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S. 717 (113th): Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 11, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 717


April 11, 2013

(for herself andMr. Hoeven) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on Energy and Natural Resources


To direct the Secretary of Energy to establish a pilot program to award grants to nonprofit organizations for the purpose of retrofitting nonprofit buildings with energy-efficiency improvements.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act .


Energy efficiency retrofit pilot program



In this section:



The termapplicantmeans a nonprofit organization that applies for a grant under this section.


Energy-efficiency improvement


In general

The termenergy-efficiency improvementmeans an installed measure (including a product, equipment, system, service, or practice) that results in a reduction in demand by a nonprofit organization for energy or fuel supplied from outside the nonprofit building.



The termenergy-efficiency improvementincludes an installed measure described insubparagraph (A)involving—


repairing, replacing, or installing—


a roof, electrical wiring, plumbing, sewage, or lighting system, or component of a roof, electrical wiring, or system;


a window;


a door, including a security door; or


a heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system or component of the system (including insulation);


a renewable energy generation or heating system, including a solar, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, or biomass (including wood pellet) system or component of the system; and


any other measure taken to modernize, renovate, or repair a nonprofit building to make the nonprofit building more energy efficient.


Nonprofit building


In general

The termnonprofit buildingmeans a building operated and owned by a nonprofit organization.



The termnonprofit buildingincludes a building described insubparagraph (A)that is—


a hospital;


a youth center;


a school;


a social-welfare program facility;


a house of worship; and


any other nonresidential and noncommercial structure.



The termSecretarymeans the Secretary of Energy.



Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this section, theSecretaryshall establish a pilot program to award grants for the purpose of retrofitting nonprofit buildings with energy-efficiency improvements.




In general

TheSecretarymay award grants under the program established undersubsection (b).



TheSecretarymay award a grant under this section if an applicant submits to theSecretaryan application at such time, in such form, and containing such information as theSecretarymay prescribe.


Criteria for grant

In determining whether to award a grant under this section, theSecretaryshall apply performance-based criteria, which shall give priority to applications based on—


the cost-effectiveness of the energy-efficiency improvement; and


an effective plan for evaluation, measurement, and verification of energy savings.


Limitation on Individual Grant Amount

Each grant awarded under this section shall not exceed—


an amount equal to 50 percent of the energy-efficiency improvement; and




Cost Sharing


In general

A grant awarded under this section shall be subject to a minimum non-Federal cost-sharing requirement of 50 percent.


In-kind contributions

The non-Federal share may be provided in the form of in-kind contributions of materials or services.


Authorization of Appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriatedto carry outthis section $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2017, to remain available until expended.



TheSecretary of Energyshall use to carry out the pilot program established undersection 2amounts otherwise made available to carry out theBuilding Technologies Program.