§ 23-19.16-1. Legislative findings.
The general assembly finds and declares that:
(1) Promotion of, and investment in, energy efficient infrastructure will result in the reduction of energy costs for commercial, residential, and municipal users which is necessary to maintain and grow Rhode Island's economy; and
(2) There exists the Rhode Island clean water finance agency which can be expanded to assist businesses, residents, and municipalities with the coordination and financing of necessary infrastructure improvements and renamed as the Rhode Island infrastructure bank; and
(3) In addition to reducing energy cost, energy efficient infrastructure improvements will result in less pollution, the remediation of brownfields, coastal nourishment and restoration, safer drinking water and an overall sound environment; and
(4) Cities, towns and other owners of properties designated as brownfield sites can reduce the costs of borrowing for remediation and/or development of those sites through cooperation with the Rhode Island infrastructure bank; and
(5) Remediation and/or development of brownfield sites will generate economic activity and utilize properties which were otherwise dormant or underutilized; and
(6) Greater coordination among state and municipal agencies will enable a more efficient allocation of infrastructure resources by the state of Rhode Island.
(P.L. 2015, ch. 141, art. 14, § 1.)