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State Spotlight: Delaware

Report to the Cabinet Committee on Energy

Summary

Delaware issued Executive Order 18 requiring that the state achieve an overall collective reduction in energy consumption of at least 10% by 2011, 20% by 2013, and 30% by 2015, from a 2008 baseline. As of 2018, Delaware had achieved a 22% cumulative energy reduction compared to a 2008 baseline year. In implementing the executive order, the sustainability manager developed a standardized quarterly energy report format that included key information of interest to the state's leadership that enabled quick review to gauge progress.

Goal: Achieve a 10% reduction in energy consumption by 2011, 20% by 2013, and 30% by 2015 from a 2008 baseline.

Barrier: Limited understanding of how to communicate savings in line with key stakeholders' goals, motivations, and priorities.

Solution: Developed a standardized quarterly energy report format that included key information of interest to the state's leadership that enabled quick review to gauge progress.

Outcomes: Achieved a 22% cumulative energy reduction by 2018 compared to a 2008 baseline year.

Background

Delaware issued Executive Order 18 requiring that the state achieve an overall collective reduction in energy consumption of at least 10% by 2011, 20% by 2013, and 30% by 2015 from a 2008 baseline.

Implementation Strategy

To report on progress toward the goals required in the executive order, the sustainability manager developed a standardized quarterly report, the Cabinet Committee on Energy Report. The quarterly report included the state's highest energy consumers, usage by department, and changes in energy use by department relative to an established baseline year. The three-page reports used a standardized format so that the committee could quickly review the information and gauge progress since the last report. Reports included the following information:

  • Total number of facilities tracked
  • Energy use change from baseline year (%)
  • Top 10 consumers (building name, location, department, % of whole)
  • Energy savings performance contracting (ESPC) projects (number completed and underway)
  • Solar facility projects
  • Usage by department (% in pie chart)
  • Current changes in energy use by department (bar chart with % of baseline)
  • Energy projections based on existing efforts
  • Progress toward goals (chart of annual consumption including future projected savings versus goal).

The report provided enough information for the committee to assess whether they were on track for meeting goals or whether additional work was needed. Emphasis was placed on performance by department.

Sample Report: Cabinet Committee Executive Summary

Outcome

Delaware achieved a 22% cumulative energy reduction by 2018 compared to a 2008 baseline year.

Note: The information in this case study is based on primary research conducted in 2013. Learn more about the guide's research and development.

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