Beyond simply enacting legislation and regulations to advance energy efficiency within the state's residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, state (as well as county and municipal) governments can also provide vision and leadership for their constituents.
Leading by Example
By having an agency dedicated to energy policies, setting goals for reduction of energy use by state agencies, establishing high standards for the efficiency of state-owned and operated buildings, and implementing policies that promote energy efficiency in public-service buildings, government demonstrate the value of energy efficiency and reduce the amount of the state's revenue that is spent on energy purchases. Every Midwestern state has a state energy office and many have adopted other policies aimed at managing the state’s energy consumption as well as encouraging others to follow its lead.
State Energy Office
The Office of Energy Development (OED) is the State Energy Office for Indiana.
The Indiana Office of Energy Development, under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman, is responsible for Indiana's energy policy. That policy is outlined in the state's strategic energy plan, Hoosier Homegrown Energy.
Visit the OED Website. Check out NASEO's profile of Indiana.
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State Energy Plan or Vision
The Hoosier Home-Grown Energy Plan sets forth a vision for in-state energy production and job growth through efforts to "Trade current energy imports for future indiana economic growth; Produce electricity, natural gas and transportation fuels from clean coal and bioenergy; [and] Improve energy efficiency and infrastructure."
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State Agency Energy Reduction Requirement
Indiana does not have a specific requirement for the reduction in energy use by state agencies, though it does require energy efficiency in new and rehabed state buildings.
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EE in New State Buildings
Governor Daniels' 2008 Executive Order 08-14 established the Energy Efficient State Building Initiative. It required the Department of Administration to create standards for all new state buildings that include analysis of the cost-effectiveness of achieving energy efficiency in the building. Efficiency can be demonstrated by through achieving LEED Silver, two Green Globes, EPA Energy Star, or an equivalent rating system accredited by ANSI. It also orders that all significant renovations or repairs of existing buildings must achieve the maximum cost-effective energy efficiency level based on the analysis of the construction costs and the life cycle operating costs.
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Recognition or Award Program
The Indiana Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence recognizes public and private organizations and Indiana citizens. The Energy/Renewable Resources award includes energy efficiency improvements in technologies or buildings.
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