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A318, R389, H4766
Sponsors: Reps. Lowe, Merrill, Crawford, Ballentine, Cobb-Hunter, Hagood, Harrell, Limehouse, E.H. Pitts, Scarborough, Spires, Young, Brady, R. Brown and Mulvaney
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Introduced in the House on February 27, 2008
Introduced in the Senate on April 30, 2008
Last Amended on May 28, 2008
Passed by the General Assembly on June 4, 2008
Governor's Action: June 11, 2008, Signed
Summary: Energy conservation plans
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/27/2008 House Introduced and read first time HJ-16 2/27/2008 House Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs HJ-16 2/27/2008 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Brady 4/23/2008 House Recalled from Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs HJ-99 4/29/2008 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: R.Brown, Mulvaney 4/29/2008 House Amended HJ-21 4/29/2008 House Read second time HJ-24 4/29/2008 House Roll call Yeas-108 Nays-0 HJ-24 4/30/2008 House Read third time and sent to Senate HJ-16 4/30/2008 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-10 4/30/2008 Senate Referred to Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources SJ-10 5/22/2008 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Agriculture and Natural Resources SJ-28 5/23/2008 Scrivener's error corrected 5/27/2008 Senate Committee Amendment Adopted SJ-24 5/27/2008 Senate Read second time SJ-24 5/28/2008 Senate Amended SJ-46 5/28/2008 Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments SJ-46 6/4/2008 House Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled HJ-98 6/5/2008 Ratified R 389 6/11/2008 Signed By Governor 6/20/2008 Copies available 6/20/2008 Effective date 06/11/08 7/11/2008 Act No. 318
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(A318, R389, H4766)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 48-52-620, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ENERGY CONSERVATION PLANS FOR STATE AGENCIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC ENERGY REDUCTION AND REPORTING REQUIREMENTS, TO PROVIDE AN EXEMPTION FROM ANNUAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS FOR AN AGENCY IMPLEMENTING ALL AVAILABLE COST-EFFECTIVE ENERGY CONSERVATION MEASURES, AND TO PROVIDE CERTAIN DEFINITIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 48-52-640, RELATING TO PURCHASE OF ENERGY CONSERVATION PRODUCTS BY A STATE AGENCY, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE STATE ENERGY OFFICE MAY CERTIFY FOR PROCUREMENT ONLY A PRODUCT THAT MEETS OR EXCEEDS FEDERAL ENERGY STAR STANDARDS, AND TO REQUIRE REPLACEMENT OF AN INCANDESCENT LIGHT BULB USED BY A STATE AGENCY WITH A COMPACT FLUORESCENT BULB WHEN THE INCANDESCENT BULB NEEDS REPLACING; AND TO ESTABLISH THE WIND ENERGY PRODUCTION FARMS FEASIBILITY STUDY COMMITTEE, TO SPECIFY THE COMMITTEE'S COMPOSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES, AND TO PROVIDE THE COMMITTEE IS ABOLISHED ON THE SUBMISSION OF ITS REPORT TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY NO LATER THAN JANUARY 1, 2010, AMONG OTHER THINGS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Energy Conservation Plan required; reporting, exemptions, applicability, and definitions
SECTION 1. Section 48-52-620 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 48-52-620. (A)(1) Each state agency and public school district shall submit for approval to the State Energy Office an energy conservation plan for buildings in use on July 1, 2008, with a goal to reduce energy consumption by at least one percent annually for five consecutive years beginning July 1, 2008. The plan also must have a goal of ultimately reducing energy consumption for buildings in use on July 1, 2008, by twenty percent by July 1, 2020, relative to year 2000 levels. An agency shall implement all available cost-effective energy-saving measures to pursue these goals. In determining whether an energy-saving method is cost effective, an agency should primarily consider the measure's cost effectiveness over a five-year period rather than within one fiscal year. The State Energy Office shall provide agency assistance and information needed to help meet these goals.
(2) The provisions of this section do not apply to a building designed, constructed or rehabilitated, and maintained in compliance with the Energy Independence and Sustainable Construction Act of 2007.
(B) In order to monitor energy consumption, the State Energy Office must determine those state buildings that require individual metering. Metering must be installed by the agency, the cost of which must be borne by the agency responsible for the utility bill for the building.
(C)(1) Each state agency and public school district annually shall submit energy conservation reports in the manner and at the times required by the State Energy Office.
(2) An agency that does not attain the annual reduction goals required by this section shall include in its report a detailed justification that it implemented all available, cost-effective energy conservation methods.
(3) An agency that submits a report indicating it has implemented all available, cost-effective energy-saving measures as contemplated in subsection (A) is exempt from these reporting requirements for a year in which a subsequent report would indicate no status change. The agency must notify the State Energy Office that the agency is exempt under this item.
(D) Each public school district and state agency shall submit to the State Energy Office and each state agency shall include in its annual report to the State Budget and Control Board:
(1) activities undertaken implementing its energy conservation plan; and
(2) progress made in achieving its energy conservation goals.
(E) The State Energy Office shall compile the reports submitted pursuant to subsection (C) to be submitted annually, no later than December thirty-first, to the General Assembly. The State Energy Office shall provide suggested formats for plans and goals that must be submitted pursuant to subsection (A), reporting forms for reports required by subsection (C), and all technical assistance necessary for state agencies and school districts to satisfy the requirements of these subsections.
(F) For purposes of this article:
(1) 'Energy consumption' includes, but is not limited to, electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, and propane. Energy consumption must be measured using BTU's for each gross square foot.
(2) 'State agency' means a state government agency subject to the procurement code. For state institutions of higher learning, this definition only applies to those facilities greater than ten thousand gross square feet and does not include those facilities whose function is defined as athletics or research. For state technical colleges, this definition does not apply to those facilities whose primary function is to provide technical training and education in programs where significant energy consumption is necessary for the conduct of the academic program."
Energy conservation products marketed to State, certification and procurement requirements
SECTION 2. Section 48-52-640 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 48-52-640. (A) A vendor of energy conservation products making an energy conservation claim and attempting to sell to state government shall submit the product to the State Energy Office for evaluation and certification.
(B) Energy conservation products certified by the State Energy Office may be purchased by a state agency subject to the state procurement code, but only if the State Energy Office considers use of the energy conservation product more cost efficient than an uncertified product over a five-year period. The State Energy Office may certify only a product that meets or exceeds the Federal Energy Star standards designed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy.
(C) A state agency shall submit a disclaimer statement to the State Energy Office with its annual report stating that it did not purchase an energy conservation product that had not been certified by the State Energy Office.
(D) Each state agency head shall require the agency's procurement officer or other person authorized to purchase supplies for the agency to replace an incandescent light bulb used by the agency with a compact fluorescent bulb when the incandescent bulb needs to be replaced, and if the agency determines use of a compact fluorescent bulb is more cost effective over a five-year period than use of an incandescent bulb. A state agency may purchase incandescent bulbs for the agency if the agency verifies, in writing, that compelling circumstances require the use of incandescent bulbs."
Wind Energy Production Farms Feasibility Study Committee
SECTION 3. A. (1) There is created the Wind Energy Production Farms Feasibility Study Committee. This committee shall review, study, and make recommendations regarding the feasibility of windmill farms in the State including, but not limited to, whether South Carolina is a suitable site for wind production on land or in offshore areas, the economic and environmental impact to the State, and the cost of wind farm installation and operation in the State.
(2) The committee is composed of:
(a) two members of the public at large appointed by the Governor;
(b) two members of the Senate appointed by the President Pro Tempore;
(c) two members of the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
(d) one member of the Senate appointed by the chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources;
(e) one member of the House of Representatives appointed by the chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs;
(f) the director of the State Energy Office of the State Budget and Control Board, or his designee;
(g) the director of the Department of Health and Environmental Control, or his designee; and
(h) the secretary of the Department of Commerce, or his designee.
(3) At the first meeting of the committee, the members shall elect a chairperson from among the committee members.
(4) A vacancy occurring on the committee must be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.
(5) The staffing for the committee must be provided by the State Energy Office and the appropriate committees of the Senate and House of Representatives that oversee energy policy in the State.
(6) The committee shall submit its report to the General Assembly and Governor before January 1, 2010, at which time the Wind Energy Production Farms Feasibility Study Committee is abolished.
B. Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, this section takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 5th day of June, 2008.
Approved the 11th day of June, 2008.
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