General Services Administration:

A Status Report on Energy Conservation Efforts

GGD-92-22: Published: Jan 13, 1992. Publicly Released: Jan 13, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the General Services Administration's (GSA) efforts to achieve the building energy reductions required by the Federal Energy Management Improvement Act of 1988, focusing on GSA efforts to: (1) reduce energy usage; and (2) meet the 10-percent energy reduction requirement in the buildings it owns and leases.

GAO found that: (1) in 1990, GSA developed a comprehensive building energy reduction plan; (2) under this plan, GSA is taking such steps to reduce energy consumption as funding energy reduction projects and educating tenant agencies about energy conservation; (3) GSA is also pursuing shared energy-saving contracts, under which contractors install energy-saving equipment in federal buildings in return for a percentage of the resulting cost savings and energy rebates; and (4) GSA is considering having public utilities help finance energy conservation investments that reduce the demand for energy. GAO also found that GSA believes that the 10-percent reduction requirement will be difficult to achieve, since: (1) it completed the most obvious and cost-effective conservation measures before 1985, and the remaining energy-savings opportunities that are more expensive and will produce fewer energy savings; and (2) changes in such building and tenant agency operations, as the increased use of personal computers have increased the demands for energy.