SB124 (2017) Detail

Establishing a commission to study municipal regulation and incentives for solar energy.


SB 124  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2017 SESSION

17-0911

06/05

 

SENATE BILL 124

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study municipal regulation and incentives for solar energy.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Rep. Backus, Hills. 19; Rep. S. Harvey, Hills. 29; Rep. Oxenham, Sull. 1

 

COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a commission to study municipal regulation and incentives for solar energy.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

17-0911

06/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study municipal regulation and incentives for solar energy.

 

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

 

1  New Section.  Commission to Study Municipal Regulation and Incentives for Solar Energy.  Amend RSA 72 by inserting after section 64 the following new section:

72:64-a  Commission to Study Municipal Regulation and Incentives for Solar Energy.

I.  There is established a commission to study municipal regulation and incentives for solar energy.

II.  The members of the commission shall be as follows:

(a)  Two members of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(b)  Two members of the house of representatives, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(c)  A member of the energy efficiency and sustainable energy board, appointed by the chairman of the public utilities commission.

(d)  The executive director of the New Hampshire Municipal Association, or designee.

(e)  The executive director of the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association, or designee.

(f)  The chairperson of the site evaluation committee, or designee.

(g)  One public member who manages solar energy projects in the private sector, appointed by the governor.

III.  Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.

IV.  The commission shall:

(a)  Study municipal regulation of residential, commercial, and distributed generation solar projects, including streamlining and standardized regulation as well as possible municipal incentives for solar projects.

(b)  Review and evaluate the impact of current state law, the current practices of municipalities across the state, and what other states are doing to incentive solar at the local level.

V.  The members of the commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named senate member.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Five members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

VI.  The commission shall report its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, the senate clerk, the house clerk, the governor, and the state library on or before November 1, 2017.

2  Repeal.  RSA 72:64-a, relative to the commission to study municipal regulation and incentives for solar energy, is repealed.

3  Effective Date.

I.  Section 2 of this act shall take effect November 1, 2017.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

SB124 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 2, 2017 Senate Hearing
Feb. 9, 2017 Senate Floor Vote
March 22, 2017 House Hearing
May 2, 2017 House Exec Session
June 1, 2017 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB124 Revision: 1544 Date: Jan. 24, 2017, 11:31 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 19, 2017 Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 5
Feb. 2, 2017 Hearing: 02/02/2017, Room 103, SH, 02:00 pm; SC 8
Feb. 9, 2017 Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 02/09/2017; SC 9
Feb. 9, 2017 Ought to Pass: MA, VV; OT3rdg; 02/09/2017; SJ 5
Feb. 16, 2017 Introduced 02/16/2017 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 8 P. 45
March 22, 2017 Public Hearing: 03/22/2017 11:00 AM LOB 304
March 28, 2017 Full Committee Work Session: 03/28/2017 10:00 AM LOB 304
May 2, 2017 Executive Session: 05/02/2017 01:30 PM LOB 304
June 1, 2017 Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 06/01/2017 (Vote 11-9; RC) HC 26 P. 17
Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass
June 1, 2017 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA DV 168-135 06/01/2017 HJ 17 P. 138