Strategic Energy Plan for the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources
This overall Strategic Energy Plan (SEP) for the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) was developed in accordance with General Statute 143-64.10 - 12 ‘Energy Conservation in Public Facilities,’ which mandates a comprehensive energy management program for state government. It is in support of the State Utilities Savings Initiative (USI), established by the Governor’s Efficiency Commission. Energy consumption per gross square foot is to be reduced by 20 percent by 2010 and 30 percent by 2015 compared to the base fiscal year, 2003-2004. Consumption of electricity and heating fuel has decreased by 20% from the baseline year of 2003-2004 on a square footage basis.
As of January 1, 2012, DENR owns approximately 1,500 buildings having a total area of 2.5 million square feet under roof. During Fiscal Year 2012, DENR spent more than $4.3 million dollars in electricity, heating fuel, and water. Consumption of electricity and heating fuel has decreased by 20% from the baseline year of 2003-2004, on a square footage basis.
DENR leadership recognizes the greatest benefits of any department-wide Strategic Energy Plan will come at the division office and facility levels. DENR divisions are extremely diverse and complex in their missions and locations across the state, yet many DENR divisions have actively worked to save energy and water through their individual programs and in projects unique to individual facilities.
This overall DENR plan tracks and reports general DENR performance and highlights the year's major activities and accomplishments of its divisions:
- DENR divisions that have large utility usage, such as the Aquariums and Zoo, separately submit annual Strategic Energy Plans to the State Energy Office, but are also included in the overall DENR reporting of energy and water consumption.
- Other large users, including the divisions of Parks and Recreation, Marine Fisheries and Water Quality, received $1.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to implement projects to retrofit buildings for energy efficiency. The ARRA portion of these projects was completed in December 2011.
- Policies were implemented in FY 2009-2010 regarding meter verification and monitoring of energy and water invoices.