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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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U.S. Federal Government - Green Power Purchasing Goal   

Last DSIRE Review: 03/24/2014
Program Overview:
State: Federal
Incentive Type: Green Power Purchasing
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Municipal Solid Waste, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Ocean Thermal
Applicable Sectors: Fed. Government
Renewables % or Amount:10% in fiscal year 2015
15% in fiscal years 2016 and 2017
17.5% in fiscal years 2018 and 2019
20% in fiscal year 2020 and thereafter
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Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
42 USC ยง 15852
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Executive Order 13423
Authority 3:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Presidential Memorandum

The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) extended and expanded several previous goals and standards to reduce energy use in existing and new federal buildings. Section 203 of EPAct 2005 required that, to the extent it is economically feasible and technically practicable, the total amount of renewable electric energy consumed by the federal government during 2013 and thereafter shall not be less than 7.5%. That target was updated and expanded by a Presidential Memorandum on December 5, 2013, which states that, to the extent economically feasible and technically practicable, the following percentages of the total amount of electric energy consumed by each agency during any fiscal year shall come from renewable energy:

  • 10% in fiscal year 2015
  • 15% in fiscal years 2016 and 2017
  • 17.5% in fiscal years 2018 and 2019
  • 20% in fiscal year 2020 and thereafter

Agencies can meet these targets through the following means, which are listed in order of priority:

  1. installing agency-funded renewable energy on-site at Federal facilities and retain renewable energy certificates;
  2. contracting for energy that includes the installation of a renewable energy project on-site at a Federal facility or off-site from a Federal facility and the retention of renewable energy certificates for the term of the contract;
  3. purchasing electricity and corresponding renewable energy certificates; and
  4. purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs).
The amount of renewable-energy credit is doubled for electricity produced and used on-site at a federal facility, produced on federal lands and used at a federal facility, or if it is produced on Indian land as defined in title XXVI of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and used at a federal facility.

Renewable electrical energy technologies defined in this section include solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas, ocean (including tidal, wave, current and thermal), geothermal, municipal solid waste, and new hydroelectric generation capacity achieved from increased efficiency or additions of new capacity at an existing hydroelectric project. Executive Order 13423, issued in January 2007, requires at least half of the mandated renewable energy consumed by an agency in a fiscal year to be generated by systems placed into service after January 1, 1999.

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has issued guidelines to help federal agencies meet energy management and renewable energy requirements for complying with EPAct 2005 and Executive Order 13423. For an overview of these requirements and for updates on progress in meeting the federal renewable-energy goals, see the FEMP web site

Within 180 days of the date of the memorandum the Department of Energy(DOE) is required to issue an update to its Renewable Energy Requirement Guidance for EPACT 2005 and Executive Order 13423 to address the new requirements created by the memorandum. 

Within 120 days of the date of the memorandum, DOE, through FEMP, and in coordination with the EPA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Veterans Affairs, GSA, and other agencies, shall provide recommendations to the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality on procurement, reporting, and accounting procedures related to agency use of renewable energy certificates in meeting the targets, including procedures and policies on the appropriate certification and tracking of RECs, and the sale and purchase of RECs. 

  Public Information - FEMP
U.S. Department of Energy
Federal Energy Management Program
1000 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20585-0121
Phone: (202) 586-5772
Fax: (202) 586-3000
Web Site:
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