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The Ecuadorean government was recently awarded US$1.9 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support a series of energy efficiency projects during 2002-2006, with another US$4.9 million of local co-funding. In addition to residential and industrial sector programs, a small component focuses on public buildings. Executive Decree No. 1359-A, signed by the President of Ecuador in April, 2001, creates an energy reduction goal of 15% for public buildings. To achieve this goal, the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MEM) has initiated a pilot project aimed at replacing conventional lamps with energy-efficient lamps in public buildings that use more than 1000 kWh/month. The implementing agency is the Dirección de Energías Renovables y Eficiencia Energética (DEREE) within MEM.