Green Power Purchasing Goal for Federal Government

August 27, 2021


The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) extended and expanded several previous goals and standards to reduce energy use in existing and new federal buildings. Section 203 of EPAct 2005 required that, to the extent it is economically feasible and technically practicable, the total amount of renewable electric energy consumed by the federal government during 2013 and thereafter shall not be less than 7.5%. That target was updated and expanded by a Presidential Memorandum on December 5, 2013, and again by an Executive Order on March 19, 2015. The Executive Order established additional targets, culminating in a required 30% renewable energy requirement by fiscal year 2025 and thereafter. The Executive Order also established targets for renewable energy composition in the total combined amount of renewable electric and thermal energy consumed by each agency. However, an Executive Order signed in May 2018 (13834) revoked that Executive Order, eliminating all targets beyond the 7.5% by 2013 and thereafter target.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Federal
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: Federal
Incentive Type: Green Power Purchasing
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Solar Space Heat
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Hydroelectric
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Municipal Solid Waste
  • Combined Heat & Power
  • Fuel Cells using Non-Renewable Fuels
  • Landfill Gas
  • Tidal
  • Wave
  • Ocean Thermal
  • Wind (Small)
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
  • Microturbines
Renewables % or Amount: Electric Energy Goals:
10% in fiscal years 2016 and 2017
15% in fiscal years 2018 and 2019
20% in fiscal years 2020 and 2021
25% in fiscal years 2022 and 2023
30% in fiscal year 2025 and thereafter

Electric & Thermal Energy Goals:
10% in fiscal years 2016 and 2017
13% in fiscal years 2018 and 2019
16% in fiscal years 2020 and 2021
20% in fiscal years 2022 and 2023
25% in fiscal year 2025 and thereafter


Name: 42 USC § 15852
Date Enacted: 8/8/2005
Name: Executive Order 13834
Date Enacted: 03/19/2015
Effective Date: 03/19/2015


Name: Public Information - FEMP
Organization: U.S. Department of Energy
Address: EE-2L
Washington DC 20585-0121
Phone: (202) 586-5772

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.