Gov. Eloy S. Inos directed departments and agencies yesterday to limit their power and water use to comply with their individual utility budget for fiscal year 2014, which is derived from their actual utility consumption in fiscal year 2012, at “less 20 percent.”
“I highly encourage you to implement the necessary steps to achieve the 20 percent savings to avoid any disruption in operations,” he said.
In a directive yesterday, the governor said payment of utilities consumed is borne by departments and agencies “effective immediately.”
The governor listed 12 actions that agencies can implement to minimize utility use.
These include conducting an inventory of all meters used; obtaining a copy of their last utility billing (September 2013) with the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.; and matching the number on the billing with their inventory.
The governor said agencies should assign one person from each of their divisions to serve as their “energy marshal” and identify the importance of his or her role in achieving 20 percent savings from the previous year’s consumption.
“Have your energy marshal record your consumption twice daily, at 9am and 4pm,” the governor said in his two-page directive.
He asked agencies to take responsible steps to conserve energy at their workplace on a daily basis as they would in their own home.
“Turn off unnecessary lights, appliances, backup batteries and printers when not in use,” the governor said.
He reminded that the central government will no longer be responsible for payment of their utility bills.
Rep. Larry Deleon Guerrero (Ind-Saipan), chairman of the House Committee on Public Utilities, Transportation and Communications, reminded his colleagues during yesterday afternoon’s session to turn off appliances and lights when not in use, among other things, to help cut energy use.
House Speaker Joseph Deleon Guerrero (Ind-Saipan) lauded the PUTC Committee chair’s reminder.