(OILPRICE) — In an executive order released on 5 December, President Barack Obama has tripled the mandate for use of renewable sources of energy for federal agencies by 2020.
According to the executive order federal agencies will have to replace 20% of the electricity they use with renewable sources by 2020—up from a 2005 mandate of 7.5% by 2013. This includes all federal agencies both civilian and military.
The new mandate is part of the Obama administration’s goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions 17% over 2005 levels by 2020.
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While the order only applies to federal agencies, this represents a significant boost in the renewables mandate due to the fact that it affects some 500,000 buildings, 600,000 federally operated vehicles for agencies that spend on average $500 billion annually in goods and services.