2018 Code of Alabama
Title 41 - STATE GOVERNMENT.
Chapter 16 - PUBLIC CONTRACTS.
Article 7 - Guaranteed Energy Cost Savings Contracts.
Section 41-16-143 - Request for proposals; meeting; public notice; guarantee required; bond; type, duration, funding, etc., of contract.

Universal Citation: AL Code § 41-16-143 (2018)
Section 41-16-143Request for proposals; meeting; public notice; guarantee required; bond; type, duration, funding, etc., of contract.

(a) Before entering into a guaranteed energy cost savings contract, a governmental unit shall submit a request for proposals. The governmental unit shall evaluate any proposal from a qualified provider and shall select the qualified provider that best meets the needs of the unit. After reviewing the proposals, the governmental unit may enter into a guaranteed energy cost savings contract with a qualified provider if it finds that the amount it would spend on the energy cost savings measures recommended in the proposal would not exceed the amount of energy or operational cost savings, or both, within the lesser of a 20-year period or the average useful life of the energy cost savings measures from the date installation is complete and has been accepted by the governmental unit, if the recommendations in the proposal are followed. The governmental unit shall analyze the following:

(1) The estimates of all costs of installation, modifications, or remodeling, including, without limitation, costs of a pre-installation energy audit or analysis, design, engineering, installation, maintenance, repairs, debt service, and post-installation project monitoring, data collection, and reporting, as well as whether energy consumed or the operating costs, or both, will be reduced.

(2) The qualifications of the provider.

(b) The governmental unit shall provide public notice of the meeting at which it proposes to award a guaranteed energy cost savings contract, of the names of the parties to the proposed contract, and of the purpose of the contract. The public notice shall be made at least 10 days prior to the meeting.

(c) The guaranteed energy cost savings contract shall include a written guarantee of the qualified provider that either the energy or operational cost savings, or both, will meet or exceed the costs of the energy cost savings measures within the lesser of 20 years or the average useful life of the energy cost savings measures. The qualified provider shall reimburse the governmental unit for any shortfall of guaranteed energy cost savings on an annual basis. The guaranteed energy cost savings contract may provide for payments over a period of time, not to exceed the lesser of 20 years or the average useful life of the energy cost savings measures.

(d) Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, before entering into a guaranteed energy cost savings contract, the governmental unit may require the qualified provider to file with the governmental unit a payment and performance bond relating to the installation of energy cost savings measures that is in an amount the governmental unit finds reasonable and necessary to protect its interests and that may also cover the value of the guaranteed savings on the contract and is conditioned on the faithful execution of the terms of the contract.

(e) A governmental unit, or several governmental units together, may enter into an installment payment contract or lease purchase agreement with a qualified provider or a third party financing company designated by the qualified provider, or both, for the purchase and installation of energy cost savings measures with a term not to exceed the lesser of 20 years or the average useful life of the energy cost savings measures from the date the energy cost savings measures have been completed and accepted by the governmental unit.

(f) Guaranteed energy cost savings contracts, including installment payment contracts and lease purchase agreements financing the contracts, may extend beyond the fiscal year in which they become effective. The governmental unit may include in its annual budget and appropriations measures for each subsequent fiscal year any amounts payable under guaranteed energy savings contracts, including installment payment contracts and lease purchase agreements financing the contracts, during that fiscal year.

(g) A governmental unit may use a combination of funds designated for operating, capital expenditures, or other specially designated funds for any guaranteed energy cost savings contract including purchases using installment payment contracts or lease purchase agreements.

(h) State aid and other amounts appropriated for distribution to, or reimbursement to, a governmental unit may not be reduced as a result of energy cost savings realized from a guaranteed energy cost savings contract or a lease purchase agreement for the purchase and installation of energy cost savings measures.

(Act 98-663, p. 1450, §4; Act 2006-93, p. 121, §1.)
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