Federal government directed to nearly triple renewable energy use

President Barack Obama has announced the federal government will be required to almost triple its renewable energy use by 2020 in an official Memorandum released Thursday (12/05). President Obama's plan for federal agencies to source 20 percent of their electricity from renewable energy aims to lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions and increase the nation's energy independence.

Currently, the government receives more than 7 percent of its energy from renewable sources and the president expects gains in domestic energy production to act as a bridge in meeting the 2020 federal target.

"In order to create a clean energy economy that will increase our Nation's prosperity, promote energy security, combat climate change, protect the interests of taxpayers, and safeguard the health of our environment, the Federal Government must lead by example," said President Obama in the opening of the Memorandum.

The new initiative is part of the goals outlined in the president's Climate Action Plan announced during his second term. The executive order to boost renewable energy use applies to all civilian and military federal agencies.

In October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced up to $960 million in funding for rural electric utility system improvements for business and residential customers toward improvements in energy efficiency and integration of renewable energy.

Read the Presidential Memorandum here: Federal Leadership on Energy Management

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