OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5600

AN ACT CONCERNING CONNECTICUT GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTIONS.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 5089

File Copy No.: 582

House Calendar No.: 75

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 09 $

FY 10 $

Department of Economic & Community Development

Energy Conservation Loan Fund - Cost

Potential Significant

Potential Significant

Judicial Dept.

GF - Revenue Gain

Less than 10, 000

Less than 10, 000

Education, Dept.

GF - See Below

See Below

See Below

Treasurer, Debt Serv.

GF - Cost Saving

Potential

Potential

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 09 $

FY 10 $

All Municipalities

Revenue Gain

Less than 1, 000

Less than 1, 000

Explanation

The amendment strikes the underlying bill and the associated fiscal impact.

Section 1 will result in a cost to the Energy Conservation Loan Fund (ECLF) , administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) . The amendment expands the list of items that can be funded by the ECLF to include technologies that reduce green house gas emissions. The amendment also expands the program eligibility standards by increasing the maximum loan from $25, 000 to $35, 000 and increasing the maximum income a loan recipient can have from 150% to 200% of the median area income. Based on current program applications, the estimated impact of these expansions could total approximately $1.2 million in new loans.

Section 3 requires Connecticut Innovations, Inc. (CII) to provide, through the Clean Energy Fund, rebates for a residential photovoltaic rebate program.  Applicants can seek a rebate of up to $51, 500 per ten kilowatt system for qualifying projects.  CII already supports such a program, with rebates up to $46, 500.  This amendment will result in a potential cost of up to $5, 000 per rebate.

Section 4 has no revenue impact since it does not alter the General Fund transfers to certain accounts. Current law provides an annual General Obligation (GO) bond authorization of $5 million per year to fund the replacement furnace rebate program in addition to the purposes listed in CGS Section 16a-40b. The amendment eliminates this funding source and instead funds the program though the energy conservation accounts established by PA 07-242.

The amendment may reduce future debt service costs to the General Fund to the degree that it reduces or delays the issuance of GO bonds as a result of eliminating use of these bonds for the replacement furnace rebate program.

Section 5 provides that up to $125, 000 from the Energy Conservation and Load Management Fund be made available to the State Department of Education's technical high schools to establish a "green collar jobs program". This level of funding would be sufficient to provide such a program at three to four of the seventeen regional technical high schools.

Section 6 establishes a new infraction related to the idling of a motor bus; the total amount payable would be between $84 and $146, including the $10 municipal surcharge that the amendment provides.1 Based on the frequency with which infractions are imposed for the prohibited idling of school buses under current law2, it is anticipated that any revenue gain to the state and municipalities under these provisions is anticipated to be less than $10, 000 annually.

The amendment makes other minor and technical changes that will not result in a fiscal impact.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose.

1 In accordance with CGS 51-164m, the judges of the Superior Court establish and maintain a schedule of fines to be paid for the violation of the sections of the general statutes deemed to be infractions. No such fine may be less than $35 or more than $90. In addition to this “base” fine, a cost of $35 (pursuant to CGS 54-143a) and a fee of between $4 and $11 (pursuant to CGS 51-56a(c) ) would be included.

2 One infraction was imposed under CGS 14-277b during FY 07; the charges were dropped and no revenue resulted.