Public School Utility Expenditures
The Texas Government Code, Section 2265.001(b), requires public school districts and charter schools to record electricity, water, and natural gas consumption in an electronic repository and report this information on a publicly accessible website with an interface intended for ease of navigation. Additionally, the Texas Education Code, Section 44.902, requires public schools to establish long-range energy plans to reduce districts’ annual electric consumption by 5.0 percent beginning with the 2008 state fiscal year and to consume electricity in subsequent fiscal years in accordance with districts’ energy plans.
Public schools report their aggregate utility expenditures to the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS). The aggregate utility expenditures include water; electricity; gas for heat, cooking, and cooling; and ongoing telephone (including telecommunications, cellular telephones; and facsimile charges).