SB128 (2018) Detail

Relative to the policy goal of electric utility restructuring.


SB 128 - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE

 

03/30/2017   1175s

2017 SESSION

17-0955

06/04

 

SENATE BILL 128

 

AN ACT relative to the policy goal of electric utility restructuring.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Bradley, Dist 3; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Innis, Dist 24; Sen. Avard, Dist 12; Rep. Barry, Hills. 21; Rep. Hinch, Hills. 21; Rep. Vose, Rock. 9; Rep. Cali-Pitts, Rock. 30; Rep. Richardson, Coos 4

 

COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources

 

─────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────

 

AMENDED ANALYSIS

 

This bill modifies electric utility restructuring policy principles by permitting the commission and electric utilities to pursue measures to mitigate the cost of electric service, reduce the price volatility of that service, and reduce the potential for disruptions in electricity supply, subject to the commission's determination that such measures are in the public interest.

 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

03/30/2017   1175s 17-0955

06/04

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Seventeen

 

AN ACT relative to the policy goal of electric utility restructuring.

 

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

 

1  Findings.  The general court finds that:

I.  The provision of reliable and economic electricity is a necessary service upon which the economy and the welfare of this state rest.

II.  Although retail and wholesale competitive markets for energy have developed since the initial restructuring of the state's electric utilities, there remain problems and limitations that have resulted in price volatility and the potential for inadequate capacity supply.

III.  ISO-New England, Inc., the independent, nonprofit regional transmission organization (RTO), that oversees the operation of New England's bulk electric power system and transmission lines has stated that infrastructure constraints could pose a challenge to the reliable operation of the regional power grid, create price volatility, and contribute to air emission increases.

IV.  The high cost of electric rates, their volatility, the potential for supply disruption, and increased air emissions has a particularly adverse impact on New Hampshire's citizens and its economy.

V.  It is in the best interests of all citizens of New Hampshire that the public utilities commission be directed and granted authority to consider and implement measures that are expected to mitigate the cost of electric service in the state, reduce the price volatility of that service, and/or reduce the potential for disruptions in electricity supply due to inadequate wholesale generating capacity in the New England marketplace.

2  Electric Utility Restructuring; Purpose.  Amend RSA 374-F:1, I to read as follows:

I.  The most compelling reason to restructure the New Hampshire electric utility industry is to reduce costs for all consumers of electricity by harnessing the power of competitive markets and by other methods determined to be in the public interest.  The overall public policy goal of restructuring is to [develop a more efficient industry structure and regulatory framework that results in a more productive economy by reducing costs to consumers while maintaining safe and reliable electric service] reduce the cost of electricity without negatively impacting the reliable supply and delivery thereof with minimum adverse impacts on the environment.  Increased customer choice and the development of competitive markets for wholesale and retail electricity services are key elements in a restructured industry that will require unbundling of prices and services and at least functional separation of centralized generation services from transmission and distribution services.

3  Electric Utility Restructuring; Restructuring Policy Principles; System Reliability.  Amend RSA 374-F:3, I to read as follows:

I.  System Reliability.  Reliable electricity service must be maintained while ensuring public health, safety, and quality of life.  The commission and electric utilities should pursue measures that are expected to mitigate the cost of electric service in the state, reduce the price volatility of that service, and reduce the potential for disruptions in electricity supply due to inadequate wholesale generating capacity in the New England marketplace, or that harness the power of competitive markets, subject to the commission's determination that such measures are in the public interest.  In evaluating a proposed measure, the commission shall consider whether such measure is likely to result in near term rate relief and reasonably protects ratepayers from the risk of stranded costs consistent with the principles established in this chapter.  Such measures shall:

(a)  Not include any measure that involves the purchase of natural gas supply or capacity, the siting of natural gas infrastructure within New England, or the recovery of the cost of building new infrastructure;

(b)  Not include any measure that results in New Hampshire ratepayers paying an unreasonable share of the costs of any regional projects;

(c)  Be consistent with  applicable federal law; and

(d)  To the extent reasonably possible without reducing the cost savings to customers, be implemented in a manner that minimizes their impact on the competitive market.

4  Electric Utility Restructuring; Restructuring Policy Principles; Near Term Relief.  Amend RSA 374-F:3, XI to read as follows:

XI.  Near Term Rate Relief.  The goal of restructuring is to create competitive markets that are expected to produce lower prices for all customers than would have been paid under the current regulatory system.  Given New Hampshire's higher than average regional prices for electricity, utilities, in the near term, should work to reduce rates for all customers.  To the greatest extent practicable, rates should approach competitive regional electric rates.  The state should recognize when state policies impose costs that conflict with this principle and should take efforts to mitigate those costs.  The unique New [Hampshire] England issues contributing to [the highest] high prices [in New England] should be addressed [during the transition], wherever possible to mitigate such high prices, price volatility, and the potential for supply disruptions due to deficiencies in electric generating capacity.

5  Electric Utility Restructuring; Restructuring Policy Principles; Regionalism.  Amend RSA 374-F:3, XIII to read as follows:

XIII.  Regionalism.  New England Power Pool (NEPOOL) should be reformed and efforts to enhance competition and to complement industry restructuring on a regional basis should be encouraged.  New Hampshire should work with other New England and northeastern states to accomplish the goals of restructuring to address the high and volatile price of electricity, and to ensure an adequate supply of electric generating capacity.  Working with other regional states, New Hampshire should assert maximum state authority over the entire electric industry restructuring process.  While it is desirable to design and implement a restructured industry in concert with the other New England and northeastern states, New Hampshire should not unnecessarily delay its timetable.  Any pool structure adopted for the restructured industry should not preclude bilateral contracts with pool and non-pool services and should not preclude ancillary pool services from being obtained from non-pool sources.

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

 

LBAO

17-0955

Revised 9/14/17

Amended 8/28/17

 

SB 128-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE (AMENDMENT #2017-1175s)

 

AN ACT relative to the policy goal of electric utility restructuring.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTY:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

Indeterminable

 

METHODOLOGY:

The Public Utilities Commission states this bill modifies the electric utility restructuring statute to add methods other than competitive markets as a means to reduce costs for consumers of electricity.  This bill also permits the Commission to approve specific measures to reduce price and volatility of regional wholesale electric prices so long as those measures do not involve the purchase of natural gas supply or capacity.  The Commission is unable to predict what measures may be proposed or approved that would reduce electric prices or volatility.  To the extent that any measures are approved to reduce the cost of electricity, all ratepayers in New Hampshire, including the State and other governmental users, would experience an indeterminable cost savings.  

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Public Utilities Commission

 

 

Links

SB128 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 21, 2017 Senate Hearing
Feb. 21, 2017 Senate Hearing
March 23, 2017 Senate Floor Vote
March 23, 2017 Senate Floor Vote
March 29, 2017 Senate Floor Vote
March 30, 2017 Senate Floor Vote
April 19, 2017 House Hearing
May 2, 2017 House Exec Session
May 9, 2017 House Exec Session
Oct. 25, 2017 House Hearing
Oct. 25, 2017 House Exec Session
Jan. 9, 2018 House Floor Vote
House Floor Vote
Feb. 15, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB128 Revision: 2666 Date: Sept. 18, 2017, 1:25 p.m.
SB128 Revision: 2667 Date: Jan. 24, 2017, 11:33 a.m.

Docket


Feb. 15, 2018: Refer for Interim Study: MA VV 02/15/2018 HJ 4 P. 21


: Special Order to 2/15/2018 Without Objection HJ 3 P. 81


: Special Order to next session day Without Objection HJ 2 P. 47


: Special Order to 1/9/2018 Without Objection HJ 1 P. 104


Jan. 3, 2018: Committee Report: Refer for Interim Study for 01/03/2018 (Vote 17-4; 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. 25, 2017: Public Hearing on Amendment # 2017-2457h: 10/25/2017 11:00 AM LOB 304


Oct. 11, 2017: Retained Bill Full Committee Work Session: 10/11/2017 10:00 AM LOB 304


Sept. 6, 2017: Retained Bill Full Committee Work Session: 09/06/2017 01:30 PM LOB 304


: Retained in Committee


May 9, 2017: ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 05/09/2017 01:30 PM LOB 304


May 9, 2017: Subcommittee Work Session: 05/09/2017 10:00 AM LOB 304


May 2, 2017: ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 05/02/2017 01:30 PM LOB 304


May 2, 2017: Full Committee Work Session: 05/02/2017 10:30 AM LOB 304


April 19, 2017: Public Hearing: 04/19/2017 01:00 PM LOB 302-304


March 23, 2017: Introduced 03/23/2017 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 11 P. 27


March 30, 2017: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2017-1175s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/30/2017; SJ 12


March 30, 2017: Sen. Bradley Floor Amendment # 2017-1175s, RC 17Y-6N, AA; 03/30/2017; SJ 12


March 30, 2017: Committee Amendment # 2017-0883s, AF, VV; 03/30/2017; SJ 12


March 30, 2017: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0883s, 03/30/2017; SC 16


March 30, 2017: Special Order SB 128 to 03/30/2017, Without Objection, MA; 03/29/2017 SJ 11


March 23, 2017: Special Order SB 128 to the Next Session, Without Objection, MA; 03/23/2017; SJ 10


March 23, 2017: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2017-0883s, 03/23/2017; SC 15


Feb. 21, 2017: Hearing: 02/21/2017, Room 103, SH, 09:15 am, on proposed amendment # 2017-0426s; SC 11


Feb. 21, 2017: Hearing: 02/21/2017, Room 103, SH, 09:15 am; SC 11


Jan. 19, 2017: Introduced 01/19/2017 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 5