Energize AZ > Key Enablers and Stakeholders > Local governments

IDEA 08

ENACT PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY (PACE) FINANCING

The Arizona State Legislature enacts PACE enabling legislation into the Arizona Revised Statutes, allowing property owners to fund energy efficiency projects on their homes and commercial buildings through a low-cost, local government loan which is repaid by a multiyear tax assessment that remains an obligation on the property rather than the property owner, regardless of sale or transfer.

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IDEA 10

ISSUE QUALIFIED ENERGY CONSERVATION BONDS (QECBs)

A local government issues federally-qualified bonds and lends funds out to residents and businesses at low interest rates to undertake energy efficiency upgrades.

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IDEA 11

BUY DOWN PRIVATE LENDING

A local government marginally raises sales taxes on energy sales to fund interest rate buy-downs of loans from a private sector lender for energy efficiency upgrades.

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IDEA 12

ESTABLISH PERIODIC BUILDING TUNE-UPS

A local government or the Arizona State Legislature requires all buildings over a minimum size to undertake a retro-commissioning process every five years to identify problems and re-calibrate energy using building systems.

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IDEA 13

SET MINIMUM THRESHOLDS FOR ENERGY PERFORMANCE

A local government requires that a home be tested and, if necessary, upgraded during a sales
transaction to meet a minimum threshold of energy performance (such as meeting a Home Energy
Rating Score target or meeting particular Home Performance with Energy Star test thresholds).

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IDEA 14

PROVIDE SALES TRAINING TO CONTRACTORS

A local government sponsors custom sales training for upgrade contractors that combines proven sales techniques with energy efficiency nuances and behavioral research findings.

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IDEA 16

LAUNCH A RECOGNITION PROGRAM

A local government or utility provides performance or upgrade completion certificates to homeowners and business owners to recognize their participation and to market programs to peers. Recognition is also provided on a website and/or through public relations and case studies.

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IDEA 17

SET MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR APPLIANCE EFFICIENCY

The Arizona State Legislature updates minimum statewide home and appliance efficiency standards, allowing municipalities to establish their own standards higher than the state minimum. Either body includes standards for appliances that do not yet have federal minimum standards.

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IDEA 18

ADOPT STATE-OF-THE-ART ENERGY CODES

The Arizona State Legislature sets a minimum statewide building energy code, specifically the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), second-to-most recent version. Local governments are still guaranteed home rule authority and are encouraged to set higher codes, such as the current version of the IECC. Technical assistance and training are provided by the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy on the IECC to builders and code officials in localities that have not previously adopted this code.

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IDEA 19

ADOPT VOLUNTARY STATE-OF-THE-ART GREEN BUILDING CODES

A local government adopts the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) on a voluntary basis and provides financial or non-financial incentives for developers to comply with it. This can be applied throughout a jurisdiction or in an overlay district. The municipality enjoys lower infrastructure impact from the buildings because of their high performance features (energy, water, sewer, streets, heat island).

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