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 Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (OREE) in the Department of Commerce serves as North Dakota's State Energy Office.
The Office of Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (OREE) has a variety of programs that promote energy efficiency and renewable energy activities within the state.
The focus of these programs is to promote energy efficiency in both the public and private sectors and to facilitate the development and use of renewable energy sources within the state.
Visit the OREE website. Visit NASEO's profile for North Dakota.
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State Energy Plan or Vision
North Dakota's state energy plan, EmPower North Dakota, sets a long term energy policy plan for the state, through 2025. As an energy resource-rich state, North Dakota's plan is very supply-oriented but includes energy efficiency as one plank of the energy platform. It 'encourages' and 'supports' energy efficiency in state agencies and buildings without setting forth any specific criteria.
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State Agency Energy Reduction Requirement
North Dakota does not have a specific requirement for the reduction in energy use by state agencies.
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EE in New State Buildings
New or rehabbed government buildings in North Dakota are required to follow the North Dakota State Building Code, which includes the 2009 IECC. It is also mandatory for school buildings.
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Recognition or Award Program
North Dakota does not have any recognition or award programs for energy efficiency.
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