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P.O. Box 40002 ∑ Olympia, Washington 98504-0002 ∑ (360) 902-4111 ∑



All Executive Agency Directors

FROM: Gary Locke, Governor
DATE: January 8, 2001
SUBJECT: Energy Conservation

All of you are aware that we are experiencing serious supply and price problems in the western United States electric power grid. Problems originating in California have affected power supplies and costs in other states, including Washington. The situation is very complex, involving factors such as low water supplies in reservoirs behind dams, increased competition for natural gas supplies, and the failure of California's effort to deregulate the generation and distribution of electricity.

I have called upon the people and businesses of the state of Washington to conserve energy. Only through conservation can we ensure that we will have adequate power supplies at affordable rates during this period of uncertainty. It is incumbent on us, as public officials, to both do our part to conserve energy, and set an example for others to follow.

Accordingly, I am directing you to take all measures you deem necessary and advisable to decrease total electricity and natural gas use in state owned or leased buildings and offices by ten percent, and decrease and or shift electricity consumption from the peak demand periods of 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Attached is a sheet of suggested measures that will help you meet this goal. If you have questions or need technical assistance, please contact the Energy Program at the Department of General Administration at 360-902-7300. Additionally, for technical assistance on energy efficiency for commercial offices or institutional buildings call the Energy Ideas Clearinghouse at 800-872-3568 or visit their website at