HB1480 (2020) Detail

Relative to the use of system benefits charges.










AN ACT relative to the use of system benefits charges.


SPONSORS: Rep. Harrington, Straf. 3


COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy






This bill removes the authority for a portion of system benefits charges collected for energy efficiency to be expended on low-income energy efficiency programs with the approval of the fiscal committee of the general court.


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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.






In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty


AN ACT relative to the use of system benefits charges.


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


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

VI.  Benefits for All Consumers.

(a)  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.

(b)  Costs should not be shifted unfairly among customers.

(c)  A nonbypassable and competitively neutral system benefits charge applied to the use of the distribution system may be used to fund public benefits related to the provision of electricity.

(d) Such 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.

(e)  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 [if the increase is authorized by an order of the commission to implement the 3-year planning periods of the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard framework established by] consistent with or authorized only by commission Order No. 25,932 dated August 2, 2016[, ending in 2020 and 2023, or, if for purposes other than implementing the Energy Efficiency Resource Standard, is authorized by the fiscal committee of the general court; provided, however, that no less than 20 percent of the portion of the funds collected for energy efficiency shall be expended on low-income energy efficiency programs].

(f)  Energy efficiency programs should include the development of relationships with third-party lending institutions to provide opportunities for low-cost financing of energy efficiency measures to leverage available funds to the maximum extent, and shall also include funding for workforce development to minimize waiting periods for low-income energy audits and weatherization.

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


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Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 23, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 5, 2020 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
Feb. 19, 2020 House Floor Vote
Feb. 20, 2020 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1480 Revision: 7145 Date: Dec. 3, 2019, 10:18 a.m.


Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 1 P. 23
Jan. 23, 2020 Public Hearing: 01/23/2020 01:00 pm LOB 304
Feb. 5, 2020 Executive Session: 02/05/2020 10:00 am LOB 304
Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 11-8; RC)
Feb. 19, 2020 Majority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 02/19/2020 (Vote 11-8; RC) HC 7 P. 36
Minority Committee Report: Ought to Pass
Feb. 20, 2020 Special Order to regular place in next calendar (Rep. Ley): MA VV 02/20/2020
March 5, 2020 Inexpedient to Legislate: MA RC 201-130 03/05/2020 HJ 6 P. 33