Revision: Jan. 14, 2020, 12:38 p.m.
SB 626-FN - AS INTRODUCED
SENATE BILL 626-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. Ward, Dist 8; Sen. Giuda, Dist 2; Rep. Vose, Rock. 9
COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources
This bill deletes certain filing fees for energy facility siting administrative proceedings.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
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. [Except as provided in paragraph IV,] A person filing with the committee an application for a certificate for an energy facility, [a petition for jurisdiction,] a request for exemption, or any other petition or request for the committee to take action, shall pay to the committee at the time of filing a fee determined in accordance with the fee schedule described in paragraph II. If an application for a certificate for an energy facility is deemed incomplete pursuant to RSA 162-H:7, VI, and a new application is submitted thereunder, the unearned portion of the initial application fee shall be refunded to the applicant or credited to the filing of the new application. The committee may in its discretion provide for a credit or refund in other circumstances that are unforeseen by the applicant.
(d) Filing fees for administrative proceedings:
(1) [Petition for committee jurisdiction: $10,500.
(2) Petition for declaratory ruling: $10,500, or $3,000 if heard by a 3-member subcommittee.
(3)] Certificate transfer of ownership: $10,500, or $3,000 if heard by a 3-member subcommittee.
[(4)] (2) Request for exemption: $10,500, or $3,000 if heard by a 3-member subcommittee.
[(5)] (3) Request to modify a certificate: $10,500, or $3,000 if heard by a 3-member subcommittee.
SB 626-FN- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Application and Filing Fees
This bill deletes certain filing fees for energy facility siting administrative proceedings. The Site Evaluation Committee indicates the filing fees, enacted in July 2015, are used to compensate the public members of the Committee; to pay certain legal and administrative costs of the proceeding; and to reimburse the State agencies represented on the Committee and the Department of Justice. Expenses eligible for reimbursement include time spent in hearings and meetings, and preparation and travel related to the petitions filed. The Committee states these costs would still be incurred if no filing fees were collected. The Committee indicates the fiscal impact of the bill cannot be determined because there is no way to estimate the number of petitions that will be filed in the future. The Committee reports since the filing fees were enacted there have been no petitions for jurisdiction and three petitions for declaratory rulings filed with the committee.
Site Evaluation Committee