Green Power Purchasing Goal for Federal Government

Program Green Power Purchasing Goal for Federal Government
Category Regulatory Policy
Implementing sector Federal
Last Update
State Federal
Technologies Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Solar Thermal Electric, Solar Photovoltaics

The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) extended and expanded several previous goals and standards to reduce energy use in existing and new federal buildings. Section 203 of EPAct 2005 required that, to the extent it is economically feasible and technically practicable, the total amount of renewable electric energy consumed by the federal government during 2013 and thereafter shall not be less than 7.5%. That target was updated and expanded by a Presidential Memorandum on December 5, 2013, and again by an Executive Order on March 19, 2015. The Executive Order established additional targets, culminating in a required 30% renewable energy requirement by fiscal year 2025 and thereafter. The Executive Order also established targets for renewable energy composition in the total combined amount of renewable electric and thermal energy consumed by each agency. However, an Executive Order signed in May 2018 (13834) revoked that Executive Order, eliminating all targets beyond the 7.5% by 2013 and thereafter target.

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