Lawmakers in Oregon approved a bill to require state agencies to cut their energy consumption by 20% by 2015. Agencies will have to submit plans for how they will cut their energy use, which is expected to occur through facilities improvements.
"The proposal, which now advances to the Senate, could mean more sunlight and natural breezes will be flowing through Oregon's state universities, prisons and other government buildings as agencies look to cut energy use through skylights and more efficient cooling systems."
"Although the proposal requires state agencies to submit plans to the Oregon Department of Energy on how they will meet the reduction requirement, there is no penalty for not meeting the standards. Agencies failing to reduce their energy use in the allotted time must submit a biennial energy conservation plan to the department."