Gov. Nixon Directs State Agencies to Reduce Building Energy Use by Two Percent Annually for the Next 10 Years
Measures at state buildings would save Missouri taxpayers more than $1 million in first year alone
Gov. Jay Nixon has directed state agencies to reduce energy usage at their buildings by two percent annually for each of the next 10 years. Speaking at the Missouri Energy Summit at the University of Missouri, Gov. Nixon said the measures would not only help conserve natural resources but also save Missouri taxpayers more than $1 million in the first year alone.
Gov. Jay Nixon today directed state agencies to reduce energy usage at their buildings by two percent annually for each of the next 10 years. Speaking today at the Missouri Energy Summit at the University of Missouri, Gov. Nixon said the measures would not only help conserve natural resources but also save Missouri taxpayers more than $1 million in the first year alone. In 2008, the state of Missouri spent approximately $54.7 million on energy costs at these buildings.
"As one of the largest employers and energy consumers in the state, Missouri must become a leader in conservation," Gov. Nixon said. "We have a responsibility to set the example for state employees, businesses and citizens across the state. This will be good for taxpayers and the environment, and lead the way toward a brighter, cleaner energy future for all of us."
At the Energy Summit, the Governor signed Executive Order 09-18, directing all state agencies whose building management falls under the direction of the Office of Administration to institute policies that would result in reductions of energy consumption by two percent per year for each of the next 10 years. Those policies would be instituted in consultation with the Division of Facilities Management, Design and Construction and the Department of Natural Resources' Energy Center.
"The state has experts in facilities management, and we also have experts in energy conservation," Gov. Nixon said. Let's maximize that expertise in an energy efficiency plan for the benefit of the environment and taxpayers."
The Governor said the conservation measures would include weatherization of buildings, replacement of energy-inefficient light fixtures with efficient ones, implementation of more efficient means of heating and cooling buildings, among other measures.
In addition, the Governor instructed the state's Division of Facilities Management, Design and Construction to adopt clear, decisive standards for energy consumption and efficiency in all buildings it controls. Under the executive order, all new state construction, buildings being constructed for lease by the state, and all significant renovations and replacement of energy-using equipment will need to be at least as stringent as the most recent energy efficiency standards of the International Energy Conservation Code.
The executive order does not include state buildings not under the management of the Office of Administration. Those buildings include those operated by the Missouri departments of Conservation and Transportation, and those operated by the state's public universities and colleges.