CNMI Government Entities Ordered To Cut Utility Use

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Bills will no longer be paid by central government: Inos

By Emmanuel T. Erediano

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Oct. 11, 2013) – Northern Marianas Governor Eloy S. Inos yesterday issued a directive instructing department secretaries and other government agency heads to cut their utility consumption by 20 percent.

The directive reminds them of Public Law 18-18 or the fiscal year 2014 budget law that decentralizes to department and agencies the obligation to pay their utility bills.

The governor told the executive branch officials that "the basis of your utility budget for FY 2014 was derived from your actual consumption in fiscal year 2012, less 20 percent."

He added, "Effective immediately, payment of utilities consumed by your office shall be borne by your department/agency. I highly encourage you to implement the necessary steps to achieve the 20 percent savings to avoid any disruption in operations."

Inos said the central government will no longer be responsible for payment of their utility bills. "Therefore, you are expected to comply with this directive in an effort to limit and control your energy consumption to a manageable level," he said.

To control their utilities consumption, the department heads were told to do the following:

The government owes CUC about $15 million.

In an interview, Rep. Lorenzo I. Deleon Guerrero said he supports the governor’s directive. He said it will compel government employees and officials to come up with best conservation practices.

He said after yesterday’s session, he asked his colleagues to support the administration’s effort in conserving energy. He also told Speaker Joseph P. Deleon Guerrero that he will present a report in the next session on the utility consumption of the Senate and the House.

He said he wants the Legislature to set a good example.

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