New energy program brings agencies together to set efficiency goals

November 1, 2011

The end of Energy Action Month in the U.S. came with news of a new conference that may affect the nature of green technology and development by the government, according to Silicon Republic.

The Green Gov Symposium was organized as an effort to bring industry leaders from the academic, private and public sectors together to help the country move forward with a plan for reducing the carbon footprint and energy consumption.

This type of collaboration has been used to move forward with energy efficient projects, like the reduction of energy consumption for commercial buildings in the U.S.

A Department of Energy (DOE) effort, the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings project (GPIC), is the organization's living laboratory for the development of energy efficient buildings and structures.

The GPIC initiative is made up of more than 90 organizations from academia, government and business, and the joint project will work with a $129 million award from the DOE.

Joint projects can allow for voices from all sectors to contribute, and the Green Gov 2011 Symposium was the stage for an announcement by President Barack Obama concerning the new features that have been added to Energy.Data.gov.

The new improvements include more than 100 new data sets to government data on natural gas, building energy efficiency and the development of energy projects.

"By enlisting the innovation and expertise both inside and outside the federal government, the 2011 GreenGov Symposium will help agencies deliver on President Obama’s commitment to save money and reduce waste by increasing energy efficiency and reducing harmful pollution through sustainable practices in government operations," Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, said at the conference.

The Federal Drive reported that the program will use Energy Service Performance Contracts to help companies acquire the necessary funding for retrofitting structures and developing more energy efficient buildings.

According to the news source, the goal of the conference was to generate ideas about how the government, academia and businesses could work together to use initiatives and new technology to create a greener future.

"By highlighting performance, participants can learn the value of innovative products, materials and technologies in achieving energy efficiency goals," Cal Dooley, president and chief operating officer for the American Chemistry Council, said of the conference.