< Back to S. 717 (113th Congress, 2013–2015)

Text of the Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act

This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on April 11, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 11, 2013 (Introduced).

II

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 717

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 11, 2013

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

A BILL

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.

1.

Short title

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

2.

Energy efficiency retrofit pilot program

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Applicant

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

(2)

Energy-efficiency improvement

(A)

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.

(B)

Inclusions

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

(i)

repairing, replacing, or installing—

(I)

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

(II)

a window;

(III)

a door, including a security door; or

(IV)

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

(ii)

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

(iii)

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

(3)

Nonprofit building

(A)

In general

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

(B)

Inclusions

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

(i)

a hospital;

(ii)

a youth center;

(iii)

a school;

(iv)

a social-welfare program facility;

(v)

a house of worship; and

(vi)

any other nonresidential and noncommercial structure.

(4)

Secretary

The termSecretarymeans the Secretary of Energy.

(b)

Establishment

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.

(c)

Grants

(1)

In general

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

(2)

Application

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.

(3)

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—

(A)

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

(B)

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

(4)

Limitation on Individual Grant Amount

Each grant awarded under this section shall not exceed—

(A)

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

(B)

$200,000.

(5)

Cost Sharing

(A)

In general

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

(B)

In-kind contributions

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

(d)

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.

3.

Offset

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