Energy Conservation:

Energy Savings Performance Contracting in Federal Civilian Agencies

RCED-96-215: Published: Sep 16, 1996. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 1996.

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Pursuant to a legislative requirement, GAO reviewed the implementation of energy savings performance contracting by two federal civilian agencies, focusing on the: (1) characteristics of the firms that the Department of Energy (DOE) deemed qualified for performance contracts; (2) firms that submitted project proposals but were not awarded contracts; and (3) civilian agencies' responsibilities and administrative costs.

GAO found that: (1) the National Park Service and the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) awarded energy savings performance contracts in 1995 and 1996; (2) the Park Service awarded a contract for about $2.3 million to a firm whose technical expertise and contracting experience was determined to be the best value; (3) energy savings improvements at the Park Service's Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty included new lighting, more efficient motors for air handling and pumping systems, and an energy management control system; (4) BOP awarded a contract for about $700,000 for a solar hot water system to the only firm qualified by DOE to provide such a service; (5) the benefits of performance contracting included reducing energy costs, helping agencies meet their energy savings requirements, and creating an incentive for contractors by linking their compensation to the savings achieved through their work; and (6) the Park Service spent about $246,000 and BOP spent about $70,500 in administrative costs associated with the performance contracts.

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