Bill Text: IA HF2100 | 2021-2022 | 89th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: A bill for an act establishing the alternate energy innovation program in the department of education.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2022-01-26 - Introduced, referred to Education. H.J. 123. [HF2100 Detail]

Download: Iowa-2021-HF2100-Introduced.html
House File 2100 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 2100 BY GOBBLE A BILL FOR An Act establishing the alternate energy innovation program in 1 the department of education. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 5498YH (3) 89 jda/jh
H.F. 2100 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 256.36A Alternate energy innovation 1 program —— fund. 2 1. For purposes of this section, unless the context 3 otherwise requires: 4 a. “Higher education provider” means an institution of 5 higher education governed by the state board of regents or an 6 accredited private institution as defined in section 261.9. 7 b. “School” means all of the following: 8 (1) A school district established pursuant to chapter 274. 9 (2) A charter school established pursuant to chapter 256E. 10 (3) A charter school or innovation zone school established 11 pursuant to chapter 256F. 12 c. “Solar energy conversion equipment” means any device 13 that is primarily used to collect and convert incident solar 14 radiation into thermal, mechanical, or electrical energy or any 15 device that is primarily used to transform such converted solar 16 energy to a storage point or to a point of use. 17 d. “Wind energy conversion equipment” means any device, 18 including a wind charger, windmill, wind turbine, tower and 19 electrical equipment, pad mount transformers, power lines, and 20 substation, which converts wind energy to a form of usable 21 energy. 22 2. The alternate energy innovation program is established 23 in the department. The department shall administer the 24 alternate energy innovation program in consultation with 25 the state board of regents and the utilities board within 26 the utilities division of the department of commerce. The 27 alternate energy innovation program is designed to enhance 28 educational opportunities by providing students enrolled in 29 schools and students enrolled in higher education providers 30 with access to solar energy conversion equipment and wind 31 energy conversion equipment. 32 3. A school and a higher education provider may enter into 33 an agreement to allow students enrolled in the higher education 34 provider to provide training and practical instruction to 35 -1- LSB 5498YH (3) 89 jda/jh 1/ 5
H.F. 2100 students enrolled in the school related to the solar energy 1 conversion equipment or wind energy conversion equipment and 2 how to maintain the solar energy conversion equipment or wind 3 energy conversion equipment. 4 4. a. An alternate energy innovation program fund is 5 established in the state treasury under the authority of the 6 department. The alternate energy innovation program fund shall 7 consist of moneys available to and obtained or accepted by the 8 department. Moneys in the alternate energy innovation program 9 fund are appropriated to the department to be used for the 10 alternate energy innovation program. 11 b. The department shall use the moneys in the alternate 12 energy innovation program fund to provide grants to schools 13 pursuant to this section. The department shall use the moneys 14 in the alternate energy innovation program fund to leverage 15 available federal moneys if possible. 16 c. Notwithstanding section 12C.7, subsection 2, interest 17 or earnings on moneys deposited in the alternate energy 18 innovation program fund shall be credited to the alternate 19 energy innovation program fund. Notwithstanding section 8.33, 20 moneys credited to the alternate energy innovation program fund 21 shall not revert at the close of a fiscal year. 22 5. A school may apply to the department for a grant pursuant 23 to this section for the installation of solar energy conversion 24 equipment or wind energy conversion equipment on the school’s 25 property. The department shall award grants on a competitive 26 basis after considering the following: 27 a. The school’s total proposed budget for the proposed 28 project, including all of the following: 29 (1) The amount or percentage of local or federal matching 30 funds, if any, and any funding obligations shared between the 31 school and private entities. 32 (2) The percentage of funding provided directly from 33 the school, including whether the school requested from 34 the department an amount less than the maximum amount the 35 -2- LSB 5498YH (3) 89 jda/jh 2/ 5
H.F. 2100 department could award pursuant to subsection 6 and, if so, the 1 percentage of the project cost that the school is requesting. 2 b. The specific educational attributes resulting from the 3 proposed project, including the benefit the project would have 4 on students and the courses that could utilize the solar energy 5 conversion equipment or wind energy conversion equipment. 6 c. Whether the school will partner with a higher education 7 provider pursuant to an agreement entered into under subsection 8 3. 9 d. Other factors the department deems relevant. 10 6. a. The total amount of the grants the department awards 11 from the alternate energy innovation program fund pursuant to 12 this section shall not exceed five hundred thousand dollars per 13 school per school budget year. 14 b. In addition to the limitation in paragraph “a” , the total 15 amount of the grants the department awards from the alternate 16 energy innovation program fund pursuant to this section shall 17 not exceed any of the following amounts per school per school 18 budget year: 19 (1) Fifty percent of a school’s project costs for the 20 installation of solar energy conversion equipment or wind 21 energy conversion equipment if the school has entered into an 22 agreement with a higher education provider under subsection 3. 23 (2) Thirty-five percent of a school’s project costs for 24 the installation of solar energy conversion equipment or wind 25 energy conversion equipment if the school has not entered into 26 an agreement with a higher education provider under subsection 27 3. 28 7. A school may sell to the electric public utility that 29 provides electricity to the school any electricity produced by 30 the solar energy conversion equipment or wind energy conversion 31 equipment that the school installed pursuant to a grant 32 awarded by the department under this section. Moneys generated 33 by the sale of electricity pursuant to this subsection are 34 miscellaneous income for purposes of chapter 257 and shall be 35 -3- LSB 5498YH (3) 89 jda/jh 3/ 5
H.F. 2100 used for in-classroom expenses. 1 8. The department and the utilities board within the 2 utilities division of the department of commerce shall jointly 3 adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A to administer this section. 4 EXPLANATION 5 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 6 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 7 This bill establishes the alternate energy innovation 8 program in the department of education. 9 The bill requires the department of education to administer 10 the alternate energy innovation program in consultation with 11 the state board of regents and the utilities board within 12 the utilities division of the department of commerce. The 13 bill provides that the alternate energy innovation program is 14 designed to enhance educational opportunities by providing 15 students enrolled in schools —— public schools, charter 16 schools, or innovation zone schools —— and students enrolled 17 in higher education providers with access to solar energy 18 conversion equipment and wind energy conversion equipment. 19 The bill authorizes a school and a higher education provider 20 to enter into an agreement to allow students enrolled in the 21 higher education provider to provide training and practical 22 instruction to students enrolled in the school related to the 23 solar energy conversion equipment or wind energy conversion 24 equipment. 25 The bill establishes the alternate energy innovation 26 program fund in the state treasury under the authority of the 27 department. The bill authorizes a school to apply to the 28 department for a grant from the fund for the installation of 29 solar energy conversion equipment or wind energy conversion 30 equipment on the school’s property. The bill describes the 31 factors the department must consider when determining what 32 school should receive a grant. 33 The bill provides that the total amount of the grants the 34 department awards from the fund shall not exceed $500,000 per 35 -4- LSB 5498YH (3) 89 jda/jh 4/ 5
H.F. 2100 school per school budget year. Additionally, the bill limits 1 the total amount of the grants the department awards from the 2 fund to 50 percent of a school’s project costs if the school 3 has entered into an agreement with a higher education provider 4 and 35 percent of a school’s project costs if the school has 5 not entered into an agreement with a higher education provider. 6 The bill authorizes a school to sell to the electric public 7 utility that provides electricity to the school any electricity 8 produced by the solar energy conversion equipment or wind 9 energy conversion equipment that the school installed pursuant 10 to a grant awarded by the department under the alternate energy 11 innovation program. Any moneys received are miscellaneous 12 income for purposes of Code chapter 257 (financing school 13 programs) and must be used for in-classroom expenses. 14 The bill requires the department and the utilities board 15 within the utilities division of the department of commerce 16 to jointly adopt rules to administer the alternate energy 17 innovation program. 18 The bill defines “higher education provider”, “school”, 19 “solar energy conversion equipment”, and “wind energy 20 conversion equipment”. 21 -5- LSB 5498YH (3) 89 jda/jh 5/ 5
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