SECTION 1. (a) The Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston (EDIC), may, notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law or regulation to the contrary, enter into a single energy management services contract to provide energy management services to all public and private properties, either owned or leased, within the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park (RLFMP), which services shall include the development of a district energy/microgrid using a design-build-operate- transfer delivery structure and a related energy savings performance contract for building energy improvements. For the purposes of this special act, “energy management services” shall mean a program of services, including energy audits, energy conservation measures, energy conservation projects or a combination thereof, and building maintenance and financing services, primarily intended to reduce the cost of energy and water in operating buildings, which may be paid for, in whole or in part, by cost savings atkibutable to a reduction in energy and water consumption which result from such services. All energy generation installed and all savings measures under the contract shall comply with current local, state and federal construction and environmental codes and regulations.
(b) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, energy management services contracts awarded under subsection (a) may provide for a term, not exceeding twenty years, and an option for renewal or extension of services for one additional term, not exceeding five years. The renewal or extension shall be at the sole discretion of the EDIC in accordance with the original contract terms and conditions or with contact terms and conditions which are more favorable to and acceptable to the EDIC.
(c) Before entering into an energy management services contract, the EDIC shall issue a request for qualifications. Public notice of the request for qualifications shall conform to the procedures set forth in subsection (I) of section 44J of chapter 149. At least 1 week before soliciting a request for qualifications for an energy management services contract, the EDIC shall notify the commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources (“commissioner”) in writing of the EDIC’s intent to solicit qualifications. The notification, at a minimum, shall include a copy of the request for qualifications. An acknowledgment of receipt shall be issued by the commissioner to the EDIC upon compliance with the requirements of this subsection.
The request for qualifications published by the EDIC shall include the following: (1) the EDIC’s full name and address; (2) The name, address, title and phone number of a contact person; (3) the date, time and place where qualifications shall be received; (4) stated objectives for the RFLMP district energy/microgrid program and the eligibility of all public and private properties whose owners may choose to voluntarily participate, a description of the services to be procured, including a facility profile with a detailed description of each building involved and accurate energy consumption data for the most recent 2-year period, a list of building or energy improvements to be considered or required and a statement as to whether the proposed improvements will generate sufficient energy generation revenues or energy savings to fund the full cost of the program; (5) the evaluation criteria for assessing the qualifications; (6) a statement that the EDIC may cancel the request for qualifications, or may reject in whole or in part any and all energy generation and savings measures, when it determines that cancellation or rejection serves the best interests of the public; and (7) any other stipulations and clarifications the EDIC may require, which shall be clearly identified in the request for qualifications.
Qualifications shall be opened publicly, in the presence of 2 or more witnesses, at the time specified in the request for qualifications, and shall be available for public inspection. The provisions of sections 44A, 44B and 44E to 44H, inclusive, of chapter 149, section 39M of chapter 30, and chapter 30B, shall not apply to contracts procured under this section. Section 44D of said chapter 149 shall apply as appropriate to qualifications submitted for contracts under this section, and every such qualification shall be accompanied by (1) a copy of a certificate of eligibility issued by the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance, and (2) by an update statement.
The EDIC shall evaluate the qualified providers to determine which best meets the EDIC’s needs by reviewing the following:
(1) references of other energy savings contracts performed by the qualified providers;
(2) the certificate of eligibility and update statement provided by the qualified providers;
(3) quality of the products proposed;
(4) methodology of determining energy generation and savings;
(5) general reputation and performance capabilities of the qualified providers;
(6) substantial conformity with the specifications and other conditions set forth in the request for qualifications;
(7) time specified in the qualifications for the performance of the contract; and
(8) any other factors the agency, body, or authority considers reasonable and appropriate, which factors shall be made a matter of record.
Respondents shall be evaluated only on the criteria set forth in the request for qualifications.
The EDIC shall conduct discussions with, and may require public presentations by, each person who submitted qualifications in response to the request for qualifications regarding his qualifications, approach to the project and ability to furnish the required services. The EDIC shall select in order of preference 3 such persons, unless fewer persons respond, it considers to be the most highly qualified to perform the required services. The EDIC may request, accept and consider proposals for the compensation to be paid under the contract only during competitive negotiations conducted under subsection (e).
(d) The EDIC may cancel a request for qualifications, or may reject in whole or in part any and all proposals when it determines that cancellation or rejection serves its best interests. The EDIC shall state in writing the reason for a cancellation or rejection.
(e) The EDIC shall negotiate a contract with the most qualified person at compensation which it determines is fair, competidve and reasonable. If the EDIC is unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with the person considered to be the most qualified at a price the EDIC determines to be fair, competitive and reasonable, negotiations with that person shall be formally terminated. The EDIC shall then undertake negotiations with the second most qualified person. Failing accord with the second most qualified person, the EDIC shall terminate those negotiations and then undertake negotiations with the third most qualified person. Should the EDIC be unable to negotiate a satisfactory contract with any of the selected persons, it may select additional qualified providers who responded to the request for qualifications, in the order of their competence and qualification, and continue negotiations in accordance with this subsection until either an agreement is reached or the EDIC cancels the request for qualifications.
(I) The EDIC’s decision regarding the selection of a qualified provider shall be final and not subject to appeal except on the grounds of fraud or collusion.
(g) The EDIC shall provide public notice of the meeting at which it proposes to award the energy management services contract, of the name of the parties to the proposed contract and of the purpose of the contract. The public notice shall be made at least 10 days before the meeting. The EDIC shall promptly publish in the central register notice of the award and shall notify the commissioner of the award and provide a copy of the energy management services contract.
(h) The energy management services contract shall include a written guarantee of the qualified provider that either the amount of energy generation and savings guaranteed shall be achieved or the qualified provider shall reimburse the EDIC for the shortfall amount. Methods for measurement and verification of energy savings shall conform to the most recent standards established by the Federal Energy Management Program of the United States Department of Energy.
(i) The EDIC shall comply with the regulations for the procurement of energy management services under this section for local government bodies adopted pursuant to MGL c. 25A, §11I by the commissioner and codified at 225 Code of Massachusetts Regulations 19:00 et seq. An order of the commissioner under this subsection shall be effective and may be enforced according to its terms, and enforcement shall not be suspended or stayed by the entry of an appeal. The superior court for Suffolk
county shall have jurisdiction over appeals of orders of the commissioner under this subsection, and shall also have jurisdiction upon application of the commissioner to enforce all orders of the commissioner under this subsection. The burden of proof shall be upon the appealing party to show that an order of the commissioner is invalid. An aggrieved person shall not be required to seek an order from the commission as a condition precedent to seeking any other remedy.
(j) Payments under a contract for energy management services may be based in whole or in part on any cost savings attributable to a reduction in energy and water consumption due to the contractor's performance or revenues gained due to the contractor's services which are aimed at energy and water cost savings.
(k) Unless no other manner of description suffices, and the EDIC so determines in writing, setting forth the basis for the determination, all requirements shall be written in a manner which describes the requirements to be met without having the effect of exclusively requiring a proprietary supply or service, or a procurement from a sole source.
(1) Before entering into an energy management services contract, the EDIC shall require the qualified provider to file with the EDIC a performance bond relating to the installation of energy savings measures in an amount equal to 100 per cent of the estimated contract value from a surety company licensed to do business in the commonwealth and whose name appears on United States Treasury Department Circular 570.
(m) An energy management services contact may extend beyond the fiscal year in which it became effective.
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