Tennessee Governor Orders State Agencies to Use ENERGY STAR Equipment

December 17, 2008

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen signed an executive order on December 16 that requires all state agencies to use ENERGY STAR® products. The order is a response to recommendations made by the Governor's Task Force on Energy Policy.

Executive Order Number 59 requires all future office equipment, appliances, lighting, and heating and cooling products and systems purchased by and for state agencies to be ENERGY STAR qualified, provided that they are commercially available. The order further stipulates that contracts that do not allow purchasing of such products and systems not be renewed.

"ENERGY STAR is a widely recognized brand name that translates to immediate energy savings and long-term benefits to the environment,” Bredesen said. “I'm proud to sign this order officially kicking off state government's increased efforts to lead by example in energy efficiency and conservation."

The Governor's Task Force on Energy Policy is a 17-member panel that includes state officials and representatives of business, environmental, and other interests. The group is charged with making recommendations to help Tennessee become a leader in energy efficiency and conservation, development of clean energy technology, and use of alternative fuels and renewable energy sources.

ENERGY STAR products are about 25 percent more energy efficient than standard commercial products.

For more information, see the governor's December 16 press release.

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