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The US Federal government has in the 2016 financial year recorded its lowest annual energy costs since 2004.According to the Federal Energy Management Programme, the US government has spent $16.1 billion to power its vehicles, facilities and other equipment throughout 2016.

During the 2015 financial year, the government used approximately $23 million in energy costs.

One of the main factors that drove the decrease in energy costs during the 2016 financial year is “the sharp decline in per-unit energy costs.”

“In FY 2016, real per-unit energy costs were $17.56 per million Btu, down 23% from the prior year and at their lowest level since FY 2007.”

The highest consumed energy was jet fuel followed by electricity, natural gas and diesel.

Electricity is the main energy consumed in government facilities during the financial year. However, electricity use and costs dropped by 8%.

The costs of energy from natural gas also dropped by 30%. Factors resulting in decreases in energy use and costs in facilities derived from an increase in the implementation and adoption of energy conservation and efficiency programmes and technologies.

Despite the positive development achieved during the 2016 financial year, the US Energy Information Administration is expecting the government’s total energy costs to increase during the 2017 financial year.

Energy efficiency funding

Meanwhile, the New York state government issued $1.4 million in funding for the city of Albany to implement three energy efficiency programmes.

The $1.4 million funding announced by the New York state government will be used by the city to fund a $500,000 initiative, which includes the connection of 22 municipal buildings to the New York Power Authority’s Energy Manager (NYEM).

The NYEM comprises energy management solutions remotely controlled by the New York Power Authority to monitor and manage energy consumption in buildings under efforts to identify efficiency potentials, help owners of buildings reduce energy costs and stabilise grid network.

In addition, another $500,000 will be directed towards energy efficiency upgrades in municipal buildings whilst $416,000 will fund the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure for the city to optimise its EV project in which some 100 vehicles owned by the council have been replaced with electric powered models. Read more...

 

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