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Nonresidential energy audits
Public Service (PBS) CHAPTER 48, ARTICLE 7-A
§ 135-n. Nonresidential energy audits. 1. The commission shall be
authorized to require a utility, upon the request of an owner of a farm,
small business or nonprofit organization, to conduct an energy audit of
a farm or a farmstead, or of a commercial building occupied by such
business or organization and promptly provide the results of the audit
and any information and technical assistance that is necessary to
implement the audit's recommendations to the owner, small business or
non-profit organization. No charge shall be made for such audits. In
addition, each utility shall inform its customers in writing that an
energy audit is available without charge for eligible farms, small
businesses and nonprofit organizations. Such owner shall be eligible for
only one energy audit for each farm or commercial building; provided
however, that a second limited audit may be provided if new conditions
justify a second audit, including but not limited to, a change in the
purpose for which the farm or commercial building is used.

2. A utility may contract with a qualified not-for-profit organization
to promote and perform energy audits; provided, however that a utility
shall be prohibited from compensating such organization in an amount in
excess of what the utility's own costs would be of performing such
services. In addition, such energy audits shall be promoted and
performed, to the extent feasible, through or in coordination with other
existing federal, state and local programs designated for farms, small
businesses and nonprofit organizations.

3. Any criteria established by the commission for the energy audits
and eligibility for audits required under this section shall be adopted
after consultation with the state energy office and opportunity for
comment by other interested parties.