April 27, 2010
The Department of Energy's Program to Assist Federal Buyers in the Purchasing of Energy Efficient Products
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) established a series of energy-related goals, one of which was to make Federal facilities more energy efficient. The Department of Energy (Department) plays an integral part in this process. The Department's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), established in 1973, helps Federal agencies achieve energy efficiency and conservation goals by developing and publishing energy efficiency specifications. According to FEMP, Federal agencies spend approximately $10 billion a year to purchase energy consuming products and have the opportunity to save well over $200 million annually by choosing best-in-class, energy efficient products.