Introduced by Senator Ayer of Addison District and Senator Giard of Addison District
Subject: Public service; large electricity user fee; green building credit
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to assess a large electricity user fee, in the amount of one percent of the price of the building, on new heated or cooled buildings with a floor space that exceeds 4,000 square feet. The fee shall be reduced by the amount of green building credits for which the owner is qualified. The department of public service is directed to adopt rules by July 1, 2007, the date upon which the fee is to take effect with respect to the identification of efficiency and on-site electricity generation measures that would be entitled to the green building credit and with respect to how to compute the price of a building and how to determine that a building is new. Funds raised will be deposited into the account that funds the state’s efficiency utility. No fee is due if a building is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as meeting its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
AN ACT RELATING TO LARGE ELECTRICITY USER FEES AND GREEN BUILDING CREDITS FOR NEW BUILDINGS
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 30 V.S.A. § 220 is added to read:
§ 220. ELECTRICITY USE IN NEW BUILDINGS; LARGE ELECTRICITY
USER FEE; GREEN ENERGY CREDITS
(a) Definition. As used in this section, “climate control system” means heating or cooling equipment used to regulate the temperature or temperature and airflow of a building.
(b) Assessment of large electricity user fee. Effective July 1, 2007, no new building that includes a climate control system and that exceeds 4,000 square feet of floor space shall be allowed to remain connected to the electricity grid in the state unless a large electricity user fee equaling one percent of the price of the building minus the total value of any green building credits allowed under rules adopted under this section is paid to the energy efficiency fund established under subsection 209(d) of this title. This fee shall not be assessed if the new building is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as meeting its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
(c) Rules on green building credits. By no later than July 1, 2007, the commissioner of public service, after consultation with Efficiency Vermont, shall adopt rules that identify energy efficiency and on-site electricity generating measures, appliances, and equipment that are sufficiently effective as to justify being entitled to green building credits under this section and that establish a method for computing the amount of the credit for which each measure, appliance, or piece of equipment shall qualify. The rules shall address what factors are to be included in the price of a new building, how to compute the total price of the building, how to define a new building, and how to verify eligibility for green building credits. The rules may establish a series of points in the construction process at which partial assessments are due, shall allow electricity service to be provided in the early stages of construction, shall anticipate any necessary readjustment of the total amount of fee when the building is sufficiently completed to enable the computation of the total price of the building, but shall condition continuing service upon full payment within a reasonable time of the large electricity user fee assessed under this section.
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