Gov. orders Ala. energy efficiency

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Governor Robert Bentley's office issued an Executive Order Wednesday telling all state departments and agencies they must reduce energy consumption by Fiscal Year 2015.

The state is working to put practices in place that will reduce wasteful and inefficient uses of energy.

Executive Order 25 orders all state agencies and departments to designate an Energy Officer to look for ways to save energy for their agency.

The Order means agencies will have to reduce energy consumption by 30% from 2005 levels by 2015. Governor Bentley's office sees saving to the taxpayer of estimated $5.4 million in utility expenses.

"State government is a major consumer of energy. My administration is working hard to make government more efficient with taxpayer dollars and conserving energy at state facilities is one way we can help make government more efficient," Gov. Bentley said.

"State agencies can take the lead and foster ideas on ways to conserve energy and become a model on energy efficiency."

All state agencies must implement the use of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to measure and report energy efficiency for facilities.

The latest energy conservation practices must be used in the design, construction, renovation, operation and maintenance of state facilities and ENERGY STAR labeled equipment must be used when replacing or purchasing new equipment.

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INFORMATION SOURCE: Governor's Press Office