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Introduced in Senate (04/22/2015)


114th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1052


To require a study on the impact of State and local performance benchmarking and disclosure policies for commercial and multifamily buildings, to provide for competitive awards to utilities, States, and units of local government, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 22, 2015

Mr. Franken introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To require a study on the impact of State and local performance benchmarking and disclosure policies for commercial and multifamily buildings, to provide for competitive awards to utilities, States, and units of local government, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Energy information study.

(a) In general.—Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Energy (referred to in this Act as the “Secretary”) shall complete a study, with opportunity for public comment—

(1) on the impact of—

(A) State and local performance benchmarking and disclosure policies, and any associated building efficiency policies, for commercial and multifamily buildings; and

(B) programs and systems in which utilities provide aggregated information regarding whole building energy consumption and usage information to owners of multitenant commercial, residential, and mixed-use buildings;

(2) that identifies best practice policy approaches studied under paragraph (1) that have resulted in the greatest improvements in building energy efficiency; and

(3) that considers—

(A) compliance rates and the benefits and costs of the policies and programs on building owners, utilities, tenants, and other parties;

(B) utility practices, programs, and systems that provide aggregated energy consumption information to multitenant building owners, and the impact of public utility commissions and State privacy laws on those practices, programs, and systems;

(C) exceptions to compliance in existing laws where building owners are not able to gather or access whole building energy information from tenants or utilities;

(D) the treatment of buildings with—

(i) multiple uses;

(ii) uses for which baseline information is not available; and

(iii) uses that require high levels of energy intensities, such as data centers, trading floors, and television studios;

(E) implementation practices, including disclosure methods and phase-in of compliance;

(F) the safety and security of benchmarking tools offered by government agencies, and the resiliency of those tools against cyber attacks; and

(G) international experiences with regard to building benchmarking and disclosure laws and data aggregation for multitenant buildings.

(b) Submission to Congress.—At the conclusion of the study, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the results of the study.

SEC. 2. Grants to utilities.

(a) Grants to utilities.—Based on the results of the research for the portion of the study described in section 1(a)(1)(B), and with criteria developed following public notice and comment, the Secretary may make competitive awards to utilities, utility regulators, and utility partners to develop and implement effective and promising programs to provide aggregated whole building energy consumption information to multitenant building owners.

(b) Authorization of Appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020, to remain available until expended.

SEC. 3. Grants to States and units of local government.

(a) Grants to utilities.—Based on the results of the research for the portion of the study described in section 1(a)(1)(B), and with criteria developed following public notice and comment, the Secretary may make competitive awards to States and units of local government to develop and implement effective and promising benchmarking and disclosure policies, and any associated building efficiency policies, for commercial and multifamily buildings.

(b) Authorization of Appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2016 through 2020, to remain available until expended.

SEC. 4. Input From Stakeholders.

The Secretary shall seek input from stakeholders to maximize the effectiveness of the actions taken under this Act.

SEC. 5. Report.

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this Act, and every 2 years thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the progress made in complying with this Act.