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
Ohio's State Energy Office is the Office of Energy, within the Development Services Agency.
The Ohio Development Services Agency works to grow the economy of the state by connecting companies and communities to financial and technical resources increase efficiency and deploy advanced energy technologies. Businesses can access program information to improve their energy efficiency or deploy renewable sources.
Visit the Office of Energy website. Visit NASEO's Ohio profile.
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State Energy Plan or Vision
Governor Kasich's 21st Century Energy Policy focuses strongly on supply-side energy production, but promotes energy efficiency to help offset rising energy prices through improving state building energy efficiency, bringing new efficiency technologies and programs to Ohio, increasing the efficiency of state fleets, and expanding customer access to green energy pricing programs. This policy was implemented by Senate Bill 315.
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State Agency Energy Reduction Requirement
Former Governor Strickland's Executive Order 2007 - 02S ordered the creation of a cabinet-level energy advisor and ordered state agencies to audit buildings and achieve a 5% reduction in energy use that fiscal year and a 15% reduction by the end of four fiscal years. That order expired on January 1, 2011 and has not been renewed. Though there is no longer a specific requirement for state agency energy reduction, the state does still encourage energy efficiency in state buildings and provides support through the Office of Energy Services.
The Office of Energy Services within the State Architect's Office provides engineering, design, and contracting assistance to state agencies to achieve cost-effective reductions in energy use and in using the US Department of Energy's Portfolio Manager software to meet the requirements for energy efficiency in new state building construction.
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EE in New State Buildings
Ohio Administrative Code 123:4 requires life cycle cost analysis and energy consumption analysis for all new or renovated state buildings, and consumption analysis prior to new leases. Section 123:4-1-06 requires that all state buildings be operated by certified building operators and track their energy use.
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Recognition or Award Program
Ohio used to award a Governor's Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency but no longer does so.
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