STATE GOVERNMENT AND STATE AFFAIRS
DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION
67-5711D. Energy savings performance contracts. (1) Definitions. As used in this section:
(a) "Cost-savings measure" means any facility improvement, repair or alteration to an existing facility, or any equipment, fixture or furnishing to be added or used in any existing facility that is designed to reduce energy consumption and energy operating costs or increase the energy efficiency of facilities for their appointed functions that are cost effective. "Cost-savings measure" includes, but is not limited to, one (1) or more of the following:
(i) Procurement of low-cost energy supplies of all types, including electricity, natural gas and water;
(ii) Insulating the building structure or systems in the building;
(iii) Storm windows or doors, caulking or weather stripping, multiglazed windows or door systems, heat-absorbing or heat-reflective glazed and coated window and door systems, additional glazing, reductions in glass area or other window and door system modifications that reduce energy consumption;
(iv) Automated or computerized energy control systems;
(v) Heating, ventilation or air conditioning system modifications or replacements;
(vi) Replacing or modifying lighting fixtures to increase the energy efficiency of the lighting system;
(vii) Energy recovery systems;
(viii) Cogeneration systems that produce steam or forms of energy such as heat, as well as electricity, for use primarily within a building or complex of buildings;
(ix) Installing new or modifying existing day lighting systems;
(x) Installing or modifying renewable energy and alternate energy technologies;
(xi) Building operation programs that reduce energy costs including, but not limited to, computerized programs, training and other similar activities;
(xii) Steam trap improvement programs that reduce energy costs;
(xiii) Devices that reduce water consumption; and
(xiv) Any additional building infrastructure improvements that produce energy cost savings, significantly reduce energy consumption or increase the energy efficiency of the facilities for their appointed functions and are in compliance with all applicable state building codes.
(b) "Director" means the director of the department of administration or the director’s designee.
(c) "Energy cost savings" means any expenses that are eliminated or avoided on a long-term basis as a result of equipment installed or modified, or services performed by a qualified energy service company or a qualified provider, but does not include merely shifting personnel costs or similar short-term cost savings.
(d) "Financial grade energy audit" means a comprehensive building energy systems audit performed by a professional engineer licensed in the state of Idaho for the purpose of identifying and documenting feasible energy and resource conservation measures and cost-savings factors.
(e) "Performance contract" means a contract between the director or the public entity and a qualified provider or a qualified energy service company for evaluation, recommendation and implementation of one (1) or more cost-savings measures. A performance contract may be structured as either:
(i) A guaranteed energy savings performance contract, which shall include, at a minimum, the design and installation of equipment and, if applicable, operation and maintenance of any of the measures implemented. Guaranteed annual savings must meet or exceed the total annual contract payments made by the director or the user agency or the public entity for such contract, including financing charges to be incurred over the life of the contract; or
(ii) A shared savings contract, which shall include provisions mutually agreed upon by the director and the qualified provider or qualified energy service company as to the rate of payments based upon energy cost savings and a stipulated maximum energy consumption level over the life of the contract.
(f) "Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, firm, association, limited liability company, limited liability partnership or other such entity as recognized by the state of Idaho.
(g) "Public entity" means the cities, counties and school districts or any political subdivision within the state of Idaho.
(h) "Qualified energy service company" means a person with a record of established projects or with demonstrated technical, operational, financial and managerial capabilities to implement performance contracts and who currently holds an Idaho public works contractor license appropriate for the work being performed.
(i) "Qualified provider" means a person who is experienced in the design, implementation and installation of energy efficiency and facility improvement measures, who has the ability to secure necessary financial measures to support energy savings guarantees and the technical capabilities to ensure such measures generate energy cost savings, and who currently holds an Idaho public works contractor license appropriate for the work being performed.
(2) Performance contracts. The director of the department of administration, subject to the approval of the permanent building fund advisory council, or any Idaho public entity may enter into a performance contract with a qualified provider or qualified energy service company to reduce energy consumption or energy operating costs. Cost-savings measures implemented under such contracts shall comply with all applicable state and local building codes.
(3) Requests for qualifications. The director of the department of administration or the public entity shall request qualifications from qualified providers and qualified energy service companies inviting them to submit information describing their capabilities in the areas of:
(a) Design, engineering, installation, maintenance and repairs associated with performance contracts;
(b) Experience in conversions to a different energy or fuel source, so long as it is associated with a comprehensive energy efficiency retrofit;
(c) Postinstallation project monitoring, data collection and reporting of savings;
(d) Overall project experience and qualifications;
(e) Management capability;
(f) Ability to assess the availability of long-term financing;
(g) Experience with projects of similar size and scope; and
(h) Other factors determined by the director or the public entity to be relevant and appropriate relating to the ability of the qualified provider or qualified energy service company to perform the project.
(4) Notice. Adequate public notice of the request for qualifications shall be given at least fourteen (14) days prior to the date set forth therein for the opening of the responses to the request for qualifications. Such notice may be provided electronically or by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the area where the work is located.
(5) Public inspection. All records of the department or an agency or the public entity relating to the award of a performance contract shall be open to public inspection in accordance with the provisions of chapter 1, title 74, and section 67-9215, Idaho Code.
(6) Award of performance contract.
(a) The director or public entity shall select up to three (3) qualified providers or qualified energy service companies who have responded to the request for qualifications. Factors to be considered in selecting the successful qualified provider or qualified energy service company shall include, but not be limited to:
(i) Fee structure;
(ii) Contract terms;
(iii) Comprehensiveness of the proposal and cost-savings measures;
(iv) Experience of the qualified provider or qualified energy service company;
(v) Quality of the technical approach of the qualified provider or qualified energy service company; and
(vi) Overall benefits to the state or the public entity.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 67-5711C, Idaho Code, the director or the public entity may, following the request for qualifications and the expiration of the specified notice period, award the performance contract to the qualified provider or qualified energy service company which best meets the needs of the project and whose proposal may or may not represent the lowest cost among the proposals submitted pursuant to this section.
(c) Upon award of the performance contract, the successful qualified provider or qualified energy service company shall prepare a financial grade energy audit which, upon acceptance by the director or the public entity, shall become a part of the final performance contract.
(7) Installment payment and lease-purchase agreements. Pursuant to this section, the director or the public entity may enter into a performance contract, payments for which shall be made by the user agency or public entity. Such performance contracts may be financed as installment payment contracts or lease-purchase agreements for the purchase and installation of cost-savings measures. Financing implemented through another person other than the qualified provider or qualified energy service company is authorized.
(8) Terms of performance contract.
(a) Each performance contract shall provide that all payments between parties, except obligations upon termination of the contract before its expiration, shall be made over time and that the objective of such performance contract is the implementation of cost-savings measures and energy cost savings.
(b) A performance contract, and payments provided thereunder, may extend beyond the fiscal year in which the performance contract becomes effective, subject to appropriation by the legislature or by the public entity, for costs incurred in future fiscal years. The performance contract may extend for a term not to exceed twenty-five (25) years. The permissible length of the contract may also reflect the useful life of the cost-savings measures.
(c) Performance contracts may provide for payments over a period of time not to exceed deadlines specified in the performance contract from the date of the final installation of the cost-savings measures.
(d) Performance contracts entered pursuant to this section may be amended or modified, upon agreement by the director or the public entity and the qualified provider or qualified energy service company, on an annual basis.
(9) Monitoring and reports. During the term of each performance contract, the qualified provider or qualified energy service company shall monitor the reductions in energy consumption and cost savings attributable to the cost-savings measures installed pursuant to the performance contract and shall annually prepare and provide a report to the director or the public entity documenting the performance of the cost-savings measures.
[67-5711D, added 2001, ch. 213, sec. 3, p. 841; am. 2004, ch. 15, sec. 1, p. 12; am. 2008, ch. 366, sec. 1, p. 1001; am. 2015, ch. 141, sec. 179, p. 521; am. 2016, ch. 289, sec. 16, p. 816.]