Challenge: The process of performing energy audits, as a precursor to state agency energy efficiency retrofits, can be very difficult.
Background: Many state agencies are unable to go through the lengthy process of a Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract due to uncertainty about the process, lack of personnel resources, and lack of knowledge about the qualifications required of the firms performing the work. The South Carolina Office of State Engineer (OSE) has the expertise to select qualified firms and put them on state contract available to all state agencies. However, for the OSE to make these selections, a State Fiscal Accountability Authority (SFAA) policy must be in place (similar to other existing policies) that will allow OSE to qualify multiple firms for an extended period.
Approach: The OSE is proposing a policy that can be submitted to the SFAA for approval. If approved, OSE will proceed with the qualification-based selection of firms qualified to perform energy audits on state buildings.
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