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(a) Definitions. In this Section, the following words have the meanings indicated:
County building means a building which is owned or leased by the County.
Energy baseline means the amount of energy consumed each year by a County building based on historical metered data, engineering calculations, submetering of buildings or energy consuming systems, building load simulation models, statistical regression analysis, or any combination of those methods.
Energy cost savings plan means a plan to reduce a County building’s energy costs, including related operation and maintenance costs.
Energy performance contract means a contract which provides for the performance of services for the design, acquisition, installation, testing, operation, maintenance, or repair of an identified energy conservation measure or series of measures in a County building.
ENERGY STAR rating means the ENERGY STAR rating developed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency which reflects a building’s energy efficiency.
Energy unit savings plan means a plan to reduce the amount of energy used by a County building, as measured in kilowatt hours or British thermal units.
National energy performance rating system means the rating system developed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency under which a building may obtain the ENERGY STAR rating.
Office of Energy and Sustainability or Office means the Office of Energy and Sustainability in the Department of General Services created under Section 18A-14.
(b) Requirements. The Office of Energy and Sustainability must:
(1) develop an energy baseline, energy unit savings plan, and energy cost savings plan for each County building;
(2) submit an initial report to the County Executive and County Council by February 1, 2015 which summarizes the energy baseline, energy unit savings plan, and energy cost savings plan for each County building; and
(3) submit an annual report to the County Executive and County Council by February 1 of each year that summarizes the steps taken in the preceding fiscal year to implement the energy unit savings plan and energy cost savings plan for each County building.
(c) Energy performance contracts. Each energy unit savings plan and energy cost savings plan that the Office prepares under subsection (b) must include a plan to use an energy performance contract unless the Office finds that the cost of using an energy performance contract outweighs the benefit. (2008 L.M.C., ch. 7, § 1; 2014 L.M.C., ch. 15, § 1.)