HB141 (2018) Detail

Relative to electric renewable energy classes.


HB 141 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

15Feb2018... 2472h

2017 SESSION

17-0119

06/04

 

HOUSE BILL 141

 

AN ACT relative to electric renewable energy classes.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Murotake, Hills. 32; Rep. Vose, Rock. 9; Rep. J. Edwards, Rock. 4; Rep. Aldrich, Belk. 2; Rep. Gauthier, Sull. 3

 

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy

 

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AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill permits the public utilities commission to modify renewable energy portfolio standards according to expected annual output provided such requirement does not exceed the requirement of RSA 362-F:3.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

15Feb2018... 2472h 17-0119

06/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to electric renewable energy classes.

 

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

 

1  Electric Renewable Portfolio Standard; Electric Renewable Energy Classes.  Amend RSA 362-F:4, V and VI to read as follows:

V.  [For good cause, and] After notice and hearing, the commission may either: (i) for good cause, accelerate or delay by up to one year, any given year's incremental increase in class I or II renewable portfolio standards requirement under RSA 362-F:3, or (ii) modify the class I or II renewable portfolio standards requirements under RSA 362-F:3 for calendar years beginning January 1, 2018 such that the requirement is equal to the reasonably expected potential annual output of available eligible sources after taking into account demand from similar programs in other states; provided such modified requirement does not exceed the applicable class requirement under RSA 362-F:3.

VI.  After notice and hearing, the commission may modify the class III and IV renewable portfolio standards requirements under RSA 362-F:3 for calendar years beginning January 1, 2012 such that the requirements are equal to [an amount between 85 percent and 95 percent of] the reasonably expected potential annual output of available eligible sources after taking into account demand from similar programs in other states; provided such modified requirement does not exceed the applicable class requirement in RSA 362-F:3.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

17-0119

Amended 3/13/18

 

HB 141- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2017-2472h)

 

AN ACT relative to electric renewable energy classes.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [    ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

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   Revenue

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   Expenditures

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Funding Source:

  [    ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [ X ] Other - Renewable Energy Fund

 

 

 

 

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill, as amended by the House,  allows the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to adjust the required levels of Class I (new) and Class II (solar) renewable energy certificates providers of electricity are required to purchase in any year in order to match supply and demand; and therefore reduce alternative compliance payments for that compliance year.  The adjustment may not exceed the maximum class requirement provided in the RSA 362-F.  In addition, the bill clarifies that any adjustment to Class III (existing biomass) and Class IV (existing small hydro) cannot exceed maximum statutory levels.  The PUC indicates by reducing the number of alternative compliance payments required in a compliance year, the PUC would reduce the level of funding of the renewable energy fund and the funds available to pay for rebates and other programs supporting renewable energy project development in the State.  The amount of  reduction cannot be determined because it depends on the regional market for renewable energy certificates.

 

To administer the bill, PUC staff will need to better understand and track the regional renewable energy certificate market, including, understanding regional renewable energy policies, regional renewable energy facilities and eligibility status in other regional states.  With this bill, several areas of regional market data and analysis, electricity sales projections, and general market conditions will be needed for the Commission to administer the adjustments. The PUC may require a subscription to a market service or consulting services to understand and track this market data.  This bill requires the Commission staff to perform additional data collection, tracking, and analysis. The PUC assumes the additional work would involve re-prioritizing the work of existing staff.  County and local governmental entities generally do not participate in the renewable energy certificate market.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Public Utilities Commission

 

 

Links

HB141 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 7, 2017 House Hearing
Feb. 21, 2017 House Exec Session
Nov. 1, 2017 House Exec Session
Nov. 9, 2017 House Exec Session
Jan. 3, 2018 House Floor Vote
Jan. 9, 2018 House Floor Vote
House Floor Vote
Feb. 15, 2018 House Floor Vote
March 20, 2018 Senate Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

HB141 Revision: 3090 Date: March 14, 2018, 9:14 a.m.
HB141 Revision: 2470 Date: Jan. 30, 2017, 3:22 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 4, 2017 Introduced 01/04/2017 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 2 P. 18
Feb. 7, 2017 Public Hearing: 02/07/2017 01:00 PM Representatives Hall
Feb. 14, 2017 Full Committee Work Session: 02/14/2017 10:15 AM LOB 304
Feb. 14, 2017 ==CANCELLED== Executive Session: 02/14/2017 01:30 PM LOB 304
Feb. 21, 2017 Full Committee Work Session: 02/21/2017 10:00 AM LOB 304
Feb. 21, 2017 Executive Session: 02/21/2017 02:00 PM LOB 304
Retained in Committee
Sept. 6, 2017 Retained Bill Full Committee Work Session: 09/06/2017 10:00 AM LOB 304
Oct. 4, 2017 Retained Bill Subcommittee Work Session: 10/04/2017 10:00 AM LOB 304
Oct. 18, 2017 Retained Bill Subcommittee Work Session: 10/18/2017 10:00 AM LOB 304
Oct. 25, 2017 ==CANCELLED== Executive Session: 10/25/2017 01:00 PM LOB 304
Oct. 25, 2017 Retained Bill Full Committee Work Session: 10/25/2017 01:00 PM LOB 304
Oct. 25, 2017 ==CANCELLED== Executive Session: 10/25/2017 02:00 PM LOB 304
Nov. 1, 2017 ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 11/01/2017 10:30 AM LOB 304
Nov. 9, 2017 Retained Bill Full Committee Work Session: 11/09/2017 10:00 AM LOB 304
Nov. 9, 2017 ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 11/09/2017 10:30 AM LOB 304
Jan. 3, 2018 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-2472h for 01/03/2018 (Vote 17-4; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
Special Order to 1/9/2018 Without Objection HJ 1 P. 104
Special Order to next session day Without Objection HJ 2 P. 47
Special Order to 2/15/2018 Without Objection HJ 3 P. 81
Feb. 15, 2018 Amendment # 2017-2472h: AA VV 02/15/2018 HJ 4 P. 20
Feb. 15, 2018 Ought to Pass with Amendment 2472h: MA VV 02/15/2018 HJ 4 P. 20
Feb. 15, 2018 Introduced 02/15/2018 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 5
March 20, 2018 Hearing: 03/20/2018, Room 103, SH, 09:15 am; SC 13
April 26, 2018 Committee Report: Referred to Interim Study, 04/26/2018; SC 18
April 26, 2018 Refer to Interim Study, MA, VV; 04/26/2018; SJ 14