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Substitute House Bill No. 5203

Public Act No. 02-16

AN ACT CONCERNING GAS COMPANY SUPPLY AND DEMAND FORECAST REPORTS AND CONSERVATION PLANS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 16-32f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2002):

(a) On or before October first of each even-numbered year, a gas company, as defined in section 16-1, as amended, shall furnish a report to the Department of Public Utility Control containing a [ten-year] five-year forecast of loads and resources. The report shall describe the facilities and supply sources that, in the judgment of such gas company, will be required to meet gas demands during the forecast period. The report shall be made available to the public and shall be furnished to the chief executive officer of each municipality in the service area of such gas company, the regional planning agency which encompasses each such municipality, the Attorney General, the president pro tempore of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public utilities, any other member of the General Assembly making a request to the department for the report and such other state and municipal entities as the department may designate by regulation. The report shall include: (1) A tabulation of estimated peak loads and resources for each year; (2) data on gas use and peak loads for the five preceding calendar years; (3) a list of present and projected gas supply sources; (4) specific measures to control load growth and promote conservation; and (5) such other information as the department may require by regulation. A full description of the methodology used to arrive at the forecast of loads and resources shall also be furnished to the department. The department shall hold a public hearing on such reports upon the request of any person. On or before August first of each odd-numbered year, the department may request a gas company to furnish to the department an updated report. A gas company shall furnish any such updated report not later than sixty days following the request of the department.

(b) A gas company, as defined in section 16-1, as amended, shall submit to the Department of Public Utility Control a gas conservation plan along with the company's [ten-year] five-year forecast, as defined in subsection (a) of this section. The plan shall include: (1) Specific quantifiable conservation and load management targets; (2) conservation option descriptions, analyses and the methodology used to evaluate conservation options reviewed by such company; and (3) an estimation of conservation option costs and benefits, sufficiently detailed to allow the department to evaluate revenue requirements and other social and environmental costs and benefits, or such other components as the department may by order direct. All supply and conservation and load management options shall be evaluated and selected within an integrated supply and demand planning framework. The department shall hold a public hearing on such plans in conjunction with the public hearing held pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. On or before August first of each odd-numbered year, the department may request a gas company to submit an updated plan to the department. A gas company shall furnish any such updated plan not later than sixty days following the request of the department.

Approved April 30, 2002