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h the Secretary will evaluate the effectiveness of sults to be sought.
nistrator" means the Administrator of Administration; except that after such Ad
ses to exist, such term means any officer of the tes designated by the President for purposes of this
erm "approved", with respect to an energy conservameasure or a renewable-resource energy measure, means y such measure which is included on a list of such measures which is published by the Administrator of the Federal Energy Administration pursuant to section 365(e)(1) of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. The Administrator may, by rule, require that an energy audit be conducted as a condition of obtaining assistance under this section for a renewable-resource energy measure.
(3) The terms "energy audit", "energy conservation measure", and "renewable-resource energy measure" have the meanings prescribed for such terms in section 366 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act.
(j) There is authorized to be appropriated, for purposes of this section, not to exceed $200,000,000. Any amount appropriated pursuant to this subsection shall remain available until expended.
Approved August 14, 1976.
EXCERPTS FROM NATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION POLICY ACT
[Public Law 95-619; 92 Stat. 3206; 42 U.S.C. 8201]
TITLE II-RESIDENTIAL ENERGY CONSERVATION
PART 1-UTILITY PROGRAM
SEC. 210. DEFINITIONS.
As used in this title
(1) The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Energy. (2) The term "load management technique" means any technique to reduce the maximum kilowatt demand on an electric utility, including ripple or radio control mechanisms, or other types of interruptible electric service, energy storage devices, and load limiting devices.
(3) The term "natural gas" means natural gas as defined in the Natural Gas Act.
(4) The term "public utility" means any person, State agency, or Federal agency which is engaged in the business of selling natural gas or electric energy, or both, to residential customers for use in a residential building.
(5) The term "regulated utility" means a public utility with respect to whose rates a State regulatory authority has ratemaking authority.
(6) The term "nonregulated utility" means a public utility which is not a regulated utility.
(7) The term "rate" means any price, rate, charge, or classification made, demanded, observed, or received with respect to sales of electric energy or natural gas, any rule, regulation, or practice respecting any such rate, charge, or classification, and any contract pertaining to the sale of electric energy or natural gas.
(8) The term "ratemaking authority" means authority to fix, modify, approve, or disapprove rates.
(9) The term "residential building" means any building used for residential occupancy which
(A) is not a new building to which final standards under sections 304(a) and 305 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act apply, and
(B) contains at least one but not more than four dwelling units and has a system for heating or cooling, or both, except that, after January 1, 1982, such term shall also include any building which contains more than four dwelling units unless such building contains a heating or cooling system, or both, which is a central system.
(10) The term "residential customer" means any person to whom
(A) a public utility sells natural gas or electric energy, or (B) a home heating supplier supplies or sells home heating fuel (including No. 2 heating oil, kerosene, butane, and propane), for consumption by such customer in a residential building. (11) The term "residential energy conservation measure"
(A) caulking and weatherstripping of doors and windows; (B) furnace efficiency modifications including—
(i) replacement burners, furnaces, or boilers or any combination thereof which, as determined by the Secretary, substantially increases the energy efficiency of the heating system.
(ii) devices for modifying flue openings which will increase the energy efficiency of the heating system, and (iii) electrical or mechanical furnace ignition systems which replace standing gas pilot lights;
(C) clock thermostats;
(D) ceiling, attic, wall, and floor insulation;
(E) water heater insulation;
(F) storm windows and doors, multiglazed windows and doors, heat-absorbing or heat-reflective glazed window and door materials;
(G) devices associated with load management techniques; (H) devices to utilize solar energy or windpower for any residential energy conservation purpose, including heating of water, space heating or cooling; and
(I) such other measures as the Secretary by rule identifies for purposes of this part.
(12) The term "residential energy conservation plan" means a plan approved by the Secretary pursuant to section 212.
(13) The term "State" means a State, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
(14) The term "State regulatory authority" means any State agency which has ratemaking authority with respect to the sale of electric energy or natural gas by any public utility (other than by such State agency); except that in the case of a public utility with respect to which the Tennessee Valley Authority has ratemaking authority, such term means the Tennessee Valley Authority.
(15) The term "State agency" means a State, a political subdivision thereof, or any agency or instrumentality of either.
(16) The term "suggested measures" means, with respect to a particular residential building, the residential energy conservation measurses which the Secretary, in the rules prescribed pursuant to section 212, determines to be appropriate for the location and the category of residential buildings which includes such building. In determining which of the residential energy conservation measures shall be suggested measures for a location and category of residential building, the Secretary shall consider the cost of the inspection offered under section 215(b)(1)(A) and its effect on the willingness of residential customers to participate in the utility program.
(17) The term "utility program" means a program meeting the requirements of section 215.
(18) The term "Governor" means the Governor or chief executive officer of a State or his designee.
(19) The term "home heating supplier program" means a program meeting the requirements of section 217.
(20) The term "home heating supplier" means a person who sells or supplies home heating fuel (including No. 2 heating oil,
kerosene, butane, and propane) to a residential customer for consumption in a residential building.
SEC. 211. COVERAGE.
(a) IN GENERAL.-This part shall apply in any calendar year to a public utility only if during the second preceding calendar year either
(1) sales of natural gas by such public utility for purposes other than resale exceeded 10 million cubic feet, or
(2) sales of electric energy by such public utility for purposes other than resale exceeded 750 million kilowatt-hours. (b) LIST OF COVERED UTILITIES.-Before the beginning of each calendar year, the Secretary shall publish a list identifying each public utility to which this part applies during such calendar year. Promptly after publication of such list, each State regulatory authority shall notify the Secretary of each public utility on the list for which such State regulatory authority has ratemaking authority.
SEC. 212. RULES OF SECRETARY FOR SUBMISSION AND APPROVAL OF PLANS.
(a) PROMULGATION OF RULES BY SECRETARY.-The Secretary shall, not later than 45 days after enactment of this Act, publish an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking with respect to rules on the content and implementation of residential energy conservation plans which meet the requirements of sections 213 and 214. Not later than 60 days after the date of publication of the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, and after consultation with the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the Secretary of Commerce (acting through the National Bureau of Standards), the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the heads of such other agencies as he deems appropriate, the Secretary shall publish a proposed rule on content and implementation of such plans. After publication of such proposed rule, the Secretary shall afford interested persons (including Federal and State agencies) an opportunity to present oral and written comments on matters relating to such proposed rule. A rule prescribing the content and implementation of residential energy conservation plans shall be published not earlier than 45 days after publication of the proposed rule.
(b) CONTENT OF SECRETARY'S RULES.-The rules promulgated under subsection (a)—
(1) shall identify the suggested measures for residential buildings, by climatic region and by categories determined by the Secretary on the basis of type of construction and any other factors which the Secretary may deem appropriate; (2) shall include
(A) standards which the Secretary determines necessary for general safety and effectiveness of any residential energy conservation measure;
(B) standards which the Secretary determines necessary for installation of any residential energy conservation
(C) standards for the procedures concerning fair and reasonable prices and rates of interest required under section 213 ax4);
(D) standards, developed in consultation with the Federal Trade Commission, concerning unfair, deceptive, or anticompetitive acts or practices, for the measures required under section 213(b);
(E) standards which (i) require the lists referred to in section 213 a 2) (concerning lists of suppliers and contractors) and 213(a)(3) (concerning lists of lending institutions) to be prepared in a fair, open, and nondiscriminatory manner and (ii) provide for the removal, in appropriate cases, of suppliers, contractors, or lending institutions from such lists; and
(F) standards which assure that any person who alleges any injury resulting from a violation of the requirements of the standards under subparagraph (E) shall be entitled to redress under procedures established by the Governor (or the Secretary in any case in which section 219, relating to Federal standby authority applies);
(3) shall include provisions requiring that
(A) the manufacturer of any residential energy conservation measure offered under a utility program shall, in connection with such measure, warrant in writing that the residential customer for whom the measure is installed, the installation contractor who installs the measure, and the supplier of the measure shall (for those measures found within one year from the date of installation to be defective due to materials, manufacture, or design), at a minimum, be entitled to obtain, within a reasonable period of time and at no charge, appropriate replacement parts or materials;
(B) the supplier of any residential energy conservation measure offered under a utility program shall, in connection with such measure, provide, at a minimum, to any person who purchases the measure from such supplier a warranty equivalent to that required under subparagraph (A); and
(C) the contractor for the installation of any residential energy conservation measure offered under a utility program shall, in connection with such measure, warrant in writing that, at a minimum, any defect in materials, manufacture, design of installation found within one year from the date of installation shall be remedied without charge and within a reasonable period of time; and
(4) may include such other requirements as the Secretary may determine to be necessary to carry out this part. (c) PROCEDURE for SubmissION AND APPROVAL OF STATE ResidenTIAL ENERGY CONSERVATION PLANS.-(1)(A) Not later than 180 days after promulgation of rules under subsection (a), the Governor of each State or any State agency specifically authorized to do so under State law, may submit to the Secretary a proposed residential energy conservation plan which meets the requirements of the rules promulgated under subsection (a). Within such 180-day period, each nonregulated utility shall submit a proposed plan,