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GSA exceeds energy goal

Feb. 11, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI amedici@federaltimescom   |   Comments
The Chicago Federal Center, one of several sites where energy saving contracts are showing success.
The Chicago Federal Center, one of several sites where energy saving contracts are showing success. (GSA)

The General Services Administration has awarded $191 million worth of energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) since Dec. 2011 — $16 million above its goal, according to an announcement.

Under an ESPC, a vendor pays the upfront costs of energy-saving retrofits in exchange for payments from energy cost savings over time.

In 2011 President Obama directed agencies to enter into at least $2 billion in ESPCs by the end of 2013.

GSA was able to finance projects at 100 buildings that will cut energy use by 38 percent and will achieve about $10.6 million in annual savings from energy and water reductions, according to the agency.

Kevin Kampschroer, the director of GSA’S Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, said in a blog post Feb. 11 that GSA will continue to award ESPCs and will push to achieve even greater energy savings by 2016.

Some examples of GSA ESPCs include:

■Lighting and heating and cooling improvements to the Chicago Federal Center and lighting control and air handling upgrades at the Everett M. Dirksen Courthouse in Chicago. The $53 million project will save about $2.5 million annually when it is completed in 2016, according to GSA.

■A solar array at the Almeric Christian Federal Buidling in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, which will save $509,000 annually.

■Heating and cooling plant upgrades at the Hart-Doyle Federal Center in Battle Creek, Mich., which will help save $700,000 a year when the project is completed in late 2014.

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