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S. 723 (114th): Utility Energy Service Contracts Improvement Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 12, 2015 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

II

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 723

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 12, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Coats, and Mr. Coons) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

To amend the National Energy Conservation Policy Act to provide guidance on utility energy service contracts used by Federal agencies, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Utility Energy Service Contracts Improvement Act of 2015.

2.

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

the Federal Government is the largest consumer of energy in the United States;

(2)

Federal agencies are expected to meet, by law, Executive order, and mandate, stringent energy efficiency and conservation targets;

(3)

the utility energy service contract (referred to in this section as UESC) was developed to provide Federal agencies an effective means to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and water efficiency projects, and has been used successfully to invest nearly $2,700,000,000 in property at Federal facilities;

(4)

the General Services Administration, which manages more than 9,600 Federal properties and is the lead agency for procuring utility services for the Federal Government, has determined that UESCs may extend beyond a 10-year period under the law;

(5)

the Federal Energy Management Program, which oversees the UESC program and is a principal office guiding agencies to use funding more effectively in meeting Federal and agency-specific energy and resource management objectives, has determined that UESCs may extend beyond a 10-year period under the law;

(6)

extensive precedent exists for Federal agencies to contract for energy saving services using contracts with term limits of more than 10 years but not to exceed 25 years;

(7)

a number of Federal agencies, contrary to congressional intent, have sought to limit UESC term limits to periods of less than 10 years; and

(8)

greater flexibility with UESCs will help reduce the operational cost of Federal agencies, ultimately saving money for taxpayers.

3.

Utility energy service contracts

Part 3 of title V of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act is amended by adding after section 553 (42 U.S.C. 8259b) the following:

554.

Utility energy service contracts

(a)

In general

Each Federal agency may use, to the maximum extent practicable, measures provided by law to meet energy efficiency and conservation mandates and laws, including through utility energy service contracts.

(b)

Contract period

The term of a utility energy service contract entered into by a Federal agency may have a contract period that extends beyond 10 years, but not to exceed 25 years.

(c)

Requirements

The conditions of a utility energy service contract entered into by a Federal agency shall include requirements for measurement, verification, and performance assurances or guarantees of the savings.

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