President Biden's Executive Order 14057 on catalyzing American clean energy industries and jobs through Federal sustainability and accompanying Federal Sustainability Plan (collectively referred to as "The Federal Sustainability Plan") outlines an ambitious path to power Federal facilities with 100 percent carbon pollution-free electricity (CFE), including 50 percent on a 24-hour-a-day 7-days-a-week (24/7) basis. This plan will help accelerate a rapidly changing clean electricity sector and further increase well-paying union jobs. It adds Federal leadership to CFE commitments being made by public, private, and non-profit leaders across America and around the world. The Sustainability Plan's elements show how the U.S. Government can use the power of Federal procurement to create a more resilient, modern, and climate-ready electricity sector.
As part of a whole-of-government approach, agencies at the forefront of electricity procurement, including the Department of Defense (DOD) and General Services Administration (GSA), will help lead development and execution of innovative procurement strategies, in coordination with other agencies and consistent with applicable law, that leverage the size of the Federal Government's electricity consumption, unlock economies of scale, promote equity, and achieve cost-savings for taxpayers. The strategy will include ways that federally led efforts to expand CFE can benefit overburdened, underserved communities. The Federal Government will work with regulators, State and local energy policy officials, utilities, developers, technology firms, financiers, and other clean electricity buyers and use a range of strategies to achieve CFE goals, such as:
Additionally, the Federal Government will seek ways to pilot and accelerate promising CFE sources such as green hydrogen, modular and advanced nuclear reactors, and other innovative approaches.
The Federal Government will develop ways to increase its impact by working with non-Federal partners (e.g., States, Tribes, municipalities, electric co-operatives, consumers, and the private sector). The Federal Government will explore ways to use its supply chain to accelerate progress towards a cleaner grid more broadly.
Transitioning to CFE by 2030 and achieving agency targets will require coordination across agencies to streamline energy purchasing, and consolidate and aggregate procurement. The Working Group will also evaluate progress on equity. The Working Group will provide semiannual reports to the National Climate Task Force on actions, findings, and progress toward governmentwide goals.