State slashes power bill

A mandate to cut electricity use in state government buildings has saved North Carolina tax payers $55.3 million last fiscal year.

The state law passed in 2003 required public buildings to reduce water and power use by 20 percent by 2010 and 30 percent by 2015.

Since the law passed, the state has saved more than $325 million.

“These savings are very significant, especially during these times when all of us need to make sure we are getting the most out of every dollar - particularly taxpayer dollars,” said NC Department of Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco.

Among universities, Western Carolina University was the first to hit the target and did so two years early.

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