Bill Text - HB1270 (2010)

(New Title) relative to balancing amounts expended from the renewable energy fund.


Revision: May 14, 2010, midnight

HB 1270 – AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE

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HOUSE BILL 1270

AN ACT relative to balancing amounts expended from the renewable energy fund.

SPONSORS: Rep. S. Harvey, Hills 21; Rep. Hinkle, Hills 19

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy

AMENDED ANALYSIS

This bill requires the public utilities commission to balance amounts expended from the renewable energy fund between residential and nonresidential sectors.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Ten

AN ACT relative to balancing amounts expended from the renewable energy fund.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 Renewable Energy Fund. Amend RSA 362-F:10, VI to read as follows:

VI. Such payments shall be allocated from the renewable energy fund established in paragraph I, as determined by the commission to the extent funding is available up to a maximum aggregate payment of 40 percent of the fund over each 2-year period commencing July 1, 2010.

2 Renewable Energy Fund. Amend RSA 362-F:10, VIII to read as follows:

VIII. The commission may, after notice and hearing, by order or rule, establish additional incentive or rebate programs and competitive grant opportunities for [customer-sited thermal and] renewable [energy] thermal and electric energy projects sited in New Hampshire.

3 Renewable Energy Fund. RSA 362-F:10, IX is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

IX. For good cause the commission may, after notice and hearing, by order or rule, modify the program, including reducing the incentive level, created under RSA 326-F:10, V.

4 New Paragraphs; Renewable Energy Fund. Amend RSA 362-F:10 by inserting after paragraph IX the following new paragraphs:

X. Consistent with RSA 362-F:10, VI, the commission shall, over each 2-year period commencing July 1, 2010, reasonably balance overall amounts expended from the fund, net of administrative expenditures, between residential and nonresidential sectors. Funds from the renewable energy fund awarded to renewable projects in the residential sector shall be in approximate proportion to the amount of electricity sold at retail to that sector in New Hampshire, and the remaining funds from the renewable energy fund shall be awarded to projects in the nonresidential sector which include commercial and industrial sited renewable energy projects, existing generators, and developers of new commercial-scale renewable generation in New Hampshire.

XI. The commission shall issue requests for proposals that provide renewable projects in the nonresidential sector, which include commercial and industrial sited renewable energy projects, existing generators, and developers of new commercial-scale renewable generation in New Hampshire, with opportunities to receive funds from the renewable energy fund established under RSA 362-F:10. The requests for proposals shall provide such opportunities to those renewable energy projects that are not eligible to participate in incentive and rebate programs developed by the commission under RSA 362-F:10, V and RSA 362-F:10, VIII. The commission shall issue a request for proposals no later than March 1, 2011 and annually thereafter, and select winning projects in a timely manner.

5 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

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