Local Government Energy Reporting Mandate

Reduce electric consumption by at least 5% each year, applicable only to ozone non-attainment and near non-attainment counties.

The Texas Health and Safety Code §388.005(c) mandates energy efficiency efforts in political subdivisions, institutions of higher education, and state agency facilities located in non-attainment or near non-attainment counties in Texas. Each political subdivision, institution of higher education, or state agency in affected counties shall:

  • Implement all cost effective energy efficiency measures. Cost effective defined in §302.004(b), Local Government Code.
  • Establish a goal to reduce electric consumption by 5 percent per year.
  • Report to SECO annual electricity consumption and progress toward meeting the 5% energy reduction goal in the previous state fiscal year, using a standard reporting form found here: Local Government Energy Reporting (texas.gov).

DUE: Annually. See Local Government Energy Reporting (texas.gov) for the current deadline.

Compliance is overseen by the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO).

Think you may be exempt?

  • Entities are exempt from reporting the 5% annual reduction requirement only if they submit evidence that no additional energy reduction measures were cost effective to implement.
    Any institution of higher education that SECO determined, before September 1, 2007, had adopted a plan and goal for conserving energy, and annually submits reports on the conservation plan to the governor, the Legislative Budget Board, and SECO.

  • If you are requesting an exemption, complete section 1 – 9 of the online reporting form and attach supporting documentation as explained in Section 9.