Delaware Governor Introduces Several Energy Initiatives

Gov. Jack Markell, D-Del., has signed an executive order designed to reduce the environmental impact of state government operations.

Under the executive order, at least 20% of the annual electricity demand for buildings owned or operated by the state executive branch must come from renewable sources by the end of fiscal year 2012. The requirement increases to 30% by the end of fiscal year 2013.

In addition, all state executive branch agencies will aim to achieve an overall reduction in energy consumption of at least 10% by the end of fiscal year 2011, 20% by fiscal year 2013, and 30% by fiscal year 2015 as compared with fiscal year 2008.

The state will integrate the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) practices into construction, renovation and facility operation. Where reasonable, agencies will aim for LEED Silver standards.

Transportation emissions, recycling and procurement sourcing measures were also implemented.

SOURCE: Office Of Jack Markell

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