Texas Health and Safety Code

Sec. § 388.005
Energy Efficiency Programs in Institutions of Higher Education and Certain Governmental Entities


(a)

In this section:

(1)

“Institution of higher education” includes an institution of higher education as defined by Section 61.003 (Definitions), Education Code, and a private institution of higher education that receives funding from the state.

(2)

“Political subdivision” means:

(A)

an affected county; or

(B)

any political subdivision in a nonattainment area or in an affected county other than:

(i)

a school district; or

(ii)

a district as defined by Section 36.001 (Definitions) or 49.001 (Definitions), Water Code, that had a total annual electricity expense of less than $200,000 in the previous fiscal year of the district.

(3)

“State agency” means a department, commission, board, office, council, or other agency in the executive branch of state government that is created by the constitution or a statute of this state and has authority not limited to a geographical portion of the state.

(b)

Each political subdivision, institution of higher education, or state agency shall implement all energy efficiency measures that meet the standards established for a contract for energy conservation measures under Section 302.004 (Method of Financing; Terms of Contract)(b), Local Government Code, in order to reduce electricity consumption by the existing facilities of the entity.

(c)

Each political subdivision, institution of higher education, or state agency shall establish a goal to reduce the electric consumption by the entity by at least five percent each state fiscal year for seven years, beginning September 1, 2019.

(d)

A political subdivision, institution of higher education, or state agency that does not attain the goals established under Subsection (c) must include in the report required by Subsection (e) justification that the entity has already implemented all available cost-effective measures. An entity that submits a report under this subsection indicating that the entity has reviewed its available options, has determined that no additional measures are cost-effective, and has already implemented all available cost-effective measures is exempt from the annual reporting requirement of Subsection (e) if a subsequent report would indicate no change in status. An entity may be required to provide notice that it is exempt to the State Energy Conservation Office.

(e)

A political subdivision, institution of higher education, or state agency annually shall report to the State Energy Conservation Office, on forms provided by that office, regarding the entity’s goal, the entity’s efforts to meet the goal, and progress the entity has made under this section. The State Energy Conservation Office shall provide assistance and information to the entity to help the entity meet goals established under this section. The office must develop and make available a standardized form for reporting purposes.

(f)

This section does not apply to a state agency or an institution of higher education that the State Energy Conservation Office determines, before September 1, 2007, adopted a plan for conserving energy under which the agency or institution established a percentage goal for reducing the consumption of electricity. The exemption provided by this section applies only while the agency or institution has an energy conservation plan in effect and only if the agency or institution submits reports on the conservation plan each year to the governor, the Legislative Budget Board, and the State Energy Conservation Office.

(g)

Except as provided by Subsection (h), this section does not apply to the electricity consumption of a district as defined by Section 36.001 (Definitions) or 49.001 (Definitions), Water Code, that relates to the operation and maintenance of facilities or improvements for:

(1)

wastewater collection and treatment;

(2)

water supply and distribution; or

(3)

storm water diversion, detention, or pumping.

(h)

At least once every five years, a political subdivision that is a district as defined by Section 36.001 (Definitions) or 49.001 (Definitions), Water Code, shall for district facilities described by Subsection (g):

(1)

evaluate the consumption of electricity;

(2)

establish goals to reduce the consumption of electricity; and

(3)

identify and implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures to reduce the consumption of electricity.
Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 967, Sec. 1(b), eff. Sept. 1, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 248, Sec. 1, eff. June 18, 2003.
Amended by:
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 262 (S.B. 12), Sec. 3.02, eff. June 8, 2007.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 939 (H.B. 3693), Sec. 12, eff. September 1, 2007.
Reenacted and amended by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 87 (S.B. 1969), Sec. 12.014 (Registry), eff. September 1, 2009.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 637 (S.B. 898), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1049 (S.B. 5), Sec. 6.12, eff. June 17, 2011.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 105 (S.B. 902), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2013.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 573 (S.B. 241), Sec. 1.29, eff. September 1, 2019.
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