Pat Quinn, governor of Illinois, has signed legislation that initiates a study of the energy performance of state-owned buildings. This process sets the stage for the state to adopt energy efficiency benchmarks for existing state buildings.

The study will be conducted by the Illinois Energy Efficiency Committee, which consists of representatives from the Departments of Central Management Services, Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Capital Development Board.

The team will establish comparative benchmarks of state-owned buildings to assess how Illinois stacks up against other states. The study will focus on existing buildings as a place to begin targeting upgrades to improve the efficiency of those buildings. A report is due to the General Assembly by July 1, 2012.

Senate Bill 3429 was sponsored by Michael Bond, senator of Illinois and Rep. Jay Hoffman. The bill is effective immediately.

Governor Quinn, said: ”Illinois is committed to being a leader in the green movement. This bill is the first step in creating standards for energy efficiency at existing state buildings and further addresses the state’s green goals.”