White House Expanding Energy Savings Target for Agencies to $5 Billion

White House to Extend Energy-Efficiency Initiative

National Journal, December 3, 2013

Democrats and Republicans are joining hands backing energy-efficiency programs, and the Obama administration is taking notice.

The White House announced Tuesday that it will extend a presidential memorandum calling on federal agencies to achieve $2 billion in energy savings during a two-year period.

The initiative, which has led agencies to identify an estimated $2.3 billion in savings through the implementation of energy-efficiency measures in federal buildings, began in 2011 and was set to expire this year. The program will now continue through 2016.

The decision arrives amid a groundswell of support in Congress for energy-efficiency efforts.

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