New benchmark for energy conservation

A new law just signed by Pres. Bush creates an important benchmark for universities’ energy conservation initiatives. One of the provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act is a commitment to dramatically reduce the amount of energy consumed by federal buildings. Section 433 states that:

buildings shall be designed so that the fossil fuel-generated energy consumption of the buildings is reduced, as compared with such energy consumption by a similar building in fiscal year 2003 (as measured by Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey or Residential Energy Consumption Survey data from the Energy Information Agency), by the percentage specified in the following table:

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Fiscal Year Percentage Reduction

2010 55

2015 65

2020 80

2025 90

2030 100

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