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DEPARTMENTS, DIVISIONS, AND BOARDS
2291. State Agency Energy Plan
(1) When used in
this title, "life-cycle costs" shall mean the present value purchase
price of an item, plus the replacement cost, plus or minus the salvage value,
plus the present value of operation and maintenance costs, plus the energy and
environmental externalities' costs or benefits. Where reliable data enables the
Department of Buildings and General Services to establish these additional
environmental externalities' costs or benefits with respect to a particular
purchasing decision or category of purchasing decisions, that is energy
related, the Department may recommend the addition or subtraction of an
additional price factor. All State agencies shall consider the price factor and
environmental considerations set by the Department when examining life-cycle
costs for purchasing decisions.
facilities," when used in this chapter, shall mean all State-owned or
leased buildings, structures, appurtenances, and grounds.
fleet," as used in this chapter, shall mean passenger vehicles and light
duty trucks for use by State employees in the conduct of official duties,
excluding law enforcement vehicles assigned to sworn law enforcement officers,
and shall be procured by the Commissioner of Buildings and General Services.
(b) It is the
general policy of the State of Vermont:
(1) To ensure,
to the greatest extent practicable, that State government can meet its energy
needs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a manner that is adequate, reliable,
secure, and sustainable; that assures affordability and encourages the State's
economic vitality, the efficient use of energy resources, and cost-effective
demand side management; and that is environmentally sound.
(2) To identify
and evaluate, on an ongoing basis, resources that will meet State government
energy service, infrastructure, purchasing and supply, and fleet needs in
accordance with the principles of least cost integrated planning; including
efficiency, conservation and load management alternatives, purchasing
preferences, wise use of renewable resources and environmentally sound
infrastructure development, energy supply, purchasing practices, and fleet
Secretary of Administration with the cooperation of the Commissioners of Public
Service and of Buildings and General Services shall develop and oversee the
implementation of a State Agency Energy Plan for State government. The Plan
shall be adopted by June 30, 2005, modified as necessary, and readopted by the
Secretary on or before January 15, 2010 and each sixth year subsequent to 2010.
The Plan shall accomplish the following objectives and requirements:
(1) To conserve
resources, save energy, and reduce pollution. The Plan shall devise strategies
to identify to the greatest extent feasible all opportunities for conservation
of resources through environmentally and economically sound infrastructure
development, purchasing, and fleet management, and investments in renewable
energy and energy efficiency available to the State which are cost effective on
a life-cycle cost basis.
(2) To consider
State policies and operations that affect energy use.
(3) To devise a
strategy to implement or acquire all prudent opportunities and investments in
as prompt and efficient a manner as possible.
(4) To include
appropriate provisions for monitoring resource and energy use and evaluating
the impact of measures undertaken.
(5) To identify
education, management, and other relevant policy changes that are a part of the
(6) To devise a
strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Plan shall include steps to
encourage more efficient trip planning, to reduce the average fuel consumption
of the State fleet, to encourage alternatives to solo-commuting State employees
for commuting and job-related travel, and to incorporate conventional hybrid,
plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicles into the State fleet if
cost-effective on a life-cycle basis.
(7) To provide,
where feasible, for the installation of renewable energy systems including
solar energy systems, which shall include equipment or building design
features, or both, designed to attain the optimal mix of minimizing solar gain
in the summer and maximizing solar gain during the winter, as part of the new
construction or major renovation of any State building. The cost of
implementation and installation will be identified as part of the budget
process presented to the General Assembly.
Department of Buildings and General Services shall coordinate State purchasing
decisions, according to procedures developed by the Commissioner in cooperation
with the Commissioner of Public Service, to ensure comparisons based on
relative life-cycle costs.
Commissioner of Buildings and General Services shall develop life-cycle cost
guidelines for use in all State buildings. These guidelines shall require all
new construction and major renovations to meet or exceed the current
"Vermont Commercial Building Energy Standards." Where practicable,
the goal shall be attaining an EPA ENERGY STAR/rs rating of at least 75.
Department of Buildings and General Services shall develop a State strategy to
reduce overall energy consumption in existing and proposed State buildings
based on energy consumption levels specified in the energy conservation
standard referred to in this subsection. The Plan shall identify, in buildings
at variance with the energy standards referred to in this subsection, the cost
to bring the building into compliance, and energy cost savings for the remaining
useful life of the building.
(2) Each State
agency and department, designated by the Secretary of Administration, which
constructs or manages State buildings shall, by June 30, 2005, assure that new
construction or major renovation of such structures incorporates those
practical energy efficiency measures and energy consuming systems that result
in the lowest life-cycle cost. New construction of State buildings shall be
highly efficient and shall employ optimal siting and design, given the uses to
which the buildings are to be put, with respect to solar gain and temperature
control. State buildings shall be shaded and ventilated and their air
circulation managed, to the extent practical, instead of being cooled by air
(3) In capital
requests to the General Assembly, the Commissioner of Buildings and General
Services shall include, when appropriate, work plans, budgets, and proposed
financing mechanisms to accomplish these reductions in energy use.
Commissioner of Buildings and General Services shall biennially report to the
Secretary of Administration on the State's implementation of this section.
(Added 1991, No. 259 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; amended 1995, No. 148 (Adj. Sess.), §
4(a), eff. May 6, 1996; 1995, No. 148 (Adj. Sess.), § 4(c)(1), eff. May 6,
1996; 1995, No. 178 (Adj. Sess.), § 299; 2003, No. 121 (Adj. Sess.), § 38, eff.
June 8, 2004; 2007, No. 209 (Adj. Sess.), § 1a; 2009, No. 43, § 44, eff. May
27, 2009; 2009, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 28, eff. June 4, 2010; 2013, No. 89, §