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Energy Advisor & Executive Order

Strickland Establishes Energy Advisor 

Office of the Governor News Release

January 17, 2007

  

Columbus, Ohio - Ohio Governor Ted Strickland today signed Executive Order 2007-02 establishing an energy advisor to the governor to coordinate the state's efforts to create jobs through becoming a leader in the production of next-generation energy.

 

"One of the core principles of my Turnaround Ohio plan is to invest in Ohio's strengths," Strickland said. "Clearly, energy production is one of those strengths. I am convinced that we can create thousands of good-paying jobs by encouraging next-generation energy production in Ohio including ethanol, clean coal, wind and solar."

 

The governor's energy advisor will coordinate the administration's energy policy. Each executive agency will designate a deputy director-level or higher liaison to work directly with the energy advisor to coordinate their agency's energy policy. In addition, the energy advisor will sit on the Third Frontier Commission as the governor?s science and technology advisor.

 

"The energy advisor will work directly with the agencies to secure maximum efficiency, coordination and consistency across state government," Strickland said. "This advisor will keep energy a state priority while creating a better environment and boosting economic development in energy and manufacturing sectors."

 

Strickland today designated Mark Shanahan, executive director of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, as the governor's energy advisor.

 

In addition to naming an energy advisor, the executive order establishes measurable goals and deadlines for Ohio state government's energy consumption. The order instructs state agencies to immediately implement energy savings policies that recently became law instead of waiting until April 13, 2007.

 

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services must work with the energy advisor to establish a tool for state agencies, boards and commissions to measure their energy consumption, which must include means of calculating each organization's "carbon footprint." This process must be in place by March 16, 2007.

 

Each state agency, board and commission must also complete an energy audit of all of its facilities by June 2007. Upon completion of the energy audit these organizations must perform an overall reduction of 5 percent in building energy use for its facilities within the first year of the next biennium and 15 percent by the end of four fiscal years.

 

The executive order also instructs ODAS to reduce the state's consumption of petroleum by increasing the number of state vehicles that use alternative fuel sources and prepare plans to establish E85 and biodiesel fuel pumps. E85 is fuel made up of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, and biodiesel is diesel fuel made from vegetable oil or animal fats. ODAS must develop and implement a plan to raise biodiesel fuel consumption to at least 25 percent of the state?s diesel purchases by no later than January 1, 2008.

 

"By using the purchasing power of the state and transforming our energy infrastructure to use biofuels from sources here in Ohio, we will decrease our dependency on foreign sources for oil and help our agricultural industry in the process," Strickland said.

 

Lastly, the executive order launches the Governor's Higher Education Energy Challenge, and creates an award and recognition program to encourage energy efficiency innovation at Ohio's colleges and universities. The energy advisor will establish a competition for teams of students, faculty, administrators and staff to develop energy savings initiatives on their campuses.

 

"We must engage Ohio's future leaders to face the energy challenges of today so they can create the energy possibilities of the future," Strickland said. "Alternative fuels and energy innovation are the future of Ohio jobs, and this executive order lays the foundation to ensure Ohio is ready."

 

A PDF version of Executive Order 2007-02 can be found at http://www.governor.ohio.gov/GovernorsOffice/ExecutiveOrders/tabid/105/Default.aspx

 

The text of the Executive Order follows: 

 

State of Ohio

Office of the Governor

Executive Order 2007 ? 02S

Coordinating Ohio Energy Policy and State Energy Utilization

1. Creating the Governor's Energy Advisor. Ohio is one of the most energy abundant states in the country, rich with a diverse array of energy resources ranging from fossil fuels to renewable resources. Ohio's economy also ranks among the most energy-intensive in the nation, home to energy-dependent industries ranging from agriculture to manufacturing. The State of Ohio's responsibilities for development and implementation of policy and regulation of energy issues are presently fragmented among myriad state organizations. Accordingly:

a. I hereby create the role of Governor's Energy Advisor, to serve as my principal advisor on all energy-related issues.

b. I authorize the Governor's Energy Advisor to coordinate energy policy for the State of Ohio across state agencies, boards and commissions.

c. The Energy Advisor will secure the necessary resources to offer advice and coordination on energy policy.

d. The current Executive Director of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority is designated to serve as my Energy Advisor, in addition to continuing to carry out his current responsibilities.

2. Coordinating Energy Policy. Dozens of state agencies, commissions, and boards play roles in energy policy and regulation. As a result, energy issues appear within everyone's scope, but rarely reach the top of anyone's agenda. At the same time, energy is an essential ingredient in powering Ohio's economy, protecting our environment, and employing Ohio workers. Accordingly:

a. Each executive agency is directed to cooperate with my Energy Advisor on energy-related issues, naming an individual at the Deputy Director level or higher to work directly with my Energy Advisor.

b. Non-executive state agencies and organizations are strongly encouraged to cooperate with my Energy Advisor on energy-related issues.

c. The Governor's Energy Advisor shall sit on the Third Frontier Commission as the Governor's Science and Technology Advisor.


3. Reducing and Improving Energy Consumption by the State. It is the responsibility of state government to lead by example in reducing energy consumption in this era of steep energy prices, mounting environmental concerns, and persistent energy security risks. By improving energy efficiency and adopting advanced energy utilization technologies, we can make the most of our existing energy resources and also stimulate activity and investment in the energy efficiency services sector. Accordingly, I order the following actions:

a. Buildings

i. Instead of waiting until April 13 to implement various energy savings policies enacted into law last year, the affected agencies shall begin to implement those procedures immediately. This includes, but is not limited to, developing rules to establish energy efficiency and conservation standards; designing a common method to analyze the life-cycle cost of facilities and how energy efficiency can reduce that cost; and, designing and implementing a plan to improve the state?s ability to identify and purchase the most appropriate energy efficient products.

ii. The Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the Energy Advisor, is directed to develop a tool for measuring energy consumption which can be used by all state agencies, boards, and commissions to track and measure their energy use in a common and consistent manner. Using such a tool will allow meaningful energy consumption comparisons between the various facilities maintained by state agencies. This tool shall be developed by March 16, 2007.

iii. The tool for measuring energy consumption will include means of calculating each organization's "carbon footprint" which demonstrates the impact our activities have on climate change by calculating the green house gas emissions produced by daily activities and reporting those emissions in units of carbon dioxide.

iv. Each state agency, board, and commission is directed to conduct a statewide energy audit of its respective facilities, both owned and leased. This audit will use the tool developed by the Department of Administrative Services to facilitate comparisons between similar facilities and should be completed by June 2007.

v. Upon completion of this energy audit, each state agency, board, and commission is directed to achieve an overall reduction of 5% in building energy use for its facilities within the first year of the next biennium and 15% by the end of four fiscal years.

b. Transportation


i. Each state agency is directed to take action immediately to reduce our dependence on foreign oil by requiring motor vehicle fleets operated by state government to acquire alternative fuel vehicles, including hybrid electric vehicles. Each state agency will develop a set of numerical goals, with a timeline, for acquiring these vehicles. The goals will be developed by April 15 and should use current state and federal requirements as the starting minimum point and be implemented beginning July 1.

ii. The Department of Administrative Services is directed to consult with the Energy Advisor to include transportation fuels in the energy consumption measurement tool and to develop and implement a goal-driven plan to reduce petroleum consumption by State vehicle fleets through revision of policies, adoption of technologies, and utilization of alternative fuels.

iii. In order to ensure the State fleet has access to alternative fuels, the Department of Administrative Services is directed to prepare plans to establish pumps for fuel that is 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline (known as E85 fuel) or diesel fuel made from vegetable oil or animal fats (known as biodiesel fuel) where such pumps are not otherwise available.

iv. The Department of Administrative Services, in consultation with the Energy Advisor, is directed to develop and implement a plan to raise biodiesel fuel consumption to at least 25% of State diesel purchases by January 1, 2008 if not before. Each agency, board and commission owning or leasing diesel fuel vehicles will cooperate with this plan.

 

4. Launching the Governor's Higher Education Energy Challenge. State-supported colleges and universities represent centers of both energy consumption and energy innovation. It will be the policy of my administration to recognize and value energy leadership. Accordingly:

            a. I hereby establish the Governor's Higher Education Energy Challenge as an award and recognition program to encourage energy efficiency innovation at Ohio's colleges and universities.

            b. The Energy Advisor is directed to encourage state-supported colleges and universities to establish teams of students, faculty, administrators, and staff to develop energy savings initiatives on their campuses.

            c. The Energy Advisor is directed to establish procedures for identifying the most innovative of these energy-saving initiatives for recognition in the Governor's Higher Education Energy Challenge competition.


5. I signed this Executive Order on January 17, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio and it will expire on my last day as Governor of Ohio unless rescinded before then.

____________________________________ Ted Strickland, Governor


 

Strickland Targets New Fuels

Cincinnati Enquirer

January 17, 2007

by Jon Craig

Columbus - Gov. Ted Strickland signed his second executive order today, creating an energy adviser to coordinate the state?s efforts to create jobs through fuel-saving initiatives.

 

"One of the core principles of my Turnaround Ohio plan is to invest in Ohio's strengths," Strickland said in a prepared statement. "Clearly, energy production is one of those strengths. I am convinced that we can create thousands of good-paying jobs by encouraging next-generation energy production in Ohio including ethanol, clean coal, wind and solar."

 

Strickland's first executive order -- signed Jan. 8 on his first day as governor -- banned gifts worth more than $20 for state employees.

 

The governor's energy adviser will coordinate the administration's energy policy.

 

Each executive agency will designate a deputy director-level or higher liaison to work directly with the energy adviser to coordinate their agency's energy policy. In addition, the energy adviser will sit on the Third Frontier Commission as the governor's science and technology adviser.

 

Strickland named Mark Shanahan, executive director of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, as his energy adviser.

 

The energy adviser will work directly with the agencies to secure maximum efficiency, coordination and consistency across state government, Strickland said. "This adviser will keep energy a state priority while creating a better environment and boosting economic development in energy and manufacturing sectors."

 

In addition to naming an energy adviser, the executive order sets measurable goals and deadlines for state government's energy consumption. Similar goals were outlined in Strickland's Turnaround Ohio campaign, according to Keith Dailey, his

spokesman.

 

The order instructs state agencies to immediately implement energy savings policies that recently became law instead of waiting until April 13.

 

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services must work with the energy advisor to establish a tool for state agencies, boards and commissions to measure their energy consumption, which must include means of calculating each organization's "carbon footprint."

 

This process must be in place by March 16, 2007.

 

Each state agency, board and commission must also complete an energy audit of all of its facilities by June. Upon completion of the energy audit these organizations must perform an overall reduction of 5 percent in building energy use for its facilities within the first year of the next biennium and 15 percent by the end of four fiscal years.

 

The executive order also instructs the Ohio Department of Administrative Services to reduce the state's consumption of petroleum by increasing the number of state vehicles that use alternative fuel sources and prepare plans to establish E85 and biodiesel fuel pumps. E85 is fuel made up of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline, and biodiesel is diesel fuel made from vegetable oil or animal fats. The department must develop and implement a plan to raise biodiesel fuel consumption to at least 25 percent of the state's diesel purchases no later than Jan. 1, 2008.

 

Strickland Outlines Ohio's New Energy-Saving Goals

Energy Adviser, Alternative Fuels Make List

Columbus Dispatch
January 18, 2007

Mark Niquette

 

Following up on campaign pledges, Gov. Ted Strickland issued an executive order yesterday addressing the state's use of energy and energy policy under his administration.

 

It is Strickland's second executive order since taking office Jan. 8, following an edict establishing ethics guidelines for his administration.

 

Among other things, yesterday's order names a state energy adviser, requires an energy audit of all state facilities and mandates a reduction in energy consumption by state agencies, boards and commissions.

 

Strickland named Mark Shanahan, executive director of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, as his energy adviser to coordinate the administration's energy policy and work with each executive entity in state government.

 

"This adviser will keep energy a state priority while creating a better environment and boosting economic development in energy and manufacturing sectors," Strickland said in a release.

 

Erin Bowser, Environment Ohio director, especially applauded Strickland's emphasis on wind energy.

 

"Harnessing our own homegrown energy from the wind that blows across the Buckeye state and leveraging our extensive manufacturing base would be a real investment in our economy and put more Ohioans to work," she said.

 

Strickland says the state can create thousands of good-paying jobs by producing ethanol, clean coal, wind and solar power.

 

His order also requires all entities under the governor?s control to pursue a number of energy-related initiatives, including:

  • Develop a tool for measuring energy consumption by March 16 to be used by all state agencies to calculate their "carbon footprints" and allow meaningful energy-use comparisons.
     
  • Conduct an audit of energy used by state facilities by June.

  •  Reduce building energy use by 5 percent within one year and by 15 percent by the end of four fiscal years.
  • Acquire more state vehicles that use alternative fuels, including hybrid vehicles.
     
     
  • Establish more fuel pumps for state vehicles that dispense E-85, a mix of gasoline and cornbased ethanol, as well as biodiesel fuels that use vegetable oil or animal fats. Use of biodiesel must increase to 25 percent by Jan. 1, 2008, or sooner.
  • Launch the "Governor's Higher Education Energy Challenge" to recognize and reward innovations in energy efficiency at the state's colleges and universities.

Governor Names Adviser to Encourage Alternative Energy

Akron Beacon Journal

January 17, 2007

Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio - Gov. Ted Strickland named a new energy adviser Wednesday who will lead Ohio's efforts to increase economic development in ethanol, clean coal, wind and solar energy production.

 

Mark Shanahan is executive director Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, a state agency that helps businesses meet environmental air regulations. Shanahan will remain in that role and also serve as Strickland's science and technology adviser on the state's Third Frontier Commission, which funds research and high-tech business development.

 

Strickland made the appointment in an executive order that also calls on state agencies to reduce energy consumption in their buildings and to increase the number of state vehicles that use alternative fuel sources.

 

Each state agency, board and commission must complete an energy audit of all of its facilities by June, according to the order. Energy consumption in buildings must be reduced by 5 percent in the next two years and by 15 percent at the end of four years.

 

The state already is required to purchase only "flex-fuel" vehicles that can use either gasoline or E85, a mixture of 15 percent gasoline and 85 percent ethanol, under a law signed last year by Gov. Bob Taft. Those purchases were to begin in 2007.

 

Strickland's executive order speeds up the process by requiring state agencies by April 15 to take an inventory of their vehicles and set purchasing goals and timelines, Strickland spokesman Keith Dailey said.