Bill Details - HB477 (2019)

HB 477-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2019 SESSION

19-0218

08/06

 

HOUSE BILL 477-FN

 

AN ACT relative to allowance sales under the New Hampshire regional greenhouse gas initiative program.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Notter, Hills. 21; Rep. Torosian, Rock. 14

 

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill distributes all proceeds from allowance sales under the New Hampshire regional greenhouse gas initiative program to ratepayers minus administrative costs.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

19-0218

08/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen

 

AN ACT relative to allowance sales under the New Hampshire regional greenhouse gas initiative program.

 

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

 

1  Energy Efficiency Fund and use of Auction Proceeds.  Amend RSA 125-O:23, II to read as follows:

II.  All amounts in excess of the threshold price, minus administrative costs, of [$1] $0 for any allowance sale shall be rebated to all retail electric ratepayers in the state on a per-kilowatt-hour basis, in a timely manner to be determined by the commission.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

 

LBAO

19-0218

1/9/19

 

HB 477-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to allowance sales under the New Hampshire regional greenhouse gas initiative program.

 

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

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

   Appropriation

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

($29,000)

($29,000)

($29,000)

($29,000)

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [ X ] Highway           [ X ] Other - Energy Efficiency Fund and Multiple Others (See Methodology)

 

 

 

 

 

COUNTY:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

   Expenditures

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

($2,000,000)

($2,000,000)

($2,000,000)

($2,000,000)

   Expenditures

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

Indeterminable Decrease

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill changes the $1 per allowance rebate threshold for auction proceeds deposited into the Energy Efficiency Fund to $0.  The change in this bill would result in all residential and commercial and industrial rate payers receiving full rebates.  Therefore, this bill will impact governmental expenditures by reducing electricity costs for state, county, and local governments consuming electricity.  Under this bill county and local government electricity expenditures will decrease by an indeterminable amount.  However, State electricity expenditures are estimated to decrease by $29,000.  Additionally, this bill would eliminate an estimated $2.7 million in funding for the following core energy efficiency programs in FY 2020 and each year thereafter: Municipal Energy Efficiency Program (estimated $2,000,000 per year); Home Energy Assistance Program (estimated $500,000 per year); and All-Fuels Program (estimated $200,000 per year).  While local revenue would directly decrease by an estimated $2 million each year, some of the indirect benefits to county governments will have an impact on revenue by an indeterminable amount.  

 

In determining how much the core energy efficiency programs would decrease by, the Public Utilities Commission and Department of Environmental Services assumes in FY 2020 the average allowance price will be $4.75 and net auction revenue would total approximately $13.65 million.  Further, the Public Utilities Commission and Department of Environmental Services estimates the State’s total electricity costs will decrease by $29,000 based on the increased customer rebates under this bill and State energy consumption data from FY 2017.  The decrease in state electricity costs will impact all funds used to purchase electricity.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Public Utilities Commission and Department of Environmental Services

 

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2019 Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 3 P. 16
Feb. 6, 2019 Public Hearing: 02/06/2019 01:00 pm LOB 304
Feb. 26, 2019 Executive Session: 02/26/2019 10:15 am LOB 304
March 7, 2019 Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/07/2019 (Vote 11-8; RC) HC 14 P. 18
Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 11-8; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass
Special Order to 03/14/2019 Without Objection HJ 8 P. 60
March 14, 2019 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 198-131 03/14/2019 HJ 9 P. 33

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 6, 2019 House Hearing
Feb. 26, 2019 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 7, 2019 House Floor Vote
March 14, 2019 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB477 Revision: 4670 Date: Jan. 10, 2019, 3:42 p.m.