HB 1496-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
HOUSE BILL 1496-FN
SPONSORS: Rep. Mann, Ches. 2
COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy
I. Requires the energy efficiency and sustainable energy board to provide recommendations to the public utilities commission on the energy efficiency and renewable energy funds.
II. Requires rebates from the use of auction proceeds to all commercial and industrial retail energy ratepayers.
III. Requires that any funds remaining in the energy efficiency fund at a year's end be retained for use in subsequent years, and forbids use of the fund for any but it's intended purpose.
IV. Repeals the contingent repeal of the regional greenhouse gas initiative program.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
12Mar2020... 0978h 20-2674
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
I. The general court finds that light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs save enough electric power compared to incandescent bulbs to rapidly earn back the cost of their purchase and, through additional purchases using only previous savings, thereafter easily exceed current rebates. Therefore, and in view of climate concerns, the general court finds it both reasonable and necessary to end the rebate to residential ratepayers of revenue derived from the regional greenhouse gas initiative and invest it all, as originally intended, on effective energy efficiency programs for buildings.
II. According to the Energy Information Administration more than 40 percent of New Hampshire houses are heated by fuel oil.
III. Energy efficiency measures that reduce heat loss in buildings (through air sealing, adding insulation, and other measures tailored for each building) not only lower demand for electricity but also for fuel, lowering heating expense for our families, while directly reducing the burning of fossil fuels which produces greenhouse gases.
IV. Continuing failure to implement a serious energy efficiency program produces an unnecessary and accelerating loss of wealth from the New Hampshire economy, to the benefit only of out-of-state fossil-fuel producers.
(k) Serve as a stakeholder forum that makes recommendations to program administrators and the public utilities commission with respect to the development and implementation of program plans under the energy efficiency resource standard, including providing assistance interpreting and applying state policies with respect to energy efficiency, demand response, and strategic electrification.
II. All amounts [in excess of the threshold price of $1 for any allowance sale] shall be allocated to the commercial and industrial retail electric ratepayers and the residential retail electric ratepayers consistent with the kilowatt-hour delivery sales of electric distribution utilities as determined by the commission. Eighty percent of the commercial and industrial retail electric ratepayer allocations shall be rebated to all commercial and industrial [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. Twenty-five percent of the residential ratepayer allocation shall be rebated to residential ratepayers in a similar manner to all residential ratepayers, prorated over the 4 months following the effective date of this paragraph, after which the residential rebates shall permanently end. During this 4-month period utility-run energy efficiency programs shall distribute information to all residential ratepayers alerting them of the pending end of the rebate and informing them of how to grow the savings from using one or 2 LED bulbs to fully compensate for the end of the rebate.
(a) At least 15 percent to the low-income core energy efficiency program. Starting as of the effective date of this subparagraph, this program may provide, through coupons or otherwise, one or more 60 or 75 watt-equivalent LED bulbs to each low-income household along with instructions for increasing the savings from the first LED bulbs to more than compensate for the pending end of the rebate.
III. Beginning in calendar year 2016, the commissioner shall submit an annual report to be made available to the public on or before January 15 compiling the annual reports submitted under paragraph II, with findings on the departments' annual progress in complying with the energy consumption reduction goal established in paragraph I and problems which may prevent the departments from achieving this goal, to the energy efficiency and sustainable energy board established under RSA 125-O:5-a, the governor, the senate president, the speaker of the house of representatives, the chair of the senate energy and natural resources committee, and the chair of the house science, technology and energy committee.
I. There is hereby established an energy efficiency fund. This nonlapsing, special fund shall be continually appropriated to the commission to be expended in accordance with this section. The state treasurer shall invest the moneys deposited therein, as provided by law. Income received on investments made by the state treasurer shall also be credited to the fund. All programs supported by these funds shall be subject to audit by the commission as deemed necessary. A portion of the fund moneys shall be used to pay for commission and department costs to administer this subdivision, including contributions for the state's share of the costs of the RGGI regional organization. [No fund moneys shall be used by the commission or the department to contract with outside consultants.] The commission shall transfer from the fund to the department such costs as may be budgeted and expended, or otherwise approved by the fiscal committee of the general court and the governor and council, for the department's cost of administering this subdivision.
I. RSA 125-O:21, III-a, relative to unsold budget allowances in the carbon dioxide emissions budget trading program.
II. 2012, 281:11 through 281:17, relative to the contingent repeal of the carbon dioxide cap and the regional greenhouse gas initiative.
HB 1496-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE (AMENDMENT #2020-0978h)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ X ] County [ X ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ X ] General [ ] Education [ X ] Highway [ X ] Other - Energy Efficiency Fund & Various Governmental Funds
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the Department of Environmental Services (DES) indicate this bill requires the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Board to serve as a stakeholder forum that makes recommendations to program administrators and the PUC with respect to the development and implementation of program plans for the energy efficiency resource standard (EERS). The EERS is an energy efficiency program, which is funded in part through the system benefits charge and the Energy Efficiency Fund. The PUC and DES fiscal analysis considers the following:
The bill would have no effect on state revenue from auction proceeds which is estimated to be $17 million annually. After deducting administrative costs of $0.35 million, $16.65 million would be allocated as follows:
Current Allocation of Revenue
Proposed Allocation of Revenue
Net Estimated Change
Low-income Energy Efficiency Program (15%) of $1 threshold
$435,000 ($2.90 million x 0.15)
Low-income Energy Efficiency Program (15%) of residential
$1,000,000 ($16.65 million x 0.4 x 0.15)
Energy Efficiency Program (only municipal and local governments)
Energy Efficiency Program (municipal and local governments)
All-fuels Program (remaining balance of $1 per allowances)
$465,000 ($2.90 million - $2.435 million)
All-fuels Program (remaining residential balance)
$3.66 Million ($16.65 million x 0.4 – 3 million)
C&I energy efficiency projects
C&I energy efficiency projects
$1.998 Million ($16.65 million x 0.6 x 0.2)
Rebates to all electricity rate payers
$13.75 Million (total rebates)
C&I customer rebates = $8.25 million
Residential customer rebates = $5.5 million
Rebates to commercial/ industrial electricity rate payers
$7.992 million (total rebates)
C&I customer rebates = $7.992 million
($16.65 million x 0.6 x 0.8)
$0 rebates to Residential ratepayers beginning 4 months after effective date
The table reflects estimated proceed allocations 4 months after the effective date of this bill. During the first four months, twenty-five percent of the residential ratepayer allocation would be rebated to residential ratepayers in a similar manner to all residential ratepayers. Assuming a total annual residential allocation of $6.66 million, the estimated allocation for four months would equal approximately $2.22 million (1/3 of the annual allocation). Twenty-five percent of $2.22 million equals $555,000; prorated over 4 months equates to $138,750 monthly rebated in a similar manner to all residential ratepayers.
This bill decreases the total rebates to ratepayers and increases the funding to energy efficiency programs. Rebates to C&I customers are estimated to decrease slightly ($8.25 million to $7.992) and funding for C&I energy efficiency programs are estimated to increase. The fiscal impact on state, county, and local governments that consume electricity is indeterminable.
Department of Environmental Services and Public Utilities Commission
|Jan. 28, 2020||House||Hearing|
|March 3, 2020||House||Exec Session|
|March 11, 2020||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 1 P. 24|
|Jan. 28, 2020||Public Hearing: 01/28/2020 02:15 pm LOB 304|
|March 3, 2020||Executive Session: 03/03/2020 10:00 am LOB 304|
|March 11, 2020||Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0978h for 03/11/2020 (Vote 10-8; RC) HC 10 P. 72|
|Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-0978h (Vote 10-8; RC)|
|Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate|
|March 12, 2020||Amendment # 2020-0978h: AA VV 03/12/2020|
|March 12, 2020||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-0978h: MA RC 180-101 03/12/2020|
|June 16, 2020||Introduced 06/16/2020, and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020; SJ 8|
|June 16, 2020||No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8|