Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I. Declaration of Public Purpose and Definitions.


§ 8–173.01. Declaration of public purpose.

The Council hereby declares that a public purpose will be served through investment by the District, as authorized in this chapter, in sustainable projects and programs that contribute to the health, education, safety, and welfare of District residents by reducing the causes of, and mitigating the adverse effects of, climate change, reducing air, water, and other pollution, protecting and conserving natural resources, reducing energy costs in the District, promoting energy efficiency, and otherwise achieving the objectives established in the Comprehensive Energy Plan, developed by the Department of Energy and Environment pursuant to § 8-171.04. Such investment is in the public interest and for the benefit of the public, and the expenditure of monies pursuant to this chapter serves valid public purposes.


(Aug. 22, 2018, D.C. Law 22-155, § 101, as added ; Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-257, § 202, 66 DCR 1344.)

Applicability

Section 7164 of D.C. Law 23-16 repealed § 601 of D.C. Law 22-257. Therefore the amendment of this section by D.C. Law 22-257 has been implemented.

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-257: § 601 of D.C. Law 22-257 provided that the creation of this section by § 202(c) of D.C. Law 22-257 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) repeal of applicability provision of D.C. Law 22-255, see § 7164 of Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-112, Sept. 4, 2019, 66 DCR 11964).

For temporary (90 days) repeal of applicability provision of D.C. Law 22-255, see § 7164 of Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-91, July 22, 2019, 66 DCR 8497).


§ 8–173.02. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

(1) "Administrative costs" means the costs associated with salary and benefits of all personnel, office supplies, information technology, utilities, and office space used by the Authority. The term "administrative costs" excludes costs associated with lending, portfolio management, and spending on sustainable projects and programs; provided, that the term "administrative costs" may include expenses incurred in carrying out a trust indenture.

(2) "Authority" means the Green Finance Authority established by § 8-173.21.

(3) "Board" means the Green Finance Authority Board established by § 8-173.23.

(4) "Bonds" means the District of Columbia revenue bonds, notes, or other obligations (including refunding bonds, notes, and other obligations), in one or more series, authorized to be issued pursuant to this chapter.

(5) "Capital base" means the total capitalization of the Fund, including public and private funds, that are available at any given point in time for the financing activities of the Authority.

(6) "CFO" means the Chief Financial Officer established pursuant to § 1-204.24a(a).

(7) "Clean energy" means energy produced by solar photovoltaic panels, solar thermal sources, geothermal sources, wind, ocean thermal sources, wave or tidal sources, fuel cells, biogas, landfill gas, hydropower, or hydrogen production and conversion technologies.

(8) "Clean infrastructure" means an infrastructure project that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

(9) "Clean transportation" means alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure, such as:

(A) Electric vehicle charging station infrastructure; and

(B) Smart grid and battery storage.

(10) "Department" means the Department of Energy and Environment.

(11) "Energy efficiency" means minimizing the amount of energy needed to accomplish a function, task, or result.

(12) "Fund" means the Green Finance Authority Fund established by § 8-173.26.

(13) "Green infrastructure" means an infrastructure project that captures rainfall, cools buildings and pavement, and creates natural pathways for wildlife.

(14) "Home Rule Act" means the District of Columbia Home Rule Act [Chapter 2 of Title 1].

(15) "Stormwater" means the flow of water that results from runoff, snow melt runoff, and surface runoff and drainage.

(16) "Stormwater best management practice" means a structural or nonstructural practice that minimizes the impact of stormwater runoff on receiving waterbodies and other environmental resources, especially by reducing runoff volume or the pollutant loads carried in stormwater.

(17) "Sustainable Energy Utility" shall have the same meaning as provided in § 8-1773.01(19).

(18) "Sustainable projects and programs" means clean energy, clean infrastructure, clean transportation, stormwater best management practices, energy efficiency, water efficiency, or green infrastructure projects and programs. The term "sustainable projects and programs" shall not include biomass, biofuel, nuclear, or waste-to-energy projects and programs.

(19) "Water efficiency" means minimizing the amount of water used to accomplish a function, task, or result.


(Aug. 22, 2018, D.C. Law 22-155, § 101, 65 DCR 7159; renumbered as § 102, Mar. 22, 2019, D.C. Law 22-257, § 202(b), 66 DCR 1344.)

Prior Codifications

2001 Ed., § 8-173.01

Applicability

Section 7164 of D.C. Law 23-16 repealed § 601 of D.C. Law 22-257. Therefore the amendment of this section by D.C. Law 22-257 has been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) repeal of applicability provision of D.C. Law 22-255, see § 7164 of Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-112, Sept. 4, 2019, 66 DCR 11964).

For temporary (90 days) repeal of applicability provision of D.C. Law 22-255, see § 7164 of Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-91, July 22, 2019, 66 DCR 8497).