8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill addresses a voluntary home energy information pilot program.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ provides for the creation of model rules by the Office of Energy Development for a
14 voluntary home energy information pilot program;
15 ▸ requires the Office of Energy Development to administer or contract for the
16 administration of an advisory committee and the development of model rules;
17 ▸ requires the Office of Energy Development to develop model rules for a home
18 energy performance score system;
19 ▸ creates the Home Energy Information Advisory Committee to consult on the
20 development of model rules for a home energy information pilot program and the
21 home energy performance score system;
22 ▸ specifies advisory committee membership and duties; and
23 ▸ provides for a sunset of provisions relating to the voluntary home energy
24 information pilot program.
25 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
26 This bill appropriates in fiscal year 2021:
27 ▸ to the Governor's Office of Energy Development - Office of Energy Development,
28 as a one-time appropriation:
29 • from the General Fund, One-time, $50,000.
30 Other Special Clauses:
32 Utah Code Sections Affected:
34 63I-2-263, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2019, Chapters 182, 240, 246, 325, 370,
35 and 483
37 63M-4-801, Utah Code Annotated 1953
38 63M-4-802, Utah Code Annotated 1953
39 63M-4-803, Utah Code Annotated 1953
40 63M-4-804, Utah Code Annotated 1953
41 63M-4-805, Utah Code Annotated 1953
43 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
44 Section 1. Section 63I-2-263 is amended to read:
45 63I-2-263. Repeal dates, Title 63A to Title 63N.
46 (1) On July 1, 2020:
47 (a) Subsection 63A-1-203(5)(a)(i) is repealed; and
48 (b) in Subsection 63A-1-203(5)(a)(ii), the language that states "appointed on or after
49 May 8, 2018," is repealed.
50 (2) Sections 63C-4a-307 and 63C-4a-309 are repealed January 1, 2020.
51 (3) Title 63C, Chapter 19, Higher Education Strategic Planning Commission is
52 repealed July 1, 2020.
53 (4) The following sections regarding the World War II Memorial Commission are
54 repealed on July 1, 2020:
55 (a) Section 63G-1-801;
56 (b) Section 63G-1-802;
57 (c) Section 63G-1-803; and
58 (d) Section 63G-1-804.
59 (5) In relation to the State Fair Park Committee, on January 1, 2021:
60 (a) Section 63H-6-104.5 is repealed; and
61 (b) Subsections 63H-6-104(8) and (9) are repealed.
62 (6) Section 63H-7a-303 is repealed on July 1, 2022.
63 (7) In relation to the Employability to Careers Program Board, on July 1, 2022:
64 (a) Subsection 63J-1-602.1(52) is repealed;
65 (b) Subsection 63J-4-301(1)(h), related to the review of data and metrics, is repealed;
67 (c) Title 63J, Chapter 4, Part 7, Employability to Careers Program, is repealed.
68 (8) Section 63J-4-708 is repealed January 1, 2023.
69 (9) Title 63M, Chapter 4, Part 8, Voluntary Home Energy Information Pilot Program
70 Act, is repealed January 1, 2022.
71 Section 2. Section 63M-4-801 is enacted to read:
73 63M-4-801. Title.
74 This part is known as the "Voluntary Home Energy Information Pilot Program Act."
75 Section 3. Section 63M-4-802 is enacted to read:
76 63M-4-802. Definitions.
77 As used in this part:
78 (1) "Advisory committee" means the committee created in Subsection 63M-4-805(1).
79 (2) "Asset rating" means a representation of a residential building's energy efficiency or
80 energy use generated by modeling under standardized weather and occupancy conditions.
81 (3) "Home" means a single-family detached or single-family attached enclosed
82 structure created for permanent use as a residence.
83 (4) "Home energy assessment" means the evaluation or testing of components or
84 systems in a residential building for the purpose of identifying options for increasing energy
85 conservation and energy efficiency.
86 (5) "Home energy assessor" means a qualified person who:
87 (a) conducts home energy assessments on residential buildings;
88 (b) assigns residential buildings a home energy performance score; and
89 (c) prepares a home energy performance report for residential buildings.
90 (6) "Home energy performance report" means a report prepared by a home energy
91 assessor that identifies a residential building's home energy performance score, an explanation
92 of the score, an estimate of the total energy used in the home, and other information required to
93 be included in the report under Section 63M-4-804.
94 (7) "Home energy performance score" means a score assigned to a residential building
95 using the home energy performance score system created by the office pursuant to Section
97 (8) "Home energy performance score system" means a technical and administrative
98 framework for producing and reporting metrics that describe the energy consumption,
99 generation, and efficiency of a building.
100 (9) "Program" means the voluntary home energy information pilot program for which
101 model rules are created in Section 63M-4-803.
102 (10) "Residential building" means a home.
103 Section 4. Section 63M-4-803 is enacted to read:
104 63M-4-803. Voluntary Home Energy Information Pilot Program.
105 (1) The office shall develop model rules for a voluntary home energy information pilot
107 (2) The model rules shall:
108 (a) be designed to:
109 (i) provide widespread information to home buyers and sellers about a home's energy
110 efficiency, cost savings, and air quality impacts; and
111 (ii) empower consumers to ask about the energy efficiency performance of homes and
112 increase market demand for energy efficient homes and home energy efficiency upgrades.
113 (3) The office may use appropriated funds to develop model rules for a home energy
114 performance score system described in Section 63M-4-804 for homes.
115 (4) Model rules to implement the program may include:
116 (a) proposed application procedures to receive a reimbursement from the program for a
117 home energy assessment and home energy performance report;
118 (b) the criteria used by the office to determine whether a reimbursement request is
120 (c) the administratively best method and form for making a reimbursement;
121 (d) the criteria used by the office to determine the amount of a reimbursement;
122 (e) the information that an applicant or applicant's designee will be required to report to
123 the office to receive a reimbursement;
124 (f) specifications for the procedures and requirements for conducting a home energy
126 (g) the requirements for a home energy performance report; and
127 (h) the qualifications for home energy assessors.
128 (5) The office shall administer or contract for the administration of the advisory
129 committee and the development of model rules.
130 (6) The office shall provide a report to the Legislature's Business and Labor Interim
131 Committee and Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Interim Committee no later than
132 November 30, 2020 on:
133 (a) the status of the model rules; and
134 (b) recommendations for implementing a pilot program based on the model rules.
135 Section 5. Section 63M-4-804 is enacted to read:
136 63M-4-804. Home energy performance score system.
137 (1) In consultation with the advisory committee, the office shall create a home energy
138 performance score system that shall:
139 (a) have the capability to generate a home energy performance score that meets the
140 requirements of Subsection (2);
141 (b) have the capability to generate a home energy performance report that meets the
142 requirements of Subsection (3);
143 (c) have the capability to incorporate building energy assessment software, the output
144 of which is to be used to derive the information presented on the home energy performance
145 report; and
146 (d) specify training requirements for home energy assessors.
147 (2) A home energy performance score under Subsection (1)(a) shall:
148 (a) be an asset rating that is based on physical inspection of the home or design
149 documents used for the home's construction; and
150 (b) use one or a combination of the following approaches for home energy scoring:
151 (i) the issuance of a home energy score by the United States Department of Energy; or
152 (ii) the issuance of a home energy rating system by the Residential Energy Services
154 (3) A home energy performance report described in Subsection (1)(b) shall include:
155 (a) the home energy performance score described in Subsection (1)(a) and an
156 explanation of the score;
157 (b) an estimate of the total energy used in the home in retail units of energy, by fuel
159 (c) an estimate of the annual energy costs for operating the home;
160 (d) an estimate of the annual emissions resulting from energy used in the home;
161 (e) a list of recommended home improvements to reduce energy use in the home; and
162 (f) other information the office, in consultation with the advisory committee,
163 determines is appropriate to include in the model rules.
164 Section 6. Section 63M-4-805 is enacted to read:
165 63M-4-805. Home Energy Information Advisory Committee.
166 (1) There is created a Home Energy Information Advisory Committee.
167 (2) The advisory committee shall be composed of the following 12 members:
168 (a) an individual who is an expert in residential real estate, as recommended by the
169 Utah Association of Realtors;
170 (b) an individual who is an expert in residential construction as recommended by the
171 Utah Home Builders Association;
172 (c) an individual who is an expert in land development for residential communities but
173 is not a home builder;
174 (d) an individual who is a non-profit energy efficiency or air quality advocate;
175 (e) an individual who is an expert in residential home energy assessments;
176 (f) an individual who is an expert in residential home inspections;
177 (g) an individual who is an expert in public education and marketing;
178 (h) an individual who is an expert in residential appraisals, as recommended by the
179 Utah Association of Appraisers;
180 (i) an individual who is an expert in electric utility energy efficiency programs;
181 (j) an individual who is an expert in natural gas utility energy efficiency programs;
182 (k) an individual who is an expert in residential architecture, as recommended by the
183 Utah Chapter of the American Institute of Architects; and
184 (l) the director of the Governor's Office of Energy Development or the director's
186 (3) The director of the office shall appoint the members of the advisory committee
187 which shall assist the director in developing model rules for a home energy performance score
188 system described in Section 63M-4-804.
189 (4) The director of the office, or the director's designee, shall act as chair of the
190 advisory committee.
191 (5) An advisory committee member may not receive compensation or benefits for the
192 member's service on the advisory committee.
193 Section 7. Appropriation.
194 The following sums of money are appropriated for the fiscal year beginning July 1,
195 2020, and ending June 30, 2021. These are additions to amounts previously appropriated for
196 fiscal year 2021. Under the terms and conditions of Title 63J, Chapter 1, Budgetary Procedures
197 Act, the Legislature appropriates the following sums of money from the funds or accounts
198 indicated for the use and support of the government of the state of Utah.
199 ITEM 1
200 To the Governor's Office of Energy Development - Office of Energy Development
201 From General Fund, One-time
202 Schedule of Programs:
203 Home Energy Information Pilot Program $50,000
204 The Legislature intends that the money appropriated in this section be used for the
205 development of model rules for the voluntary home energy information pilot program under
206 Title 63M, Chapter 4, Part 8, Voluntary Home Energy Information Pilot Program Act.