Washington • President Barack Obama has ordered federal agencies to more than double their renewable energy use over the next seven years, part of his ongoing attempt to find ways to cut carbon emissions without cooperation from Congress.
In a presidential memorandum released Thursday, Obama challenged agencies to get 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by fiscal year 2020. The memorandum instructed agencies to try to meet that goal by increasing the use of wind, solar, geothermal and other energy sources to the extent that is "economically feasible and technically practicable."
The new target is an incremental step toward achieving a previous green energy goal. The White House said it would help agencies achieve a 28 percent cut in greenhouse emissions by 2020, a benchmark Obama set in 2010. Agencies already have reduced their annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than 15 percent since Obama took office, the White House said. The Department of Defense, the largest single consumer of fossil fuels in the United States, already has set a 25 percent target for renewable fuels by 2025.