Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Compliance with Executive Order 111 Requirements to Purchase Power from Renewable Energy Sources

Executive Order 111, which was issued in June 2001, requires all State agencies to purchase a certain portion of their electricity (at least 10 percent by 2005 and 20 percent by 2010) from renewable sources. The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is responsible for 176 parks and 35 historic sites. We found that the Office was purchasing some of its power from renewable sources, but not enough to meet the 10 percent target. Moreover, while the Office had developed a plan for meeting the 20 percent target, the plan may not be effective because it appears that the Office has not accurately estimated its future energy needs. We also identified significant weaknesses in the Office’s reporting of its renewable energy purchases, as internal reports were often inaccurate and external reports had not been submitted to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, as required by the Executive Order. We recommended that a number of improvements be made in the Office’s efforts to comply with the Executive Order.

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