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Substitute House Bill No. 5643

Public Act No. 04-191

AN ACT CONCERNING A MARINE PROTECTION AREA AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE LONG ISLAND SOUND TASK FORCE.

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

Section 1. Section 18 of public act 03-140 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2004):

Not later than December 1, 2004, the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board shall develop infrastructure criteria guidelines for the evaluation process under subsection (f) of section 16a-7c, which guidelines shall be consistent with state environmental policy, state economic development policy, the state's policy regarding the restructuring of the electric industry, as set forth in section 16-244, and the findings in the comprehensive energy plan prepared pursuant to section 16a-7a, and shall include, but not be limited to, the following: (1) Environmental preference standards; (2) efficiency standards, including, but not limited to, efficiency standards for transmission, generation and demand-side management; (3) generation preference standards; (4) electric capacity, use trends and forecasted resource needs; (5) natural gas capacity, use trends and forecasted resource needs; and (6) national and regional reliability criteria applicable to the regional bulk power grid, as determined in consultation with the regional independent system operator, as defined in section 16-1, as amended. In developing environmental preference standards, the board shall consider the recommendations and findings of the task force established pursuant to section 25-157a, as amended, and Executive Order Number 26 of Governor John G. Rowland.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) The Connecticut Energy Advisory Board established pursuant to section 16a-3 of the general statutes, as amended, shall identify any data or information in addition to the findings of the task force established pursuant to section 25-157a of the general statutes, as amended, and Executive Order Number 26 of Governor John G. Rowland that would enhance the capability of state agencies having cognizance of matters relating to Long Island Sound to plan for, manage and evaluate future proposed uses of, and encroachments into, Long Island Sound bottomlands. Not later than January 1, 2005, the board shall submit a report of its findings and any legislative recommendations, in accordance with section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to the environment.

Approved June 3, 2004