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Our Position: support
Bill Number: HB2337
Sponsor: Mason, Ableser, Ch. Campbell, et al.
Legislative Session: 2009 Legislative Session

HB2337 makes changes and additions to statute relating to energy efficiency and renewable energy, including performance contracting for school districts and state buildings, and building energy goals.  It requires reporting on energy efficient construction in cities and counties, allows schools to use dollars saved on energy to invest the dollars saved in greater energy saving and renewable energy devices, and allows establishment of an energy and water savings account for schools that consists of a designated pool of capital investment dollars to fund energy and water saving projects in the school facilities.

 

It requires that schools, universities and state buildings get 10 percent of their energy from renewable energy resources and efficiency measures such as combined heat and power by 2015.  It requires that schools reduce average energy use district wide by ten per cent per square foot of floor area on or before July 1, 2012, by fifteen per cent per square foot of floor area on or before July 1, 2016 and by twenty per cent per square foot of floor area on or before July 1, 2019, using the school district-wide average for July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002 as the baseline year.  It requires state buildings to reduce energy use by twenty per cent per square foot of floor area on or before July 1, 2015 and by thirty per cent per square foot of floor area on or before July 1, 2020,

 

It adds energy efficiency standards for Portable Electric Spas, Residential Pool Pumps and Residential Pool Pump Motors.

 

The bill includes additional measures as well.

 

We hope you will support this bill as energy efficiency is the cleanest and cheapest energy resource and the state should be leading by example.

 

Status

To see a more detailed status click on HB2337.  Some provisions of this bill were added to HB2332.

Action Needed

To email your House Members or find their direct phone numbers, click on Arizona House.  If you are not sure who your legislators are, please go to http://www.vote-smart.org or call the House information desk.  If you're outside the Phoenix area, you can call your legislators’ offices toll free at 1-800-352-8404.  In the Phoenix area call (602) 926-4221 (House) and ask them to connect you with your legislators.

More information

Contact the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project.  Click on SWEEP to go to their website.  To read a copy of the bill, please click on HB2337

Contact

Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or sandy.bahr@sierraclub.org

Background

This bill makes changes and additions to statute relating to energy efficiency and renewable energy, including performance contracting for school districts and state buildings, and building energy goals.

Energy Efficient Construction and Voluntary Goals

Requires cities, towns and counties to collect information as part of their standard permitting process regarding whether a residential or commercial building will meet energy efficiency standards (with four flexible options).  This information will be compiled and reported by the Department of Commerce (DOC) Energy Office.

Establishes a voluntary goal for energy efficient construction of new residential and commercial buildings, as a policy goal – to be 15% more energy efficient in 2012, 30% more efficient in 2016, and 50% more efficient in 2020, relative to IECC 2006 (International Energy Conservation Code).

Energy Performance Contracting

Includes improvements to the existing performance contracting statutes to make energy performance contracting easier to implement and more effective for schools and state agencies.  With performance contracting, there is no upfront additional cost (the installer or third party finances the installation), and the energy cost savings are used to pay back the project costs over time.

School Energy and Water Saving Measures, Transfer Account 

 Enables schools to install energy and water saving measures, reduce their total utility costs, and use the money saved to pay for the energy and water saving projects.  The performance contracting statutes are improved so that the energy and water savings can be achieved without any fiscal impact to the state.  

Creates an Energy and Water Savings Account, which is a transfer account that allows a school to use the energy cost savings in M&O to pay for the capital costs of the energy and water savings measures.  Can also use monies received from utilities, energy or water service companies, federal grants or other funding. 

Energy Efficiency for Public Buildings and Schools  

Extends the goal for DOA, ABOR and ADOT to reduce energy use in public buildings to 15% by 2011 (existing goal), 20% by 2015 and 30% by 2020.  The baseline year remains fiscal year 2001-2002.

Requires all school districts to reduce energy use by 10% per square foot of floor area by July 1, 2012; 15% by July 1, 2016; and 20% by July 1, 2019.

Requires school districts, community colleges and universities to use products that are certified as Energy Star or certified by the Federal Energy Management Program, unless the products are not cost-effective.

By July 1, 2015, all state agencies, universities and school districts must use or purchase at least 10% of their energy from renewable and non-polluting sources.  Power purchase agreements (PPAs) can be used by state agencies and schools to purchase renewable energy with no upfront cost and no impact on the state budget.

Requires all state agency buildings constructed after July 1, 2010 to conform to LEED standards or an equivalent green building rating standard.  Performance contracting can also be used on new buildings so that the energy savings can be used to pay for any additional incremental costs over time.

Standard Valuation (No Additional Value) for Property Tax Purposes

Energy efficiency and renewable energy are considered to add no value for the purposes of a tax appraisal.

Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards

Updates Arizona’s appliance standards by adding two new energy efficiency standards not currently covered by federal standards:  pool pumps and portable electric spas.

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