HB1430 (2020) Detail

Establishing a commission to study attainment of a clean-energy electric grid by 2030.


HB 1430 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2309

06/08

 

HOUSE BILL 1430

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study attainment of a clean-energy electric grid by 2030.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. McGhee, Hills. 40; Rep. Balch, Hills. 38; Rep. McWilliams, Merr. 27; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21

 

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill establishes a commission to study ways to achieve a clean energy electric grid by 2030.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2309

06/08

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT establishing a commission to study attainment of a clean-energy electric grid by 2030.

 

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

 

1  New Section; Attainment of Clean Energy Grid; Commission Established.  Amend RSA 125-O by inserting after section 5-a the following new section:

125-O:5-b  Commission Established.  

I.  There is established a commission to study the feasibility of the short-term attainment of a clean-energy electric grid within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) time line as set forth in the IPCC guideline for avoiding a scientifically significant tipping-point for irreversible damage to our water, weather, and ecosystems.  For the purposes of the commission, "clean" means non-greenhouse gas emitting forms of energy that help curb the dangerous emissions contributing to rapid atmospheric warming.

II.  The members of the commission shall be as follows:

(a)  Three members of the house of representatives, who shall be members of the science, technology and energy committee, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives.

(b)  Two members of the senate, appointed by the president of the senate.

(c)  The director of the office of strategic initiatives, or designee.

(d)  The commissioner of the department of environmental services, or designee.

(e)  The president of ISO-NE, or designee.

(f)  The chief executive officer of Liberty Utilities, or designee.

(g)  The president of Eversource Energy, or designee.

(h)  The president of Unitil, or designee.

(i)  The president of NextEra Energy, or designee.

(j)  The executive director of Clean Energy NH, or designee.

(k)  A representative of the Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire, appointed by the governor.

III.  The commission shall solicit testimony from state agencies and industry, as needed.

IV.  Legislative members of the commission shall receive mileage at the legislative rate when attending to the duties of the commission.

V.  The commission shall review and make recommendations on:

(a)  Current energy sources powering the New England grid.

(b)  Pending regional energy efficiency investments.

(c)  Regional proposals for combined renewable energy projects upon which to base an aggregate effect on megawatt hours.

(d)  ISO-NE requirements for base load reliability as it affects the potential for integration of intermittent energy sources.

(e)  Its' analysis of the megawatt hour growth resulting form the beneficial electrification in all relevant sectors, including transportation, home heating, and elective power usage through 2030.

(f)  Other data that will aid in developing a workable plan.

VI.  The commission shall:

(a)  Work with regional grid partner states in procuring data and sharing information.

(b)  Research similar plans in other states.

(c)  Work with generators, power planners, and ISO-NE to check assumptions with experts and define best case scenarios.

(d)  Coordinate with the New Hampshire office of strategic initiatives (OSI) for input on best practices and buy-in for transitioning to a clean energy economy.

(e)  Define a high level, realistic plan for achieving a clean power grid by 2030.

(f)  Research regional grid security (resilience to brown outs, blackouts & cyber attack) and whether impending grid changes can be used to improve and secure the grid.

(g)  Address maintaining reliability & market stability, while considering the urgency of the environmental moment presented by rapid atmospheric warming.

(h)  Work with regional grid partner-states to procure data and share information.

(i)  Determine how best to coordinate with other states for aggressive regional planning.

VII.  The members of the study commission shall elect a chairperson from among the members.  The first meeting of the commission shall be called by the first-named house member.  The first meeting of the commission shall be held within 45 days of the effective date of this section.  Six members of the commission shall constitute a quorum.

VIII.  The commission shall submit an interim report on March 30, 2021, and a final report on November 1, 2021 detailing its findings and any recommendations for proposed legislation to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the chairperson of the science, technology and energy committee, the house clerk, the senate clerk, the governor, and the state library.  The final report shall outline the realities of attaining a clean-energy electric grid by 2030 while maintaining grid and market stability.

2  Repeal.  RSA 125-O:5-b, relative to the commission to study the feasibility of the short-term attainment of a clean-energy electric grid, is repealed.

3  Effective Date.

I.  Section 1 of this act shall take effect November 1, 2021.

II.  The remainder of this act shall take effect upon its passage.

Links

HB1430 at GenCourtMobile
HB1430 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 14, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 5, 2020 House Exec Session
Feb. 12, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1430 Revision: 7091 Date: Dec. 3, 2019, 9:06 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 1 P. 22
Jan. 14, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/14/2020 10:00 am LOB 304
Feb. 5, 2020 ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 02/05/2020 10:00 am LOB 304
Feb. 12, 2020 ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 02/12/2020 10:00 am LOB 304
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0519h (Vote 12-7; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate