The United States' Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), with an annual budget of $20-25 million, is the largest such initiative in the world. Its assortment of programs range from an extensive alternative financing effort (responsible for roughly one hundred million dollars worth of energy-saving retrofits each year) to a design assistance program to a high-profile annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of well over a hundred federal government employees.
A number of state and municipal agencies in the U.S. have also adopted public sector energy management programs to save energy and money in their own buildings, facility operations, vehicle fleets, and purchasingas well as providing market leadership. A recent paper, "Energy-Efficient Purchasing by State and Local Government: Triggering a Landslide down the Slippery Slope to Market Transformation," [Energy Efficient Purchasing By State and Local Government.pdf - 116 KB] summarizes energy-efficient purchasing programs at the state and municipal government levels. Many of these programs use the same energy efficient procurement criteria as the federal agencies, which helps aggregate the market demand for efficient products.
Examples of programs and policies supporting these purchasing efforts include:
Model Energy Efficiency Purchasing Policy [Purch_policy.pdf - 73 KB]
Model Program Plan [MPP_Final.pdf - 495 KB]
Alameda County, CA
King County, WA
New York City, NY
Portland, OR & Multnomah County, OR
San Francisco, CA
Santa Monica, CA