April 29, 2011
Governor's Executive Order 09-18 directed agencies to reduce energy use by 2 percent annually; first two years have seen total reductions of 5.5 percent
State agencies continue to exceed energy-reduction goals set by Gov. Nixon
JEFFERSON CITY - By implementing numerous conservation measures at facilities around the state, Missouri state agencies have continued to exceed the energy-reduction goals set by Gov. Jay Nixon. The result has been a 5.5 percent reduction in the first two years the policy has been in place.
"This is great news as we continue to make state government more efficient and responsive," Gov. Nixon said. "I appreciate the concerted effort throughout our state agencies to reduce energy usage as we not only meet, but exceed, the goal of reducing consumption by 2 percent a year over the next decade."
In April 2009, Gov. Nixon signed Executive Order 09-18, which requires all state agencies whose building management falls under the direction of the Office of Administration to implement policies that will reduce their energy consumption by 2 percent per year for the next 10 years. After the first two years of implementing Executive Order 09-18, Gov. Nixon's administration achieved the following reductions:
- Electricity: Decrease of 12.8 million kWh (kilo-watt hours), or a 3.3 percent reduction. That's enough to power 1,300 Missouri households for an entire year, and the equivalent of reducing annual CO2 emissions by 8,000 tons; and
- Gas (propane and natural gas): Decrease of 273,612 MMBtu (1 million Btu), or 15.1 percent, which is enough to fuel 11,000 water heaters for an entire year, and the equivalent of reducing annual CO2 emissions by 16,000 tons;
As electricity and gas usage has been reduced, the State of Missouri has moved to increased use of other fuels including woodchips, diesel, steam and hot water that are cleaner and more efficient than gas or other sources of energy. In the last two years, there has been a 763 percent increase in the use of these more efficient fuels.
The energy reduction efforts implemented by the Office of Administration's Division of Facilities Management, Design and Construction (FMDC) include:
- Implementing lighting upgrades at various state facilities, using in-house staff to do the installations. Where incentives are offered from the utility companies to make upgrades, the state is applying for those incentive funds;
- Adjusting thermostats to save energy during both the heating and cooling seasons;
- Conducting lighting surveys at various state facilities in order to be ready to purchase and install more efficient lighting as funding becomes available;
- Replacing all the original windows in the Broadway State Office Building with more energy-efficient windows;
- Working to retro-commission HVAC and automation systems to eliminate simultaneous heating and cooling as much as possible, and to ensure that equipment operation is scheduled to take place in conjunction with building occupancy.
The state's energy-efficiency efforts are managed by a team within FMDC. This team carefully monitors energy use at state facilities and implements strategies to reduce energy consumption at specific facilities, such as changes in lighting, heating and cooling. The team uses a cutting-edge computer monitoring system to track and evaluate consumption at facilities across the state.