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Energy Efficiency

NREL's energy-use reduction activities on its campus are focused primarily on designing and constructing highly energy-efficient new buildings and maximizing the use of on-site renewable energy projects. NREL's current facilities are relatively new and highly energy efficient.

Energy Reduction Efforts

NREL is exceeding the federal government's goal (E.O. 13423 and TEAM Initiative), which is to reduce energy use by 3% annually through the end of FY 2015 or 30% by the end of FY 2015 relative to a FY 2003 energy-use baseline. The goal of the DOE Transformational Energy Action Management (TEAM) Initiative is to exceed the E.O. goal.

In FY 2007, NREL's energy use was 90% lower than the FY 2003 baseline due primarily to the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs). NREL will exceed the FY 2015 goal in FY 2008 through the use of on-site renewable energy projects and energy efficient new construction (exclusive of RECs).

Other NREL energy reduction activities include energy-management control systems operated in conjunction with extensive site metering, new construction that maximizes energy efficiency and use renewable energy, peak demand management, energy retrofits, and the purchase of ENERGY STAR® rated equipment.

New Construction

NREL's goal is that all new construction will result in sustainable green buildings — complying with the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings (E.O. 13423 goal) and meeting or exceeding the Gold Level of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards (TEAM Initiative goal).