Government Getting Greener, but Cold Weather Leaves its Mark on Energy Use

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The federal government is improving its greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, according to the Energy Department, but a years-long streak of cold winters prevented agencies from hitting all of their fuel goals.

New fiscal 2015 numbers on federal energy consumption and emissions show the government fell short on its building energy intensity reduction — a 22.7 percent reduction from the fiscal 2003 baseline versus the 30 percent goal, and a reduction of 2.2 percent for Btu per gross square foot, from fiscal 2014.

Burning a single match releases about 1 Btu, or British thermal unit, of energy.

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