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Administrator Johnson Statement on President Obama's ESPC Announcement

Adam Elkington (GSA) 202-357-9582
Adam.Elkington@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON – U.S. General Services Administrator Martha Johnson released the following statement on President Barack Obama’s announcement of nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next two years through the use of Energy Savings Performance Contracting.

"The President’s call to action for the private sector and federal government to combine forces in providing $4 billion in energy efficiency upgrades for our nation’s buildings -- half of which will improve the efficiency of the federal building portfolio -- represents bold leadership and vision for the future of our nation. Today’s announcement is a triple win for our country -- it will create tens of thousands of jobs, save energy and pay for itself.

“GSA continually leads the government in action and can’t wait to review our entire owned building portfolio -- comprised of nearly 180 million square feet of space in over 1,500 owned buildings -- to determine how we can best utilize energy savings performance contracts to increase energy efficiency, reduce operating costs and create jobs. As one of the nation's largest lessees of commercial office space, GSA also applauds the private sector commitment announced today which will enhance energy efficiency and reduce operating costs in a number of office buildings nationwide.  

"Our agency has extensive experience with ESPCs. Since 1992 nearly $300 million has been invested through ESPCs to improve the efficiency of federal buildings. In fact, we recently challenged energy service companies to bring creative solutions and innovative technologies to the table, which will allow agencies to maximize their investment and achieve the greatest energy savings."

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