Comprehensive Utility Use Conservation Program

Executive Order 80 (EO80), North Carolina’s Commitment to Address Climate Change and Transition to a Clean Energy Economy, directs DEQ to update and amend a Comprehensive Energy, Water, and Utility Use Conservation program.  A primary goal of EO80 is to reduce energy consumption per square foot (EUI*) in state-owned buildings by 40% from fiscal year 2002-2003 levels.

*Energy Use Intensity (EUI) – defined as the measurement of a building’s annual utility consumption relative to gross square footage, normally stated as BTUs/sqft.

The Utility Savings Initiative (USI) team within DEQ supports all state-owned buildings in achieving the EO80 40% EUI reduction goal and is responsible for collecting, evaluating, and reporting the utility consumption for all state-owned buildings.  USI generates an EO80 report biennially along with a Comprehensive Program report in the alternate years.  Here are the latest versions of these two reports.

2020 EO 80 Annual Report and Comprehensive Program Update
2019 Comprehensive Energy Report

Cabinet Agency

Energy Manager Percent Impact *
Department of Administration Joe Baden 9.9%
Department of Commerce Joe Katzberg 0.6%
Department of Environmental Quality Matthew Davis 0.3%
Department of Health and Human Services Peter Veit 23.0%
Department of Information Technology Tony Brackett 0.8%
Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Tony Romaine 6.2%
Department of Public Safety Paul Braese 44.1%
Department of Revenue Matt King N/A
Department of Transportation Eric Frazier 15.1%
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Cecil Holt N/A

* Percent Impact is a value derived by combining each agency's energy usage (BTU) and gross square footage (GSF) contribution to the total of all cabinet agencies.

Gauge showing 99,513 STU/gsf

Cabinet Agencies Utility Management Plans

Department of Administration
Department of Commerce
Department of Environmental Quality
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Information and Technology
Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Department of Public Safety
Department of Revenue
Department of Transportation
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs