Schwarzenegger released today Executive Order S-20-04 relating to energy
efficiency. Please note that Order #3 stipulates that the DSA adopt guidelines,
which are voluntary and not mandatory.
Governor of the State of
the Energy Action Plan adopted by the state's energy agencies places
conservation and energy efficiency first in the loading order of energy
resources because they are the least expensive and most environmentally
protective resources; and
commercial buildings use 36 percent of the state's electricity and account for a
large percentage of greenhouse gas emissions, raw materials use and waste; and
the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED), the nation's leading green building rating system, promotes "high
performance" building practices; energy, water and materials conservation;
environmentally preferred products and practices; improvements in employee
health, comfort and productivity; and reductions in facility operation costs and
environmental impacts; and
electricity costs for California's commercial and institutional buildings exceed
$12 billion per year, and cost-effective efficiency practices outlined in this
Order can save more than $2 billion per year; and
the state's own buildings consume over $500 million of electricity per year, and
the measures outlined in this Order can save California taxpayers $100 million
per year; and
high-performance schools also reduce energy and resource consumption, while
creating safer and healthier learning environments; and
investments in energy efficiency measures provide high returns on investment and
California's economy, creating more jobs, local spending and tax revenue.
THEREFORE, I, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, Governor of the State of
California, by virtue of the power vested in me by the Constitution and statutes of the
State of California, do hereby order effective immediately:
That the state commit to aggressive action to reduce state building electricity
usage by retrofitting, building and operating the most energy and resource
efficient buildings by taking all cost-effective measures described in the Green
Building Action Plan for facilities owned, funded or leased by the state and to
encourage cities, counties and schools to do the same.
- That state agencies, departments, and other entities under the direct executive
authority of the Governor cooperate in taking measures to reduce grid-based
energy purchases for state-owned buildings by 20% by 2015, through
cost-effective efficiency measures and distributed generation technologies;
these measures should include but not be limited to:
2.1 Designing, constructing and operating all new and renovated state-owned
facilities paid for with state funds as "LEED Silver" or higher
certified buildings; and
Identifying the most appropriate financing and project delivery mechanisms to
achieve these goals; and
Seeking out office space leases in buildings with a U.S. EPA Energy Star rating;
Purchasing or operating Energy Star electrical equipment whenever
The Division of the State Architect in the Department of General Services should
adopt guidelines by December 31, 2005, to enable and encourage schools built
with state funds to be resource and energy efficient.
That the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is urged to apply its
energy efficiency authority to support a campaign to inform building owners and
operators about the compelling economic benefits of energy efficiency measures;
improve commercial building efficiency programs to help achieve the 20% goal;
and submit a biennial report to the Governor commencing in September 2005, on
progress toward meeting these goals.
That the California Energy Commission (CEC) propose by July 2005, a benchmarking
methodology and building commissioning guidelines to increase energy efficiency
in government and private commercial buildings.
That the CEC undertake all actions within its authority to increase efficiency
by 20% by 2015, compared to Titles 20 and 24 non-residential standards adopted
in 2003; collaborate with the building and construction industry state licensing
boards to ensure building and contractor compliance; and promptly submit its
report as per Assembly Bill 549 (Statutes of 2001) on strategies for greater
energy and peak demand savings in existing buildings.
Public Employees Retirement System and State Teachers Retirement System are
requested to target resource efficient buildings for real estate investments and
commit clean technology funds to advanced sustainable and efficiency
Other entities of state government not under the Governor's direct executive
authority, including the University of California, California State University,
Community Colleges, constitutional officers, legislative and judicial branches, and CPUC, are
requested to actively participate in this effort.
Nothing in this Order shall be construed to confer upon any state agency
decision-making authority over substantive matters within another agency's
jurisdiction, including any informational and public hearing requirements needed
to make regulatory and permitting decisions.
Commercial building owners are also encouraged to take aggressive action to
reduce electricity usage by retrofitting, building and operating the most energy
and resource efficient buildings by taking measures described in the Green
Building Action Plan.
This Order is not intended to, and does not create any rights or benefits,
substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, against the State of
California, its departments, agencies, or other entities, its officers or employees, or
any other person.
That as soon as hereafter possible, this Order shall be filed with the Office of
the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice shall be given
to this Order.
WITNESS WHEREOF I
have here unto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of
California to be affixed this the fourteenth day of December 2004.
/s/ Arnold Schwarzenegger