HB 559-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 559-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Richardson, Coos 4; Rep. Shepardson, Ches. 10; Rep. Backus, Hills. 19; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21
COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy
I. Requires the public utilities commission to allocate certain funds to school districts for energy efficiency projects.
II. Repeals a rebate to retail electric ratepayers.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
6Mar2018... 0378h 17-0470
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
III. All [remaining] proceeds received by the state from the sale of allowances, excluding the amount used for commission and department administration under paragraph I, shall be allocated by the commission as follows:
(a) At least  35 percent to the low-income core energy efficiency program.
(b) Beginning January 1,  2019, [up to $2,000,000] no more than $5,000,000 annually to utility core programs for municipal, school district, and local government energy efficiency projects, including projects by local governments that have their own municipal utilities. Funding elements shall include, but not be limited to, funding for direct technical and project management assistance to identify and encourage comprehensive projects and incentives structured to assist municipal and local governments funding energy efficiency projects. In calendar years 2014, 2015, [and] 2016, 2017, and 2018 any unused funds allocated to municipal and local government projects under this paragraph remaining at the end of the year shall roll over and be added to the new calendar year program funds and continue to be made available exclusively for municipal and local government projects. Beginning in calendar year  2019, and all subsequent years, funds allocated to municipal and local government projects under this paragraph shall be offered first to municipal and local governments as described in this paragraph for no less than 4 full calendar months. If, at the end of this time, municipal and local governments have not submitted requests for eligible projects that will expend the funds allocated to municipal and local government projects under this paragraph within that program year, the funds shall [be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis to business and municipal customers who fund the system benefits charge] go to a fuel neutral residential core energy efficiency program.
(c) The remainder to all-fuels, comprehensive energy efficiency programs administered by qualified parties which may include electric distribution companies as selected through a competitive bid process. The funding shall be distributed among residential, commercial, and industrial customers based upon each customer class's electricity usage to the greatest extent practicable as determined by the commission. Bids shall be evaluated based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:
(1) A benefit/cost ratio analysis including all fuels.
(2) Demonstrated ability to provide a comprehensive, fuel neutral program.
(3) Demonstrated infrastructure to effectively deliver such program.
(4) Experience of the bidder in administering energy efficiency programs.
(5) Ability to reach out to customers.
(6) The validity of the energy saving assumptions described in the bid.
2 Review and Report. The public utilities commission and the department of environmental services shall review the use of auction proceeds under RSA 125-O:23, III and shall submit a report, with recommendations to continue or revise the allocation of auction proceeds among the core programs based on program needs, to the house and senate finance committees, the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the house clerk, the senate clerk, and director of legislative services on or before July 1, 2023.
I. RSA 125-O:23, II, relative to rebates to retail electric ratepayers.
II. RSA 125-O:23, IV and V, relative to use of remaining proceeds received by the state from the sale of allowances.
HB 559-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2018-0378h)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ X ] County [ X ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ X ] Highway [ X ] Other - Various Governmental Funds
The Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Environmental Services state this bill repeals the $1 per allowance rebate threshold for auction proceeds deposited into the Energy Efficiency (EE) Fund, eliminates all customer rebates, and provides that at least 35% of the proceeds received from the sale of allowances, after administrative costs, would be allocated to the low-income core energy efficiency program. In addition, up to $5,000,000 annually would be allocated to municipal, school district, and local government energy efficiency projects under the core programs. The remainder of the $5,000,000, if any, would go to a fuel-neutral residential core energy efficiency program. Any revenues beyond the 35% and the $5,000,000, would go to an all-fuels, comprehensive energy efficiency program.
The amendment would not change revenue to the State when compared to current law. Revenues for fiscal 2019 are estimated to be $14 million assuming an average allowance price of $4.30. Under current law, revenue in excess of $1 per allowance sold is allocated by the PUC for rebates to all electric ratepayers on a per-kilowatt hour basis. This bill redirects the use of all revenues after administrative costs to energy efficiency projects as follows:
(Based on FY 2018 amounts)
HB559 Amended #2018-0378h
(Assuming $4.30 per allowance)
Energy Efficiency Programs Low Income
Energy Efficiency Programs Municipal, Schools & Local Government
Fuel Neutral Energy Efficiency Programs (60% Commercial / 40% Residential)
Commercial & Industrial Rebates
Termination of the rebates will increase electricity costs for residential, commercial and industrial customers including state, county and local governments. Based on the amounts above, the increase is estimated at $0.000997 per kWh, or $0.62 per month for the average residential bill and $747 per month on average for the largest commercial & industrial class.
Municipal, school district, and local government energy efficiency projects under the core energy efficiency programs would benefit from incentives, loans or spending on energy efficiency investments. For these entities, the increased electricity cost is expected to be at least partly offset by the energy efficiency investments. Municipal, school district and local government entities would benefit in the long term from increased energy efficiency funding. The direct and indirect benefit to the State as a result of this bill over each of the next 4 fiscal years is indeterminable. The direct and indirect benefits to county and local governmental entities are likely to increase over each of the next 4 fiscal years, however, the amount of these benefits is indeterminable.
The New Hampshire Municipal Association states this bill would increase, from $2 million to $5 million, the amount to be distributed annually to municipal energy efficiency projects from the sale of carbon allowances under the regional greenhouse gas initiative, and add school districts as eligible for this funding. The Association assumes the full amount allocated will be distributed and spent on municipal and school district energy efficiency projects each year. Since investment in energy efficiency projects has been demonstrated to reduce energy costs, the Association assumes there would be long-term reductions in local expenditures. The increased revenues and reduced expenditures would affect only the municipalities and school districts that take advantage of the energy efficiency programs.
As amended, the bill would repeal the statutory requirement that sale proceeds in excess of $1 from any allowance sale to be rebated to retail electric customers on a per-kilowatt-hour basis. Elimination of the rebates would result in higher electric costs for municipalities. The Association has no information on the amount of electricity used by municipalities and therefore cannot estimate the increase in expenditures.
The Department of Administrative Services states this bill has the potential to change the amount of energy efficiency money, held by the utilities, and available to the class of facilities that state facilities belong to. Currently, the State can apply for these incentives and deposit any funds received into the Energy Fund; a non-lapsing, dedicated fund for reinvestment in energy saving projects in state facilities. A change in the amount available overall may or may not affect the amount of funds that the State receives.
The New Hampshire Association of Counties in consultation with the County Administrators Group determines there will not be a fiscal impact to counties.
Public Utilities Commission, Departments of Environmental Services and Administrative Services, New Hampshire Municipal Association and New Hampshire Association of Counties
|Jan. 31, 2017||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 21, 2017||House||Exec Session|
|Oct. 25, 2017||House||Exec Session|
|Jan. 3, 2018||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 3, 2018||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 17, 2018||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 21, 2018||House||Exec Session|
|March 6, 2018||House||Floor Vote|
|March 27, 2018||Senate||Hearing|
|April 26, 2018||Senate||Floor Vote|
April 26, 2018: Inexpedient to Legislate, RC 13Y-11N, MA === BILL KILLED ===; 04/26/2018; SJ 14
April 26, 2018: Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate, 04/26/2018; SC 18
March 27, 2018: Hearing: 03/27/2018, Room 103, SH, 01:00 pm; SC 14
March 8, 2018: Introduced 03/08/2018 and Referred to Finance; SJ 7
March 6, 2018: Ought to Pass with Amendment 0378h: MA VV 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 86
March 6, 2018: Amendment # 2018-0378h: AA VV 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 86
: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0378h (Vote 24-0; RC)
March 6, 2018: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0378h for 03/06/2018 (Vote 24-0; RC) HC 9 P. 41
Feb. 21, 2018: Executive Session: 02/21/2018 10:00 AM LOB 210-211
Jan. 31, 2018: Division I Work Session: 01/31/2018 01:30 PM LOB 212
Jan. 18, 2018: Division I Work Session: 01/18/2018 01:00 PM LOB 212
Jan. 17, 2018: Public Hearing: 01/17/2018 11:00 AM LOB 210-211
Jan. 9, 2018: Referred to Finance 01/09/2018 HJ 2 P. 24
Jan. 9, 2018: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2479h: MA DV 197-147 01/09/2018 HJ 2 P. 24
Jan. 9, 2018: Lay HB 559 on Table (Rep. J. Graham): MF RC 153-189 01/09/2018 HJ 2 P. 22
Jan. 9, 2018: Amendment # 2017-2479h: AA RC 215-126 01/09/2018 HJ 2 P. 20
Jan. 9, 2018: Inexpedient to Legislate: MF RC 160-182 01/09/2018 HJ 2 P. 17
Jan. 3, 2018: Special Order to fourth order of business on 1/9/2018 (Rep. Vose): MA VV 01/03/2018 HJ 1 P. 91
: Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-2479h
Jan. 3, 2018: Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 01/03/2018 (Vote 11-10; RC)
Oct. 25, 2017: ==RESCHEDULED== Executive Session: 10/25/2017 02:00 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 01:00 PM LOB 304
Oct. 10, 2017: Retained Bill Subcommittee Work Session: 10/10/2017 02:00 PM LOB 304
Sept. 28, 2017: Retained Bill Subcommittee Work Session: 09/28/2017 10:00 AM LOB 304
Sept. 6, 2017: Retained Bill Full Committee Work Session: 09/06/2017 10:00 AM LOB 304
: Retained in Committee
Feb. 21, 2017: Executive Session: 02/21/2017 02:00 PM LOB 304
Feb. 21, 2017: Full Committee Work Session: 02/21/2017 10:00 AM LOB 304
Jan. 31, 2017: Public Hearing: 01/31/2017 11:00 AM LOB 304
Jan. 5, 2017: Introduced 01/05/2017 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 3 P. 18