HB549 (2021) Detail

Relative to the energy efficiency resource standard and the system benefits charge.


Rep. Vose, Rock. 9

September 24, 2021

2021-2158h

10/05

 

 

Amendment to HB 549

 

Amend the title of the bill by replacing it with the following:

 

AN ACT relative to the system benefits charge and the energy efficiency and sustainable energy board.

 

Amend the bill by replacing all after the enacting clause with the following:

 

1 Restructuring Policy Principles; System Benefits Charge.  Amend RSA 374-F:3, VI to read as follows:

VI.  Benefits for All Consumers.  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.  Costs should not be shifted unfairly among customers.

VI-a. System Benefits Charge.

(a)  A nonbypassable and competitively neutral system benefits charge applied to the use of the distribution system [may] as used by residential ratepayers shall be used to fund public benefits related to the provision of electricity.  [Such benefits] This charge, 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 and department expenses pursuant to RSA 363-A, support for research and development, and investments in commercialization strategies for new and beneficial technologies. 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 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.  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.] fund:

(1) Energy efficiency programs for a percentage of low/moderate-income customers whose incomes do not exceed 400 percent of national poverty levels.

(2) Energy efficiency programs for all other residential ratepayers.

(3) Programs that promote and describe the consumer advantages of energy efficiency across all ratepayer classes.

(4) The electric utility industry's share of commission and department expenses pursuant to RSA 363-A.

(5)  Support for research and development.

(6)  Investments in commercialization strategies for new and beneficial technologies.

(b)  The systems benefits charge shall be set at the level adopted at the end of the 3-year planning period ending in 2020 as authorized by the commission in Order No. 25,932 dated August 2, 2016.

(c)  The department shall thereinafter authorize adjustments to the system benefits charge on a yearly basis in the amount of the 3-year average of the consumer price index plus 0.25 percent.

(d)  The department of energy shall adopt rules under RSA 541-A regarding the expenditure of energy efficiency funds specifying that 60 percent of said funds be allocated to low or moderate income customers.

(e)  One percent of system benefits charge funds collected annually shall be used to promulgate the benefits of energy efficiency according to guidelines developed as specified in RSA 125-O:5-a, I (c).

2  Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Board; Duties.  Amend RSA 125-O:5-a, I to read as follows:

I.  An energy efficiency and sustainable energy board is hereby created to promote and coordinate energy efficiency, demand response, and sustainable energy programs in the state.  The board's duties shall include but not be limited to:

(a)  Review available energy efficiency, conservation, demand response, and sustainable energy programs and incentives and compile a report of such resources in New Hampshire.

(b)  [Develop a plan to achieve the state's energy efficiency potential for all fuels, including setting goals and targets for energy efficiency that are meaningful and achievable.

(c)  Develop a plan for economic and environmental sustainability of the state's energy system including the development of high efficiency clean energy resources that are either renewable or have low net greenhouse gas emissions.

(d)  [Repealed.]

(e)]  Explore opportunities to coordinate programs targeted at saving more than one fuel resource, including conversion to renewable resources and coordination between natural gas and other programs which seek to reduce the overall use of nonrenewable fuels.

[(f)] (c)  Develop strategies, concepts, and tools to enhance outreach and education programs to increase knowledge about energy efficiency and sustainable energy among New Hampshire residents and businesses.

[(g)] (d)  Expand upon the state government's efficiency programs to ensure that the state is providing leadership on energy efficiency and sustainable energy including reduction of its energy use and fuel costs.

[(h)] (e) Encourage municipalities and counties to increase investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy through financing tools, and to create local energy committees.

[(i)] (f)  Work with community action agencies and the office of strategic initiatives to explore ways to ensure that all customers participating in programs for low-income customers and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) have access to energy efficiency improvements, and where appropriate, renewable energy resources, in order to reduce their energy bills.

[(j)] (g) Investigate potential sources of funding for energy efficiency and sustainable energy development and delivery mechanisms for such programs, coordinate efforts between funding sources to reduce duplication and enhance collaboration, and review investment strategies to increase access to energy efficiency and renewable energy resources.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.

2021-2158h

AMENDED ANALYSIS

This bill makes the system benefits charge on electricity usage apply to only residential ratepayers, changes the uses of system benefits charge funds, and adjusts the procedure for setting and increasing the rate of the system benefits charge.  The bill also modifies the duties of the energy efficiency and sustainable energy board.

Links

HB549 at GenCourtMobile
HB549 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 22, 2021 House Hearing
Oct. 12, 2021 House Hearing
Oct. 26, 2021 House Exec Session
Nov. 15, 2021 House Floor Vote
Oct. 12, 2021 House Hearing
Nov. 15, 2021 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB549 Revision: 33489 Date: Nov. 23, 2021, 12:26 p.m.
HB549 Revision: 33488 Date: Nov. 1, 2021, 2:31 p.m.
HB549 Revision: 31862 Date: Jan. 12, 2021, 12:54 p.m.

Docket


Nov. 16, 2021: Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate


: Minority Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate


: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-2205h 11/15/2021 (Vote 11-10; RC)


Nov. 16, 2021: Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2021-2205h 11/15/2021 (Vote 11-10; RC)


Oct. 26, 2021: Executive Session: 10/26/2021 10:00 a.m. LOB302-304


Oct. 1, 2021: Public Hearing on non-germane Amendment # 2021-2158h: 10/12/2021 01:00 pm LOB 302-304


Oct. 12, 2021: Public Hearing on non-germane Amendment # 2021-2158h: 10/12/2021 01:00 pm LOB 302-304


Sept. 10, 2021: Subcommittee Work Session: 09/29/2021 10:00 am LOB 302-304


Sept. 29, 2021: Subcommittee Work Session: 09/29/2021 10:00 am LOB 302-304


: Retained in Committee


March 23, 2021: Retained in Committee


Feb. 22, 2021: Public Hearing: 02/22/2021 10:00 am Members of the public may attend using the following link: 1. To join the webinar: https://www.zoom.us/j/91732382660 / Executive session on pending legislation may be held throughout the day (time permitting) from the time the committee is initially convened.


Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 2 P. 53


Jan. 12, 2021: Introduced (in recess of) 01/06/2021 and referred to Science, Technology and Energy HJ 2 P. 53