DOD Leads Way as Federal Government Cuts Energy Use

Energy consumption by the federal government fell to its lowest level since it began collecting data 40 years ago, the Energy Information Administration said Monday.

Cuts in jet fuel consumption by the military accounted for most of the decline. Overall, the federal government in fiscal 2014 consumed 0.94 quadrillion British thermal units, extending a steady decline since 2010. Energy use steadily rose in the first half of the 2000s and then leveled off, following a steep drop in the previous decade.

Energy consumption by DOD made up 78 percent of total federal energy use in FY 2014. The U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Energy accounted for the next highest shares of total federal energy use at 5 percent, 3 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Renewable sources supplied 6.1 percent of the government’s facility energy consumption in FY 2014.

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