Ohio Governor Establishes New Energy Advisor Position and Sets Energy Efficiency Goals for State Agencies
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland signed an executive order on January 17 that establishes an energy advisor to help create jobs in renewable energy production. The order also requires state agencies to reduce energy consumption immediately.
"I am convinced that we can create thousands of good-paying jobs by encouraging next-generation energy production in Ohio, including ethanol, clean coal, wind, and solar," Strickland said in a press release.
The governor appointed Mark Shanahan, executive director of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, to the new energy advisor post. Shanahan will coordinate the administration’s energy policy by collaborating with state agencies, and work at "boosting economic development in energy and manufacturing sectors."
The executive order also establishes goals and deadlines for state government energy consumption, instructing state agencies to immediately implement energy saving policies that recently became law, instead of waiting for an April 13, 2007 deadline.
Other requirements of the executive order include:
- The Ohio Department of Administrative Services (ODAS) must work with the energy advisor to establish a tool for state agencies to measure their energy consumption, including a means of calculating each organization’s carbon footprint. The process must be in place by March 16, 2007.
- Each state agency must complete an energy audit of all of its facilities by June 2007, then reduce building energy use by 5 percent within the first year of the next biennium and 15 percent by the end of four fiscal years.
- ODAS must increase the number of state vehicles that use alternative fuel sources and prepare plans to establish E85 and biodiesel fuel pumps.
- ODAS must develop and implement a plan to raise biodiesel fuel consumption to at least 25 percent of the state’s diesel purchases by January 1, 2008.
The executive order also launches the Governor’s Higher Education Energy Challenge, and creates an award and recognition program to encourage energy efficiency innovation at Ohio’s colleges and universities.