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Incentives/Policies for Energy Efficiency

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State Buildings Energy Reduction Plan   

Last DSIRE Review: 02/02/2015
Program Overview:
State: Virginia
Incentive Type: Energy Standards for Public Buildings
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Custom/Others pending approval
Applicable Sectors: State Government, Institutional
Goal:15% reduction by 2017 (2009-2010 baseline)
Requirement: i) Proactively pursue energy efficiency measures, especially Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) to reduce energy consumption
ii) Undergo a general audit to assess whether EPC is appropriate for the agency
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Executive Order 31 (2014)
11/16/2014
11/16/2014
Authority 2:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
Expiration Date:
Executive Order 82 (2009)
06/10/2009
06/10/2009
07/01/2013
Summary:

In October 2014, the Governor of Virginia signed Executive Order 31, “Conserving Energy and Reducing Consumption in Commonwealth of Virginia” which sets a goal to reduce electricity consumption in State facilities by 15% by 2017, compared to 2009-2010 baseline.

The order instructs all executive branch agencies, authorities, departments, and all institutions of higher education to: i) proactively pursue energy efficiency measures, especially Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) to reduce energy consumption, and ii) undergo a general audit to assess whether EPC is appropriate for the agency. Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) is a financing technique that uses cost savings from reduced energy consumption to repay the cost of installing energy conservation measures. This technique allows building users to undergo renovations without upfront capital expense.

The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) is responsible for providing technical support to agencies to achieve the goals. The latest information is available at the DMME web site.

History

Two previous Executive Orders have been signed in the past in regards to energy efficiency in State buildings. Executive Order 48 (2007) “Energy Efficiency in State Government” and Executive Order 82 (2009),”Greening of State Government” sought to reduce non-renewable energy purchases and increase overall energy savings. New State buildings (greater than 5000 gross sq. feet), and major renovations for State buildings (costs greater than 50% of building value) were required to be built to LEED Silver or Green Globes Two Globes Standards. Agencies and institutions were also required to purchase or lease ENERGY STAR rated appliances and equipment, if ENERGY STAR was available for the category of equipment or appliance.


 
Contact:
  Charlie Barksdale
Department of Mines, Minerals & Energy
1100 Bank St, Suite 817
Richmond, VA 23219
Fax: (804) 692-3238
E-Mail: Charlie.Barksdale@dmme.virginia.gov
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