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An energy unit chart displaying cost and consumption trend from 1995 to 2005. The unit cost increases while the consumption decreases.
NASA energy unit cost and consumption trend.

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MSFC Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic.

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Renewable Energy, KSC Solar Thermal.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND WATER CONSERVATION

Purpose of Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation
The NASA Headquarters Environmental Management System designates Institutional Sustainability as a high priority environmental aspect. The Environmental Management Program for this aspect includes an objective to reduce facility energy and water risk to mission.

How Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Supports NASA's Mission
Participants in NASA's Energy Efficiency Panel (Chaired by the Environmental Management Division Director) and community of practice help the field sites buy and use facility energy and water utilities wisely, which enables NASA to conduct ground operations and continually improve the efficiency of those operations. NASA implements a three-prong approach to mitigating energy and water risk to mission: Perform mission operations and maintenance considering energy and water efficiency and cost, construct and renovate with the life-cycle in mind, and buy and generate utilities wisely.

Rising energy unit costs continue to erode mission budget. NASA spent roughly $130M on facility energy in FY 2005. Although that represents slightly less than one percent of NASA's overall annual budget, the trend illustrated in the graph at right concerns the agency. Over the time span shown, NASA reduced consumption 14 percent, but unit costs rose 38 percent. Energy unit cost increases overwhelm the budget benefit of previous conservation, which results in NASA buying less yet spending more.

Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Regulatory Drivers
  • National Energy Conservation Policy Act as modified by the Energy Policy Acts of 1992 & 2005
  • Executive Orders 13423 and 13221
  • 10 CFR 433, 435, and 436 building efficiency design performance and life-cycle costing
  • NPD 8500.1, NASA Environmental Management
  • NPR 8570.1, Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation

Recent Accomplishments & Ongoing Activities
  • On a repeating three-year cycle, EMD reviews the energy efficiency and water conservation of major field sites through the Energy and Water Management Functional Review process.
  • EMD coordinates statutory and Executive Order annual planning and reporting from the community of practice through the Department of Energy to the White House Office of Management and Budget and Congress.
  • Current projects and studies:
    • Upgrade electricity metering and information systems
    • Implement small efficiency and renewable energy projects through new revolving budget
    • Assess potential for renewable energy applications at sites and develop preliminary designs
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NASA and Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Energy Posters


Additional Program Information

Program Metrics on White House Office of Management and Budget Scorecard
  • Reduce Goal Subject energy per square foot 3% per year FY 2006 - FY 2015 relative to FY 2003 baseline
  • Increase renewable energy percentage of electricity to 3% FY 2007 - 2009, 5% 2010 - 2012, 7.5% 2013; at least half must come from new renewable sources placed into service after 1/1/1999
  • Meter buildings for electricity by FY 2012
  • Design building energy efficiency performance 30% better than industry standard

Useful Links
+ DOE FEMP
+ DOE EIA
+ Energy Savers
+ ENERGY STAR
+ DESC
+ GSA

EMD Energy Efficiency and Water Conservation Points of Contact
+ Wayne Thalasinos, 202-358-3811




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