Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Obama Extends Federal Performance Contracting
The Obama administration on Tuesday announced an extension of the president's initiative to increase energy efficiency in federal buildings.
The 2011 executive order, which jumpstarted a two-year campaign to achieve $2 billion in energy savings in federal buildings, was set to expire at the end of this year.
Center President Norris McDonald cowrote the original federal performance contract legislation with the National Association of Energy Services Companies, which was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle recently called on Obama to grant a five-year extension of the project.
Led by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), House members asked the administration to set a goal of $1 billion a year for the federal government to use performance contracts in achieving energy savings.
The extension announced on Tuesday however, falls short of that goal.
Agencies will team with the Department of Energy (DOE) in early 2014 to determine avenues for additional projects aimed at reducing energy through 2016 -- a two-year extension. (The Hill, 12/3/2013)