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- Published on Monday, 10 September 2012 20:11
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Increasing energy efficiency is one of the many important goals for the State of Utah. Energy efficiency is the process of doing more with less. The goal is to accomplish the same tasks and functions as before, while using less energy now and for the life of the building. Utah boasts some of the most diverse and abundant natural resources in the nation which has resulted in some of the lowest utility rates in the United States. Utah has the lowest natural gas prices in the U.S. while electricity rates are among the lowest in the nation. The Legislature's commitment to and cogitation of energy conservation and energy efficiency has driven the creation of the State Building Energy Efficiency Program (SBEEP). This can be found in the Quality Growth Act of 1999.1 (1 Chapter 24, laws of Utah 1999). In his 2010 State of the State address, Governor Gary R. Herbert announced his 10-year energy plan, which is, to utilize the State's diverse natural resources and combine that with innovative and entrepreneurial minds to have Utah at the forefront of helping the world solve its energy challenges. Together, the actions taken by Governor Herbert and the Legislature articulate an understanding that improving energy efficiency can provide long-term economic and environmental benefits to the state. Efforts to increase energy efficiency in response to the directives issued by both the Governor and the Legislature have focused on state-owned buildings.
The State Building Energy Efficiency Program strives to carry out the goal of improving energy efficiency while reducing the energy costs for state facilities. The program looks to reduce operating costs and lower maintenance costs which will in turn extend the life of the building equipment. The efficiency programs being targeted by the State Building Energy Efficiency Program are:
- Energy retrofits to optimize energy efficiency in existing buildings
- Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs for Existing Buildings
- Renewable Energy Projects
- State Facility Energy Efficiency Loan Fund
- Energy Saving Performance Contracts
- Energy Efficiency Projects
- State Employee Behavior Partnership for Energy Conservation
- Utility Auditing Services
From design to operations, the costs incurred by the state for implementing energy efficient measures in state owned buildings will, over time, yield monetary benefits which far exceeds the costs of those measures undertaken. Also of value are those additional measures included in the portfolio of efficiency measures undertaken by SBEEP, which include efforts to educate, train and raise employee awareness of the critical role they play in meeting the state's energy efficiency goals. SBEEP is a resource for state facilities to help guide monetarily conscious energy efficiency decisions. The program provides funding resources as well as tools and cost-effective methods for energy efficient design, construction and operations. SBEEP aims to reduce the impact of energy usage in buildings while maintaining high quality spaces for State building occupants.
Bianca Shama, Energy Director