Department of Homeland Security

Incorporate alternative energy into new GOVT Bldg design

It's time to start incorporating solar, wind and geothermal energy resources into the design of new government bldgs as well as replacing antiquated systems in old buildings. I currently work in a new GSA 'green' building that would have been ideal for solar alternative energy and yet this option was not considered (due to initial expense). Alternative energy use should be mandated for ALL new federal facilities as... more »

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Department of Energy

Mandatory Solar in Southwest.

OK, this one is specific. Establish a regulation and/or pass a law that requires every new home/building and/or roofing project in the Southwestern United States to install full spectrum Solar Panels (on said roof) with the minimum capability to provide 110% of the estimated power output of the building. This cost could be written into the cost of building the home/building and offset by the homeowner not having any... more »

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Department of Energy

Mandate Alternative Energy for Federal Facilities

The gov't should be leading the way with alternative energy. It is time to mandate that all federal facilities develop a plan to run at 50% on alternative energy. Alternative energy is available through windmills, water generators, solar power and synthetic fuels. By forcing federal facilities to move to alternative energy, it reduces costs to the taxpayers and same valuable resources. I would much prefer to see a... more »

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Department of Labor

Alternative energy for federal buildings

I suggest that in order to both save money, and support alternative energy, that large Federal Buildings like the Kluczynski Federal Building be outfitted with Solar panels on their roofs. This would offset some of the electricity needed during the work day, and on weekends and holidays it could actually generate electricity to be sold back to local electricity companies. Some buildings, might even be able to have wind... more »

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Department of Energy

The Biodiesel Initiative: Algae Saves America

$31 Billion = Amount spent importing foreign crude oil to the USA in April, 2010. $46.2 Billion = Amount needed to supply 100% of the USA for an entire YEAR with algae-based biodiesel. What is needed? Take 1,700 power plants already existing in the Southeast, Southcentral, and Southwest and stick a small, algae-plant to it. Utilizing waste-water from the power plant and surrounding communities, the sun for energy, and... more »

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Legislative Branch

FEDERAL BUILDING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY EXAMPLES

FEDERAL BUILDING ALTERNATIVE ENERGY EXAMPLES Harness the power of perpetuity of our federal facilities. Unlike most businesses, federal facilities have a nearly eternal life cycle of operation. Long life cycles are currently necessary for most innovative energy sources to be considered financially viable, other than with federal subsidies. All ‘permanent’ federal facilities should be retrofit (competitively) with appropriate... more »

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Department of the Interior

Convert hatchery to alternative energy

National Fish Hatcheries consume a large amount of energy annual to support their fish production goals. The Allegheny National Fish Hatchery is uniquely located to allow for the use of natural gas, wind, hydroelectric and solar power. The installation of a combination of these alternative sources could allow the facility to remove itself from the use of commercial electricity. This move could potentially save over... more »

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