Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 121751
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File Number: 121751 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-795-12 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: UNITED STATES DEPT OF ENERGY'S BBC CHALLENGE Introduced: 8/30/2012
Requester: Regulatory and Economic Resources Cost: Final Action: 10/2/2012
Agenda Date: 10/2/2012 Agenda Item Number: 8M1
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OR THE MAYOR’S DESIGNEE’S TO EXECUTE THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY’S BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT AND AMENDMENTS THERETO; EXERCISE TERMINATION PROVISIONS AND ALL OTHER RIGHTS PROVIDED THEREIN; AND APPLY FOR, RECEIVE, AND EXPEND GRANT FUNDS THAT MAY BECOME AVAILABLE AS PART OF THIS AGREEMENT
Indexes: UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Sponsors: Audrey M. Edmonson, Prime Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 10/2/2012 8M1 Adopted P

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 9/12/2012 3H Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Geri Bonzon-Keenan read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairwoman Edmonson relinquished the Chair. Hearing no questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote on the foregoing proposed resolution, as presented. Chairwoman Edmonson resumed the Chair.

Office of the Chairperson 9/11/2012 Additions

County Attorney 9/6/2012 Assigned Abbie N. Schwaderer 9/6/2012

County Mayor 9/4/2012 Assigned Jack Osterholt 9/4/2012
REPORT: Item returned to Deputy Mayor.

County Attorney 9/4/2012 Assigned Mayor

County Attorney 8/30/2012 Assigned Abbie N. Schwaderer

County Mayor 8/30/2012 Assigned County Attorney 10/2/2012
REPORT: RER - Comm. Edmonson Sponsor - pending cmte - Attachment: Partnership Agreement

County Mayor 8/30/2012 Assigned Jack Osterholt 8/30/2012

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR OR THE MAYOR’S DESIGNEE’S TO EXECUTE THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY’S BETTER BUILDINGS CHALLENGE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT AND AMENDMENTS THERETO; EXERCISE TERMINATION PROVISIONS AND ALL OTHER RIGHTS PROVIDED THEREIN; AND APPLY FOR, RECEIVE, AND EXPEND GRANT FUNDS THAT MAY BECOME AVAILABLE AS PART OF THIS AGREEMENT

BODY
WHEREAS, on March 3, 2009, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution No. R-228-09 which directed the Mayor or designee to develop a plan to reduce electric energy usage in County governmental operations by 20 percent relative to 2007 consumption levels (or 234,000 Megawatt hours) by no later than 2014; and

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge is a voluntary leadership initiative which calls chief executive officers, university presidents, and state and local leaders to create American jobs through energy efficiency; and

WHEREAS, as part of the Better Buildings Challenge Community Partnership Agreement, Miami-Dade County would pledge to improve the energy intensity (Kilowatt hours/ft2) of the County’s portfolio by at least 20 percent below the 2009 baseline by 2020, develop a plan for energy savings, and share results on how the County achieved greater energy efficiency; and

WHEREAS, as part of the Better Buildings Challenge Community Partnership Agreement, the United States Department of Energy would provide the County with technical assistance, connect community partners, and provide positive national recognition for community partners, such as Miami-Dade County, for achieving program milestones and energy efficiency results; and

WHEREAS, this Challenge will compliment Resolution No. R-228-09 and associated on-going initiatives by adding an intensity target for energy reduction beyond 2014; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires to accomplish the purposes outlined in the accompanying memorandum, a copy of which is incorporated herein by reference,


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:

Section 1. The Mayor or the Mayor’s designee is authorized to execute the Better Buildings Challenge Community Partnership Agreement (the “Agreement”) with the United States Department of Energy, in substantially the form attached, and execute amendments to this Agreement, after approval from the County Attorney’s Office as to form and legal sufficiency.

Section 2. The Mayor or the Mayor’s designee is authorized to exercise any termination clauses and all other rights provided for in this Agreement.

Section 3. In the event that grant funds become available from the Department of Energy as part of this Better Buildings Challenge Community Partnership Agreement, the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee is authorized to apply for, receive, and expend such grant funds.


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Date:
To: Honorable Chairman Joe A. Martinez
and Members, Board of County Commissioners

From: Carlos A. Gimenez
Mayor

Subject: Resolution authorizing Miami-Dade County’s participation in the United States Department of Energy’s Better Building Challenge

..Recommendation
It is recommended that the Board of County Commissioners authorize the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee’s action in joining the United States Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge by signing a Community Partnership Agreement (the Agreement). In addition, it is recommended that the Board authorize the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee to execute amendments to the Agreement; exercise any termination clauses provided for in this Agreement; and apply for, receive, and expend grant funds that may become available from the Department of Energy as part of this Better Buildings Challenge Community Partnership Agreement.

Scope
The applicability of the Better Buildings Challenge Agreement is limited to County facilities and operations. Participation in the Better Buildings Challenge would recognize the County’s efforts to: 1) reduce fossil fuel emissions in a manner that is environmentally sustainable; 2) reduce the County’s total energy use; 3) improve energy efficiency in County buildings; 4) support implementation of the electricity master plan; 5) support objectives of the County’s Sustainable Buildings Program; and 6) support implementation of GreenPrint energy goal area objectives.

Fiscal Impact/Funding Source
The Agreement facilitates the prioritizing of energy conservation projects and proactive maintenance to reduce overall energy consumption in County operations. Implementation shall be done on an annual basis and set forth in the annual budgets to be approved by this Board. The Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, through its Office of Sustainability, will work closely with the various County departments to identify free or low-cost energy savings. Overall, a positive fiscal impact is anticipated from savings that result from less energy consumption. The Agreement is voluntary and can be terminated by Miami-Dade County at any time, for no reason, with no penalty.

Track Record/Monitor
The Office of Sustainability, a division of the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources, through Patricia Gomez, Sustainability Program Manager for Energy and Infrastructure, will monitor activities related to this Agreement.

BODY
Miami-Dade County government is dependent on electricity for every facet of its operations. From powering its airport, seaport and railway, to treating and delivering drinking water, to operating landfills and hundreds of buildings, electricity is vital to the services the County provides to its 2.5 million residents.

The Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge is a voluntary leadership initiative which calls chief executive officers, university presidents, and state and local leaders to create American jobs through energy efficiency. By joining, community partners like Miami-Dade County will make public commitments to action such as pledging to improve the energy intensity (Kilowatt hours/ft2) of the County’s portfolio by at least 20 percent below 2009 baseline by 2020, developing a plan and sharing results. In return, the Department of Energy will provide technical assistance, connect community partners and provide positive national recognition for community partners.

The Better Buildings Challenge is in-line with initiatives in the community’s sustainability plan, GreenPrint, and with Board adopted legislation. In fact, on March 3, 2009, the Board adopted Resolution No. R-228-09 (Resolution to Reduce Miami-Dade County Government’s Electrical Energy Consumption). The policy directed that a plan be developed to reduce electric energy usage in County governmental operations by 20 percent relative to 2007 consumption levels (or 234,000 Megawatt hours) by no later than 2014. On June 22, 2009, a follow-up report on efforts to develop a “Plan for Achieving 20 Percent Reduction in County Electricity Consumption by 2014” was submitted to the Board which summarized the actions taken to address the Resolution, many projects of which would be federally funded through the County’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant. This Challenge will complement Resolution No. R-228-09 and associated on-going initiatives by adding an intensity target for energy reduction beyond 2014.





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Jack Osterholt, Deputy Mayor




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