Governor requires a 20% reduction in energy consumption.
Governor Tim Kaine today issued Executive Order 48, requiring all state agencies to cut their use of nonrenewable energy by 20% in the next three years, citing the $290M spent on it in 2006 alone. He specifically suggest switching to CF bulbs, renovating under LEED standards, installing photovoltaic arrays and green roofs (old hat to Albemarle County), providing E85 and B20 for state vehicles, maximizing the rate of telecommuting, requiring that all electronics be Energy Star compliant and — best of all — requiring that all new office space in metropolitan areas with mass transit be leased within a quarter mile of a bus, trolley, Metro, or commuter rail stop. (A quarter mile being a five-minute walk, the standard walkable radius for planning purposes.) Bravo to Governor Kaine for finding simple ways that the commonwealth can save $58M/year and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.