The purpose of this section is to encourage energy efficiency in buildings through the establishment of regional centers to promote energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling, and building design.
(b) Grants for establishment
Terms Used In 42 USC 13458
- Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
Not later than 18 months after October 24, 1992, the Secretary shall make grants to nonprofit institutions, or to consortiums that may include nonprofit institutions, State and local governments, universities, and utilities, to establish or enhance one regional building energy efficiency center (hereafter in this section referred to as a “regional center”) in each of the 10 regions served by a Department of Energy regional support office.
(c) Permitted activities
Each regional center established under this section may–
(1) provide information, training, and technical assistance to building professionals such as architects, designers, engineers, contractors, and building code officials, on building energy efficiency methods and technologies, including lighting, heating and cooling, and passive solar;
(2) operate an outreach program to inform such building professionals of the benefits and opportunities of energy efficiency, and of the services of the center;
(3) provide displays demonstrating building energy efficiency methods and technologies, such as lighting, windows, and heating and cooling equipment;
(4) coordinate its activities and programs with other institutions within the region, such as State and local governments, utilities, and educational institutions, in order to support their efforts to promote building energy efficiency;
(5) serve as a clearinghouse to ensure that information about new building energy efficiency technologies, including case studies of successful applications, is disseminated to end-users in the region;
(6) study the building energy needs of the region and make available region-specific energy efficiency information to facilitate the adoption of cost-effective energy efficiency improvements;
(7) assist educational institutions in establishing building energy efficiency engineering and technical programs and curricula; and
(8) evaluate the performance of the center in promoting building energy efficiency.
Any nonprofit institution or consortium interested in receiving a grant under this section shall submit to the Secretary an application in such form and containing such information as the Secretary may require. A lighting or building energy center in existence on October 24, 1992, which is owned and operated by a nonprofit institution or a consortium as described in subsection (b) shall be eligible for a grant under this section.
(e) Selection criteria
The Secretary shall select recipients of grants under this section on the basis of the following criteria:
(1) The capability of the grant recipient to establish a board of directors for the regional center composed of representatives from utilities, State and local governments, building trade and professional organizations, manufacturers, and nonprofit energy and environmental organizations.
(2) The demonstrated or potential resources available to the grant recipient for carrying out this subsection.
(3) The demonstrated or potential ability of the grant recipient to promote building energy efficiency by carrying out the activities specified in subsection (c).
(4) The activities which the grant recipient proposes to carry out under the grant.
(f) Requirement of matching funds
(1) Federal share
The Federal share of a grant under this section shall be no more than 50 percent of the costs of establishing, and no more than 25 percent of the cost of operating the regional center.
(2) Non-Federal contributions
No grant may be made under this section in any fiscal year unless the recipient of such grant enters into such agreements with the Secretary as the Secretary may require to ensure that such recipient will provide the necessary non-Federal contributions. Such non-Federal contributions may be provided by utilities, State and local governments, nonprofit institutions, foundations, corporations, and other non-Federal entities.
(g) Task force
The Secretary shall establish a task force to–
(1) advise the Secretary on activities to be carried out by grant recipients;
(2) review and evaluate programs carried out by grant recipients; and
(3) make recommendations regarding the building energy efficiency center grant program.
(h) Membership terms and administration of task force
(1) In general
The task force shall be composed of approximately 20 members, appointed by the Secretary, with expertise in the area of building energy efficiency, including representatives from–
(A) State or local energy offices;
(C) building construction trade or professional associations;
(D) architecture, engineering or professional associations;
(E) building component or equipment manufacturers;
(F) from 1 national laboratories;
(G) building code officials or professional associations; and
(H) nonprofit energy or environmental organizations.
(2) Geographic representation
The Secretary shall ensure that there is broad geographical representation among task force members.
Members shall be appointed for a term of 3 years. A vacancy in the task force shall be filled in the manner in which the original appointment was made.
Members shall serve without pay. Each member shall receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in accordance with sections 5702 and 5703 of title 5.
The Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the task force shall be elected by the members.
The task force shall meet biannually and at the call of the Chairperson.
(7) Inapplicability of termination date
Section 14 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act shall not apply to the task force.
(j) Authorization of appropriations
There is authorized to be appropriated for purposes of carrying out this section, to remain available until expended, not more than $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1994, 1995, and 1996.