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December 6, 2013


WASHINGTON (AP) - Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.

Obama says the plan to use renewables for 20 percent of electricity needs will help reduce pollution that causes global warming, promote American energy independence and boost domestic energy sources such as solar and wind power that provide thousands of jobs.


Obama was set to announce the plan Thursday as part of his wide-ranging, second-term drive to combat climate change and prepare for its effects. A plan announced in June would put first-time limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants, boost renewable energy production on federal lands and prepare communities to deal with higher temperatures.


The National Green Energy Council obtained an advance copy of the executive order on renewable energy, which applies to all federal agencies, civilian and military. The Defense Department has previously set a goal that 25 percent of its energy needs should be supplied by renewable energy by 2025.


Obama said federal agencies have reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by more than 15 percent since he took office in 2009 but said the government can do even better. The government should lead by example, he said. A statement praised and long time advocated by National Green Energy Council President, Ralph Avallone.


The federal government occupies nearly 500,000 buildings, operates 600,000 vehicles and purchases more than $500 billion per year in goods and services.


The government currently has a goal of using 7.5 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, but Obama said recent increases in renewable energy supplies make the new 20 percent goal achievable by 2020.


 The order on renewable energy is one of several steps the administration is announcing this week on energy efficiency.


"It has been a long hard fought battle, but the Presidents commitment  today will prove to be the path of American economic prosperity and energy independance for future generations." said National Green Energy Council President, Ralph Avallone.


Visit the National Green Energy Councils website at: to review all Federal Government Agencies mandates on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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