State and Local Policy Database

Public Building Requirements

State governments operate numerous facilities, including office buildings, public schools, colleges, and universities, the energy costs of which can account for as much as 10% of a typical government’s annual operating budget. To reduce energy use and lower energy bills, states may set mandatory energy savings targets for new and existing state government facilities. These energy savings requirements encourage investment in efficient buildings and retrofit projects. State governments can benchmark energy use through tailored or widely available tools such as EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager. Benchmarking ensures a comprehensive set of energy-use data that can drive cost-effective energy efficiency investments.

No policy is in place or proposed. However, Executive Order 2012-01 provides for cost containment measures focused on energy conservation and efficiency. Energy Compliance Officers in each territorial agency are appointed and provide feedback to both the Guam Energy Office and the Governor through a staff office of the Governor’s Bureau of Budget and Management Research.

Guam Public Law 30-51 requires the tracking of energy use in public buildings. Guam also discloses the energy use of its public facilities in monthly reports.

Last Updated: July 2015

Act No. 57 of 2014 establishes energy savings mandates for each government branch as follows:

  • By 2022, all state agencies, public corporations and all judicial branch buildings must reduce their electrical energy consumption by at least 40%.
  • All state agencies and judicial entities must promote energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs) and consider them as the first option for energy savings projects, unless they can demonstrate that a project is not cost effective.  There are currently ten active projects, but none have been able to start construction because of a lack of financing options.
  • The Legislature must reduce its electrical energy consumption 12% by 2022, from a baseline of fiscal year 2012-2013.
  • Municipalities must reduce electricity consumption by 5% annually for three years, or 15% in the first three years. Compliance is expected to begin in 2016 or 2017. 

The State Office of Energy Policy will oversee the development and implementation of plans and programs to fulfill this law and publish semi-annual results from program evaluations. 

Act 57 of 2014 also mandates the benchmarking of energy use and monitoring of energy efficiency measures in all public buildings, including municipalities.

Last Updated: July 2016

No policy in place or proposed.

Last Updated: July 2016