SB 692-FN - AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE
SENATE BILL 692-FN
SPONSORS: Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Sen. Watters, Dist 4
COMMITTEE: Energy and Natural Resources
This bill requires the public utilities commission to assess certain costs of participation in regional activities to gas and electric distribution utilities.
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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
03/12/2020 1038s 20-2723
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:
374-F:8 Participation in Regional Activities. The commission shall advocate for New Hampshire interests before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other regional and federal bodies. The commission shall participate in the activities of the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, and the New England States Committee on Electricity, or other similar organizations, and work with the New England Independent System Operator and NEPOOL to advance the interests of New Hampshire with respect to wholesale electric issues, including policy goals relating to fuel diversity, renewable energy, and energy efficiency, and to assure nondiscriminatory open access to a safe, adequate, and reliable transmission system at just and reasonable prices. The commission shall advocate against proposed regional or federal rules or policies that are inconsistent with the policies, rules, or laws of New Hampshire. In its participation in regional activities, the commission shall consider how other states' policies will impact New Hampshire rates and work to prevent or minimize any rate impact the commission determines to be unjust or unreasonable, including, but not limited to, unjust or unreasonable returns on equity. The commission shall directly assess gas and electric distribution utilities the costs and expenses of fulfilling its duties under this section, including the costs and expenses of assistants hired by the commission, based on the annual revenues of the utilities in the same manner as issued in assessing the annual operating expenses of the commission, or as appropriate and equitable on a case by case basis. Such costs and expenses shall not include any part of the salaries of the commissioners or of employees of the commission, or the commission's membership fees for the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. The commission may make and the utilities shall pay such assessments monthly, quarterly, or annually at the commission's election. The commission shall by order establish rate recovery mechanisms for any public utility assessment imposed pursuant to this section. Such rate recovery mechanisms shall adjust at least annually to recover any change in a utility’s assessment.
SB 692-FN- FISCAL NOTE
AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE (AMENDMENT #2020-1038s)
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Utility Assessment Revenue
This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to directly assess gas and electric distribution utilities for the costs and expenses of fulfilling its duties under RSA 374-F:8. The statute requires the PUC to advocate for New Hampshire interests before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other regional and federal bodies, and to consider how other states' policies will impact New Hampshire rates and work to prevent or minimize any rate impact the commission determines to be unjust or unreasonable. Certain costs, such as salaries of the commissioners or employees of the commission would be excluded from this assessment and would continue to be assessed under RSA 363-A. The result would be an allocation of the cost of regional activities to the electric and gas utilities, to whom the regional activities relate, rather than to telecommunication and relatively small water utilities that are not affected by the PUC activities under RSA 374-F:8. These cost are currently funded by a general utility assessment applicable to all utilities in the state. The bill would require the PUC to assess only electric and gas utilities for the regional activities under RSA 374-F:8.
Public Utilities Commission
|Jan. 28, 2020||Senate||Hearing|
|March 12, 2020||Senate||Floor Vote|
|March 11, 2020||Senate||Floor Vote|
|March 11, 2020||Senate||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Energy and Natural Resources; SJ 2|
|Jan. 28, 2020||Hearing: 01/28/2020, Room 103, SH, 09:45 am; SC 4|
|March 12, 2020||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-1038s, 03/12/2020; SC 10|
|March 11, 2020||Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2020-1038s, 03/11/2020; SC 10|
|March 12, 2020||Special Order to 03/12/2020, Without Objection, MA; 03/11/2020 SJ 6|
|March 12, 2020||Committee Amendment # 2020-1038s, AA, VV; 03/12/2020; SJ 7|
|March 12, 2020||Ought to Pass with Amendment 2020-1038s, MA, VV; OT3rdg; 03/12/2020; SJ 7|