§15915. Energy service companies and 3rd-party financing
1.Initial agreement for energy conservation improvements.
A school administrative unit may enter into an agreement of up to 20 years with an energy services company. For the purposes
of this section, "energy services company" means a company or 3rd-party financing company that provides design, installation,
operation, maintenance and financing of energy conservation or combined energy conservation and related air quality improvements
at existing school administrative unit facilities. The school administrative unit's costs to enter into such an agreement
are not applicable to the unit's school construction project costs, the debt service on which is eligible for subsidy purposes
under section 15907. Such an agreement is deemed to be a professional service, which is not subject to the competitive bidding
requirements of Title 5, section 1743-A, if the agreement:
A. Provides for operation or maintenance of the improvement for at least 5 years or the entire term of the financing agreement
if longer than 5 years; [2011, c. 279, §1 (RPR).]
B. Requires a guaranty by the contractor that the improvement will meet performance criteria set forth in the agreement for at
least 5 years or for the entire term of the financing agreement if longer than 5 years; and [2011, c. 279, §1 (RPR).]
C. Has a total contract cost, excluding private or federal grant funds, interest and operating and maintenance costs, of less
than $2,500,000 for any school building. [2011, c. 279, §1 (RPR).]
A school administrative unit may select an energy services company on the basis of a request for qualifications or a request
for proposals, and it is not required to use a competitive method set forth in this chapter and Title 5, section 1743-A and
Private and Special Law 1999, chapter 79. The selection process must include at a minimum a request for qualifications or
a request for proposals that is advertised in a newspaper of general circulation in the school administrative unit and a newspaper
of general circulation in the City of Augusta. The deadline for receipt of requests for qualifications or requests for proposals
may not be less than 15 days from the last day the advertisement was published. The school administrative unit shall establish
an interview committee, which must include the superintendent of the school administrative unit and at least one school board
member. The interview committee shall interview not fewer than 3 energy services companies unless a smaller number of energy
services companies responds to the request for qualifications or request for proposals. A request for qualifications or a
request for proposals may not contain terms that require an energy services company to have more than 3 years of experience
in the energy conservation field, a minimum number of prior projects or project references or membership in or accreditation
from a regional, national or international association of energy services companies or to use equipment that is not generally
available to energy services companies or terms that are otherwise included for the purpose of bias or favoritism toward a
particular energy services company.
Objections to the terms of a request for qualifications or a request for proposals under this subsection are deemed waived
if not delivered in writing to the office of the superintendent of schools in that school administrative unit within 7 days
of the last publication of the newspaper advertisement. If an objection is received, the school board shall conduct a hearing
on the objection within 14 days of its receipt. The school board shall allow interested energy services companies to speak
at the hearing and shall issue a decision to either validate or invalidate the request for qualifications or the request for
proposals within 7 days of the close of the hearing. A decision by the school board in response to an objection is a final
government action subject to appeal to the Superior Court.
2011, c. 279, §1 (RPR)
An agreement under this section between a school administrative unit and an energy services company must include performance
criteria that guarantee:
A. Energy savings; [2011, c. 279, §2 (NEW).]
B. A maximum price, including operation, maintenance and financing costs; [2011, c. 279, §2 (NEW).]
C. That the project will meet local, state and federal codes; [2011, c. 279, §2 (NEW).]
D. That measurement and verification of energy savings are determined using the international performance measurement and verification
protocol published by the United States Department of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information; and [2011, c. 279, §2 (NEW).]
E. An annual reconciliation of energy savings based on the measurement and verification process under this section. [2011, c. 279, §2 (NEW).]
Prior to entering into an agreement, a school administrative unit may request that the Department of Administrative and Financial
Services, Bureau of General Services review the performance criteria in the agreement for conformance with this subsection.
The Bureau of General Services shall review and advise school administrative units to the extent resources allow.
2011, c. 279, §2 (NEW)
Any school administrative unit, at the termination of the agreement with the private party pursuant to this section, may
acquire, operate and maintain the improvement, may renew the agreement with the private party or may make an agreement with
another private party to operate and maintain the improvement.
1987, c. 402, Pt. A, §134 (RPR)
1985, c. 621, §1 (NEW).
1985, c. 797, §62 (NEW).
1987, c. 402, §A134 (RPR).
2001, c. 376, §1 (AMD).
2005, c. 499, §1 (AMD).
2011, c. 279, §§1, 2 (AMD).
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