WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) announced the selection of 19 federal projects to receive over $28 million in funding under the Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) grant program. These projects are expected to create annual energy cost savings of $22.7 million and avoid more than 82,600 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions while leveraging $837 million in private financing via energy savings performance contracts.
The Biden-Harris Administration is leading by example to tackle the climate crisis through President Biden's Federal Sustainability Plan, which establishes an ambitious path to achieve net-zero emissions from federal buildings by 2045.
"The projects selected for the AFFECT grants will play a vital role in reducing the federal government's energy costs and minimizing its environmental impact," said FEMP Director Mary Sotos. "Through these initiatives, we strive to achieve significant energy savings, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and establish the federal government as a leader in sustainability."
The AFFECT grants will finance a wide range of projects in federal facilities, encompassing energy-efficiency measures, carbon pollution-free electricity, energy load management strategies, and climate resilience enhancements. By implementing these projects, federal agencies are fulfilling their missions more effectively and generating substantial economic benefits by attracting private investment, creating good paying jobs in clean energy, and promoting the adoption of American-made technologies.
"President Biden's Federal Sustainability Plan is creating good jobs and saving taxpayer dollars through energy efficiency," said White House Council on Environmental Quality Federal Chief Sustainability Officer Andrew Mayock. "Upgrading our federal buildings to be more efficient and sustainable means healthier communities."
The following federal facilities have been selected to receive AFFECT grants:
- Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command Southeast, Millington, Tennessee
- Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Salt Lake City, Utah
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center, La Jolla, California
- Office of Personnel Management Headquarters Data Center Efficiency and Resiliency, Washington, D.C.
- General Services Administration (GSA), National Capital Region White Oak, Silver Spring, Maryland
- U.S. Air Force, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia
- Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Fort Knox, Kentucky
- Navy Air Weapons Station China Lake, Ridgecrest, California
- U.S. Army Garrison, Ansbach, Germany
- Department of State, Pretoria, Johannesburg, and Durban, South Africa
- Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado
- National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), College Park, Maryland
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) White Sands Test Facility, Las Cruces, New Mexico
- Naval Air Facility, El Centro, California
- Marine Corps Installation Pacific, Okinawa, Japan
- U.S. Army Garrison, Natick, Massachusetts
- Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
- U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
To expand the AFFECT grant program even further, additional funding is currently available from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL). For more information on the AFFECT BIL grant requirements and how to apply, please visit FEMP's funding opportunities webpage.
FEMP urges all energy and sustainability stakeholders across every federal agency, as well as private sector organizations and utilities, to seize the opportunity presented by the AFFECT program to drive clean, healthy, and resilient federal operations.
DOE FEMP promotes energy efficiency and sustainability in federal government operations. FEMP provides tools, resources, training, and assistance to federal agencies to meet energy-related goals, identify affordable solutions, facilitate public-private partnerships, and provide energy leadership to the country.