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SB 49: "An Act relating to the retrofitting of certain public facilities and community facilities; relating to the performance of energy audits on schools and community facilities; and relating to the duties of the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 49                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to the retrofitting of certain public facilities and community facilities;                             
02 relating to the performance of energy audits on schools and community facilities; and                                   
03 relating to the duties of the Alaska Energy Authority and the Alaska Housing Finance                                    
04 Corporation."                                                                                                           
05 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
06    * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section                          
07 to read:                                                                                                                
08       LEGISLATIVE INTENT. It is the goal of this legislation that the state, by 2025, enter                             
09 into energy service performance contracts valued at $100,000,000 to retrofit public facilities,                         
10 public buildings, and public school buildings in a manner that will result in a net savings in                          
11 energy costs to the state within 15 years after completion of the retrofits. It is the intent of the                    
12 legislature that those entities be able to capitalize on the abundant cost-saving potential                             
13 afforded by energy efficiency upgrades, while avoiding an upfront cost to the state, that will                          
14 ultimately result in reduced costs to building owners, the state, and the power cost                                    
01 equalization program established under AS 42.45.100 - 42.45.150.                                                        
02    * Sec. 2. AS 18.56 is amended by adding a new section to article 6 to read:                                        
03            Sec. 18.56.865. Energy audits of community facilities. If requested by the                                 
04       Alaska Energy Authority, the corporation shall coordinate with the Alaska Energy                                  
05       Authority to perform energy audits of community facilities under AS 44.83.088.                                    
06    * Sec. 3. AS 42.45.110 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
07 (j)  The owner or operator of a community facility of over 5,000 square feet for                                        
08 which a utility is entitled to receive power cost equalization under (b) of this section                                
09 for sales of power to that community facility may allow the Alaska Energy Authority,                                    
10 the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, or the Department of Transportation and                                         
11       Public Facilities to                                                                                              
12 (1)  perform an energy audit of the community facility under                                                            
13       AS 44.42.065(a);                                                                                                  
14                 (2)  retrofit the community facility under AS 44.42.067(a).                                             
15    * Sec. 4. AS 44.42.065(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
16 (a)  The department shall, at least once every seven years, perform an energy                                           
17       audit of each public building and public school building.                                                     
18    * Sec. 5. AS 44.42.065(c) is amended to read:                                                                      
19            (c)  In this section,                                                                                        
20                 (1)  "energy audit" means a determination of                                                        
21                 [(1)]  the energy                                                                                       
22 (A)  consumption characteristics of a building, including the                                                       
23 size, type, and rate of energy consumption of major energy-consuming systems                                            
24 of the building and the climate characterizing the region where the building is                                         
25            located; and                                                                                                 
26 (B) [(2)  A DETERMINATION OF THE ENERGY]                                                                            
27 conservation and cost savings likely to result from appropriate energy-                                                 
28 conserving maintenance and operating procedures and modifications, including                                            
29            the purchase and installation of energy-related fixtures;                                                
30 (2)  "public school" has the meaning given in AS 14.25.220, but                                                     
31       does not include a charter school as defined in AS 14.03.290.                                                 
01    * Sec. 6. AS 44.42.065 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                              
02            (d)  The department shall, if requested by the Alaska Energy Authority,                                      
03       coordinate with the Alaska Energy Authority to perform energy audits of community                                 
04       facilities under AS 44.83.088.                                                                                    
05    * Sec. 7. AS 44.42.067(a) is amended to read:                                                                      
06 (a)  Not later than January 1, 2025 [JANUARY 1, 2020], the department shall                                         
07 work with other state agencies to retrofit at least 25 percent of all public facilities,                                
08 starting with those it determines are the least energy efficient, if the department                                     
09 determines that retrofitting the public facilities will result in a net savings in energy                               
10 costs to the state within 15 years after completion of the retrofits for a public facility                              
11       and if funding for the retrofits is available.                                                                    
12    * Sec. 8. AS 44.42.067(e) is amended to read:                                                                      
13 (e)  In this section, "public facility" means a facility owned and controlled by                                        
14 the state for governmental, educational, [GOVERNMENT] or public use that is                                         
15       5,000 [10,000] square feet or more and is not a legislative building or court building.                       
16    * Sec. 9. AS 44.83 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                     
17 Sec. 44.83.088. Energy audits. (a) The authority shall coordinate with the                                            
18 Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and the Alaska Housing Finance                                       
19 Corporation, if appropriate, at least once every seven years, to perform an energy audit                                
20 on each community facility for which a utility receives power cost equalization under                                   
21 AS 42.45.110(b). The requirement under this section may be waived for a community                                       
22       facility that refuses an energy audit.                                                                            
23 (b)  The authority shall include in each energy audit required by (a) of this                                           
24       section recommendations for the corrective measures described in AS 44.42.065(b).                                 
25 (c)  The authority shall work with an owner or operator of a community facility                                         
26 for which a utility receives power cost equalization under AS 42.45.110(b) to identify                                  
27 state, federal, or other grant or loan programs, or to coordinate energy service                                        
28       performance contracts, to fund energy audits or retrofits.                                                        
29            (d)  In this section, "energy audit" has the meaning given in AS 44.42.065(c).