Obama Tells Government to Ramp Up Its Renewable Energy Use
President Obama says the U.S. government “must lead by example” when it comes to safeguarding the environment, so he’s ordering federal agencies to use more clean energy.
Under a presidential memorandum out Thursday, each agency would have until 2020 to get 20 percent of its electricity from renewable supplies.
“Government agencies currently get less than 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind,” NPR’s Richard Harris reports. He adds that:
“The executive order tells agencies they should aim for doubling that, to 20 percent, by the year 2020. Agencies are supposed to build their own facilities when they can, or buy clean energy from wind farms and solar facilities.”
The memo also directs federal agencies to increase energy efficiency in its buildings and its power management systems.