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RCW 19.27A.190

Qualifying public agency duties — Energy benchmark — Performance rating — Reports.

(1) The requirements of this section apply to the *department of general administration and other qualifying state agencies only to the extent that specific appropriations are provided to those agencies referencing chapter 423, Laws of 2009 or chapter number and this section.

     (2) By July 1, 2010, each qualifying public agency shall:

     (a) Create an energy benchmark for each reporting public facility using a portfolio manager;

     (b) Report to *general administration, the environmental protection agency national energy performance rating for each reporting public facility included in the technical requirements for this rating; and

     (c) Link all portfolio manager accounts to the state portfolio manager master account to facilitate public reporting.

     (3) By January 1, 2010, *general administration shall establish a state portfolio manager master account. The account must be designed to provide shared reporting for all reporting public facilities.

     (4) By July 1, 2010, *general administration shall select a standardized portfolio manager report for reporting public facilities. *General administration, in collaboration with the United States environmental protection agency, shall make the standard report of each reporting public facility available to the public through the portfolio manager web site.

     (5) *General administration shall prepare a biennial report summarizing the statewide portfolio manager master account reporting data. The first report must be completed by December 1, 2012. Subsequent reporting shall be completed every two years thereafter.

     (6) By July 1, 2010, *general administration shall develop a technical assistance program to facilitate the implementation of a preliminary audit and the investment grade energy audit. *General administration shall design the technical assistance program to utilize audit services provided by utilities or energy services contracting companies when possible.

     (7) For a reporting public facility that is leased by the state with a national energy performance rating score below seventy-five, a qualifying public agency may not enter into a new lease or lease renewal on or after January 1, 2010, unless:

     (a) A preliminary audit has been conducted within the last two years; and

     (b) The owner or lessor agrees to perform an investment grade audit and implement any cost-effective energy conservation measures within the first two years of the lease agreement if the preliminary audit has identified potential cost-effective energy conservation measures.

     (8)(a) Except as provided in (b) of this subsection, for each reporting public facility with a national energy performance rating score below fifty, the qualifying public agency, in consultation with *general administration, shall undertake a preliminary energy audit by July 1, 2011. If potential cost-effective energy savings are identified, an investment grade energy audit must be completed by July 1, 2013. Implementation of cost-effective energy conservation measures are required by July 1, 2016. For a major facility that is leased by a state agency, college, or university, energy audits and implementation of cost-effective energy conservation measures are required only for that portion of the facility that is leased by the state agency, college, or university.

     (b) A reporting public facility that is leased by the state is deemed in compliance with (a) of this subsection if the qualifying public agency has already complied with the requirements of subsection (7) of this section.

     (9) Schools are strongly encouraged to follow the provisions in subsections (2) through (8) of this section.

     (10) The director of the *department of general administration, in consultation with the affected state agencies and the office of financial management, shall review the cost and delivery of agency programs to determine the viability of relocation when a facility leased by the state has a national energy performance rating score below fifty. The *department of general administration shall establish a process to determine viability.

     (11) *General administration, in consultation with the office of financial management, shall develop a waiver process for the requirements in subsection (7) of this section. The director of the office of financial management, in consultation with *general administration, may waive the requirements in subsection (7) of this section if the director determines that compliance is not cost-effective or feasible. The director of the office of financial management shall consider the review conducted by the *department of general administration on the viability of relocation as established in subsection (10) of this section, if applicable, prior to waiving the requirements in subsection (7) of this section.

     (12) By July 1, 2011, *general administration shall conduct a review of facilities not covered by the national energy performance rating. Based on this review, *general administration shall develop a portfolio of additional facilities that require preliminary energy audits. For these facilities, the qualifying public agency, in consultation with *general administration, shall undertake a preliminary energy audit by July 1, 2012. If potential cost-effective energy savings are identified, an investment grade energy audit must be completed by July 1, 2013.

[2009 c 423 § 8.]

Notes:

     *Reviser's note: The "department of general administration" was renamed the "department of enterprise services" by 2011 1st sp.s. c 43 § 107.