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Energy & Water Conservation

Background

Our Objectives

USDA HQ's we are continually looking for ways to become better stewards of our natural resources and our environment. We are committed to reducing energy and water use, increasing efficiency of existing systems and reducing dependency on non-renewable resources.

Our Goals

  • Energy Efficiency: Reduce energy intensity 25 percent by 2025, compared to an FY 2015 baseline.
  • Renewable Power: Use renewable electric energy for 30 percent of total building electric use by FY 2025. Use renewable electric and alternative energy for 25percent of total building use by FY 2025.
  • Water Conservation: Reduce water intensity (gallons per square foot) by 2% each year through FY 2025 for a total of 36% based on water consumption in FY 2007.
  • Electronics Management: Establish and implement policies to enable power management, duplex printing and other energy-efficient or environmentally sustainable features on electronic products.
  • Building Performance: Work towards net-zero energy usage.

Programs

HQ employees have made significant progress to improve energy efficiency and awareness in support of Executive Order 13693 including:

  • Completed the installation of a 1. MW solar farm at the George Washington Carver Center and a 87 kW solar project at the Jamie L. Whitten Building. Retrofitting the exterior and many of the interior lights to energy efficient LED lights. Electrical survey of Data Centers. Completed the installation of electrical sub-meters on data centers. Since 2008, electrical usage in data centers has been reduced significantly.
  • Retro-fitting hundreds of fluorescent light fixtures to energy efficient LED lights. Implemented an Interruptible Load Response Program including a Facility-Wide test of the System every June.
  • Modernized our chilled water plant. The modernized plant has a new energy efficient chiller and “free” cooling capabilities in the winter months. Since 2008 our electrical use in the chilled water plant has been reduced significantly.

Overall, compared to FY2016, there was a 12% reduction in the overall energy usage compared to FY2015 baseline.

 

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