Bill Details - HB166 (2019)

HB 166 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0114

10/06

 

HOUSE BILL 166

 

AN ACT relative to funding energy efficiency programs.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Mann, Ches. 2

 

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill provides for funding of energy efficiency programs through the system benefits charge.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0114

10/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to funding energy efficiency programs.

 

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

 

1  Electric Utility Restructuring; Policy Principles; System Benefits Charge.  Amend RSA 374-F:3, VI to read as follows:

VI.  Benefits for All Consumers.  Restructuring of the electric utility industry should be implemented in a manner that benefits all consumers equitably and does not benefit one customer class to the detriment of another.  Costs should not be shifted unfairly among customers.  A nonbypassable and competitively neutral system benefits charge applied to the use of the distribution system [may] shall be used to fund energy efficiency programs, as well as for other public benefits related to the provision of electricity.  Such other public benefits, as approved by regulators, may include, but not necessarily be limited to, programs for low-income customers, [energy efficiency programs,] funding for the electric utility industry's share of commission expenses pursuant to RSA 363-A, support for research and development, and investments in commercialization strategies for new and beneficial technologies.  Except in the case of funding for energy efficiency programs, legislative approval of the New Hampshire general court shall be required to increase the system benefits charge.  This requirement of prior approval of the New Hampshire general court shall not apply to the energy efficiency portion of the system benefits charge consistent with or authorized only by Order No. 25,932 issued by the commission, dated August 2, 2016.

2  Electric Utility Restructuring; Policy Principles.  Amend RSA 374-F:3, X to read as follows:

X.  Energy Efficiency.  Restructuring should be designed to reduce market barriers to investments in energy efficiency and provide incentives for appropriate demand-side management and not reduce cost-effective customer conservation.  Utility sponsored energy efficiency programs should target cost-effective opportunities that may otherwise be lost due to market barriers.  Such energy efficiency programs may make available to low-income customers at low or no cost products such as LED bulbs or programmable thermostats to generate immediate savings which compensate for electric rate increases that support energy efficency programs.

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

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 2, 2019 Introduced 01/02/2019 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 2 P. 40
Feb. 5, 2019 Public Hearing: 02/05/2019 02:30 pm LOB 304
Feb. 26, 2019 Executive Session: 02/26/2019 10:15 am LOB 304
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass (Vote 10-9; RC)
March 7, 2019 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass for 03/07/2019 (Vote 10-9; RC) HC 14 P. 17
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate
Special Order to 03/14/2019 Without Objection HJ 8 P. 60
March 14, 2019 Ought to Pass: MA RC 201-138 03/14/2019 HJ 9 P. 30
March 21, 2019 Introduced 03/21/2019 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 10
April 2, 2019 Hearing: 04/02/2019, Room 103, SH, 10:00 am; SC 16
May 23, 2019 Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate; Vote 5-0; CC; 05/23/2019; SC 23

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 5, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 26, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 7, 2019 House Floor Vote
March 14, 2019 House Floor Vote
April 2, 2019 Senate Hearing
May 23, 2019 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB166 Revision: 4329 Date: Dec. 27, 2018, 9:28 a.m.