CHAPTER 298
ENERGY UTILIZATION AND CONSERVATION

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Sec. 16a-40b. Revolving loans and deferred loans for energy-conserving installations in residential structures. Revolving loans for secondary heating systems and conversions of primary heating systems in dwellings heated primarily by electricity. Program for multifamily dwellings. Regulations. Electric and gas company participation.
Sec. 16a-41a. Implementation of block grant program authorized under the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act. Annual plan. Annual reports. Program for purchase of number two home heating oil at a reduced rate for low-income households.
Sec. 16a-41b. Low-Income Energy Advisory Board.
Sec. 16a-41h. Energy assistance program funded through electric and gas company customer donations.
Sec. 16a-46. Residential energy conservation service program. Energy audits. Regulations.

      Sec. 16a-40b. Revolving loans and deferred loans for energy-conserving installations in residential structures. Revolving loans for secondary heating systems and conversions of primary heating systems in dwellings heated primarily by electricity. Program for multifamily dwellings. Regulations. Electric and gas company participation. (a) The commissioner, acting on behalf of the state, may, with respect to loans for which funds have been authorized by the State Bond Commission prior to July 1, 1992, in his discretion make low-cost loans or deferred loans to residents of this state for the purchase and installation in residential structures of insulation, alternative energy devices, energy conservation materials and replacement furnaces and boilers, approved in accordance with regulations to be adopted by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management. In the purchase and installation of insulation in new residential structures, only that insulation which exceeds the requirements of the State Building Code shall be eligible for such loans or deferred loans. The commissioner may also make low-cost loans or deferred loans to persons in the state residing in dwellings constructed not later than December 31, 1979, and for which the primary source of heating since such date has been electricity, for the purchase of a secondary heating system using a source of heat other than electricity or for the conversion of a primary electric heating system to a system using a source of heat other than electricity.

      (b) Except as provided under subsection (c) of this section, any such loan or deferred loan shall be available only for a residential structure containing not more than four dwelling units, shall be not less than four hundred dollars and not more than six thousand dollars per structure and, with respect to any application received on or after November 29, 1979, shall be made only to an applicant who submits evidence, satisfactory to the commissioner, that the adjusted gross income of the household member or members who contribute to the support of his household was not in excess of one hundred fifty per cent of the median area income by household size. In the case of a deferred loan, the contract shall require that payments on interest are due immediately but that payments on principal may be made at a later time. Repayment of all loans made under this subsection shall be subject to a rate of interest to be determined in accordance with subsection (t) of section 3-20 and such terms and conditions as the commissioner may establish. The State Bond Commission shall establish a range of rates of interest payable on all loans under this subsection and shall apply the range to applicants in accordance with a formula which reflects their income. Such range shall be not less than zero per cent for any applicant in the lowest income class and not more than one per cent above the rate of interest borne by the general obligation bonds of the state last issued prior to the most recent date such range was established for any applicant for whom the adjusted gross income of the household member or members who contribute to the support of his household was at least one hundred fifteen per cent of the median area income by household size.

      (c) The commissioner shall establish a program under which he shall make funds deposited in the Energy Conservation Loan Fund available for low-cost loans or deferred loans under subsection (a) of this section for residential structures containing more than four dwelling units, or for contracts guaranteeing payment of loans or deferred loans provided by private institutions for such structures for the purposes specified under subsection (a) of this section. Any such loan or deferred loan shall be an amount equaling not more than one thousand dollars multiplied by the number of dwelling units in such structure, provided no such loan or deferred loan shall exceed thirty thousand dollars. If the applicant seeks a loan or deferred loan for a structure containing more than thirty dwelling units, he shall include in his application a commitment to make comparable energy improvements of benefit to all dwelling units in the structure in addition to the thirty units which are eligible for the loan or deferred loan. Applications for contracts of guarantee shall be limited to structures containing not more than thirty dwelling units and the amount of the guarantee shall be not more than fifteen hundred dollars for each dwelling unit benefiting from the loan or deferred loan. There shall not be an income eligibility limitation for applicants for such loans, deferred loans or guarantees, but the commissioner shall give preference to applications for loans, deferred loans or guarantees for such structures which are occupied by persons of low or moderate income. Repayment of such loans or deferred loans shall be subject to such rates of interest, terms and conditions as the commissioner shall establish. The state shall have a lien on each property for which a loan, deferred loan or guarantee has been made under this section to ensure compliance with such terms and conditions.

      (d) With respect to such loans made on or after July 1, 1981, all repayments of principal shall be paid to the State Treasurer for deposit in the Housing Repayment and Revolving Loan Fund. The interest applicable to any such loans made shall be paid to the State Treasurer for deposit in the General Fund. After the close of each fiscal year, commencing with the close of the fiscal year ending June 30, 1992, and prior to the date of the calculation required under subsection (f) of this section and subsection (f) of section 32-317, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall cause any balance of loan repayments under this section remaining in said fund to be transferred to the energy conservation revolving loan account created pursuant to section 32-316.

      (e) The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54, (1) concerning qualifications for such loans or deferred loans, requirements and limitations as to adjustments of terms and conditions of repayment and any additional requirements deemed necessary to carry out the provisions of this section and to assure that those tax-exempt bonds and notes used to fund such loans or deferred loans qualify for exemption from federal income taxation, (2) providing for the maximum feasible availability of such loans or deferred loans for dwelling units owned or occupied by persons of low and moderate income, (3) establishing procedures to inform such persons of the availability of such loans or deferred loans and to encourage and assist them to apply for such loans or deferred loans, and (4) providing that (A) the interest payments received from the recipients of loans or deferred loans made on and after July 1, 1982, less the expenses incurred by the commissioner in the implementation of the program of loans, deferred loans and loan guarantees under this section, and (B) the payments received from electric and gas companies under subsection (f) of this section shall be applied to reimburse the General Fund for interest on the outstanding bonds and notes used to fund such loans or deferred loans made on or after July 1, 1982.

      (f) Not later than August first, annually, the commissioner shall calculate the difference between (1) the weighted average of the percentage rates of interest payable on all subsidized loans made (A) after July 1, 1982, from the Energy Conservation Loan Fund, (B) from the Home Heating System Loan Fund established under section 16a-40k, and (C) from the Housing Repayment and Revolving Loan Fund pursuant to this section, and (2) the average of the percentage rates of interest on any bonds and notes issued pursuant to section 3-20, which have been dedicated to the energy conservation loan program and used to fund such loans, and multiply such difference by the outstanding amount of all such loans, or such lesser amount as may be required under Section 103(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended. The product of such difference and such applicable amount shall not exceed six per cent of the sum of the outstanding principal amount at the end of each fiscal year of all loans or deferred loans made (A) on or after July 1, 1982, from the Energy Conservation Loan Fund, (B) from the Home Heating System Loan Fund established under section 16a-40k, and (C) from the Housing Repayment and Revolving Loan Fund pursuant to this section, and the balance remaining in the Energy Conservation Loan Fund and the balance of energy conservation loan repayments in the Housing Repayment and Revolving Loan Fund. Not later than September first, annually, the Department of Public Utility Control shall allocate such product among each electric and gas company having at least seventy-five thousand customers, in accordance with a formula taking into account, without limitation, the average number of residential customers of each company. Not later than October first, annually, each such company shall pay its assessed amount to the commissioner. The commissioner shall pay to the State Treasurer for deposit in the General Fund all such payments from electric and gas companies, and shall adopt procedures to assure that such payments are not used for purposes other than those specifically provided in this section. The department shall include each company's payment as an operating expense of the company for the purposes of rate-making under section 16-19.

      (P.A. 79-509, S. 3, 5; Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 79-10, S. 2, 4; P.A. 81-306, S. 1, 4; P.A. 82-369, S. 7, 28; P.A. 83-427, S. 2; P.A. 85-601, S. 2-4, 8; P.A. 86-189, S. 1, 2; P.A. 87-416, S. 12, 24; 87-578, S. 1-4, 6; P.A. 88-220, S. 6, 11; P.A. 89-211, S. 28; 89-312, S. 1, 2; P.A. 90-238, S. 26, 27, 32; P.A. 92-166, S. 29, 31; 92-208, S. 1, 6; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-7, S. 31, 36; P.A. 93-435, S. 4, 95; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; P.A. 05-191, S. 5.)

      History: Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 79-10 placed income ceiling of thirty thousand dollar average for loan applicants as of November 29, 1979; P.A. 81-306 divided section into two subsections and in Subsec. (a) added provisions making loan fund revolving and in Subsec. (b) raised maximum income eligibility for loans from thirty to thirty-three thousand dollars per year; P.A. 82-369 relettered and added subsections, made technical changes in Subsec. (a), increased from thirty-three thousand to forty-five thousand dollars the eligibility limit for loans for residential structures containing not more than four dwelling units and added provisions re range of interest rates for such loans in Subsec. (b), added Subsec. (c) providing for pilot program for loans and loan guarantees for residential structures containing more than four dwelling units, clarified loan repayment provisions in Subsec. (d), required in Subsec. (e) that regulations be adopted re qualification of bonds and notes used for loans for exemption from federal income taxation, availability of loans for persons of low and moderate income, and reimbursement of general fund for interest on outstanding bonds and notes used to fund loans made on or after July 1, 1982, added Subsec. (f) re payments by electric and gas companies, and added Subsec. (g) re report to general assembly on pilot program; P.A. 83-427 amended Subsec. (b) to vary loan limits in accordance with size of structure and amended Subsec. (c) to require that not less than ten per cent nor more than twenty-five per cent of funds deposited in loan fund be made available for pilot program, instead of ten per cent, and to increase the limit on loans under pilot program from seven hundred to one thousand dollars per unit; P.A. 85-601 amended Subsec. (a), authorizing loans to be made for purchase and installation of replacement furnaces and boilers, limiting amount of funds to be allocated for such loans during fiscal year ending June 30, 1986, and authorizing loans to be made to persons residing in certain electrically heated dwellings for purchase of nonelectric secondary systems or conversion to nonelectric systems, amended Subsec. (c), increasing from ten to thirty the number of dwelling units in a structure eligible for loans and loan guarantees and limiting the amount of funds to be allocated for such loans during fiscal year ending June 30, 1986, amended Subsec. (e) re regulations re application of interest payments to program implementation expenses and to reimbursement of general fund and amended Subsec. (f), clarifying calculation of electric and gas company assessment; P.A. 86-189 amended Subsec. (a) to repeal limit on allocation for loans for replacement furnaces and boilers, amended Subsec. (c) to repeal provision basing loan amount on number of dwelling units benefiting from loan and replacing with thirty thousand dollar loan limit and to repeal limit on allocation for loans and contracts guaranteeing loans in amounts greater than ten thousand dollars and amended Subsec. (g) to require new report to general assembly; P.A. 87-416 amended Subsec. (b) to provide that the interest rates on loans would be determined by the state bond commission in accordance with Subsec. (t) of Sec. 3-20; P.A. 87-578 increased the limit for loans for residential structures containing not more than four dwelling units to six thousand dollars and made technical changes re income requirements in Subsec. (b), eliminated fiscal year 1986-1987 allocation requirement and added lien provision in Subsec. (c), and made technical changes in Subsecs. (c) and (f); P.A. 88-220 deleted provision for repayment, before 1981, of principal and interest on loans in Subsec. (d) and made the reporting requirement in Subsec. (g) annual; P.A. 89-211 clarified reference to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; P.A. 89-312 amended Subsec. (f) (2) to refer to bonds dedicated to energy conservation loan program rather than to bonds issued pursuant to Secs. 16a-40c and 16a-40k; P.A. 90-238 revised provisions re administrative expenses, state service fees and allocation of moneys in various housing funds in Subsecs. (d) and (f); P.A. 92-166 amended Subsec. (b) to provide that, in the case of a deferred loan, payments on principal are due immediately but that payments on interest may be made at a later time and to amend Subsecs. (a) and (c) to (g), inclusive, to make technical changes consistent with 1992 public acts; P.A. 92-208 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provision re loans for which funds have been authorized by the state bond commission prior to July 1, 1992, and amended Subsec. (d) to require the annual transfer of any balance in the fund after July 1, 1992, to the energy conservation revolving loan account created pursuant to Sec. 32-317; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-7 amended Subsec. (d) to provide that payments shall be prior to the calculations required under Subsec. (f) of this section and Subsec. (f) of Sec. 32-317; P.A. 93-435 added references to "deferred loans", in Subsec. (e), effective June 28, 1993; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Housing with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development; P.A. 05-191 made technical changes in Subsecs. (e) and (f) and deleted former Subsec. (g) re annual report by Commissioner of Economic and Community Development.

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      Sec. 16a-41a. Implementation of block grant program authorized under the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act. Annual plan. Annual reports. Program for purchase of number two home heating oil at a reduced rate for low-income households. (a) The Commissioner of Social Services shall submit to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of energy planning and activities, appropriations, and human services the following on the implementation of the block grant program authorized under the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981, as amended:

      (1) Not later than August first, annually, a Connecticut energy assistance program annual plan which establishes guidelines for the use of funds authorized under the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981, as amended, and includes the following:

      (A) Criteria for determining which households are to receive emergency and weatherization assistance;

      (B) A description of systems used to ensure referrals to other energy assistance programs and the taking of simultaneous applications, as required under section 16a-41;

      (C) A description of outreach efforts;

      (D) Estimates of the total number of households eligible for assistance under the program and the number of households in which one or more elderly or physically disabled individuals eligible for assistance reside; and

      (E) Design of a basic grant for eligible households that does not discriminate against such households based on the type of energy used for heating;

      (2) Not later than January thirtieth, annually, a report covering the preceding months of the program year, including:

      (A) In each community action agency geographic area and Department of Social Services region, the number of fuel assistance applications filed, approved and denied, the number of emergency assistance requests made, approved and denied and the number of households provided weatherization assistance;

      (B) In each such area and district, the total amount of fuel, emergency and weatherization assistance, itemized by such type of assistance, and total expenditures to date; and

      (C) For each state-wide office of each state agency administering the program, each community action agency and each Department of Social Services region, administrative expenses under the program, by line item, and an estimate of outreach expenditures; and

      (3) Not later than November first, annually, a report covering the preceding twelve calendar months, including:

      (A) In each community action agency geographic area and Department of Social Services region, (i) seasonal totals for the categories of data submitted under subdivision (1) of this subsection, (ii) the number of households receiving fuel assistance in which elderly or physically disabled individuals reside, and (iii) the average combined benefit level of fuel, emergency and renter assistance;

      (B) Types of weatherization assistance provided;

      (C) Percentage of weatherization assistance provided to tenants;

      (D) The number of homeowners and tenants whose heat or total energy costs are not included in their rent receiving fuel and emergency assistance under the program by benefit level;

      (E) The number of homeowners and tenants whose heat is included in their rent and who are receiving assistance, by benefit level; and

      (F) The number of households receiving assistance, by energy type and total expenditures for each energy type.

      (b) The Commissioner of Social Services shall implement a program to purchase number two home heating oil at a reduced rate for low-income households participating in the Connecticut energy assistance program and the state-appropriated fuel assistance program. Each agency administering a fuel assistance program shall submit reports, as requested by the commissioner, concerning pricing information from vendors of number two home heating oil participating in the program. Such information shall include, but not be limited to, a vendor's regular retail price per gallon of number two home heating oil, the reduced price per gallon paid by the state for the heating oil, the number of gallons delivered to the state under the program and the total savings under the program due to the purchase of number two home heating oil at a reduced rate.

      (Nov. Sp. Sess. P.A. 81-9, S. 1, 4; P.A. 91-234, S. 1, 3; P.A. 93-113, S. 2, 3; P.A. 93-262, S. 12, 87; P.A. 05-123, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 91-234 deleted obsolete language re first report after January 27, 1982, required in Subdiv. (1) of Subsec. (a) and added a new Subsec. (e) requiring the secretary to implement a program to purchase number two home heating oil at a reduced rate for the Connecticut energy assistance program and the state-appropriated fuel assistance program; P.A. 93-113 amended Subsec. (a) by adding the appropriations committee, amending Subdiv. (1) by substituting annual plan for two initial reports, deleting Subpara. (B) regarding emergency request system, relettering Subparas. (C) to (E), and relettered Subpara. (D) deleting provision requiring that estimates be made by geographic area and income maintenance district, amending Subdiv. (2) by substituting an annual report for six monthly reports, and in Subpara. (B) adding total expenditures to date, amending Subdiv. (3) by changing September first to November first, in Subpara. (A) changing data submitted under Subdiv. (2) to data submitted under Subdiv. (1), deleting provisions regarding number of appeals, assistance for households receiving weatherization assistance and processing time averages, and adding benefit level of renter assistance, deleting Subparas. (D) and (E) regarding percentage of fuel assistance provided to tenants with heat not included in rent and recipients of 100 per cent of eligible assistance, relettering Subpara. (F) as (D) and changing categories of amount of assistance received to "by benefit level", adding new Subparas. (E), regarding the number of recipients with heat included in rent, and (F), regarding number of recipient households, deleted Subsecs. (c) and (d) regarding low-income home energy assistance reports and costs of carrying out the provisions of section, and relettered Subsec. (e) as (c), effective June 3, 1993; P.A. 93-262 replaced secretary of the office of policy and management with commissioner of social services, replaced references to income maintenance districts with references to social services regions, deleted Subsec. (b) requiring human resources and income maintenance departments to submit information requested by the secretary for inclusion in his reports, relettering remaining Subsecs. as necessary, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 05-123 amended Subsec. (a)(1) to add Subpara. (E) re basic grant that does not discriminate based on the type of energy used.

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      Sec. 16a-41b. Low-Income Energy Advisory Board. (a) There shall be a Low-Income Energy Advisory Board which shall consist of the following members: The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or the secretary's designee; the Commissioner of Social Services or the commissioner's designee; the executive director of the Commission on Aging; a representative of each electric and gas public service company designated by each such company; the chairperson of the Department of Public Utility Control or a commissioner of the Department of Public Utility Control designated by the chairperson; the Consumer Counsel or the counsel's designee; the executive director of Operation Fuel; the executive director of Infoline; the director of the Connecticut Local Administrators of Social Services; the executive director of Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut; the Connecticut president of AARP; a designee of the Norwich Public Utility; a designee of the Connecticut Petroleum Dealers Association; and a representative of the community action agencies administering energy assistance programs under contract with the Department of Social Services, designated by the Connecticut Association for Community Action.

      (b) The Low-Income Energy Advisory Board shall advise and assist the Office of Policy and Management and the Department of Social Services in the planning, development, implementation and coordination of energy-assistance-related programs and policies and low-income weatherization assistance programs and policies, shall advise the Department of Public Utility Control regarding the impact of utility rates and policies, and shall make recommendations to the General Assembly regarding legislation and plans subject to legislative approval to ensure affordable access to residential energy services to low-income state residents.

      (c) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or the person designated by the secretary pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be the chairperson of the board.

      (d) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall convene the first meeting of the board not later than August 1, 2005. The secretary shall provide notice of meetings to the members of Low-Income Energy Advisory Board, provide space for such meetings, maintain minutes and publish reports of the board.

      (P.A. 05-204, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 05-204 effective July 6, 2005.

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      Sec. 16a-41h. Energy assistance program funded through electric and gas company customer donations. (a) Each electric and gas company, as defined in section 16-1, having at least seventy-five thousand customers, shall include in its monthly bills a request to each customer to add a one-dollar donation to the bill payment. Each company shall transmit all such donations received each month to Operation Fuel, Inc., a state-wide nonprofit organization designed to respond to people within the state who are in financial crisis and need emergency energy assistance. Donations shall be distributed to nonprofit social services agencies and private fuel banks in accordance with guidelines established by the board of directors of Operation Fuel, Inc., provided such funds shall be distributed on a priority basis to low-income elderly and working poor households which are not eligible for public assistance or state-administered general assistance but are faced with a financial crisis and are unable to make timely payments on winter fuel, electricity or gas bills.

      (b) If Operation Fuel, Inc. ceases to exist, such electric and gas companies shall jointly establish a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation for the purpose of holding in trust and distributing such customer donations. The board of directors of such corporation shall consist of eleven members appointed as follows: Four by the companies, each of which shall appoint one member; one by the president pro tempore of the Senate; one by the minority leader of the Senate; one by the speaker of the House of Representatives; one by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and three by the Governor. The board shall distribute such funds to nonprofit organizations and social service agencies which provide emergency energy or fuel assistance. The board shall target available funding on a priority basis to low-income elderly and working poor households which are not eligible for public assistance or state-administered general assistance but are faced with a financial crisis and are unable to make timely payments on winter fuel, electricity or gas bills.

      (c) Not later than the first of September annually, Operation Fuel, Inc. shall submit to the General Assembly a report on the implementation of this section. Such report shall include, (1) a summary of the effectiveness of the program, (2) the total amount of the donations received by electric and gas companies and transmitted to Operation Fuel, Inc. under subsection (b) of this section, and (3) an accounting of the distribution of such funds by Operation Fuel, Inc. indicating the organizations and agencies receiving funds, the amounts received and distributed by each such organization and agency and the number of households each assisted. On and after October 1, 1996, the report shall be submitted to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy and, upon request, to any member of the General Assembly. A summary of the report shall be submitted to each member of the General Assembly if the summary is two pages or less and a notification of the report shall be submitted to each member if the summary is more than two pages. Submission shall be by mailing the report, summary or notification to the legislative address of each member of the committee or the General Assembly, as applicable.

      (P.A. 83-505, S. 2, 3; P.A. 88-220, S. 7, 11; P.A. 89-291, S. 6; P.A. 96-251, S. 8; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2, S. 17, 165; P.A. 04-76, S. 4; P.A. 05-288, S. 67.)

      History: P.A. 88-220 amended Subsec. (c) to make the reporting requirement annual; P.A. 89-291 in Subsecs. (a) and (d) changed name of corporation and in Subsecs. (a) and (b) made technical changes in definition of those eligible for assistance; P.A. 96-251 amended Subsec. (d) by requiring that on and after October 1, 1996, reports be submitted to the legislative committee on energy and upon request to legislators and by adding provisions re submission of summaries; June 18 Sp. Sess. P.A. 97-2 made technical changes, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 04-76 amended Subsecs. (a) and (b) by replacing references to "general assistance" with references to "state-administered general assistance"; P.A. 05-288 made a technical change in Subsecs. (a) and (b), effective July 13, 2005.

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      Sec. 16a-46. Residential energy conservation service program. Energy audits. Regulations. (a) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management shall be responsible for the development and implementation of a residential energy conservation service program in accordance with the provisions of this section, sections 16a-46a, 16a-46b and 16a-46c and applicable federal law. Participants in the program shall provide or arrange for low cost energy audits. No participant under subdivision (1) or (3) of section 16a-45a may be required to provide such services outside its authorized service area or area of normal operation. The residential energy conservation service program shall terminate on July 1, 2010.

      (b) The secretary, in consultation with the Department of Public Utility Control, may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, with regard to the conduct and administration of such program. Not later than January first in 1996 and 1997, each participant shall submit a report to the secretary concerning the energy audits the participant provided or arranged for pursuant to this section. Not later than February first in 1996 and 1997, the secretary shall submit a report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy and technology concerning all energy audits provided or arranged for pursuant to this section.

      (P.A. 80-178, S. 1, 3; 80-482, S. 4, 40, 345, 348; P.A. 82-231, S. 3, 8; P.A. 83-192, S. 2; P.A. 90-304, S. 11; P.A. 95-32, S. 2, 7; P.A. 97-7, S. 1, 2; P.A. 99-13, S. 1, 2; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7, S. 72; P.A. 05-280, S. 12.)

      History: P.A. 80-482 made division of public utility control an independent department and abolished its umbrella agency, the department of business regulation; P.A. 82-231 itemized categories of services to be provided or arranged, authorized regulations for material and installation standards and specifications, relettered the subsections and transferred provisions of former Subsec. (c) to new Subsec. (b); P.A. 83-192 repealed Subsec. (b), re the department of public utility control's responsibilities under the program, relettered Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (b) and added new Subsec. (c), defining "energy conservation"; P.A. 90-304 added a new Subdiv. (5) requiring participants in the residential energy conservation program to establish a uniform residential energy rating system; P.A. 95-32 amended Subsec. (a) by adding "low-cost energy audits", deleting list of categories of energy conservation services and adding termination date of July 1, 1997, amended Subsec. (b) by deleting provision re what may be included in regulations and adding reporting requirements and deleted Subsec. (c) defining "energy conservation", effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 97-7 amended Subsec. (a) to change program's termination date to July 1, 1999, effective July 1, 1997; P.A. 99-13 amended Subsec. (a) to change program's termination date to July 1, 2002, effective July 1, 1999; May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-7 amended Subsec. (a) to change program's termination date to July 1, 2005, effective August 15, 2002; P.A. 05-280 amended Subsec. (a) to change program's termination date from July 1, 2005, to July 1, 2010, effective July 1, 2005.

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