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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 27

RECOMMENDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A MANDATORY ENERGY SAVINGS PROGRAM FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE STATE OF DELAWARE.

WHEREAS, the Committee on Energy of the House of Representatives of the 129th General Assembly of the State of Delaware has met several times since its organization in January; and

WHEREAS, among the problems in the serious energy shortage that were brought to the attention of the Energy Committee was the immediate need for apolicy for energy conservation in the public schools; and

WHEREAS, House Concurrent Resolution No. 23 established a committee to work with the public schools in the development and enforcement of an energy saving program, which committee submitted a report to the House Energy Committee concerning needed energy saving procedures in the State public schools; and

WHEREAS, the stated report showed that public schools are currently consuming energy at a rate exceeding $8,000,000 a year, that there is no mandatory energy saving program in the public school system, that there is not a centralized data collection of energy used in the public school system, that energy reductions in the range of 15 to 20 percent are attainable in FY-78, and there exists adequate knowledge and expertise to implement an energy saving program under the guidance of a committee appointed for that specific purpose.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IF RESOLVED by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the 129th General Assembly of the State of Delaware, with the approval of the Governor, that all school districts be required to adopt and follow the energy saving program approved by the State Board of Education on March 17, 1977, "Energy Conservation Program for School Facilities."

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all school districts be required to participate in a state-wide energy use reporting system.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the implementation of this program be under the direction of the Committee to Work with the Public Schools in the Development and Enforcement of an Energy Saving Program.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this committee report on a recurring basis to the House Energy Committee throughout FY-78.

Approved July 18, 1977.