Virginia Governor Orders Energy Efficiency Improvement, Appoints State Energy Office Director To Senior Energy Advisor Post

April 23, 2007

Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine has signed an executive order to reduce energy consumption and costs, instituted a process to develop energy policy, and selected the former Director of Administration for the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy to serve as Senior Advisor for Energy Policy.

Kaine issued executive order 48 on April 9, setting a goal for executive branch agencies and institutions to reduce the annual cost of nonrenewable energy purchases by at least 20 percent by fiscal year 2010. Last year Virginia state government spent more than $290 million in energy costs to operate its facilities and for travel on state business.

The order directs state organizations to:

  • Construct new and renovate existing state facilities consistent with U.S. Green Building Council or Energy StarĀ® ratings and lease office space that is convenient to public transportation, energy efficient, and pedestrian- and bicycle-accessible
  • Purchase fuel-efficient, low-emission vehicles and maximize use of alternative transportation fuels, minimize travel, and implement transit and ride-sharing incentive programs and telecommuting
  • Purchase or lease Energy Star rated appliances and equipment, where possible, and use recycled paper-compatible office equipment.

The order also establishes the position of Senior Advisor for Energy Policy and the Governor's Energy Policy Advisory Council, a board composed of energy producer, consumer, and conservation groups. Kaine has appointed Stephen Walz, most recently the Director of Administration for the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, to serve as Senior Advisor for Energy Policy.

"Virginia is faced with substantial challenges to use energy more efficiently," Governor Kaine said. "The Senior Advisor for Energy Policy and the Governor's Energy Policy Advisory Council will provide much needed coordination and focus for dealing with this critical issue."

Walz has worked on energy issues in Virginia government since 1980, managing the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy's energy conservation and efficiency programs and directing Virginia's Energy Office. He has 30 years of experience with energy efficiency, renewable energy development, coal and mineral mining, gas and oil development, and low-income weatherization and fuel assistance services. Walz will chair the Governor's Energy Policy Advisory Council and continue to lead development of the Virginia Energy Plan.

For more information, see the governor's April 9 press release.

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