Federal Energy Efficiency Program Trapped in Limbo
WASHINGTON -- A national program that for more than a decade has made federal buildings more energy-efficient and saved the government millions of dollars is trapped in limbo, its future tied to the stalled energy bill.
The program, which totaled $1.3 billion worth of projects in the past five years, allows private companies to install energy- efficiency upgrades in government buildings at no cost to taxpayers. The private-public partnership benefits the federal government, which pays no upfront fees, and the contractors, who are reimbursed with the savings the facilities accrue after the upgrades.
The program was created by Congress as a temporary measure, and the federal government's authority to enter the contracts expired in September 2003.
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