For Immediate Release:
March 4, 2008
Sen. Andrew Rice
Rice Plan Urges Schools to Save Energy Costs,
Oklahoma Public Schools will be encouraged to reduce electric energy
consumption by five percent each year for six years under an amendment
by State Senator Andrew
Rice (D-OKC), which passed the Senate by a bipartisan voice
Rice successfully amended a bill by Sen. Kathleen Wilcoxson (S.B.
1951) that sets auditing standards for public schools. Rice’s
amendment is similar to legislation he introduced earlier this year.
State Rep. Tad Jones, R-Claremore, has introduced comparable legislation
in the House.
“Whether it’s changing to lower watt light bulbs or
converting to energy efficient appliances, these are modest steps
that our public schools can take to reduce energy consumption,”
Rice said. “These measures can also help create more awareness
among Oklahoma’s children and families about ways they can
reduce energy consumption to save money and help the environment.”
Rice stated during floor debate today that his amendment carries
no penalties for non-compliance, but encourages each public school
district to establish a goal to reduce the school district’s
annual electric consumption by five percent each fiscal year for
six years. The State Department of Education will report to the
legislature and the Governor annually regarding energy conservation
performance of school districts across the state.
Rice said that choosing energy efficient products is “one
of the smartest ways consumers can reduce energy use and help prevent
greenhouse gas emissions.”
For more information contact:
Senator Rice's Office: (405) 521-5610