Executive Order to Increase the Energy Efficiency of Wisconsin State Buildings

April 12, 2006

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle issued an executive order on April 11 that requires state buildings to conform to stricter energy efficiency standards. The order is part of the Conserve Wisconsin Agenda Doyle announced last year to establish green building and water efficiency standards and encourage use of renewable energy and recycled materials. Read Executive Order 145.

The governor said the new standards could save as much as $30 million annually on utility bills. "In Wisconsin, we are on the cutting-edge of energy innovation — with the most forward looking and balanced energy policy anywhere in the Midwest, and a strong commitment to renewable energy," Doyle said. "And as part of that effort, I want the state to lead by example."

The governor directs the Wisconsin Department of Administration to establish efficiency standards for state buildings based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification managed by the U.S. Green Buildings Council in Washington, D.C. The department will assess the state's 6,300 buildings over the next several years to determine how to implement the standards. The Department of Administration, which also administers the State Energy Program in Wisconsin, will also:

  • Identify state facilities that are suitable for energy performance contracts.
  • Reduce energy consumption at the University of Wisconsin by The goals should reduce overall actual energy usage per square foot by at least 10% by FY08 from the FY05 state energy report baseline adjusted for weather and 20% by 2010.
  • Pursue demonstration projects of photovoltaics and other renewable energy technologies.
  • Review the state's purchasing procedures for energy efficiency.

For more information, read the governor's April 11 press release.