January 27, 2009





HOUSE BILL No. 1254

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DIGEST OF HB 1254 (Updated January 22, 2009 1:29 pm - DI 75)



Citations Affected: IC 4-13.6; IC 36-1.

Synopsis: Energy savings contracts. Provides that the maximum term of a guaranteed energy cost savings contract or utility efficiency program is 20 years. (Current law provides for maximum terms of 10 and 15 years.)

Effective: July 1, 2009.





Thompson , Grubb




    January 12, 2009, read first time and referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative Procedures.
    January 14, 2009, reassigned to Committee on Commerce, Energy, Technology & Utilities.
    January 27, 2009, amended, reported _ Do Pass.






January 27, 2009

First Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2009)


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HOUSE BILL No. 1254



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning state and local administration.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 4-13.6-8-7; (09)HB1254.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 4-13.6-8-7 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2009]: Sec. 7. (a) After reviewing the proposals submitted and after receiving a recommendation from the budget committee, the department may approve an energy cost savings contract with a qualified provider that best meets the needs of the governmental body if the department reasonably expects the cost of the qualified energy savings project recommended in the proposal would not exceed the amount to be saved in:
        (1) energy costs;
        (2) operational costs; or
        (3) both energy and operational costs;
not later than ten (10) twenty (20) years after the date installation is completed if the recommendations in the proposal are followed.
    (b) An energy cost savings contract must include a guarantee from the qualified provider to the state that:
        (1) energy cost savings;
        (2) operational cost savings; or
        (3) both energy and operational cost savings;
will meet or exceed the cost of the qualified energy project not later than ten (10) twenty (20) years after the date installation is completed.
SOURCE: IC 36-1-12.5-5; (09)HB1254.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 36-1-12.5-5, AS AMENDED BY P.L.168-2006, SECTION 11, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2009]: Sec. 5. (a) The governing body may enter into an agreement with a public utility to participate in a utility efficiency program or enter into a guaranteed savings contract with a qualified provider to increase the political subdivision's billable revenues or reduce the school corporation's or the political subdivision's energy or water consumption, wastewater usage costs, or operating costs if, after review of the report described in section 6 of this chapter, the governing body finds:
        (1) in the case of conservation measures other than those that are part of a project related to the alteration of a water or wastewater structure or system, that the amount the governing body would spend on the conservation measures under the contract and that are recommended in the report is not likely to exceed the amount to be saved in energy consumption costs and other operating costs over ten (10) twenty (20) years from the date of installation if the recommendations in the report were followed;
        (2) in the case of conservation measures that are part of a project related to the alteration of a water or wastewater structure or system, that the amount the governing body would spend on the conservation measures under the contract and that are recommended in the report is not likely to exceed the amount of increased billable revenues or the amount to be saved in energy and water consumption costs, wastewater usage costs, and other operating costs over fifteen (15) twenty (20) years from the date of installation if the recommendations in the report were followed; and
        (3) in the case of a guaranteed savings contract, the qualified provider provides a written guarantee as described in subsection (d)(3).
    (b) Before entering into an agreement to participate in a utility efficiency program or a guaranteed savings contract under this section, the governing body must publish notice under subsection (c) indicating:
        (1) that the governing body is requesting public utilities or qualified providers to propose conservation measures through:
            (A) a utility efficiency program; or
            (B) a guaranteed savings contract; and
        (2) the date, the time, and the place where proposals must be received.
    (c) The notice required by subsection (b) must:
        (1) be published in two (2) newspapers of general circulation in the county where the school corporation or the political subdivision is located;
        (2) be published two (2) times with at least one (1) week between publications and with the second publication made at least thirty (30) days before the date by which proposals must be received; and
        (3) meet the requirements of IC 5-3-1-1.
    (d) An agreement to participate in a utility efficiency program or guaranteed savings contract under this section must provide that:
        (1) in the case of conservation measures other than those that are part of a project related to the alteration of a water or wastewater structure or system, all payments, except obligations upon the termination of the agreement or contract before the agreement or contract expires, may be made to the public utility or qualified provider (whichever applies) in installments, not to exceed the lesser of ten (10) twenty (20) years or the average life of the conservation measures installed from the date of final installation;
        (2) in the case of conservation measures that are part of a project related to the alteration of a water or wastewater structure or system, all payments, except obligations upon the termination of the agreement or contract before the agreement or contract expires, may be made to the public utility or qualified provider (whichever applies) in installments, not to exceed the lesser of fifteen (15) twenty (20) years or the average life of the conservation measures installed from the date of final installation;
        (3) in the case of the guaranteed savings contract:
            (A) the:
                (i) savings in energy and water consumption costs, wastewater usage costs, and other operating costs; and
                (ii) increase in billable revenues;
            due to the conservation measures are guaranteed to cover the costs of the payments for the measures; and
            (B) the qualified provider will reimburse the school corporation or political subdivision for the difference between the guaranteed savings and the actual savings; and
        (4) payments are subject to annual appropriation by the fiscal body of the school corporation or political subdivision and do not constitute an indebtedness of the school corporation or political

subdivision within the meaning of a constitutional or statutory debt limitation.
    (e) An agreement or a contract under this chapter is subject to IC 5-16-7.

SOURCE: IC 36-1-12.5-7; (09)HB1254.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 36-1-12.5-7, AS AMENDED BY P.L.168-2006, SECTION 15, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2009]: Sec. 7. (a) If the governing body enters into an installment payment contract for the purchase and installation of conservation measures under this chapter that are part of a project that is not related to the alteration of a water or wastewater structure or system, the balance of the payments must be paid in installments not to exceed the lesser of ten (10) twenty (20) years or the average life of the conservation measure installed from the date of final installation. Payments under an installment payment contract are subject to annual appropriation by the fiscal body of the school corporation or political subdivision and do not constitute an indebtedness of the school corporation or political subdivision within the meaning of a constitutional or statutory debt limitation.
    (b) If the governing body enters into an installment payment contract for the purchase and installation of conservation measures under this chapter that are part of a project that is related to the alteration of a water or wastewater structure or system, the balance of the payments must be paid in installments not to exceed the lesser of fifteen (15) twenty (20) years or the average life of the conservation measure installed from the date of final installation. Payments under an installment payment contract are subject to annual appropriation by the fiscal body of the school corporation or political subdivision and do not constitute an indebtedness of the school corporation or political subdivision within the meaning of a constitutional or statutory debt limitation.
    (c) With respect to a conservation measure described in section 1(a)(2)(G) or 1(a)(2)(H) of this chapter, annual revenues or savings from a guaranteed savings contract may be less than annual payments on the contract if during the length of the contract total savings and increased billable revenues occur as provided for by the contract.
    (d) The financing of a guaranteed savings contract may be provided by:
        (1) the vendor under the guaranteed savings contract; or
        (2) a third party financial institution or company.