Energy Solutions Drive $19 Billion in Federal Spending

New Report Analyzes Technology Strategies Shaping Federal Sustainability Plans

Jun 16, 2010, 13:48 ET from INPUT

RESTON, Va., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal IT and building technology contractors will be key to the federal government meeting its energy efficiency goals. Federal Technology Strategies for Energy Efficiency, 2010–2015, a new report from INPUT, discusses the technology solutions that agencies are turning to help reduce the federal government's energy consumption and carbon footprint, and analyzes the legislative and budget considerations driving energy policies. INPUT estimates that spending associated with the key approaches being used — cloud computing, virtualization, green hardware, and building management systems — will reach $19 billion by 2015.  

The report follows on the heels of the General Services Administration's recent announcement of Eleni Reed as its Chief Greening Officer. Reed will be in charge of reducing the environmental impact of more than 9,000 federal facilities, which consume an estimated $7 billion in energy costs annually, according to the Department of Energy. This is the latest step in a long list of activities that signal the federal government's focus on sustainability and energy efficient operations.

"Using green information technology and greening government structures fulfill several initiatives of the Obama administration, namely: increasing the use of IT, incorporating environmentally-sustainable programs into all aspects of government operations and services, and decreasing the federal deficit," Principal Analyst Lauren Jones said. "Green IT is inherently environmentally sustainable, and the greening of government structures presents several new and exciting opportunities converging for contractors, since it allows the application of IT to alter an organization's operations and processes and, thus, energy use, to help limit its negative impact on the environment."

The report segments the federal energy efficiency IT-related market and examines the market size and forecast, evolution, dynamics, and growth. The following IT-related strategies are discussed in the report:

  • Smart grid modernization —  Integrated communications, sensing and measurement technologies, advanced components, advanced control methods, and improved interfaces and decision support
  • Building technologies — smart meters, sensors, and building management systems (also known as building automation systems, energy management systems, or unified monitoring systems)
  • Green IT — cloud computing, virtualization, data center consolidation, energy efficient hardware, and other environmentally-sustainable computing products and services  

Federal Technology Strategies for Energy Efficiency also examines financing options that fund the costs of greening facilities, and advises vendors on comprehensive strategies  on entering the federal energy efficiency market.

Report Authors: Lauren Jones, principal analyst, and Deniece Peterson, manager, Industry Analysis at INPUT, are available for media inquires.  

Report Availability: Federal Technology Strategies for Energy Efficiency is available on INPUT's website at the following link:

INPUT will host a webinar led by Lauren Jones on the Federal Technology Strategies for Energy Efficiency on Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. EDT. For more information, please visit:


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