Text Size
Increase text size
Increase text size

State Energy Use

Energy used by state agencies has a significant impact on the quality of Colorado’s public health, environment, and the use of its natural resources. This section highlights some of the ways state agencies are working to achieve the 20% energy use reduction goal.

 

High Performance Certification Policy


The High Performance Certification Policy (HPCP), implemented as a direct result of Senate Bill (SB) 07-051, has resulted in the certification of 26 buildings, with another 44 in the design/construction process. The table, below, provides specific information. Additionally, state agencies are incorporating the LEEDTM guidelines into their own design/construction specifications, raising the minimum requirements of new buildings. Because some buildings are outside of the HPCP requirements, some state agencies are also self-certifying their new facilities.

  

LEEDTM GUIDELINE GOAL*
NUMBER
IN PROGRESS
COMPLETED
LEEDTM-CI-Silver
1
0
1
LEEDTM-CI-Gold
3
2
1

LEEDTM-EB Certified

4
0
4
LEEDTM-EB Silver
3
2
1
LEEDTM-EB GOLD
5
5
0
LEEDTM-NC CERTIFIED
2
1
1
LEEDTM-NC-SILVER
5
3
2
LEEDTM-NC GOLD
46
30
16
Green Globes – Three Globes
1
1
0
Total
70
44
26
TYPES
                Academic
28
17
11
                Dormitory
10
7
3
                Office/Retail
13
5
8
                Other
19
15
4

*CI – Commercial Interior; EB – Existing Building; NC – New Construction


Energy Performance Contracting For Projects Started in FY 2010


Energy performance contracting—financing energy performance measures based on future energy savings—is an effective way to reduce energy consumption immediately, and save money over time. This financial mechanism typically results in agency energy savings between 15% and 40%. During FY 2010, there were 19 state entity projects that involved at least one of the aspects of energy performance contracting. These projects had costs of $72 million, 88% of which will be paid from future savings, thus avoiding capital construction costs; saved 16.1 million kWh of electricity and 77,881 MMBtu of fuel; and saved a projected $2.8 million in annual costs. This work represents approximately 400 jobs.

 

These projects represent significant savings for the state, employ a good number of employees here in Colorado, and will have long-term benefits in terms of building comfort.