Renewable Energy is energy generated from natural resources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat, which are all naturally replenished. Renewable Energy sources most often used are: Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Water (hydropower) and Biomass which includes wood and wood waste, municipal solid waste, landfill and biogas, ethanol, and biodiesel.
The Energy Management division of the Office of Facilities Managment provides energy accounting services, manages building energy profiles through the EnergyCAP program and maintains the OFM Sustainability Plan. EM collaborates with the Facilities Services division during the planning and management of construction projects and to establish efficiency standards for equipment, processes and buildings.
Energy UsageAny successes of the OFM Sustainability Plan would not be possible without the support and cooperative efforts of the agencies in each building. In addition to upgrading the building’s mechanical and technological aspects, it is imperative that state agencies work together to develop a culture to improve building sustainability.
Due to higher costs per-unit than the baseline year, energy savings are sometimes seen as a 'cost-avoided' instead of actual dollars saved.
A geothermal heat pump is a central heating (and/or cooling system) that "pumps" heat from the ground for use to heat homes and facilities.
- An incandescent lamp is a better heater than a light, with nearly 90% of the input energy being converted and lost in waste heat.
- ENERGY STAR qualified CFLs use 75% less energy than a standard incandescent bulb and last up to 10 times longer.
- A CFL can save more than $40 in electricity costs over its lifetime
- Although CFLs cost 3–10 times more than comparable incandescent bulbs, they last 6–15 times as long (6,000–15,000 hours).
Senate Bill 833 Energy Efficiency Plans
Senate Bill 833 (2009) requires each state agency to develop and implement an energy efficiency and conservation plan. The bill also directs Capital Assets Management to research and identify best available methods to aid agencies in the implementation of their plans. CAM is committed to the successful completion and improvement of plans for all state agencies, as well as education and awareness in all areas of sustainability.
CAM is also designated as the official repository for all state agency energy efficiency and conservation plans.
SB 833 CorrespondenceCAM periodically sends correspondence to all state agencies regarding information and updates for SB 833 plans.
The links below provide guidance and resources to assist with your agency's plan.