Strong Legislative and Gubernatorial Support
The legislature and governor have the power to set agenda priorities
and use their offices to stimulate public debate about important state
issues. The legislature can codify best practices to eliminate
procurement/contracting barriers for state & local governments and
establish energy performance contracting as an approved way to procure
energy services. A governor's unique position affords useful venues, such as the
role in the budget, communications, and executive branch policy agendas.
It is essential for both governors and legislators to establish
awareness within state government of ESPC as a means to upgrade
facilities and achieve energy efficiency with no up-front costs -
driving economic development while attaining clean air goals.
Following are ESC's recommended tools and documentation in support of
this ESPC best practice area:
- Model Legislation
Examples are provided for different types of legislation that
are required to provide legislative authority for an ESPC program.
Explanations are provided as to why particular provisions are
essential for clear authorization of ESPC requirements. It is
acknowledged that each state and territory is different and
therefore the parochial needs of each must prevail.
- Executive Orders Authorizing ESPC - State Examples
Examples of Executive Orders authorizing ESPC programs and promoting
the use of ESPC are