(a) The cost of utilities shall be included in the county facilities payment by calculating the average consumption of utilities for the fiscal years 1995–96 to 1999–2000, inclusive, multiplying the consumption averages by the 1999–2000 rates, and multiplying the value by the increase in the inflation index specified in Section 70355 from January 2000, to the month of the date of transfer of responsibility for the court facilities from the county to the state, inclusive. The consumption rates for 1999–2000 shall be the average of the rates for each month of that fiscal year.
(b) If the county states in its county facilities payment calculation under Section 70363 that either utility consumption amounts or rates are not reasonably available for any court facility for any or all of the 1995–96 to 1999–2000, inclusive, fiscal years after a good faith effort to obtain those consumption amounts or rates, then the cost of utilities for that facility shall be included in the county facilities payment by calculating the five-year average of the utility costs incurred in connection with the operation of the building for the 1995–96 to 1999-2000, inclusive, fiscal years. This amount shall be calculated by multiplying the yearly utility costs for each court facility for each of the five fiscal years from 1995–96 to 1999–2000, inclusive, by the change in the inflation index specified in Section 70355 from January of that fiscal year to the month of the date of transfer of responsibility for the court facility from the county to the state, inclusive, and then averaging the five inflation-adjusted yearly values.
(c) If the county states in its county facilities payment calculation under Section 70363 that the utility cost information described in subdivisions (a) and (b) is not reasonably available for any court facilities for any or all of the fiscal years 1995–96 to 1999–2000, inclusive, after a good faith effort to obtain that information, then the cost of utilities for those facilities shall be calculated using all relevant information available to the county and to the Administrative Office of the Courts.
(d) For purposes of any good faith statement made pursuant to subdivision (b) or (c), the county shall include a detailed description of all activities it undertook to obtain the information and the results of each activity.
(e) If the county implemented a special improvement to increase energy efficiency during the 1995–96 fiscal year or thereafter, and that special improvement resulted in measurable and ongoing net cost savings, then the county may include a description of the special improvement and the resulting cost savings as part of its county facilities payment calculation under Section 70363. The amount of any reduction in the county facilities payment calculation shall be limited to the demonstrable ongoing cost savings to the state directly resulting from the special improvement only to the extent not already reflected in the cost or consumption data used to determine utilities costs. The county shall document or demonstrate the savings and the fact that the savings are not already reflected.
(f) As used in this section, “utility costs” include, but are not limited to, natural gas, heating oil, electricity, water, sewage, and garbage. Utility costs shall be included without regard to whether payment of the costs was made by the county, the court, or another entity except that the amount of specific utility costs may not be included in the county facilities payment if all of the following conditions are satisfied:
(1) A lease expressly provides that the utilities are to be paid by the lessor.
(2) There is no payment by the lessee for the utilities, except as part of the lease payment.
(3) The lease payment is included in the county facilities payment.