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Proposed Rule Promotes Federal Use of Energy Star and FEMP Products

New York, Jul 16, 2007

The Department of Energy (DoE) is seeking public comment on proposed regulations intended to promote federal procurement of energy efficient products.

If given the green light, the proposal would establish a reporting requirement to track agency compliance with the National Energy Conservation Policy Act (NECPA). The act requires federal agencies to purchase Energy Star and Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) designated products, which cover everything from lighting and industrial equipment to plumbing and construction products.

The proposed rule would require federal agencies to detail the progress of their implementation efforts in their annual energy management reports, and to include information about any exceptions that were determined during the year. The information would be used to help DoE and EPA determine if revisions to Energy Star or FEMP-designated products are needed, and to develop practices that facilitate the purchase of energy efficient products.

The largest energy consumer in the United States, the federal government has instituted a number of practices to reduce federal energy consumption by two percent annually. FEMP helps agencies save energy, cut costs, and demonstrate leadership with environmentally-conscious energy choices by promoting energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy resources at federal sites. A joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and DoE, Energy Star identifies and promotes energy-efficient products in an effort to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

For complete details on submitting comments on the proposal, please review the June 19, 2007 Federal Register notice. Interested parties may submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal or to by August 20, 2007.

For further information contact:
Mr. Cyrus Nasseri
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Federal Energy Management Program
Mailstop EE-2L, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585-0121

(202) 586-1573

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