As a result of AAEA endorsed legislation, Act 554 of 2013, The Arkansas Economic Development Commission Energy Office (AEO) is in the process of adopting rules for the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Program. This program was established as an amendment to the Guaranteed Energy Cost Savings Act in Act 554. This has been an ongoing process since Senator David Johnson (D-Little Rock) and Representative Greg Leding (D-Fayetteville) began hearings in 2012 to improve and amend the Guaranteed Energy Costs Savings Act, and now is the time for AAEA members to lend their input to this rule making process.
The program will better enable state agencies to contract with private energy companies for energy cost saving improvements to any of the state government’s 2,500 buildings. In addition, the law removes various barriers that were hindering participation by state agencies in a program to achieve energy savings goals detailed by the legislature in 2009.
The purpose for these rules is to establish policies and procedures that will govern the Arkansas Energy Performance Contracting Program that is to be administered by AEO. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission is soliciting comments on the proposed rulesfiled with the Secretary of State on March 21, 2014.
A public hearing for the proposed rule will be held at:
April 4, 2014
Bessie Moore Room
Arkansas State Library
900 West Capitol, 2nd Floor
Little Rock, Arkansas.
Copies of the proposed rule may be found here or may be obtained by calling (501) 682-7678.
Written comments may be submitted through April 23, 2014 by mailing them to:
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Attn: J.D. Lowery
900 West Capitol, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201
or by faxing them at (501) 682-7499.
Comments will also be accepted via email at jlowery@ArkansasEDC.com.