U.S. Federal Government - Green Power Purchasing Goal (Federal)

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Place United States

Name U.S. Federal Government - Green Power Purchasing Goal
Incentive Type Green Power Purchasing
Applicable Sector Fed. Government
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Landfill Gas, Municipal Solid Waste, Ocean Thermal, Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Electric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Wind
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Federal
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Percent Renewables 3% in fiscal years 2007-2009;

5% in fiscal years 2010-2012;
7.5% in fiscal year 2013 and thereafter

Source At least half of the required renewable energy must come from new renewable sources

Website http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/regulations/requirements_by_subject.html#re
Date added to DSIRE 2004-02-19
Last DSIRE Review 2012-07-27

References DSIRE[1]


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 requires that, to the extent it is economically feasible and technically practicable, the total amount of renewable electric energy consumed by the federal government during any fiscal year shall not be less than the following:

  • 3% in fiscal years 2007-2009
  • 5% in fiscal years 2010-2012
  • 7.5% in fiscal year 2013 thereafter

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 sources placed into service after January 1, 1999.

Section 204 of EPAct 2005 establishes a photovoltaic (PV) energy commercialization program for the procurement and installation of PV systems in public and federal buildings. It requires the installation of 20,000 solar-energy systems on federal buildings by 2010, as contained in the federal Million Solar Roof Initiative (MSRI) of 1997. The commercialization program has been appropriated $50 million annually for fiscal years 2006–2010, until funds are expended. An evaluation program has been appropriated $10 million annually for fiscal years 2006-2010, until funds are expended.

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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information - FEMP
Department U.S. Department of Energy
Division Federal Energy Management Program
Address EE-2L
Address 2 1000 Independence Ave., SW
Place Washington, District of Columbia
Zip/Postal Code 20585-0121
Phone (202) 586-5772

Website http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: 42 USC § 15852

Date Enacted 2005-08-08

Authority 2: Executive Order 13423
Date Effective 2007-01-24
Date Enacted 2007-01-24

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"