studies
97B - Energy Use, Supply, & Demand
89B - Architectural Design & Environmental Engineering
Corporate Author Department of Energy, Washington, DC. Office of Inspector General.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1226
Contract Number N/A

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