Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 12, 2012
Senate gives unanimous approval to energy conservation bill
State agencies, assets and institutions would save hundreds
of millions in taxpayer dollars under a behavior-based energy conservation
program passed by the state Senate on Monday. Senate Bill 1096, authored
by President Pro Tem Brian
Bingman at the request of Governor Mary Fallin, passed the Senate
by a vote of 44-0. SB 1096 is inspired, in part, by an energy conservation
program started in 2007 at Oklahoma State University. The University
has since lowered energy consumption campus-wide by 19%, representing
a savings of nearly $19 million.
“Oklahomans deserve smaller, simpler, and smarter government.
They know we don’t have to do things the way they’ve always
been done, just because they’ve always been done that way,”
said Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “We can save hundreds of millions of
taxpayer dollars just by doing some basic, common-sense things our families
do to save money at home—things like turning off the lights when
they’re not in use, or turning off our computers at the end of
the day. These savings are real, and we’ll see the return immediately
in the first month our energy conservation plan is in place.”
SB 1096 sets a cumulative energy savings target of at least 20 percent
by the year 2020 when compared to 2012 fiscal year utility expenditures.
Conservative projections show the state could potentially reduce energy
consumption by 20 to 30 percent, resulting in approximately $300 to
$500 million in net savings over ten years.
“We’re going to be good stewards of taxpayer
money and our energy resources,” Bingman said. “With savings
from our energy conservation program, we free up taxpayer dollars that
can go back in the pockets of hardworking Oklahomans through a meaningful
tax cut. It can help us keep the promises we’ve made to fulfill
basic government functions like teaching in the classroom, fixing our
broken roads, and fighting crime in our communities. There are simply
better ways to spend our money than leaving the lights on all night.
I appreciate Governor Fallin’s leadership on this issue, and I’m
proud to stand with her.”
Under SB 1096, the Director of the Office of State Finance, or an OSF
designee, would oversee development and implementation of the energy
conservation program. The measure ensures all costs associated with
the implementation of SB 1096 would be fully funded by savings generated
as a result of energy conservation.
“Oklahoma can and should lead the way in implementing energy efficiency
measures that will save hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars,”
said Gov. Mary Fallin. “My thanks go out to the Senate for passing
common-sense legislation that will reduce government waste and make
our state agencies run in a more cost-effective manner.”
The bill now advances to the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
For more information contact:
Sen. Bingman: (405) 521-5605