Agenda Item 5D
April 22, 2014
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 9-14, Environmental Sustainability - Renewable Energy - County Purchase
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee recommendation (2-0):
enact Bill 9-14 as introduced.
Bill 9-14, Environmental Sustainability - Renewable Energy - County Purchase, sponsored by
Councilmember Berliner, Council Vice President Leventhal, and Councilmembers Floreen, Riemer,
Andrews, and Navarro, was introduced on January 28, 2014. A public hearing was held by the
Committee on February 11 and a Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee
worksession was held on February 26. At the hearing, a representative of the Executive expressed the
Executive's general support for the package of environmental initiatives (©5).
Bill 9-14 would require that 50% of the County's electric power usage be supplied with
renewable energy by Fiscal Year 2015 and 100% by 2020. Currently, 30% of the County's electric
power usage is supplied by renewable energy.
Councilmember Berliner explained the purpose of this Bill in his January 14 memorandum
describing his proposed energy/environmental package (©6).
The Fiscal and Economic Impact statements for this Bill are on ©10. The Office of Management
and Budget estimates that the cost to purchase an addition 20% renewable energy
FY15 would be
At the worksession on Bill 9-14, Committee members requested Executive staff to provide a cost
estimate to increase the County's purchase of renewable energy to 100% in FYI5. The fiscal impact
statement on ©11 indicates that the cost to go from 30% (current level) to 100% in FY15 would be
The Committee recommended (2-0, Councilmember Floreen temporarily absent): enact Bill 9-14