On May 28, 2009 Governor Mike Beebe issued an Executive Order to encourage the reduction of energy consumption by state agencies and the environmental impact of state agency operations. The Executive Order requires all executive branch agencies under the jurisdiction of the Governor to develop and submit individual Strategic Energy Plans (SEPs) with the following goals:
Reducing each agency’s annual agency maintenance and operating budget devoted to energy consumption, and
Promoting agency operations and practices that will reduce, to the extent practicable, the environmental impact of the agency’s overall operation
Green.Arkansas.Gov was created to serve as a central information repository for state agencies as well as the general public, providing information on 'Go Green' initiatives and energy saving ideas at the state and national level.
Governor's Executive Order
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- Act 1494 directs the Arkansas Energy Office to develop a plan for reducing energy use in all existing state buildings by 20 percent by 2014 and a 30 percent reduction by 2017. According to the Arkansas Energy Office of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the state spends on average $100 million annually on energy for state buildings, including public universities and colleges.
- Act 1336 extends the legislative task force on sustainable building design and practices. The 20-member task force, composed of legislators and members of the public, is charged with developing goals and strategies to promote energy efficiency in state buildings.
- Act 1372 provides a funding mechanism for state agencies, boards and commission who own facilities and would like to accomplish energy initiatives within their facilities
- Act 1301 creates the Arkansas Alternative Energy Commission to study the needs and impacts of various forms of alternative energy on the economic future of Arkansas.
- Act 977 increases the incentives for alternative fuel feedstock processors and distributors.
- Act 737 provides a severance tax exemption for biomass grown for biofuel production.
- Act 736 provides incentives such as tax exemptions for qualified windmill blade and component manufacturers.