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16B.32 ENERGY USE.
    Subdivision 1. Alternative energy sources. Plans prepared by the commissioner for a
new building or for a renovation of 50 percent or more of an existing building or its energy
systems must include designs which use active and passive solar energy systems, earth sheltered
construction, and other alternative energy sources where feasible.
    Subd. 2. Energy conservation goals. The commissioner of administration in consultation
with the commissioner of commerce, in cooperation with one or more public utilities or
comprehensive energy services providers, may conduct a shared-savings program involving
energy conservation expenditures on state-owned and wholly state-leased buildings. The public
utility or energy services provider shall contract with appropriate state agencies to implement
energy efficiency improvements in the selected buildings. A contract must require the public
utility or energy services provider to include all energy efficiency improvements in selected
buildings that are calculated to achieve a cost payback within ten years. The contract must require
that the public utility or energy services provider be repaid solely from energy cost savings and
only to the extent of energy cost savings. Repayments must be interest-free. The goal of the
program in this paragraph is to demonstrate that through effective energy conservation the total
energy consumption per square foot of state-owned and wholly state-leased buildings could
exceed existing energy code by at least 30 percent. All agencies must report to the commissioner
of administration their monthly energy usage, building schedules, inventory of energy-consuming
equipment, and other information as needed by the commissioner to manage and evaluate the
program.
    Subd. 3. Gifts. The commissioner may accept gifts for energy efficiency improvements in
state-owned and wholly leased buildings. Energy cost savings from these improvements, up to the
cost of these improvements, shall be deposited in a special revenue fund established in the state
treasury. Money in the special revenue fund is appropriated to the commissioner to implement
further energy efficiency improvements in state-owned or wholly leased buildings.
History: 1984 c 544 s 37; 1991 c 235 art 5 s 1,3; 1994 c 632 art 3 s 32; 1994 c 634 art
1 s 3; 1995 c 254 art 1 s 91; 1999 c 250 art 1 s 57,115; 2001 c 162 s 4; 2001 c 212 art 1 s 1;
1Sp2001 c 4 art 6 s 7; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 114