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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Carraro
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/26/2006
HB
SHORT TITLE Require State Building Energy Conservation
SB SM 5
ANALYST McOlash
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
NFI
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
General Services Division (GSD)
Energy, Minerals and Natural resources Department (EMNRD)
Public Education Department (PED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
SM 5 requests the Governor to issue an Executive Order requiring certain energy conservation
measures.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
There are potential savings for agencies that have implemented few of these energy conservation
initiatives. The Building Services Division (GSD/BSD) of the General Services Department
(GSD) has implemented most of these practices, no additional cost savings is expected for
GSD/GSD/BSD.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
GSD
An Executive Order 2006-001, signed on January 16, 2006, requires energy efficiency standards
(based on the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental
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Design (LEED) rating system) in all state-funded buildings. GSD/BSD has implemented most of
these standards, and many are required by the Governorís Performance Review.
Achieving the full benefit of such an executive order will require detailed guidance and staff
training, beyond simply ordering that energy conservation measures are implemented. Other-
wise, the results will be mixed. Even in buildings where occupants are already conscientious
there is room for improvement, e.g., lights left on in corridors and restrooms, and printers left on.
Particular individuals must be assigned responsibility to see that actions are carried out. Some
state buildings have all the lights left on all night and weekend. Building temperatures are typi-
cally not well controlled even when an effort is made. It must be made a higher priority to be
successfully maintained. Accountability is essential.
ENMRD
Achieving the full benefit of such an executive order will require detailed guidance and staff
training, beyond simply ordering that energy conservation measures are implemented. Other-
wise, the results will be mixed. Even in buildings where occupants are already conscientious
there is room for improvement, e.g., lights left on in corridors and restrooms, and printers left on.
Particular individuals must be assigned responsibility to see that actions are carried out. Some
state buildings have all the lights left on all night and weekend. Building temperatures are typi-
cally not well controlled even when an effort is made. It must be made a higher priority to be
successfully maintained. Accountability is essential.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
Senate Memorial 5 does not specify if those buildings that are not under the Governorís direct
control would be included (e.g. judicial and legislative branches, land commissioner, universi-
ties, public schools).
Enforcement issues are not addressed in SM 5.
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
Requirements of existing Executive Orders cover most, if not all, of the recommendations made
in SM 5.
POSSIBLE QUESTIONS
Add clarifications that state buildings not under the Governor, including legislative and judicial
branches, public schools and higher education, are covered by using language similar to Execu-
tive Order 2006-001 (all state-funded buildings).
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