Energy Savings Agreement

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 24, 2011

The Department of State is pleased to announce that it has taken an important step in reducing its environmental footprint by making renewable energy a significant portion of its electric portfolio. The Department has entered into a competitive based energy savings agreement to procure clean energy that is expected to be cost-neutral over the term of the agreement.

This action supports the Department’s commitment to be a responsible environmental steward under Executive Order 13514 and enables the Department to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30~35% compared to FY2008 by December 2012, far surpassing our previous stated goal of 20% by 2020. Under this agreement the Department is tapping into the nation’s growing renewable energy market through Constellation Energy, which is investing in wind and solar photovoltaic energy.

This innovative solution is a joint effort with Unicor/Federal Prison Industries utilizing their unique contracting and renewable energy expertise -- providing reliable clean energy to the State Department at set prices for the next 20 years. The joint effort exemplifies how effective and innovative federal agencies can be when they work together and leverage public-private partnerships.

The President announced during the State of the Union the goal of promoting new sources of renewable energy and utilizing the purchasing power of the government to advance this objective -- including a goal of 80% clean energy for the nation by 2035. This energy savings agreement demonstrates a concrete example of our nation’s commitment to clean energy technologies and leading by example.

PRN: 2011/462