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Substitute Bill No. 415

    February Session, 2012

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING THE OPERATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM, WATER CONSERVATION AND THE OPERATIONS OF THE CLEAN ENERGY FINANCE AND INVESTMENT AUTHORITY.

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

Section 1. Subdivision (52) of subsection (a) of section 16-1 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(52) "Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection" means the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection appointed pursuant to title 4, or the commissioner's designee.

Sec. 2. Section 16-2 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) There shall continue to be a Public Utilities Regulatory Authority within the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which shall consist of three electors of this state, appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of both houses of the General Assembly. Not more than two members of said authority in office at any one time shall be members of any one political party. On or before July 1, 2011, the Governor shall appoint three members to the authority. The first director appointed by the Governor on or before July 1, 2011, who is of the same political party as that of the Governor shall serve a term of five years. The second director appointed by the Governor on or before July 1, 2011, who is of the same political party as that of the Governor shall serve a term of four years. The first director appointed by the Governor on or before July 1, 2011, who is of a different political party as that of the Governor shall serve a term of three years. Any director appointed on or after January 1, 2014, shall serve a term of four years. The procedure prescribed by section 4-7 shall apply to such appointments, except that the Governor shall submit each nomination on or before May first, and both houses shall confirm or reject it before adjournment sine die. The directors shall be sworn to the faithful performance of their duties. The term of any commissioner serving on June 30, 2011, shall be terminated.

(b) The authority shall elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson each June for one-year terms starting on July first of the same year. The vice-chairperson shall perform the duties of the chairperson in his or her absence.

(c) Any matter coming before the authority may be assigned by the chairperson to a panel of one or more directors. Except as otherwise provided by statute or regulation, the panel shall determine whether a public hearing shall be held on the matter, and may designate one or two of its members to conduct such hearing or [request the appointment of] may assign a hearing officer to ascertain the facts and report thereon to the panel. The decision of the panel, if unanimous, shall be the decision of the authority. If the decision of the panel is not unanimous, the matter shall be approved by a majority vote of the [panel] directors of the authority.

(d) The directors of the authority shall serve full time and shall make full public disclosure of their assets, liabilities and income at the time of their appointment, and thereafter each member of the authority shall make such disclosure on or before July thirtieth of each year of such member's term, and shall file such disclosure with the office of the Secretary of the State. Each director shall receive annually a salary equal to that established for management pay plan salary group seventy-five by the Commissioner of Administrative Services, except that the chairperson shall receive annually a salary equal to that established for management pay plan salary group seventy-seven.

(e) To insure the highest standard of public utility regulation, on and after October 1, 2007, any newly appointed director of the authority shall have education or training and three or more years of experience in one or more of the following fields: Economics, engineering, law, accounting, finance, utility regulation, public or government administration, consumer advocacy, business management, and environmental management. On and after July 1, 1997, at least three of these fields shall be represented on the authority by individual directors at all times. Any time a director is newly appointed, at least one of the directors shall have experience in utility customer advocacy.

(f) The chairperson of the authority, with the approval of the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, shall prescribe the duties of the staff assigned to the authority in order to (1) conduct comprehensive planning with respect to the functions of the authority; (2) coordinate the activities of the authority; (3) cause the administrative organization of the authority to be examined with a view to promoting economy and efficiency; (4) organize the authority into such divisions, bureaus or other units as necessary for the efficient conduct of the business of the authority and may from time to time make recommendations to the commissioner regarding staff and resources; (5) for any proceeding on a proposed rate amendment in which staff of the authority are to be made a party pursuant to section 16-19j, determine which staff shall appear and participate in the proceedings and which shall serve the members of the authority; (6) enter into such contractual agreements, in accordance with established procedures, as may be necessary for the discharge of the authority's duties; (7) subject to the provisions of section 4-32, and unless otherwise provided by law, receive any money, revenue or services from the federal government, corporations, associations or individuals, including payments from the sale of printed matter or any other material or services; and (8) require the staff of the authority to have expertise in public utility engineering and accounting, finance, economics, computers and rate design.

(g) No director of the authority or employee of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection assigned to work with the authority shall [, while serving as such or during such assignment,] have any interest, financial or otherwise, direct or indirect, or engage in any business, employment, transaction or professional activity, or incur any obligation of any nature, which is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of his or her duties or employment in the public interest and of his or her responsibilities as prescribed in the laws of this state, as defined in section 1-85, concerning any matter within the jurisdiction of the authority; provided, no such substantial conflict shall be deemed to exist solely by virtue of the fact that a director of the authority or employee of the department assigned to work with the authority, or any business in which such a person has an interest, receives utility service from one or more Connecticut utilities under the normal rates and conditions of service.

(h) No member of the authority or employee of the department assigned to work with the authority, during such assignment, shall accept other employment which will either impair his or her independence of judgment as to his or her official duties or employment or require him or her, or induce him or her, to disclose confidential information acquired by him or her in the course of and by reason of his or her official duties.

(i) No director of the authority or employee of the department assigned to work with the authority, during such assignment, shall wilfully and knowingly disclose, for pecuniary gain, to any other person, confidential information acquired by him or her in the course of and by reason of his or her official duties or employment or use any such information for the purpose of pecuniary gain.

(j) No director of the authority or employee of the department assigned to work with the authority, during such assignment, shall agree to accept, or be in partnership or association with any person, or a member of a professional corporation or in membership with any union or professional association which partnership, association, professional corporation, union or professional association agrees to accept any employment, fee or other thing of value, or portion thereof, in consideration of his or her appearing, agreeing to appear, or taking any other action on behalf of another person before the authority, the Connecticut Siting Council, the Office of Policy and Management or the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection.

(k) No director of the authority shall, for a period of one year following the termination of his or her service as a director, accept employment: (1) By a public service company or by any person, firm or corporation engaged in lobbying activities with regard to governmental regulation of public service companies; (2) by a certified telecommunications provider or by any person, firm or corporation engaged in lobbying activities with regard to governmental regulation of persons, firms or corporations so certified; or (3) by an electric supplier or by any person, firm or corporation engaged in lobbying activities with regard to governmental regulation of electric suppliers. No such director who is also an attorney shall in any capacity, appear or participate in any matter, or accept any compensation regarding a matter, before the authority, for a period of one year following the termination of his or her service as a director.

(l) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall include a procurement manager whose duties shall include, but not be limited to, overseeing the procurement of electricity for standard service and who shall have experience in energy markets and procuring energy on a commercial scale.

Sec. 3. Section 16-3 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

If any director vacancy occurs in said Public Utilities Regulatory Authority at any time when the General Assembly is not in session, the Governor shall appoint a director to fill such vacancy until such vacancy is filled at the next session of the General Assembly. [Any other vacancy shall be filled, for the unexpired portion of the term, in the manner provided in section 16-2.]

Sec. 4. Section 16-6b of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, in consultation with the [Department] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, may, in accordance with chapter 54, adopt such regulations with respect to: [rates] (1) Rates and charges, services, accounting practices, safety and the conduct of operations generally of public service companies subject to its jurisdiction as it deems reasonable and necessary; [. The department in consultation with the authority may, in accordance with chapter 54, adopt such regulations with respect to] (2) services, accounting practices, safety and the conduct of operations generally of electric suppliers subject to its jurisdiction as it deems reasonable and necessary; [. After consultation with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the department may also adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54,] and (3) establishing standards, in accordance with the department's policies, for systems utilizing cogeneration technology and renewable fuel resources.

Sec. 5. Section 16-7 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The directors [and any employees of the department assigned to] of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, or their designees, while engaged in the performance of their duties may, at all reasonable times, enter any premises, buildings, cars or other places belonging to or controlled by any public service company or electric supplier, and any person obstructing or in any way causing to be obstructed or hindered any member or employee of the department in the performance of his or her duties shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than six months or both.

Sec. 6. Section 16-8 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority may, in its discretion, delegate its powers, in specific cases, to one or more of its directors or to a hearing officer to ascertain the facts and report thereon to the authority. The authority, or any director thereof, in the performance of its duties or in connection with any hearing, or at the request of any person, corporation, company, town, borough or association, may summon and examine, under oath, such witnesses, and may direct the production of, and examine or cause to be produced and examined, such books, records, vouchers, memoranda, documents, letters, contracts or other papers in relation to the affairs of any public service company as it may find advisable, and shall have the same powers in reference thereto as are vested in magistrates taking depositions. If any witness objects to testifying or to producing any book or paper on the ground that such testimony, book or paper may tend to incriminate him, and the authority directs such witness to testify or to produce such book or paper, and he complies, or if he is compelled so to do by order of court, he shall not be prosecuted for any matter concerning which he or she has so testified. The fees of witnesses summoned by the [department] authority to appear before it under the provisions of this section, and the fees for summoning witnesses shall be the same as in the Superior Court. All such fees, together with any other expenses authorized by statute, the method of payment of which is not otherwise provided, shall, when taxed by the authority, be paid by the state, through the business office of the authority, in the same manner as court expenses. The authority may designate in specific cases a hearing officer who may be a member of its technical staff or a member of the Connecticut Bar engaged for that purpose under a contract approved by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to hold a hearing and make report thereon to the authority. A hearing officer so designated shall have the same powers as the authority, or any director thereof, to conduct a hearing, except that only a director of the authority shall have the power to grant immunity from prosecution to any witness who objects to testifying or to producing any book or paper on the ground that such testimony, book or paper may tend to incriminate him or her.

(b) (1) The authority may [, within available appropriations,] employ professional personnel to perform management audits. The authority shall promptly establish such procedures as it deems necessary or desirable to provide for management audits to be performed on a regular or irregular schedule on all or any portion of the operating procedures and any other internal workings of any public service company, including the relationship between any public service company and a related holding company or subsidiary, consistent with the provisions of section 16-8c, provided no such audit shall be performed on a community antenna television company, except with regard to any noncable communications services which the company may provide, or when (A) such an audit is necessary for the authority to perform its regulatory functions under the Communications Act of 1934, 47 USC 151, et seq., as amended from time to time, other federal law or state law, (B) the cost of such an audit is warranted by a reasonably foreseeable financial, safety or service benefit to subscribers of the company which is the subject of such an audit, and (C) such an audit is restricted to examination of the operating procedures that affect operations within the state.

(2) In any case where the authority determines that an audit is necessary or desirable, it may (A) order the audit to be performed by one of the management audit teams, (B) require the affected company to perform the audit utilizing the company's own internal management audit staff as supervised by designated members of the authority's staff, or (C) require that the audit be performed under the supervision of designated members of the authority's staff by an independent management consulting firm selected by the authority, in consultation with the affected company. If the affected company has more than seventy-five thousand customers, such independent management consulting firm shall be of nationally recognized stature. All reasonable and proper expenses of the audits, including, but not limited to, the costs associated with the audit firm's testimony at a public hearing or other proceeding, shall be borne by the affected companies and shall be paid by such companies at such times and in such manner as the authority directs.

(3) For purposes of this section, a complete audit shall consist of (A) a diagnostic review of all functions of the audited company, which shall include, but not be limited to, documentation of the operations of the company, assessment of the company's system of internal controls, and identification of any areas of the company which may require subsequent audits, and (B) the performance of subsequent focused audits identified in the diagnostic review and determined necessary by the authority. All audits performed pursuant to this section shall be performed in accordance with generally accepted management audit standards. The [department] authority shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 setting forth such generally accepted management audit standards. Each audit of a community antenna television company shall be consistent with the provisions of the Communications Act of 1934, 47 USC 151, et seq., as amended from time to time, and of any other applicable federal law. The authority shall certify whether a portion of an audit conforms to the provisions of this section and constitutes a portion of a complete audit.

(4) A complete audit of each portion of each gas, electric or electric distribution company having more than seventy-five thousand customers shall begin no less frequently than every six years, so that a complete audit of such a company's operations shall be performed every six years. Such an audit of each such company having more than seventy-five thousand customers shall be updated as required by the authority.

(5) The results of an audit performed pursuant to this section shall be filed with the authority and shall be open to public inspection. Upon completion and review of the audit, if the person or firm performing or supervising the audit determines that any of the operating procedures or any other internal workings of the affected public service company are inefficient, improvident, unreasonable, negligent or in abuse of discretion, the authority may, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, order the affected public service company to adopt such new or altered practices and procedures as the authority shall find necessary to promote efficient and adequate service to meet the public convenience and necessity. The authority shall annually submit a report of audits performed pursuant to this section to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public utilities which report shall include the status of audits begun but not yet completed and a summary of the results of audits completed. Any such report may be submitted electronically.

(6) All reasonable and proper costs and expenses, as determined by the authority, of complying with any order of the authority pursuant to this subsection shall be recognized by the authority for all purposes as proper business expenses of the affected company.

(7) After notice and hearing, the authority may modify the scope and schedule of a management audit of a telephone company which is subject to an alternative form of regulation so that such audit is consistent with that alternative form of regulation.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to interfere or conflict with any powers of the authority or its staff provided elsewhere in the general statutes, including, but not limited to, the provisions of this section and sections 16-7, as amended by this act, 16-28 and 16-32, to conduct an audit, investigation or review of the books, records, plant and equipment of any regulated public service company.

Sec. 7. Subsection (b) of section 16-19e of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall promptly undertake a separate, general investigation of, and shall hold at least one public hearing on new pricing principles and rate structures for electric companies and for gas companies to consider, without limitation, long run incremental cost of marginal cost pricing, peak load or time of day pricing and proposals for optimizing the utilization of energy and restraining its wasteful use and encouraging energy conservation, and any other matter with respect to pricing principles and rate structures as the authority shall deem appropriate. The authority shall determine whether existing or future rate structures place an undue burden upon those persons of poverty status and shall make such adjustment in the rate structure as is necessary or desirable to take account of their indigency. The authority shall require the utilization of such new principles and structures to the extent that the authority determines that their implementation is in the public interest and necessary or desirable to accomplish the purposes of this provision without being unfair or discriminatory or unduly burdensome or disruptive to any group or class of customers, and determines that such principles and structures are capable of yielding required revenues. In reviewing the rates and rate structures of electric and gas companies, the authority shall take into consideration [appropriate energy policies, including those of the state as expressed in subsection (c) of this section] the goals of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, as described in section 22a-2d, as amended by this act, the comprehensive energy plan prepared pursuant to section 16a-3d, as amended by this act, and the integrated resources plan developed pursuant to section 16a-3a, as amended by this act. The authority shall issue its initial findings on such investigation by December 1, 1976, and its final findings and order by June 1, 1977; provided that after such final findings and order are issued, the authority shall at least once every two years undertake such further investigations as it deems appropriate with respect to new developments or desirable modifications in pricing principles and rate structures and, after holding at least one public hearing thereon, shall issue its findings and order thereon.

Sec. 8. Subsection (d) of section 16-19e of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and the Connecticut Siting Council may be made parties to each proceeding on a rate amendment proposed by a gas, electric or electric distribution company [based upon an alleged need for increased revenues to finance an expansion of capital equipment and facilities,] and shall participate in such proceedings to the extent necessary.

Sec. 9. Subsection (a) of section 16-49 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Company" means (A) any public service company other than a telephone company, that had more than one hundred thousand dollars of gross revenues in the state in the calendar year preceding the assessment year under this section, except any such company not providing service to retail customers in the state, (B) any telephone company that had more than one hundred thousand dollars of gross revenues in the state from telecommunications services in the calendar year preceding the assessment year under this section, except any such company not providing service to retail customers in the state, (C) any certified telecommunications provider that had more than one hundred thousand dollars of gross revenues in the state from telecommunications services in the calendar year preceding the assessment year under this section, except any such certified telecommunications provider not providing service to retail customers in the state, (D) any electric supplier that had more than one hundred thousand dollars of gross revenues in the state in the calendar year preceding the assessment year under this section, except any such supplier not providing electric generation services to retail customers in the state, or (E) any certified competitive video service provider issued a certificate of video franchise authority by the [Department of Energy and Environmental Protection] Public Utilities Regulatory Authority in accordance with section 16-331e that had more than one hundred thousand dollars of gross revenues in the state in the calendar year preceding the assessment year under this section, except any such certified competitive video service provider not providing service to retail customers in the state;

(2) "Telecommunications services" means (A) in the case of telecommunications services provided by a telephone company, any service provided pursuant to a tariff approved by the authority other than wholesale services and resold access and interconnections services, and (B) in the case of telecommunications services provided by a certified telecommunications provider other than a telephone company, any service provided pursuant to a tariff approved by the authority and pursuant to a certificate of public convenience and necessity; and

(3) "Fiscal year" means the period beginning July first and ending June thirtieth.

Sec. 10. Subsection (d) of section 16-245m of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) (1) Not later than October 1, 2012, and every two years thereafter, the electric distribution companies and gas companies shall submit to the commissioner a plan to implement cost-effective energy conservation programs and market transformation initiatives. The Energy Conservation Management Board shall advise and assist [the electric distribution] such companies in the development and implementation of [a comprehensive] such plan. [, which plan shall be approved by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, to implement cost-effective energy conservation programs and market transformation initiatives.] Such plan shall include steps that would be needed to achieve the goal of weatherization of eighty per cent of the state's residential units by 2030. Each program contained in the plan shall be reviewed by [the electric distribution company] such companies and either accepted or rejected by the Energy Conservation Management Board prior to submission to the [department] commissioner for approval. The Energy Conservation Management Board shall, as part of its review, examine opportunities to offer joint programs providing similar efficiency measures that save more than one fuel resource or otherwise to coordinate programs targeted at saving more than one fuel resource. Any costs for joint programs shall be allocated equitably among the conservation programs. The Energy Conservation Management Board shall give preference to projects that maximize the reduction of federally mandated congestion charges. The [Department of Energy and Environmental Protection] commissioner shall, in an uncontested proceeding during which the [department] commissioner may hold a public hearing, approve, modify or reject the [comprehensive] plan prepared pursuant to this subsection.

(2) There shall be a joint committee of the Energy Conservation Management Board and the board of directors of the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority. The [board and the advisory committee] boards shall each appoint members to such joint committee. The joint committee shall examine opportunities to coordinate the programs and activities funded by the Clean Energy Fund pursuant to section 16-245n, as amended by this act, with the programs and activities contained in the plan developed under this subsection to reduce the long-term cost, environmental impacts and security risks of energy in the state. Such joint committee shall hold its first meeting on or before August 1, 2005.

(3) Programs included in the plan developed under subdivision (1) of this subsection shall be screened through cost-effectiveness testing that compares the value and payback period of program benefits for any energy savings to program costs to ensure that programs are designed to obtain energy savings and system benefits, including mitigation of federally mandated congestion charges, whose value is greater than the costs of the programs. Program cost-effectiveness shall be reviewed annually, or otherwise as is practicable, and shall incorporate the results of the evaluation process set forth in subdivision (4) of this subsection. If a program is determined to fail the cost-effectiveness test as part of the review process, it shall either be modified to meet the test or shall be terminated. On or before March 1, 2005, and on or before March first annually thereafter, the board shall provide a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy and the environment that documents (A) expenditures and fund balances and evaluates the cost-effectiveness of such programs conducted in the preceding year, and (B) the extent to and manner in which the programs of such board collaborated and cooperated with programs, established under section 7-233y, of municipal electric energy cooperatives. To maximize the reduction of federally mandated congestion charges, programs in the plan may allow for disproportionate allocations between the amount of contributions to the Energy Conservation and Load Management Funds by a certain rate class and the programs that benefit such a rate class. Before conducting such evaluation, the board shall consult with the board of directors of the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority. The report shall include a description of the activities undertaken during the reporting period. [jointly or in collaboration with the Clean Energy Fund established pursuant to subsection (c) of section 16-245n.]

(4) The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection shall adopt an independent, comprehensive program evaluation, measurement and verification process to ensure the Energy Conservation Management Board's programs are administered appropriately and efficiently, comply with statutory requirements, programs and measures are cost effective, evaluation reports are accurate and issued in a timely manner, evaluation results are appropriately and accurately taken into account in program development and implementation, and information necessary to meet any third-party evaluation requirements is provided. An annual schedule and budget for evaluations as determined by the board shall be included in the plan filed with the department pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection. The electric distribution and gas company representatives and the representative of a municipal electric energy cooperative may not vote on board plans, budgets, recommendations, actions or decisions regarding such process or its program evaluations and their implementation. Program and measure evaluation, measurement and verification shall be conducted on an ongoing basis, with emphasis on impact and process evaluations, programs or measures that have not been studied, and those that account for a relatively high percentage of program spending. Evaluations shall use statistically valid monitoring and data collection techniques appropriate for the programs or measures being evaluated. All evaluations shall contain a description of any problems encountered in the process of the evaluation, including, but not limited to, data collection issues, and recommendations regarding addressing those problems in future evaluations. The board shall contract with one or more consultants not affiliated with the board members to act as an evaluation administrator, advising the board regarding development of a schedule and plans for evaluations and overseeing the program evaluation, measurement and verification process on behalf of the board. Consistent with board processes and approvals and department decisions regarding evaluation, such evaluation administrator shall implement the evaluation process by preparing requests for proposals and selecting evaluation contractors to perform program and measure evaluations and by facilitating communications between evaluation contractors and program administrators to ensure accurate and independent evaluations. In the evaluation administrator's discretion and at his or her request, the electric distribution and gas companies shall communicate with the evaluation administrator for purposes of data collection, vendor contract administration, and providing necessary factual information during the course of evaluations. The evaluation administrator shall bring unresolved administrative issues or problems that arise during the course of an evaluation to the board for resolution, but shall have sole authority regarding substantive and implementation decisions regarding any evaluation. Board members, including electric distribution and gas company representatives, may not communicate with an evaluation contractor about an ongoing evaluation except with the express permission of the evaluation administrator, which may only be granted if the administrator believes the communication will not compromise the independence of the evaluation. The evaluation administrator shall file evaluation reports with the board and with the department in its most recent uncontested proceeding pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection and the board shall post a copy of each report on its Internet web site. The board and its members, including electric distribution and gas company representatives, may file written comments regarding any evaluation with the department or for posting on the board's Internet web site. Within fourteen days of the filing of any evaluation report, the department, members of the board or other interested persons may request in writing, and the department shall conduct, a transcribed technical meeting to review the methodology, results and recommendations of any evaluation. Participants in any such transcribed technical meeting shall include the evaluation administrator, the evaluation contractor and the Office of Consumer Counsel at its discretion. On or before November 1, 2011, and annually thereafter, the board shall report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy, with the results and recommendations of completed program evaluations.

(5) Programs included in the plan developed under subdivision (1) of this subsection may include, but not be limited to: (A) Conservation and load management programs, including programs that benefit low-income individuals; (B) research, development and commercialization of products or processes which are more energy-efficient than those generally available; (C) development of markets for such products and processes; (D) support for energy use assessment, real-time monitoring systems, engineering studies and services related to new construction or major building renovation; (E) the design, manufacture, commercialization and purchase of energy-efficient appliances and heating, air conditioning and lighting devices; (F) program planning and evaluation; (G) indoor air quality programs relating to energy conservation; (H) joint fuel conservation initiatives programs targeted at reducing consumption of more than one fuel resource; (I) public education regarding conservation; and (J) demand-side technology programs recommended by the integrated resources plan [approved] adopted by the [Department] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection pursuant to section 16a-3a, as amended by this act. [The board shall periodically review contractors to determine whether they are qualified to conduct work related to such programs. Such support] Support for such programs may be by direct funding, manufacturers' rebates, sale price and loan subsidies, leases and promotional and educational activities. The Energy Conservation Management Board shall periodically review contractors to determine whether they are qualified to conduct work related to such programs. The plan shall also provide for expenditures by the [Energy Conservation Management Board] board for the retention of expert consultants and reasonable administrative costs provided such consultants shall not be employed by, or have any contractual relationship with, an electric distribution company. Such costs shall not exceed five per cent of the total revenue collected from the assessment.

Sec. 11. Subsection (f) of section 16-245m of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(f) No later than December 31, 2006, and no later than December thirty-first every five years thereafter, the Energy Conservation Management Board shall, after consulting with the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority, conduct an evaluation of the performance of the programs and activities [of the fund] specified in the plan approved by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (d) of this section and submit a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, of the evaluation to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy.

Sec. 12. Subsection (a) of section 16-245y of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Not later than October 1, 1999, and annually thereafter, each electric company and electric distribution company, as defined in section 16-1, as amended by this act, shall report to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority its system average interruption duration index (SAIDI) and its system average interruption frequency index (SAIFI) for the preceding twelve months. For purposes of this section: (1) Interruptions shall not include outages attributable to major storms, scheduled outages and outages caused by customer equipment, each as determined by the [department] authority; (2) SAIDI shall be calculated as the sum of customer interruptions in the preceding twelve-month period, in minutes, divided by the average number of customers served during that period; and (3) SAIFI shall be calculated as the total number of customers interrupted in the preceding twelve-month period, divided by the average number of customers served during that period. Not later than January 1, 2000, and annually thereafter, the authority shall report on the SAIDI and SAIFI data for each electric company and electric distribution, and all state-wide SAIDI and SAIFI data to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy.

Sec. 13. Subsection (c) of section 16-245y of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(c) Not later than January 1, 2011, and annually thereafter, the [Department of Energy and Environmental Protection] Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy the number of applicants for licensure pursuant to section 16-245, as amended by this act, during the preceding twelve months, the number of applicants licensed by the [department] authority and the average period of time taken to process a license application. Any such report may be submitted electronically.

Sec. 14. Subsection (b) of section 16a-3 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) The board shall (1) report to the General Assembly on the status of programs administered by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection pursuant to title 16 or 16a, (2) consult with the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection regarding the integrated [resource] resources plan developed pursuant to section 16a-3a, as amended by this act, and the comprehensive energy plan prepared pursuant to section 16a-3d, as amended by this act, and (3) review, within available resources, requests from the General Assembly.

Sec. 15. Section 16a-3b of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall oversee the implementation of the integrated resources plan approved by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection pursuant to section 16a-3a, as amended by this act, and the procurement plan approved by the authority pursuant to section 16-244m, as amended by this act. The electric distribution companies shall implement the demand-side measures, including, but not limited to, energy efficiency, load management, demand response, combined heat and power facilities, distributed generation and other emerging energy technologies, specified in [said] the integrated resources plan through the comprehensive conservation and load management plan prepared pursuant to section 16-245m, as amended by this act, for review by the Energy Conservation Management Board. The electric distribution companies shall submit proposals to appropriate regulatory agencies to address transmission and distribution upgrades as specified in [said] the integrated resources plan.

(b) If the integrated resources plan specifies the construction of a generating facility, the authority shall develop and issue a request for proposals, shall publish such request for proposals in one or more newspapers or periodicals, as selected by the authority, and shall post such request for proposals on its web site. Pursuant to a nondisclosure agreement, the authority shall make available to the commissioner, the Office of Consumer Counsel and the Attorney General all confidential bid information it receives pursuant to this subsection, provided the bids and any analysis of such bids shall not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Three months after the authority issues a final decision, it shall make available all financial bid information, provided such information regarding the bidders not selected be presented in a manner that conceals the identities of such bidders.

(1) On and after July 1, 2008, an electric distribution company may submit proposals in response to a request for proposals on the same basis as other respondents to the solicitation. A proposal submitted by an electric distribution company shall include its full projected costs such that any project costs recovered from or defrayed by ratepayers are included in the projected costs. An electric distribution company submitting any such bid shall demonstrate to the satisfaction of the authority that its bid is not supported in any form of cross subsidization by affiliated entities. If the authority approves such electric distribution company's proposal, the costs and revenues of such proposal shall not be included in calculating such company's earning for purposes of, or in determining whether its rates are just and reasonable under, sections 16-19, 16-19a and 16-19e, as amended by this act. An electric distribution company shall not recover more than the full costs identified in any approved proposal. Affiliates of the electric distribution company may submit proposals pursuant to section 16-244h, regulations adopted pursuant to section 16-244h and other requirements the authority may impose.

(2) If the authority selects a nonelectric distribution company proposal, an electric distribution company shall, within thirty days of the selection of a proposal by the authority, negotiate in good faith the final terms of a contract with a generating facility and shall apply to the authority for approval of such contract. Upon authority approval, the electric distribution company shall enter into such contract.

(3) The authority shall determine the appropriate manner of cost recovery for proposals selected pursuant to this section.

(4) The authority may retain the services of a third-party entity with expertise in the area of energy procurement to oversee the development of the request for proposals and to assist the authority in its approval of proposals pursuant to this section. The reasonable and proper expenses for retaining such third-party entity shall be recoverable through the generation services charge.

(c) The electric distribution companies shall issue requests for proposals to acquire any other resource needs not identified in subsection (a) or (b) of this section but specified in the integrated resources plan approved by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection pursuant to section 16a-3a, as amended by this act. Such requests for proposals shall be subject to approval by the authority.

Sec. 16. Subsection (a) of section 16a-3c of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) On and after July 1, 2011, if the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority does not receive and approve proposals [pursuant to the requests for proposals processes, pursuant to section 16a-3b,] sufficient to reach the goal set by the integrated resources plan approved pursuant to section 16a-3a, as amended by this act, the authority may order an electric distribution company to submit for the authority's review in a contested case proceeding, in accordance with chapter 54, a proposal to build and operate an electric generation facility in the state. An electric distribution company shall be eligible to recover its prudently incurred costs consistent with the principles set forth in section 16-19e, as amended by this act, for any generation project approved pursuant to this section.

Sec. 17. Subsection (b) of section 16a-7b of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) No municipality other than a municipality operating a plant pursuant to chapter 101 or any special act and acting for purposes thereto may take an action to condemn, in whole or in part, or restrict the operation of any existing and currently operating energy facility, if such facility is first determined by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, following a contested case proceeding, held in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to comprise a critical, unique and unmovable component of the state's energy infrastructure, unless the municipality first receives written approval from the [department, the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Connecticut Siting Council that such taking would not have a detrimental impact on the state's or region's ability to provide a particular energy resource to its citizens.

Sec. 18. Section 16a-3d of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) On or before July 1, 2012, and every three years thereafter, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board, shall prepare a comprehensive energy plan. Such plan shall reflect the legislative findings and policy stated in section 16a-35k and shall incorporate (1) an assessment and plan for all energy needs in the state, including, but not limited to, electricity, heating, cooling, and transportation, (2) the findings of the integrated resources plan, (3) the findings of the plan for energy efficiency adopted pursuant to section 16-245m, as amended by this act, and (4) the findings of the plan for renewable energy adopted pursuant to section 16-245n, as amended by this act. Such plan shall further include, but not be limited to, (A) an assessment of current energy supplies, demand and costs, (B) identification and evaluation of the factors likely to affect future energy supplies, demand and costs, (C) a statement of progress made toward achieving the goals and milestones set in the preceding comprehensive energy plan, (D) a statement of energy policies and long-range energy planning objectives and strategies appropriate to achieve, among other things, a sound economy, the least-cost mix of energy supply sources and measures that reduce demand for energy, giving due regard to such factors as consumer price impacts, security and diversity of fuel supplies and energy generating methods, protection of public health and safety, environmental goals and standards, conservation of energy and energy resources and the ability of the state to compete economically, (E) recommendations for administrative and legislative actions to implement such policies, objectives and strategies, (F) an assessment of the potential costs savings and benefits to ratepayers, including, but not limited to, carbon dioxide emissions reductions or voluntary joint ventures to repower some or all of the state's coal-fired and oil-fired generation facilities built before 1990, and (G) the benefits, costs, obstacles and solutions related to the expansion and use and availability of natural gas in Connecticut. If the department finds that such expansion is in the public interest, it shall develop a plan to increase the use and availability of natural gas for transportation purposes.

(b) In adopting the comprehensive energy plan, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection [, or the commissioner's designee,] shall conduct a proceeding [and such proceeding] that shall not be considered a contested case under chapter 54, provided a hearing pursuant to chapter 54 shall be held. The commissioner shall give not less than fifteen days' notice of such proceeding by electronic publication on the department's Internet web site. Notice of such hearing may also be published in one or more newspapers having a state-wide circulation if deemed necessary by the commissioner. Such notice shall state the date, time, and place of the meeting, the procedures for submitting comments to the commissioner, the subject matter of the meeting, the statutory authority for the proposed plan and the location where a copy of the proposed plan may be obtained or examined in addition to posting the proposed plan on the department's Internet web site. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall comment on the plan's impact on [ratepayers and any other person may comment on the proposed plan] rates. The commissioner shall provide a time period of not less than forty-five days from the date the notice is published on the department's Internet web site for public review and comment and, during such time period, any person may provide comments concerning the proposed plan to the commissioner. The commissioner shall consider fully, after all public meetings, all written and oral comments concerning the proposed plan and shall finalize the plan. The commissioner shall post on the department's Internet web site, and notify by electronic mail each person who requests such notice, [. The commissioner shall make available] the electronic text of the final plan or an Internet web site where the final plan is posted, and a report summarizing [(1)] all public comments [,] and [(2)] the changes made to the final plan in response to such comments and the reasons [therefore] therefor.

(c) The commissioner shall submit the final plan electronically to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy and the environment.

(d) The commissioner may, in consultation with the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board, modify the comprehensive energy plan in accordance with the procedures outlined in subsections (b) and (c) of this section. [The commissioner may approve or reject such plan with comments.]

[(e) The decisions of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall be guided by the goals of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, as listed in section 22a-2d, and by the goals of the comprehensive energy plan and the integrated resources plan approved pursuant to section 16a-3a and shall be based on the evidence in the record of each proceeding.]

[(f)] (e) All [electric distribution companies'] reasonable costs associated with the development of the [resource assessment] comprehensive energy plan approved by the commissioner shall be recoverable through [the systems benefits charge] an assessment pursuant to section 16-49, as amended by this act.

Sec. 19. Section 16a-3a of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The [Department] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board and the electric distribution companies, shall review the state's energy and capacity resource assessment and [develop] adopt an integrated resources plan for the procurement of energy resources, including, but not limited to, conventional and renewable generating facilities, energy efficiency, load management, demand response, combined heat and power facilities, distributed generation and other emerging energy technologies to meet the projected requirements of their customers in a manner that minimizes the cost of such resources to customers over time and maximizes consumer benefits consistent with the state's environmental goals and standards. Such integrated resources plan shall seek to lower the cost of electricity.

(b) On or before January 1, 2012, and biennially thereafter, the [Department] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board and the electric distribution companies, shall prepare an assessment of (1) the energy and capacity requirements of customers for the next three, five and ten years, (2) the manner of how best to eliminate growth in electric demand, (3) how best to level electric demand in the state by reducing peak demand and shifting demand to off-peak periods, (4) the impact of current and projected environmental standards, including, but not limited to, those related to greenhouse gas emissions and the federal Clean Air Act goals and how different resources could help achieve those standards and goals, (5) energy security and economic risks associated with potential energy resources, and (6) the estimated lifetime cost and availability of potential energy resources.

(c) Resource needs shall first be met through all available energy efficiency and demand reduction resources that are cost-effective, reliable and feasible. The projected customer cost impact of any demand-side resources considered pursuant to this subsection shall be reviewed on an equitable basis with nondemand-side resources. The integrated resources plan shall specify (1) the total amount of energy and capacity resources needed to meet the requirements of all customers, (2) the extent to which demand-side measures, including efficiency, conservation, demand response and load management can cost-effectively meet these needs in a manner that ensures equity in benefits and cost reduction to all classes and subclasses of consumers, (3) needs for generating capacity and transmission and distribution improvements, (4) how the development of such resources will reduce and stabilize the costs of electricity to each class and subclass of consumers, and (5) the manner in which each of the proposed resources should be procured, including the optimal contract periods for various resources.

(d) The integrated resources plan shall consider: (1) Approaches to maximizing the impact of demand-side measures; (2) the extent to which generation needs can be met by renewable and combined heat and power facilities; (3) the optimization of the use of generation sites and generation portfolio existing within the state; (4) fuel types, diversity, availability, firmness of supply and security and environmental impacts thereof, including impacts on meeting the state's greenhouse gas emission goals; (5) reliability, peak load and energy forecasts, system contingencies and existing resource availabilities; (6) import limitations and the appropriate reliance on such imports; (7) the impact of the procurement plan on the costs of electric customers; and (8) the effects on participants and nonparticipants. Such plan shall include options for lowering the rates and cost of electricity. [The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection shall hold a public hearing on such integrated resources plan pursuant to chapter 54. The commissioner may approve or reject such plan with comments.]

(e) [The procurement manager of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, in consultation with the electric distribution companies, the regional independent system operator, and the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board, shall develop a procurement plan and hold public hearings on the proposed plan. Such hearings shall not constitute a contested case and shall be held in accordance with chapter 54. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall give not less than fifteen days' notice of such proceeding by electronic publication on the department's Internet web site.] In adopting the integrated resources plan, the commissioner shall conduct an uncontested proceeding that shall include not less than one public hearing. Not less than fifteen days before any such hearing, the commissioner shall publish notice of such hearing and post the text of the proposed integrated resources plan on the department's Internet web site. Notice of such hearing may also be published in one or more newspapers having a state-wide circulation if deemed necessary by the commissioner. Such notice shall state the date, time, and place of the hearing, the subject matter of the hearing, the manner and time period during which comments may be submitted to the commissioner, the statutory authority for the proposed integrated resources plan and the location where a copy of the [proposed integrated resources] plan may be obtained or examined. [in addition to posting the plan on the department's Internet web site.] The commissioner shall provide a time period of not less than [forty-five] sixty days from the date the notice is published on the department's Internet web site for public review and comment. The commissioner shall consider fully, after all public meetings, all written and oral comments concerning the proposed integrated resources plan and shall finalize the plan. The commissioner shall post on the department's Internet web site, and notify by electronic mail each person who requests such notice, [. The commissioner shall make available] the electronic text of the final integrated resources plan [or an Internet web site where the final integrated resources plan is posted,] and a report summarizing (1) all public comments, and (2) the changes made to the final [integrated resources] plan in response to such comments and the reasons therefor. The commissioner shall submit the final integrated resources plan by electronic means, or as requested, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy and the environment. [The department's Bureau of Energy shall, after the public hearing, make recommendations to the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection regarding plan modifications. Said commissioner shall approve or reject the plan with comments.] The commissioner may modify the integrated resources plan to correct clerical errors at any time without following the procedures outlined in this subsection.

(f) [On or before March 1, 2012] Not later than two years after the adoption of the comprehensive energy plan, adopted pursuant to section 16a-3d, as amended by this act, and the integrated resources plan, adopted pursuant to this section, and every two years thereafter, the [Department] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall report to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy and the environment regarding goals established and progress toward implementation of [the integrated resources plan established pursuant to this section] said plans, as well as any recommendations [for the process] concerning said plans. Any such report may be submitted electronically.

(g) All reasonable costs associated with the development of the resource assessment, [and the development of] the integrated resources plan, adopted pursuant to this section, and the procurement plan, adopted pursuant to section 16-244m, as amended by this act, shall be recoverable through the assessment in section 16-49, as amended by this act.

[(h) The decisions of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall be guided by the goals of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, as described in section 22a-2d, and with the goals of the integrated resources plan approved pursuant to this section and the comprehensive energy plan developed pursuant to section 16a-3d and shall be based on the evidence in the record of each proceeding.]

Sec. 20. Subdivision (5) of subsection (c) of section 16-244c of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(5) For standard service contracts procured prior to [department] the authority's approval of the procurement plan developed pursuant to section 16-244m, as amended by this act, each bidder for a standard service contract shall submit its bid to the electric distribution company and the third-party entity who shall jointly review the bids and submit an overview of all bids together with a joint recommendation to the [department] authority as to the preferred bidders. The [department] authority may, within ten business days of submission of the overview, reject the recommendation regarding preferred bidders. In the event that the [department] authority rejects the preferred bids, the electric distribution company and the third-party entity shall rebid the service pursuant to this subdivision. The [department] authority shall review each bid in an uncontested proceeding that shall include a public hearing and in which any interested person, including, but not limited to, the Consumer Counsel, [and] the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection or the Attorney General, may participate.

Sec. 21. Subdivision (2) of subsection (j) of section 16-244c of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (d) of this section regarding an alternative transitional standard offer option or an alternative standard service option, an electric distribution company providing transitional standard offer service, standard service, supplier of last resort service or back-up electric generation service in accordance with this section shall, not later than July 1, 2008, file with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for its approval one or more long-term power purchase contracts from Class I renewable energy source projects with a preference for projects located in Connecticut that receive funding from the Clean Energy Fund and that are not less than one megawatt in size, at a price that is either, at the determination of the project owner, (A) not more than the total of the comparable wholesale market price for generation plus five and one-half cents per kilowatt hour, or (B) fifty per cent of the wholesale market electricity cost at the point at which transmission lines intersect with each other or interface with the distribution system, plus the project cost of fuel indexed to natural gas futures contracts on the New York Mercantile Exchange at the natural gas pipeline interchange located in Vermillion Parish, Louisiana that serves as the delivery point for such futures contracts, plus the fuel delivery charge for transporting fuel to the project, plus five and one-half cents per kilowatt hour. In its approval of such contracts, the authority shall give preference to purchase contracts from those projects that would provide a financial benefit to ratepayers and would enhance the reliability of the electric transmission system of the state. Such projects shall be located in this state. The owner of a fuel cell project principally manufactured in this state shall be allocated all available air emissions credits and tax credits attributable to the project and no less than fifty per cent of the energy credits in the Class I renewable energy credits program established in section 16-245a attributable to the project. On and after October 1, 2007, and until September 30, 2008, such contracts shall be comprised of not less than a total, apportioned among each electric distribution company, of one hundred twenty-five megawatts; and on and after October 1, 2008, such contracts shall be comprised of not less than a total, apportioned among each electrical distribution company, of one hundred fifty megawatts. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall not issue any order that results in the extension of any in-service date or contractual arrangement made as a part of Project 100 or Project 150 beyond the termination date previously approved by the authority established by the contract, provided any party to such contract may provide a notice of termination in accordance with the terms of, and to the extent permitted under, its contract. The cost of such contracts and the administrative costs for the procurement of such contracts directly incurred shall be eligible for inclusion in the adjustment to the transitional standard offer as provided in this section and any subsequent rates for standard service, provided such contracts are for a period of time sufficient to provide financing for such projects, but not less than ten years, and are for projects which began operation on or after July 1, 2003. Except as provided in this subdivision, the amount from Class I renewable energy sources contracted under such contracts shall be applied to reduce the applicable Class I renewable energy source portfolio standards. For purposes of this subdivision, the department's determination of the comparable wholesale market price for generation shall be based upon a reasonable estimate. On or before September 1, 2011, the authority, in consultation with the Office of Consumer Counsel and the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority, shall study the operation of such renewable energy contracts and report its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy.

Sec. 22. Subsection (a) of section 16-244m of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) On or before January 1, 2012, and annually thereafter, the procurement manager of the [Department of Energy and Environmental Protection] Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, in consultation with each electric distribution company, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection and [with] others at the procurement manager's discretion, including, but not limited to, a municipal energy cooperative established pursuant to chapter 101a, other than entities, individuals and companies or their affiliates potentially involved in bidding on standard service, shall develop a plan for the procurement of electric generation services and related wholesale electricity market products that will enable each electric distribution company to manage a portfolio of contracts to reduce the average cost of standard service while maintaining standard service cost volatility within reasonable levels. Each procurement plan shall provide for the competitive solicitation for load-following electric service and may include a provision for the use of other contracts, including, but not limited to, contracts for generation or other electricity market products and financial contracts, and may provide for the use of varying lengths of contracts. If such plan includes the purchase of full requirements contracts, it shall include an explanation of why such purchases are in the best interests of standard service customers.

Sec. 23. Subsection (d) of section 16-244m of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) (1) The [Department of Energy and Environmental Protection] Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall conduct an uncontested proceeding to approve, with any amendments it determines necessary, a procurement plan submitted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

(2) The [Department of Energy and Environmental Protection] Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall report annually in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy regarding the procurement plan and its implementation. Any such report may be submitted electronically.

Sec. 24. Section 16-244n of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Upon the request of an electric distribution company, the [Department of Energy and Environmental Protection] Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall initiate a docket to consider the buydown of an electric distribution company's current standard service contract to reduce ratepayer bills and conduct a cost benefit analysis of such a buydown. If the [department] authority, as a result of such docket, determines such a buydown is in the best interest of ratepayers, the company shall proceed with such buydown.

Sec. 25. Section 16-245n of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) For purposes of this section, "clean energy" means solar photovoltaic energy, solar thermal, geothermal energy, wind, ocean thermal energy, wave or tidal energy, fuel cells, landfill gas, hydropower that meets the low-impact standards of the Low-Impact Hydropower Institute, hydrogen production and hydrogen conversion technologies, low emission advanced biomass conversion technologies, alternative fuels, used for electricity generation including ethanol, biodiesel or other fuel produced in Connecticut and derived from agricultural produce, food waste or waste vegetable oil, provided the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection determines that such fuels provide net reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption, usable electricity from combined heat and power systems with waste heat recovery systems, thermal storage systems, other energy resources and emerging technologies which have significant potential for commercialization and which do not involve the combustion of coal, petroleum or petroleum products, municipal solid waste or nuclear fission, financing of energy efficiency projects, and projects that seek to deploy electric, electric hybrid, natural gas or alternative fuel vehicles and associated infrastructure and any related storage, distribution, manufacturing technologies or facilities.

(b) On and after July 1, 2004, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall assess or cause to be assessed a charge of not less than one mill per kilowatt hour charged to each end use customer of electric services in this state which shall be deposited into the Clean Energy Fund established under subsection (c) of this section. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, receipts from such charges shall be disbursed to the resources of the General Fund during the period from July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2005, unless the authority shall, on or before October 30, 2003, issue a financing order for each affected distribution company in accordance with sections 16-245e to 16-245k, inclusive, to sustain funding of renewable energy investment programs by substituting an equivalent amount, as determined by the authority in such financing order, of proceeds of rate reduction bonds for disbursement to the resources of the General Fund during the period from July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2005. The authority may authorize in such financing order the issuance of rate reduction bonds that substitute for disbursement to the General Fund for receipts of both charges under this subsection and subsection (a) of section 16-245m and also may in its discretion authorize the issuance of rate reduction bonds under this subsection and subsection (a) of section 16-245m that relate to more than one electric distribution company. The authority shall, in such financing order or other appropriate order, offset any increase in the competitive transition assessment necessary to pay principal, premium, if any, interest and expenses of the issuance of such rate reduction bonds by making an equivalent reduction to the charges imposed under this subsection, provided any failure to offset all or any portion of such increase in the competitive transition assessment shall not affect the need to implement the full amount of such increase as required by this subsection and sections 16-245e to 16-245k, inclusive. Such financing order shall also provide if the rate reduction bonds are not issued, any unrecovered funds expended and committed by the electric distribution companies for renewable resource investment through deposits into the Clean Energy Fund, provided such expenditures were approved by the authority following August 20, 2003, and prior to the date of determination that the rate reduction bonds cannot be issued, shall be recovered by the companies from their respective competitive transition assessment or systems benefits charge, except that such expenditures shall not exceed one million dollars per month. All receipts from the remaining charges imposed under this subsection, after reduction of such charges to offset the increase in the competitive transition assessment as provided in this subsection, shall be disbursed to the Clean Energy Fund commencing as of July 1, 2003. Any increase in the competitive transition assessment or decrease in the renewable energy investment component of an electric distribution company's rates resulting from the issuance of or obligations under rate reduction bonds shall be included as rate adjustments on customer bills.

(c) There is hereby created a Clean Energy Fund which shall be within the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority. The fund may receive any amount required by law to be deposited into the fund and may receive any federal funds as may become available to the state for clean energy investments. Upon authorization of the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority established pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, any amount in said fund may be used for expenditures that promote investment in clean energy in accordance with a comprehensive plan developed by it to foster the growth, development and commercialization of clean energy sources, related enterprises and stimulate demand for clean energy and deployment of clean energy sources that serve end use customers in this state and for the further purpose of supporting operational demonstration projects for advanced technologies that reduce energy use from traditional sources. Such expenditures may include, but not be limited to, providing low-cost financing and credit enhancement mechanisms for clean energy projects and technologies, reimbursement of the operating expenses, including administrative expenses incurred by the authority and [the corporation] Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, and capital costs incurred by the authority in connection with the operation of the fund, the implementation of the plan developed pursuant to subsection (d) of this section or the other permitted activities of the authority, disbursements from the fund to develop and carry out the plan developed pursuant to subsection (d) of this section, grants, direct or equity investments, contracts or other actions which support research, development, manufacture, commercialization, deployment and installation of clean energy technologies, and actions which expand the expertise of individuals, businesses and lending institutions with regard to clean energy technologies.

(d) (1) (A) There is established the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority, which [shall be deemed a quasi-public agency for purposes of chapters 5, 10 and 12 and within Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, for administrative purposes only] is hereby established and created as a body politic and corporate, constituting a public instrumentality and political subdivision of the state of Connecticut established and created for the performance of an essential public and governmental function. The authority shall not be construed to be a department, institution or agency of the state.

(B) The authority shall [(A)] (i) develop separate programs to finance and otherwise support clean energy investment in residential, municipal, small business and larger commercial projects and such others as the authority may determine; [(B)] (ii) support financing or other expenditures that promote investment in clean energy sources in accordance with a comprehensive plan developed by it to foster the growth, development and commercialization of clean energy sources and related enterprises; and [(C)] (iii) stimulate demand for clean energy and the deployment of clean energy sources within the state that serve end-use customers in the state.

[Said authority] (C) For the period beginning July 1, 2011, but prior to the effective date of this section, the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority shall constitute a successor agency to [the corporation] Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated for the purposes of [administrating] administering the Clean Energy Fund in accordance with section 4-38d. [Said authority] On and after the effective date of this section, the Connecticut Clean Energy Authority shall constitute a successor agency to the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority for the purposes of administering the Clean Energy Fund in accordance with section 4-38d. The Connecticut Clean Energy Authority shall have all the privileges, immunities, tax exemptions and other exemptions of the [corporation] Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority. [Said authority] The Connecticut Clean Energy Authority shall be subject to suit and liability solely from the assets, revenues and resources of the authority and without recourse to the general funds, revenues, resources or other assets of the [corporation] Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority. [Said authority] The Connecticut Clean Energy Authority may assume or take title to any real property, convey or dispose of its assets and pledge its revenues to secure any borrowing, convey or dispose of its assets and pledge its revenues to secure any borrowing, for the purpose of developing, acquiring, constructing, refinancing, rehabilitating or improving its assets or supporting its programs, provided each such borrowing or mortgage, unless otherwise provided by the board or the authority, shall be a special obligation of the authority, which obligation may be in the form of bonds, bond anticipation notes or other obligations which evidence an indebtedness to the extent permitted under this chapter to fund, refinance and refund the same and provide for the rights of holders thereof, and to secure the same by pledge of revenues, notes and mortgages of others, and which shall be payable solely from the assets, revenues and other resources of the authority and [in no event shall] such bonds may be secured by a special capital reserve fund [of any kind which is in any way] contributed to by the state. The authority shall have the purposes as provided by resolution of the authority's board of directors, which purposes shall be consistent with this section. No further action is required for the establishment of the authority, except the adoption of a resolution for the authority.

(2) (A) The authority may seek to qualify as a Community Development Financial Institution under Section 4702 of the United States Code. If approved as a Community Development Financial Institution, the authority would be treated as a qualified community development entity for purposes of Section 45D and Section 1400N(m) of the Internal Revenue Code.

(B) Before making any loan, loan guarantee, or such other form of financing support or risk management for a clean energy project, the authority shall develop standards to govern the administration of the authority through rules, policies and procedures that specify borrower eligibility, terms and conditions of support, and other relevant criteria, standards or procedures.

(C) Funding sources specifically authorized include, but are not limited to:

(i) Funds repurposed from existing programs providing financing support for clean energy projects, provided any transfer of funds from such existing programs shall be subject to approval by the General Assembly and shall be used for expenses of financing, grants and loans;

(ii) Any federal funds that can be used for the purposes specified in subsection (c) of this section;

(iii) Charitable gifts, grants, contributions as well as loans from individuals, corporations, university endowments and philanthropic foundations;

(iv) Earnings and interest derived from financing support activities for clean energy projects backed by the authority;

(v) If and to the extent that the authority qualifies as a Community Development Financial Institution under Section 4702 of the United States Code, funding from the Community Development Financial Institution Fund administered by the United States Department of Treasury, as well as loans from and investments by depository institutions seeking to comply with their obligations under the United States Community Reinvestment Act of 1977; and

(vi) The authority may enter into contracts with private sources to raise capital. The average rate of return on such debt or equity shall be set by the authority's board of directors.

(D) The authority may provide financing support under this subsection if the authority determines that the amount to be financed by the authority and other nonequity financing sources do not exceed eighty per cent of the cost to develop and deploy a clean energy project or up to one hundred per cent of the cost of financing an energy efficiency project.

(E) The authority may assess reasonable fees on its financing activities to cover its reasonable costs and expenses, as determined by the board.

(F) The authority shall make information regarding the rates, terms and conditions for all of its financing support transactions available to the public for inspection, including formal annual reviews by both a private auditor conducted pursuant to subdivision (2) of subsection (f) of this section and the Comptroller, and providing details to the public on the Internet, provided public disclosure shall be restricted for patentable ideas, trade secrets, proprietary or confidential commercial or financial information, disclosure of which may cause commercial harm to a nongovernmental recipient of such financing support and for other information exempt from public records disclosure pursuant to section 1-210.

(3) No director, officer, employee or agent of the authority, while acting within the scope of his or her authority, shall be subject to any personal liability resulting from exercising or carrying out any of the authority's purposes or powers.

(e) The powers of the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority shall be vested in and exercised by a board of directors, which shall consist of eleven voting and two nonvoting members each with knowledge and expertise in matters related to the purpose and activities of the authority appointed as follows: The Treasurer or the Treasurer's designee, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection or the commissioner's designee and the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development or the commissioner's designee, each serving ex officio, one member who shall represent a residential or low-income group appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives for a term of four years, one member who shall have experience in investment fund management appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives for a term of three years, one member who shall represent an environmental organization appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate for a term of four years, and one member who shall have experience in the finance or deployment of renewable energy appointed by the minority leader of the Senate for a term of four years. Thereafter, such members of the General Assembly shall appoint members of the board to succeed such appointees whose terms expire and each member so appointed shall hold office for a period of four years from the first day of July in the year of his or her appointment. The Governor shall appoint four members to the board as follows: Two for two years who shall have experience in the finance of renewable energy; one for four years who shall be a representative of a labor organization; and one who shall have experience in research and development or manufacturing of clean energy. Thereafter, the Governor shall appoint members of the board to succeed such appointees whose terms expire and each member so appointed shall hold office for a period of four years from the first day of July in the year of his or her appointment. The president of the authority shall be elected by the members of the board. The president of the authority and a member of the board of Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, appointed by the chairperson of the corporation shall serve on the board in an ex-officio, nonvoting capacity. The Governor shall appoint the chairperson of the board. The board shall elect from its members a vice chairperson and such other officers as it deems necessary and shall adopt such bylaws and procedures it deems necessary to carry out its functions. The board may establish committees and subcommittees as necessary to conduct its business.

(f) (1) The board shall issue annually a report to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection reviewing the activities of the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority in detail and shall provide a copy of such report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy and commerce. The report shall include a description of the programs and activities undertaken during the reporting period jointly or in collaboration with the Energy Conservation and Load Management Funds established pursuant to section 16-245m, as amended by this act.

(2) The Clean Energy Fund shall be audited annually. Such audits shall be conducted with generally accepted auditing standards by independent certified public accountants certified by the State Board of Accountancy. Such accountants may be the accountants for the corporation.

(3) Any entity that receives financing for a clean energy project from the fund shall provide the board an annual statement, certified as correct by the chief financial officer of the recipient of such financing, setting forth all sources and uses of funds in such detail as may be required by the authority of such project. The authority shall maintain any such audits for not less than five years. Residential projects for buildings with one to four dwelling units are exempt from this and any other annual auditing requirements, except that residential projects may be required to grant their utility companies' permission to release their usage data to the authority.

(g) There shall be a joint committee of the Energy Conservation Management Board and the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority board of directors, as provided in subdivision (2) of subsection (d) of section 16-245m, as amended by this act.

Sec. 26. Section 7-233z of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) A municipal electric energy cooperative, created pursuant to this chapter, shall submit a comprehensive report on the activities of the municipal electric utilities with regard to promotion of renewable energy resources. Such report shall identify the standards and activities of municipal electric utilities in the promotion, encouragement and expansion of the deployment and use of renewable energy sources within the service areas of the municipal electric utilities for the prior calendar year. The cooperative shall submit the report to the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority not later than ninety days after the end of each calendar year that describes the activities undertaken pursuant to this subsection during the previous calendar year for the promotion and development of renewable energy sources for all electric customer classes.

(b) Such cooperative shall develop standards for the promotion of renewable resources that apply to each municipal electric utility. On or before January 1, 2008, and annually thereafter, such cooperative shall submit such standards to the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority.

Sec. 27. Section 16-245ee of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Before approving any plan for energy conservation and load management and [renewable] clean energy projects issued to it by the Energy Conservation and Management Board, the board of directors of the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority or an electric distribution company, the [Department] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall determine that an equitable amount of the funds administered by each such board are to be deployed among small and large customers with a maximum average monthly peak demand of one hundred kilowatts in census tracts in which the median income is not more than sixty per cent of the state median income. The [department] commissioner shall determine such equitable share and such projects may include a mentoring component for such communities. On and after January 1, 2012, and annually thereafter, the [department] commissioner shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy regarding the distribution of funds to such communities. Any such report may be submitted electronically.

Sec. 28. Subsection (d) of section 16a-48 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) (1) The [department] commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section and to establish minimum energy efficiency standards for the types of new products set forth in subsection (b) of this section. The regulations shall provide for the following minimum energy efficiency standards:

(A) Commercial clothes washers shall meet the requirements shown in Table P-3 of section 1605.3 of the California Code of Regulations, Title 20: Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4;

(B) Commercial refrigerators and freezers shall meet the August 1, 2004, requirements shown in Table A-6 of said California regulation;

(C) Illuminated exit signs shall meet the version 2.0 product specification of the "Energy Star Program Requirements for Exit Signs" developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency;

(D) Large packaged air-conditioning equipment having not more than seven hundred sixty thousand BTUs per hour of capacity shall meet a minimum energy efficiency ratio of 10.0 for units using both electric heat and air conditioning or units solely using electric air conditioning, and 9.8 for units using both natural gas heat and electric air conditioning;

(E) Large packaged air-conditioning equipment having not less than seven hundred sixty-one thousand BTUs per hour of capacity shall meet a minimum energy efficiency ratio of 9.7 for units using both electric heat and air conditioning or units solely using electric air conditioning, and 9.5 for units using both natural gas heat and electric air conditioning;

(F) Low voltage dry-type distribution transformers shall meet or exceed the energy efficiency values shown in Table 4-2 of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association Standard TP-1-2002;

(G) Torchiere lighting fixtures shall not consume more than one hundred ninety watts and shall not be capable of operating with lamps that total more than one hundred ninety watts;

(H) Traffic signal modules shall meet the product specification of the "Energy Star Program Requirements for Traffic Signals" developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency that took effect in February, 2001, except where the department, in consultation with the Commissioner of Transportation, determines that such specification would compromise safe signal operation;

(I) Unit heaters shall not have pilot lights and shall have either power venting or an automatic flue damper;

(J) On or after January 1, 2009, residential furnaces and boilers purchased by the state shall meet or exceed the following annual fuel utilization efficiency: (i) For gas and propane furnaces, ninety per cent annual fuel utilization efficiency, (ii) for oil furnaces, eighty-three per cent annual fuel utilization efficiency, (iii) for gas and propane hot water boilers, eighty-four per cent annual fuel utilization efficiency, (iv) for oil-fired hot water boilers, eighty-four per cent annual fuel utilization efficiency, (v) for gas and propane steam boilers, eighty-two per cent annual fuel utilization efficiency, (vi) for oil-fired steam boilers, eighty-two per cent annual fuel utilization efficiency, and (vii) for furnaces with furnace air handlers, an electricity ratio of not more than 2.0, except air handlers for oil furnaces with a capacity of less than ninety-four thousand BTUs per hour shall have an electricity ratio of 2.3 or less;

(K) On or after January 1, 2010, metal halide lamp fixtures designed to be operated with lamps rated greater than or equal to one hundred fifty watts but less than or equal to five hundred watts shall not contain a probe-start metal halide lamp ballast;

(L) Single-voltage external AC to DC power supplies manufactured on or after January 1, 2008, shall meet the energy efficiency standards of table U-1 of section 1605.3 of the January 2006 California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4: Appliance Efficiency Regulations. This standard applies to single voltage AC to DC power supplies that are sold individually and to those that are sold as a component of or in conjunction with another product. This standard shall not apply to single-voltage external AC to DC power supplies sold with products subject to certification by the United States Food and Drug Administration. A single-voltage external AC to DC power supply that is made available by a manufacturer directly to a consumer or to a service or repair facility after and separate from the original sale of the product requiring the power supply as a service part or spare part shall not be required to meet the standards in said table U-1 until five years after the effective dates indicated in the table;

(M) On or after January 1, 2009, state regulated incandescent reflector lamps shall be manufactured to meet the minimum average lamp efficacy requirements for federally regulated incandescent reflector lamps contained in 42 USC 6295(i)(1)(A). Each lamp shall indicate the date of manufacture;

(N) On or after January 1, 2009, bottle-type water dispensers, commercial hot food holding cabinets, portable electric spas, walk-in refrigerators and walk-in freezers shall meet the efficiency requirements of section 1605.3 of the January 2006 California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4: Appliance Efficiency Regulations. On or after January 1, 2010, residential pool pumps shall meet said efficiency requirements;

(O) On or after January 1, 2009, pool heaters shall meet the efficiency requirements of sections 1605.1 and 1605.3 of the January 2006 California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4: Appliance Efficiency Regulations;

(P) By January 1, 2014, compact audio players, digital versatile disc players and digital versatile disc recorders shall meet the requirements shown in Table V-1 of Section 1605.3 of the November 2009 amendments to the California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4, unless the commissioner, in accordance with subparagraph (B) of subdivision (3) of this subsection, determines that such standards are unwarranted and may accept, reject or modify according to subparagraph (A) of subdivision (3) of this subsection;

(Q) On or after January 1, 2014, televisions manufactured on or after July 1, 2011, shall meet the requirements shown in Table V-2 of Section 1605.3 of the November 2009 amendments to the California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4, unless the commissioner, in accordance with subparagraph (B) of subdivision (3) of this subsection, determines that such standards are unwarranted and may accept, reject or modify according to subparagraph (A) of subdivision (3) of this subsection; and

(R) In addition to the requirements of subparagraph (Q) of this subdivision, televisions manufactured on or after January 1, 2014, shall meet the efficiency requirements of Sections 1605.3(v)(3)(A), 1605.3(v)(3)(B) and 1605.3(v)(3)(C) of the November 2009 amendments to the California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Division 2, Chapter 4, Article 4, unless the commissioner, in accordance with subparagraph (B) of subdivision (3) of this subsection, determines that such standards are unwarranted and may accept, reject or modify according to subparagraph (A) of subdivision (3) of this subsection.

(2) Such efficiency standards, where in conflict with the State Building Code, shall take precedence over the standards contained in the Building Code. Not later than July 1, 2007, and biennially thereafter, the [department] commissioner shall review and increase the level of such efficiency standards by adopting regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 upon a determination that increased efficiency standards would serve to promote energy conservation in the state and would be cost-effective for consumers who purchase and use such new products, provided no such increased efficiency standards shall become effective within one year following the adoption of any amended regulations providing for such increased efficiency standards.

(3) (A) The [department] commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to designate additional products to be subject to the provisions of this section and to establish efficiency standards for such products upon a determination that such efficiency standards (i) would serve to promote energy conservation in the state, (ii) would be cost-effective for consumers who purchase and use such new products, and (iii) would not impose an unreasonable burden on Connecticut businesses.

(B) The [department] commissioner, in consultation with the Multi-State Appliance Standards Collaborative, shall identify additional appliance and equipment efficiency standards. The commissioner shall review all California standards and may review standards from other states in such collaborative. The commissioner shall issue notice of such review in the Connecticut Law Journal, allow for public comment and may hold a public hearing within six months of adoption of an efficiency standard by a cooperative member state regarding a product for which no equivalent Connecticut or federal standard currently exists. The [department] commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 adopting such efficiency standard unless the [department] commissioner makes a specific finding that such standard does not meet the criteria in subparagraph (A) of this subdivision.

Sec. 29. Subsection (e) of section 16a-48 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(e) On or after July 1, 2006, except for commercial clothes washers, for which the date shall be July 1, 2007, commercial refrigerators and freezers, for which the date shall be July 1, 2008, and large packaged air-conditioning equipment, for which the date shall be July 1, 2009, no new product of a type set forth in subsection (b) of this section or designated by the [department] commissioner may be sold, offered for sale, or installed in the state unless the energy efficiency of the new product meets or exceeds the efficiency standards set forth in such regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.

Sec. 30. Subsection (f) of section 16a-48 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(f) The [department] commissioner shall adopt procedures for testing the energy efficiency of the new products set forth in subsection (b) of this section or designated by the department if such procedures are not provided for in the State Building Code. The [department] commissioner shall use United States Department of Energy approved test methods, or in the absence of such test methods, other appropriate nationally recognized test methods. The manufacturers of such products shall cause samples of such products to be tested in accordance with the test procedures adopted pursuant to this subsection or those specified in the State Building Code.

Sec. 31. Subsection (g) of section 16a-48 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(g) Manufacturers of new products set forth in subsection (b) of this section or designated by the [department] commissioner shall certify to the commissioner that such products are in compliance with the provisions of this section, except that certification is not required for single voltage external AC to DC power supplies and walk-in refrigerators and walk-in freezers. All single voltage external AC to DC power supplies shall be labeled as described in the January 2006 California Code of Regulations, Title 20, Section 1607 (9). The [department] commissioner shall promulgate regulations governing the certification of such products. The commissioner shall publish an annual list of such products.

Sec. 32. Subsection (g) of section 16-245 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(g) As conditions of continued licensure, in addition to the requirements of subsection (c) of this section: (1) The licensee shall comply with the National Labor Relations Act and regulations, if applicable; (2) the licensee shall comply with the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act and applicable regulations; (3) each generating facility operated by or under long-term contract to the licensee shall comply with regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, pursuant to section 22a-174j; (4) the licensee shall comply with the portfolio standards, pursuant to section 16-245a; (5) the licensee shall be a member of the New England Power Pool or its successor or have a contractual relationship with one or more entities who are members of the New England Power Pool or its successor and the licensee shall comply with the rules of the regional independent system operator and standards and any other reliability guidelines of the regional independent systems operator; (6) the licensee shall agree to cooperate with the authority and other electric suppliers in the event of an emergency condition that may jeopardize the safety and reliability of electric service; (7) the licensee shall comply with the code of conduct established pursuant to section 16-244h; (8) for a license to a participating municipal electric utility, the licensee shall provide open and nondiscriminatory access to its distribution facilities to other licensed electric suppliers; (9) the licensee or the entity or entities with whom the licensee has a contractual relationship to purchase power shall be in compliance with all applicable licensing requirements of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; (10) each generating facility operated by or under long-term contract to the licensee shall be in compliance with chapter 277a and state environmental laws and regulations; (11) the licensee shall comply with the renewable portfolio standards established in section 16-245a; (12) on and after July 1, 2012, the licensee shall offer a time-of-use price option to customers. Such option shall include a two-part price that is designed to achieve an overall minimization of customer bills by encouraging the reduction of consumption during the most energy intense hours of the day. The licensee shall file its time-of-use rates with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority; and (13) the licensee shall acknowledge that it is subject to chapters 208, 212, 212a and 219, as applicable, and the licensee shall pay all taxes it is subject to in this state. Also as a condition of licensure, the authority shall prohibit each licensee from declining to provide service to customers for the reason that the customers are located in economically distressed areas. The authority may establish additional reasonable conditions to assure that all retail customers will continue to have access to electric generation services.

Sec. 33. Subsection (a) of section 103 of public act 11-80 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority shall on or before March 1, 2012, establish a three-year pilot program to promote the development of new combined heat and power projects in Connecticut that are below [two] five megawatts in capacity size. The program established pursuant to this section shall not exceed fifty megawatts. The authority shall set one or more standardized grant amounts, loan amounts and power purchase agreements for such projects to limit the administrative burden of project approvals for the authority and the project proponent, including, but not limited to, a per kilowatt cost of up to three hundred fifty dollars. Such standardized provisions shall seek to minimize costs for the general class of ratepayers, ensuring that the project developer has a significant share of the financial burden and risk, while ensuring the development of projects that benefit Connecticut's economy, ratepayers, and environment. The authority may in its discretion decline to support a proposed project if the benefits of such project to Connecticut's ratepayers, economy and environment, including emissions reductions, are too meager to justify ratepayer or taxpayer investment.

Sec. 34. Section 16-245ff of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority established pursuant to section 16-245n, as amended by this act, shall structure and implement a residential solar investment program established pursuant to this section, which shall result in a minimum of thirty megawatts of new residential solar photovoltaic installations located in this state on or before December 31, 2022, the annual procurement of which shall be determined by the authority and the cost of which shall not exceed one-third of the total surcharge collected annually pursuant to said section 16-245n.

(b) The Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority shall offer direct financial incentives, in the form of performance-based incentives or expected performance-based buydowns, for the purchase or lease of qualifying residential solar photovoltaic systems. For the purposes of this section, "performance-based incentives" means incentives paid out on a per kilowatt-hour basis, and "expected performance-based buydowns" means incentives paid out as a one-time upfront incentive based on expected system performance. The authority shall consider willingness to pay studies and verified solar photovoltaic system characteristics, such as operational efficiency, size, location, shading and orientation, when determining the type and amount of incentive. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision (1) of subsection (j) of section 16-244c, the amount of renewable energy produced from Class I renewable energy sources [receiving tariff payments or] included in utility rates under this section shall be applied to reduce the electric distribution company's Class I renewable energy source portfolio standard. Customers who receive expected performance-based buydowns under this section shall not be eligible for a credit pursuant to section [16-243b] 16-243h.

(c) Beginning with the comprehensive plan covering the period from July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2013, the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority shall develop and publish in each such plan a proposed schedule for the offering of performance-based incentives or expected performance-based buydowns over the duration of any such solar incentive program. Such schedule shall: (1) Provide for a series of solar capacity blocks the combined total of which shall be a minimum of thirty megawatts and projected incentive levels for each such block; (2) provide incentives that are sufficient to meet reasonable payback expectations of the residential consumer, taking into consideration the estimated cost of residential solar installations, the value of the energy offset by the system and the availability and estimated value of other incentives, including, but not limited to, federal and state tax incentives and revenues from the sale of solar renewable energy credits; (3) provide incentives that decline over time and will foster the sustained, orderly development of a state-based solar industry; (4) automatically adjust to the next block once the board of directors of the Connecticut Clean Energy Authority has issued reservations for financial incentives, provided, pursuant to this section, [from] that the board has fully [committing] committed the target solar capacity and available incentives in that block; and (5) provide comparable economic incentives for the purchase or lease of qualifying residential solar photovoltaic systems. The authority may retain the services of a third-party entity with expertise in the area of solar energy program design to assist in the development of the incentive schedule or schedules. The [Department] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall review and approve such schedule. Nothing in this subsection shall restrict the authority from modifying the approved incentive schedule before the issuance of its next comprehensive plan to account for changes in federal or state law or regulation or developments in the solar market when such changes would affect the expected return on investment for a typical residential solar photovoltaic system by twenty per cent or more.

(d) The Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority shall establish and periodically update program guidelines, including, but not limited to, requirements for systems and program participants related to: (1) Eligibility criteria; (2) standards for deployment of energy efficient equipment or building practices as a condition for receiving incentive funding; (3) procedures to provide reasonable assurance that such reservations are made and incentives are paid out only to qualifying residential solar photovoltaic systems demonstrating a high likelihood of being installed and operated as indicated in application materials; and (4) reasonable protocols for the measurement and verification of energy production.

(e) The Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority shall maintain on its web site the schedule of incentives, solar capacity remaining in the current block and available funding and incentive estimators.

(f) Funding for the residential performance-based incentive program and expected performance-based buydowns shall be apportioned from the moneys collected under the surcharge specified in section 16-245n, as amended by this act, provided such apportionment shall not exceed one-third of the total surcharge collected annually, and supplemented by federal funding as may become available.

(g) The Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority shall identify barriers to the development of a permanent Connecticut-based solar workforce and shall make provision for comprehensive training, accreditation and certification programs through institutions and individuals accredited and certified to national standards.

(h) On or before January 1, 2014, and every two years thereafter for the duration of the program, the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority shall report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy on progress toward the goals identified in subsection (a) of this section.

Sec. 35. Subsection (b) of section 16-244r of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) Solicitations conducted by the electric distribution company shall be for the purchase of renewable energy credits produced by eligible customer-sited generating projects over the duration of the long-term contract. For purposes of this section, a long-term contract is a contract for fifteen years. The electric distribution company shall be entitled to recover the reasonable costs and fees incurred in connection with soliciting and filing long-term contracts with the authority pursuant to this section through a reconciling component of electric rates as determined by the authority, until such company's next scheduled rate case.

Sec. 36. Section 16-244s of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) To procure the long-term contracts described in section 16-244r, as amended by this act, each electric distribution company shall, not later than one hundred eighty days after July 1, 2011, propose a six-year solicitation plan that shall include (1) a timetable and methodology for soliciting proposals for the long-term purchase of renewable energy credits from in-state generators of Class I technologies that emit no pollutants and are not more than one megawatt in size, and (2) declining annual incentives during each of the six years of the program. The electric distribution company's solicitation plan shall be subject to the review and approval of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority.

(b) The electric distribution company's approved solicitation plan shall be designed to foster a diversity of project sizes and participation among all eligible customer classes subject to cost-effectiveness considerations. Separate procurement processes shall be conducted for (1) systems up to one hundred kilowatts; (2) systems greater than one hundred kilowatts but less than two hundred fifty kilowatts; and (3) systems between two hundred fifty and one thousand kilowatts. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall give preference to competitive bidding for resources of more than one hundred kilowatts, with bids ranked in order on the basis of lowest net present value of required renewable energy credit price, unless the authority determines that an alternative methodology is in the best interests of the electric distribution company's customers and the development of a competitive and self-sustaining market. Systems up to one hundred kilowatts in size shall be eligible to receive, on an ongoing and continuous basis, a renewable energy credit offer price equivalent to the weighted average accepted bid price in the most recent solicitation for systems greater than one hundred kilowatts but less than two hundred fifty kilowatts, plus an additional incentive of ten per cent. The electric distribution company shall be entitled to recover the reasonable costs and fees incurred in connection with the preparation of a solicitation plan pursuant to this section through a reconciling component of electric rates as determined by the authority.

(c) Each electric distribution company shall execute its approved six-year solicitation plan and submit to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for review and approval of its preferred procurement plan comprised of any proposed contract or contracts with independent developers. If an electric distribution company's solicitation does not result in proposed contracts totaling the annual expenditure pursuant to subsection (a) of section 16-244r and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority has reduced the cap price by more than three per cent pursuant to subsection (c) of section 16-244r, the authority shall, within ninety days, issue a request for proposals for additional contracts. The authority shall approve contract proposals submitted in response to such request on a least-cost basis, provided an electric distribution company shall not be required to enter into a contract that provides for a payment in any year of the contract that exceeds the renewable energy price cap for the prior year, [by] less [than] three per cent.

(d) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall hold a hearing that shall be conducted as an uncontested case, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to approve, reject or modify an [application for approval of the] electric distribution company's procurement plan. The authority shall only [approve such proposed plan] issue an approval for a plan or modification of a plan if the authority finds that (1) the solicitation and evaluation conducted by the electric distribution company was the result of a fair, open, competitive and transparent process; (2) approval of the procurement plan would result in the greatest expected ratepayer value from energy from Class I or renewable energy credits at the lowest reasonable cost; and (3) such procurement plan or any modification satisfies other criteria established in the approved solicitation plan. The authority shall not approve any proposal made under such plan unless it determines that the plan and proposals encompass all foreseeable sources of revenue or benefits and that such proposals, together with such revenue or benefits, would result in the greatest expected ratepayer value from energy technologies that emit no pollutants or renewable energy credits. The authority may, in its discretion, retain the services of an independent consultant with expertise in the area of energy procurement to assist in such determination. The independent consultant shall be unaffiliated with the electric distribution company or its affiliates and shall not, directly or indirectly, have benefited from employment or contracts with the electric distribution company or its affiliates in the preceding five years, except as an independent consultant. The electric distribution company shall provide the independent consultant immediate and continuing access to all documents and data reviewed, used or produced by the electric distribution company in its bid solicitation and evaluation process. The electric distribution company shall make all its personnel, agents and contractors used in the bid solicitation and evaluation available for interview by the consultant. The electric distribution company shall conduct any additional modeling requested by the independent consultant to test the assumptions and results of the bid evaluation process. The independent consultant shall not participate in or advise the electric distribution company with respect to any decisions in the bid solicitation or bid evaluation process. The authority's administrative costs in reviewing the electric distribution company's procurement plan and the costs of the consultant shall be recovered through a reconciling component of electric rates as determined by the authority.

(e) The electric distribution company shall be entitled to recover its reasonable costs and fees prudently incurred of complying with its approved procurement plan through a reconciling component of electric rates as determined by the authority. Nothing in this section shall preclude the resale or other disposition of energy or associated renewable energy credits purchased by the electric distribution company, provided the distribution company shall net the cost of payments made to projects under the long-term contracts against the proceeds of the sale of energy or renewable energy credits and the difference shall be credited or charged to distribution customers through a reconciling component of electric rates as determined by the authority that is nonbypassable when switching electric suppliers.

(f) Failure by the electric distribution company to execute its approved solicitation plan shall result in a noncompliance fee. Unless, upon petition by the electric distribution company, the authority grants the distribution company an extension not to exceed ninety days to correct this deficiency, the electric distribution company shall be assessed a noncompliance fee one hundred twenty-five per cent of the difference between the annual distribution company expenditures required pursuant to subsection (c) of section 16-244r and the contractually committed expenditure for renewable energy credits from eligible zero emissions customer-sited generating projects in that year. The noncompliance fees associated with the procurement shortfall shall be collected by the distribution company, maintained in a separate interest-bearing account and disbursed to the department on a quarterly basis. Funds collected by the authority pursuant to this section shall be used to support the deployment of Class I zero emissions generating systems installed in the state with priority given to otherwise underserved market segments, including, but not limited to, low-income housing, schools and other public buildings and nonprofits. The authority may waive a noncompliance fee assessed pursuant to this section if the authority determines that meeting the requirements of this subsection would be commercially infeasible.

(g) Not later than sixty days after its approval of the distribution company procurement plans submitted on or before January 1, 2013, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall submit a report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy. The report shall document for each distribution company procurement plan: (1) The total number of renewable energy credits bid relative to the number of renewable energy credits requested by the distribution company; (2) the total number of bidders in each market segment; (3) the number and value of contracts awarded; (4) the total weighted average price of the renewable energy credits or energy so purchased; and (5) the extent to which the costs of the technology has been reduced. The authority shall not report individual bid information or other proprietary information.

Sec. 37. Subsection (a) of section 16-244t of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Commencing on January 1, 2012, and within one hundred eighty days, each electric distribution company shall solicit and file with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for its approval one or more fifteen-year power purchase contracts with owners or developers of generation projects that are less than two megawatts in size, located on the customer side of the revenue meter, serve the distribution system of the electric distribution company, and use Class I technologies. [that have no emissions of no more than 0.07 pounds per megawatt-hour of nitrogen oxides, 0.10 pounds per megawatt-hour of carbon monoxide, 0.02 pounds per megawatt-hour of volatile organic compounds, and one grain per one hundred standard cubic feet.] The authority may give a preference to contracts for technologies manufactured, researched or developed in the state.

Sec. 38. Subsection (b) of section 16-244t of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) Solicitations conducted by the electric distribution company shall be for the purchase of renewable energy credits produced by eligible customer-sited generating projects over the duration of the contract. The electric distribution company shall be entitled to recover the reasonable costs and fees incurred in connection with soliciting and filing power purchase contracts with the authority pursuant to this section through a reconciling component of electric rates as determined by the authority, until such company's next scheduled rate case.

Sec. 39. Section 16-245hh of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority created pursuant to section 16-245n, as amended by this act, in consultation with the [Department] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, shall establish a program to be known as the "condominium renewable energy grant program". Under such program, the board of directors of the authority shall provide grants to residential condominium associations and residential condominium owners, within available funds, for purchasing clean energy sources, including solar energy, geothermal energy and fuel cells or other energy-efficient hydrogen-fueled energy.

Sec. 40. Section 16-24a of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) On or before June 30, 2012, the [Department] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall conduct a proceeding regarding development of low-income discounted rates for service provided by electric distribution and gas companies, as defined in section 16-1, as amended by this act, to low-income customers with an annual income that does not exceed sixty per cent of median income. Such proceeding shall include, but not be limited to, a review, for individuals who receive means-tested assistance administered by the state or federal governments, of the current and future availability of rate discounts through the department's electricity purchasing pool operated pursuant to section 16a-14e, energy assistance benefits available through any plan adopted pursuant to section 16a-41a, state funded or administered programs, conservation assistance available pursuant to section 16-245m, as amended by this act, assistance funded or administered by said department or the Department of Social Services, or matching payment program benefits available pursuant to subsection (b) of section 16-262c. The [department] commissioner shall (1) coordinate resources and programs, to the extent practicable; (2) develop rates that take into account the indigency of persons of poverty status and allow such persons' households to meet the costs of essential energy needs; (3) require the households to have a home energy audit paid from the Energy Efficiency Fund as a prerequisite to qualification; (4) prepare an analysis of the benefits and anticipated costs of such low-income discounted rates; and (5) review utility rate discount policies or programs in other states.

(b) The [department] commissioner shall determine which, if any, of its programs shall be modified, terminated or have their funding reduced because such program beneficiaries would benefit more by the establishment of a low-income or discount rate. The [department] commissioner shall establish a rate reduction that is equal to the anticipated funds transferred from the programs modified, terminated or reduced by the department pursuant to this section and the reduced cost of providing service to those eligible for such discounted or low-income rates, any available energy assistance and other sources of coverage for such rates, including, but not limited to, generation available through the electricity purchasing pool operated by the department. The [department] commissioner may issue recommendations regarding programs administered by the Department of Social Services.

(c) The [department] commissioner shall order (1) filing by each electric distribution company of proposed rates consistent with the [department's] commissioner's decision pursuant to subsection (a) of this section not later than sixty days after its issuance; and (2) appropriate modification of existing low-income programs.

(d) The cost of low-income and discounted rates and related outreach activities pursuant to this section shall be paid (1) through the normal rate-making procedures of the [department] Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, (2) on a semiannual basis through the systems benefits charge for an electric distribution company, and (3) solely from the funds of the programs modified, terminated or reduced by the department pursuant to this section and the reduced cost of providing service to those eligible for such discounted or low-income rates, any available energy assistance and other sources of coverage for such rates, including, but not limited to, generation available through the electricity purchasing pool operated by the department.

(e) On or before [February] October 1, 2012, the [department] commissioner shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy regarding the benefits and costs of the low-income or discounted rates established pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, including, but not limited to, possible impacts on existing customers who qualify for state assistance, and any recommended modifications. If the low-income rate is not less than ninety per cent of the standard service rate, the [department] commissioner shall include in [its] the commissioner's report steps to achieve that goal. Any such report may be submitted electronically.

Sec. 41. Section 16-245o of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) To protect a customer's right to privacy from unwanted solicitation, each electric company or electric distribution company, as the case may be, shall distribute to each customer a form approved by the [Department of Energy and Environmental Protection] Public Utilities Regulatory Authority which the customer shall submit to the customer's electric or electric distribution company in a timely manner if the customer does not want the customer's name, address, telephone number and rate class to be released to electric suppliers. On and after July 1, 1999, each electric or electric distribution company, as the case may be, shall make available to all electric suppliers customer names, addresses, telephone numbers, if known, and rate class, unless the electric company or electric distribution company has received a form from a customer requesting that such information not be released. Additional information about a customer for marketing purposes shall not be released to any electric supplier unless a customer consents to a release by one of the following: (1) An independent third-party telephone verification; (2) receipt of a written confirmation received in the mail from the customer after the customer has received an information package confirming any telephone agreement; (3) the customer signs a document fully explaining the nature and effect of the release; or (4) the customer's consent is obtained through electronic means, including, but not limited to, a computer transaction.

(b) All electric suppliers shall have equal access to customer information required to be disclosed under subsection (a) of this section. No electric supplier shall have preferential access to historical distribution company customer usage data.

(c) No electric or electric distribution company shall include in any bill or bill insert anything that directly or indirectly promotes a generation entity or affiliate of the electric distribution company. No electric supplier shall include a bill insert in an electric bill of an electric distribution company.

(d) All marketing information provided pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be formatted electronically by the electric company or electric distribution company, as the case may be, in a form that is readily usable by standard commercial software packages. Updated lists shall be made available within a reasonable time, as determined by the [department] authority, following a request by an electric supplier. Each electric supplier seeking the information shall pay a fee to the electric company or electric distribution company, as the case may be, which reflects the incremental costs of formatting, sorting and distributing this information, together with related software changes. Customers shall be entitled to any available individual information about their loads or usage at no cost.

(e) Each electric supplier shall, prior to the initiation of electric generation services, provide the potential customer with a written notice describing the rates, information on air emissions and resource mix of generation facilities operated by and under long-term contract to the supplier, terms and conditions of the service, and a notice describing the customer's right to cancel the service, as provided in this section. No electric supplier shall provide electric generation services unless the customer has signed a service contract or consents to such services by one of the following: (1) An independent third-party telephone verification; (2) receipt of a written confirmation received in the mail from the customer after the customer has received an information package confirming any telephone agreement; (3) the customer signs a contract that conforms with the provisions of this section; or (4) the customer's consent is obtained through electronic means, including, but not limited to, a computer transaction. Each electric supplier shall provide each customer with a demand of less than one hundred kilowatts, a written contract that conforms with the provisions of this section and maintain records of such signed service contract or consent to service for a period of not less than two years from the date of expiration of such contract, which records shall be provided to the [department] authority or the customer upon request. Each contract for electric generation services shall contain all material terms of the agreement, a clear and conspicuous statement explaining the rates that such customer will be paying, including the circumstances under which the rates may change, a statement that provides specific directions to the customer as to how to compare the price term in the contract to the customer's existing electric generation service charge on the electric bill and how long those rates are guaranteed. Such contract shall also include a clear and conspicuous statement providing the customer's right to cancel such contract not later than three days after signature or receipt in accordance with the provisions of this subsection, describing under what circumstances, if any, the supplier may terminate the contract and describing any penalty for early termination of such contract. Each contract shall be signed by the customer, or otherwise agreed to in accordance with the provisions of this subsection. A customer who has a maximum demand of five hundred kilowatts or less shall, until midnight of the third business day after the latter of the day on which the customer enters into a service agreement or the day on which the customer receives the written contract from the electric supplier as provided in this section, have the right to cancel a contract for electric generation services entered into with an electric supplier.

(f) (1) Any third-party agent who contracts with or is otherwise compensated by an electric supplier to sell electric generation services shall be a legal agent of the electric supplier. No third-party agent may sell electric generation services on behalf of an electric supplier unless (A) the third-party agent is an employee or independent contractor of such electric supplier, and (B) the third-party agent has received appropriate training directly from such electric supplier.

(2) On or after July 1, 2011, all sales and solicitations of electric generation services by an electric supplier, aggregator or agent of an electric supplier or aggregator to a customer with a maximum demand of one hundred kilowatts or less conducted and consummated entirely by mail, door-to-door sale, telephone or other electronic means, during a scheduled appointment at the premises of a customer or at a fair, trade or business show, convention or exposition in addition to complying with the provisions of subsection (e) of this section shall:

(A) For any sale or solicitation, including from any person representing such electric supplier, aggregator or agent of an electric supplier or aggregator (i) identify the person and the electric generation services company or companies the person represents; (ii) provide a statement that the person does not represent an electric distribution company; (iii) explain the purpose of the solicitation; and (iv) explain all rates, fees, variable charges and terms and conditions for the services provided; and

(B) For door-to-door sales to customers with a maximum demand of one hundred kilowatts, which shall include the sale of electric generation services in which the electric supplier, aggregator or agent of an electric supplier or aggregator solicits the sale and receives the customer's agreement or offer to purchase at a place other than the seller's place of business, be conducted (i) in accordance with any municipal and local ordinances regarding door-to-door solicitations, (ii) between the hours of ten o'clock a.m. and six o'clock p.m. unless the customer schedules an earlier or later appointment, and (iii) with both English and Spanish written materials available. Any representative of an electric supplier, aggregator or agent of an electric supplier or aggregator shall prominently display or wear a photo identification badge stating the name of such person's employer or the electric supplier the person represents.

(3) No electric supplier, aggregator or agent of an electric supplier or aggregator shall advertise or disclose the price of electricity to mislead a reasonable person into believing that the electric generation services portion of the bill will be the total bill amount for the delivery of electricity to the customer's location. When advertising or disclosing the price for electricity, the electric supplier, aggregator or agent of an electric supplier or aggregator shall also disclose the electric distribution company's current charges, including the competitive transition assessment and the systems benefits charge, for that customer class.

(4) No entity, including an aggregator or agent of an electric supplier or aggregator, who sells or offers for sale any electric generation services for or on behalf of an electric supplier, shall engage in any deceptive acts or practices in the marketing, sale or solicitation of electric generation services.

(5) Each electric supplier shall disclose to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority in a standardized format (A) the amount of additional renewable energy credits such supplier will purchase beyond required credits, (B) where such additional credits are being sourced from, and (C) the types of renewable energy sources that will be purchased. Each electric supplier shall only advertise renewable energy credits purchased beyond those required pursuant to section 16-245a and shall report to the authority the renewable energy sources of such credits and whenever the mix of such sources changes.

(6) No contract for electric generation services by an electric supplier shall require a residential customer to pay any fee for termination or early cancellation of a contract in excess of (A) one hundred dollars; or (B) twice the estimated bill for energy services for an average month, whichever is less, provided when an electric supplier offers a contract, it provides the residential customer an estimate of such customer's average monthly bill.

(7) An electric supplier shall not make a material change in the terms or duration of any contract for the provision of electric generation services by an electric supplier without the express consent of the customer. Nothing in this subdivision shall restrict an electric supplier from renewing a contract by clearly informing the customer, in writing, not less than thirty days or more than sixty days before the renewal date, of the renewal terms and of the option not to accept the renewal offer, provided no fee pursuant to subdivision (6) of this section shall be charged to a customer who terminates or cancels such renewal not later than seven business days after receiving the first billing statement for the renewed contract.

(8) Each electric supplier shall file annually with the authority a list of any aggregator or agent working on behalf of such supplier.

(g) Each electric supplier, aggregator or agent of an electric supplier or aggregator shall comply with the provisions of the telemarketing regulations adopted pursuant to 15 USC 6102.

(h) Any violation of this section shall be deemed an unfair or deceptive trade practice under subsection (a) of section 42-110b. Any contract for electric generation services that the authority finds to be the product of unfair or deceptive marketing practices or in material violation of the provisions of this section shall be void and unenforceable. Any waiver of the provisions of this section by a customer of electric generation services shall be deemed void and unenforceable by the electric supplier.

(i) Any violation or failure to comply with any provision of this section shall be subject to (1) civil penalties by the [department] authority in accordance with section 16-41, (2) the suspension or revocation of an electric supplier or aggregator's license, or (3) a prohibition on accepting new customers following a hearing that is conducted as a contested case in accordance with chapter 54.

(j) The [department] authority may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to include, but not be limited to, abusive switching practices, solicitations and renewals by electric suppliers.

Sec. 42. Subsection (a) of section 16-245d of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The [Department of Energy and Environmental Protection] Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall, by regulations adopted pursuant to chapter 54, develop a standard billing format that enables customers to compare pricing policies and charges among electric suppliers. The [department] authority shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to provide that an electric supplier, until July 1, 2012, may provide direct billing and collection services for electric generation services and related federally mandated congestion charges that such supplier provides to its customers with a maximum demand of not less than one hundred kilowatts that choose to receive a bill directly from such supplier and, on and after July 1, 2012, shall provide direct billing and collection services for electric generation services and related federally mandated congestion charges that such suppliers provide to their customers or may choose to obtain such billing and collection service through an electric distribution company and pay its pro rata share in accordance with the provisions of subsection (h) of section 16-244c. Any customer of an electric supplier, which is choosing to provide direct billing, who paid for the cost of billing and other services to an electric distribution company shall receive a credit on their monthly bill.

(1) An electric supplier that chooses to provide billing and collection services shall, in accordance with the billing format developed by the [department] authority, include the following information in each customer's bill: (A) The total amount owed by the customer, which shall be itemized to show (i) the electric generation services component and any additional charges imposed by the electric supplier, and (ii) federally mandated congestion charges applicable to the generation services; (B) any unpaid amounts from previous bills, which shall be listed separately from current charges; (C) the rate and usage for the current month and each of the previous twelve months in bar graph form or other visual format; (D) the payment due date; (E) the interest rate applicable to any unpaid amount; (F) the toll-free telephone number of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for questions or complaints; and (G) the toll-free telephone number and address of the electric supplier. On or before February 1, 2012, the authority shall conduct a review of the costs and benefits of suppliers billing for all components of electric service, and report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy regarding the results of such review. Any such report may be submitted electronically.

(2) An electric distribution company shall, in accordance with the billing format developed by the authority, include the following information in each customer's bill: (A) The total amount owed by the customer, which shall be itemized to show, (i) the electric generation services component if the customer obtains standard service or last resort service from the electric distribution company, (ii) the distribution charge, including all applicable taxes and the systems benefits charge, as provided in section 16-245l, (iii) the transmission rate as adjusted pursuant to subsection (d) of section 16-19b, (iv) the competitive transition assessment, as provided in section 16-245g, (v) federally mandated congestion charges, and (vi) the conservation and renewable energy charge, consisting of the conservation and load management program charge, as provided in section 16-245m, as amended by this act, and the renewable energy investment charge, as provided in section 16-245n, as amended by this act; (B) any unpaid amounts from previous bills which shall be listed separately from current charges; (C) except for customers subject to a demand charge, the rate and usage for the current month and each of the previous twelve months in the form of a bar graph or other visual form; (D) the payment due date; (E) the interest rate applicable to any unpaid amount; (F) the toll-free telephone number of the electric distribution company to report power losses; (G) the toll-free telephone number of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority for questions or complaints; and (H) if a customer has a demand of five hundred kilowatts or less during the preceding twelve months, a statement about the availability of information concerning electric suppliers pursuant to section 16-245p.

Sec. 43. Subsection (a) of section 16a-40l of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) On or before October 1, 2011, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection shall establish a residential heating equipment financing program. Such program shall allow residential customers to finance, through on-bill financing or other mechanism, the installation of energy efficient natural gas or heating oil burners, boilers and furnaces or ductless heat pumps to replace (1) burners, boilers and furnaces that are not less than seven years old with an efficiency rating of not more than seventy-five per cent, or (2) electric heating systems. Eligible fuel oil furnaces shall have an efficiency rating of not less than eighty-six per cent. An eligible fuel oil burner shall have an efficiency rating of not less than eighty-six per cent with temperature reset controls. An eligible natural gas boiler shall have an annual fuel utilization efficiency rating of not less than ninety per cent and an eligible natural gas furnace shall have an annual fuel utilization efficiency rating of not less than ninety-five per cent. To participate in the program established pursuant to this subsection, a customer shall first have a home energy audit, the cost of which may be financed pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

Sec. 44. Subsection (f) of section 16a-40l of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(f) On or before October 1, 2011, the department shall begin accepting applications for financial incentives for combined heat and power systems of not more than [one megawatt] five megawatts of power. To qualify for such financial incentives, such combined heat and power system shall reduce energy costs at an amount equal to or greater than the amount of the installation cost of the system within ten years of the installation. The department shall review the current market conditions for such systems, including any existing federal or state financial incentives, and determine the appropriate financial incentives under this program necessary to encourage installation of such systems. Such financial incentives may include providing private financial institutions with loan loss protection or grants to lower borrowing costs. Financial incentives pursuant to this subdivision shall not exceed two hundred dollars per kilowatt. A project accepted for such incentives shall qualify for a waiver of (1) the backup power rate under section 16-243o, and (2) the requirement to provide baseload electricity under section 16-243i. Any purchase of natural gas for any combined heat and power system installed pursuant to this subdivision shall not include a distribution charge pursuant to section 16-243l.

Sec. 45. Section 16a-37u of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall be responsible for planning and managing energy use in state-owned and leased buildings and shall establish a program to maximize the efficiency with which energy is utilized in such buildings. The commissioner shall exercise this authority by (1) preparing and implementing annual and long-range plans, with timetables, establishing goals for reducing state energy consumption and, based on energy audits, specific objectives for state agencies to meet the performance standards adopted under section 16a-38; (2) coordinating federal and state energy conservation resources and activities, including but not limited to, those required to be performed by other state agencies under this chapter; and (3) monitoring energy use and costs by budgeted state agencies on a monthly basis.

(b) On or before July 1, 2012, the commissioner, in consultation with the Department of Administrative Services, shall develop a plan to reduce energy use in buildings owned or leased by the state by January 1, 2013, by at least ten per cent from its current consumption and by January 1, 2018, by an additional ten per cent. Such plan shall include, but not be limited to, (1) assessing current energy consumption for all fuels used in state-owned buildings, (2) identifying not less than one hundred such buildings with the highest aggregate energy costs in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, (3) establishing targets for conducting energy audits of such buildings, and (4) determining which energy efficiency measures are most cost-effective for such buildings. Such plan shall provide for the financing of such measures through the use of energy-savings performance contracting, pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, bonding or other means.

(c) Any state agency or municipality may enter into an energy-savings performance contract, as defined in section 16a-37x, with a qualified energy service provider, as defined in said section 16a-37x, to produce utility cost savings, as defined in said section 16a-37x, or operation and maintenance cost savings, as defined in said section 16a-37x. Any energy-savings measure, as defined in said section 16a-37x, implemented under such contracts shall comply with state [or] and local building codes. Any state agency or municipality may implement other capital improvements in conjunction with an energy-savings performance contract as long as the measures that are being implemented to achieve utility and operation and maintenance cost savings and other capital improvements are in the aggregate cost effective over the term of the contract.

(d) On or before January 1, 2013, and annually thereafter, the commissioner shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, on the status of its implementation of the plan and provide recommendations regarding energy use in state buildings to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy. Any such report may be submitted electronically.

(e) Not later than January fifth, annually, the commissioner shall submit a report to the Governor and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy planning and activities. The report shall (1) indicate the total number of energy audits and technical assistance audits of state-owned and leased buildings, (2) summarize the status of the energy conservation measures recommended by such audits, (3) summarize all energy conservation measures implemented during the preceding twelve months in state-owned and leased buildings which have not had such audits, (4) analyze the availability and allocation of funds to implement the measures recommended under subdivision (2) of this subsection, (5) list each budgeted agency, as defined in section 4-69, which occupies a state-owned or leased building and has not cooperated with the Commissioner of Administrative Services and the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection in conducting energy and technical assistance audits of such building and implementing operational and maintenance improvements recommended by such audits and any other energy conservation measures required for such building by the [secretary] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, (6) summarize all life-cycle cost analyses prepared under section 16a-38 during the preceding twelve months, and summarize agency compliance with the life-cycle cost analyses, and (7) identify any state laws, regulations or procedures that impede innovative energy conservation and load management projects in state buildings. Any such report may be submitted electronically.

(f) The commissioner, in conjunction with the Department of Administrative Services, shall as soon as practicable and where cost-effective connect all state-owned buildings to a district heating and cooling system, where such heating and cooling system currently exists or where one is proposed. The commissioner, in conjunction with the Department of Administrative Services, shall prepare an annual report with the results of the progress in connecting state-owned buildings to such a heating and cooling system, the cost of such connection and any projected energy savings achieved through any such connection. The commissioner shall submit the report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy on or before January 1, 1993, and January first annually thereafter.

(g) The commissioner shall require each state agency to maximize its use of public service companies' energy conservation and load management programs and to provide sites in its facilities for demonstration projects of highly energy efficient equipment, provided no such demonstration project impairs the functioning of the facility.

(h) The commissioner, in consultation with the Department of Administrative Services, shall establish energy efficiency standards for building space leased by the state on or after January 1, 2013.

Sec. 46. Section 16-244u of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Beneficial account" means an in-state retail end user of an electric distribution company designated by a customer host in such electric distribution company's service area to receive virtual net metering credits from a virtual net metering facility;

(2) "Customer host" means an in-state retail end user of an electric distribution company that owns a virtual net metering facility and participates in virtual net metering;

(3) "Unassigned virtual net metering credit" means in any given electric distribution company monthly billing period, a virtual net metering credit that remains after both the customer host and its beneficial accounts have been billed for zero kilowatt hours related solely to the generation service charges on such billings through virtual net metering;

(4) "Virtual net metering" means the process of combining the electric meter readings and billings, including any virtual net metering credits, for a customer host and a beneficial account through an electric distribution company billing process related solely to the generation service charges on such billings;

(5) "Virtual net metering credit" means a credit equal to the retail cost per kilowatt hour the customer host may have otherwise been charged for each kilowatt hour produced by a virtual net metering facility that exceeds the total amount of kilowatt hours used during an electric distribution company monthly billing period; [and]

(6) "Virtual net metering facility" means a Class I renewable energy source that: (A) Is served by an electric distribution company, owned or leased by a customer host and serves the electricity needs of the customer host and its beneficial accounts; (B) is within the same electric distribution company service territory as the customer host and its beneficial accounts; and (C) has a nameplate capacity rating of two megawatts or less; and

(7) "Governmental customer" or "governmental customer host" means the state or any municipality.

(b) Each electric distribution company shall provide virtual net metering to its [municipal] governmental customers and shall make any necessary interconnections for a virtual net metering facility. Upon request by a [municipal] governmental customer host to implement the provisions of this section, an electric distribution company shall install metering equipment, if necessary. For each [municipal] governmental customer host, such metering equipment shall (1) measure electricity consumed from the electric distribution company's facilities; (2) deduct the amount of electricity produced but not consumed; and (3) register, for each monthly billing period, the net amount of electricity produced and, if applicable, consumed. If, in a given monthly billing period, a [municipal] governmental customer host supplies more electricity to the electric distribution system than the electric distribution company delivers to the [municipal] governmental customer host, the electric distribution company shall bill the [municipal] governmental customer host for zero kilowatt hours of generation and assign a virtual net metering credit to the [municipal] governmental customer host's beneficial accounts for the next monthly billing period. Such credit shall be applied against the generation service component of the beneficial account. Such credit shall be allocated among such accounts in proportion to their consumption for the previous twelve billing periods.

(c) An electric distribution company shall carry forward any unassigned virtual net metering generation credits earned by the [municipal] governmental customer host from one monthly billing period to the next until the end of the calendar year. At the end of each calendar year, the electric distribution company shall compensate the [municipal] governmental customer host for any unassigned virtual net metering generation credits at the rate the electric distribution company pays for power procured to supply standard service customers pursuant to section 16-244c, as amended by this act.

(d) At least sixty days before a [municipal] governmental customer host's virtual net metering facility becomes operational, the [municipal] governmental customer host shall provide written notice to the electric distribution company of its beneficial accounts. The [municipal] governmental customer host may change its list of beneficial accounts not more than once annually by providing another sixty days' written notice. The [municipal] governmental customer host shall not designate more than five beneficial accounts.

(e) On or before February 1, 2012, the [Department of Energy and Environmental Protection] Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall conduct a proceeding to develop the administrative processes and program specifications, including, but not limited to, a cap of one million dollars per year apportioned to each electric distribution company based on consumer load for credits provided to beneficial accounts pursuant to subsection (c) of this section and payments made pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.

(f) On or before January 1, 2013, and annually thereafter, each electric distribution company shall report to the [department] authority on the cost of its virtual net metering program pursuant to this section and the [department] authority shall combine such information and report it annually, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy.

Sec. 47. Subdivision (3) of subsection (f) of section 16a-40f of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(3) The amount of a fee paid for an energy audit provided pursuant to this program may be added to the amount of a loan to finance the cost of an eligible project conducted in response to such energy audit. In such cases, the amount of the fee may be reimbursed from the [fund] Green Connecticut Loan Guaranty Fund to the borrower.

Sec. 48. Subsection (a) of section 16-244v of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of section 16-244e, an electric distribution company, or owner or developer of generation projects, [that emit no pollutants,] may submit a proposal to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to build, own or operate one or more generation facilities up to an aggregate of thirty megawatts using Class I renewable energy sources as defined in section 16-1, as amended by this act, from July 1, 2011, to July 1, 2013. Each facility shall be greater than one megawatt but not more than five megawatts. Each electric distribution company may enter into joint ownership agreements, partnerships or other agreements with private developers to carry out the provisions of this section. The aggregate ownership for an electric distribution company pursuant to this section shall not exceed ten megawatts. The department shall evaluate such proposals pursuant to sections 16-19 and 16-19e, as amended by this act, and may approve one or more of such proposals if it finds that the proposal serves the long-term interest of ratepayers. The department (1) shall not approve any proposal supported in any form of cross subsidization by entities affiliated with the electric distribution company, and (2) shall give preference to proposals that make efficient use of existing sites and supply infrastructure. No such company may, under any circumstances, recover more than the full costs identified in a proposal, as approved by the department. Nothing in this section shall preclude the resale or other disposition of energy or associated renewable energy credits purchased by the electric distribution company, provided the distribution company shall net the cost of payments made to projects under the long-term contracts against the proceeds of the sale of energy or renewable energy credits and the difference shall be credited or charged to distribution customers through a reconciling component of electric rates as determined by the authority that is nonbypassable when switching electric suppliers.

Sec. 49. Section 16a-46h of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

Each electric, gas or heating fuel customer, regardless of heating source, shall be assessed [the same] fees, charges, co-pays or other similar terms to access any audits administered by the Home Energy Solutions program [, provided the costs of subsidizing such audits to ratepayers whose primary source of heat is not electricity or natural gas shall not exceed five hundred thousand dollars per year] that reflect the contributions made to the Energy Efficiency Fund by each such customer's respective customer type, provided such fees, charges, co-pays and other similar terms shall not exceed a total of seventy-five dollars for any such audit.

Sec. 50. Section 133 of public act 11-80 is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The [Public Utilities Regulatory Authority] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall [conduct a proceeding to] analyze the costs and benefits of allowing an electric distribution company to earn a rate of return, subject to section 16-19e of the general statutes, as amended by this act, on its long-term investments in energy efficiency. Any affected stakeholder may submit to the commissioner any information relevant to the commissioner's analysis, pursuant to this section. In conducting such analysis, the commissioner shall consult with the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and the Office of Consumer Counsel concerning any effects on ratepayers. On or before [February] October 1, 2012, the [authority] commissioner shall report the results of such [proceeding] analysis in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy. Any such report may be submitted electronically.

Sec. 51. Section 16a-46i of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

On or before October 1, 2011, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection shall establish a natural gas and heating oil conversion program to allow a gas or heating oil company to finance the conversion to gas heat or home heating oil by potential residential customers who heat their homes with electricity. The [department] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to establish procedures and terms for such program and shall, on or before January 1, 2012, and annually thereafter, report in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy and the environment regarding the progress of such program. Any such report may be submitted electronically.

Sec. 52. Section 12-217mm of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Allowable costs" means the amounts chargeable to a capital account, including, but not limited to: (A) Construction or rehabilitation costs; (B) commissioning costs; (C) architectural and engineering fees allocable to construction or rehabilitation, including energy modeling; (D) site costs, such as temporary electric wiring, scaffolding, demolition costs and fencing and security facilities; and (E) costs of carpeting, partitions, walls and wall coverings, ceilings, lighting, plumbing, electrical wiring, mechanical, heating, cooling and ventilation but "allowable costs" does not include the purchase of land, any remediation costs or the cost of telephone systems or computers;

(2) "Brownfield" has the same meaning as in subsection (g) of section 32-9cc;

(3) "Eligible project" means a real estate development project that is designed to meet or exceed the applicable LEED Green Building Rating System gold certification or other certification determined by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to be equivalent, but if a single project has more than one building, "eligible project" means only the building or buildings within such project that is designed to meet or exceed the applicable LEED Green Building Rating System gold certification or other certification determined by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to be equivalent;

(4) "Energy Star" means the voluntary labeling program administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products, equipment and buildings;

(5) "Enterprise zone" means an area in a municipality designated by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development as an enterprise zone in accordance with the provisions of section 32-70;

(6) "LEED Accredited Professional Program" means the professional accreditation program for architects, engineers and other building professionals as administered by the United States Green Building Council;

(7) "LEED Green Building Rating System" means the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council as of the date that the project is registered with the United States Green Building Council;

(8) "Mixed-use development" means a development consisting of one or more buildings that includes residential use and in which no more than seventy-five per cent of the interior square footage has at least one of the following uses: (A) Commercial use; (B) office use; (C) retail use; or (D) any other nonresidential use that the [Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection determines does not pose a public health threat or nuisance to nearby residential areas;

(9) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management; [and]

(10) "Site improvements" means any construction work on, or improvement to, streets, roads, parking facilities, sidewalks, drainage structures and utilities; and

(11) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection.

(b) For income years commencing on and after January 1, 2012, there may be allowed a credit for all taxpayers against any tax due under the provisions of this chapter for the construction or renovation of an eligible project that meets the requirements of subsection (c) of this section, and, in the case of a newly constructed building, for which a certificate of occupancy has been issued not earlier than January 1, 2010.

(c) (1) To be eligible for a tax credit under this section a project shall: (A) Not have energy use that exceeds (i) seventy per cent of the energy use permitted by the state building code for new construction, or (ii) eighty per cent of the energy use permitted by the state energy code for renovation or rehabilitation of a building; and (B) use equipment and appliances that meet Energy Star standards, if applicable, including, but not limited to, refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines.

(2) The credit shall be equivalent to a base credit as follows: (A) For new construction or major renovation of a building but not other site improvements certified by the LEED Green Building Rating System or other system determined by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to be equivalent, (i) eight per cent of allowable costs for a gold rating or other rating determined by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to be equivalent, and (ii) ten and one-half per cent of allowable costs for a platinum rating or other rating determined by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to be equivalent; and (B) for core and shell or commercial interior projects, (i) five per cent of allowable costs for a gold rating or other rating determined by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to be equivalent, and (ii) seven per cent of allowable costs for a platinum rating or other rating determined by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to be equivalent. There shall be added to the base credit one-half of one per cent of allowable costs for a development project that is (I) a mixed-use development, (II) located in a brownfield or enterprise zone, (III) does not require a sewer extension of more than one-eighth of a mile, or (IV) located within one-quarter of a mile walking distance of publicly available bus transit service or within one-half of a mile walking distance of adequate rail, light rail, streetcar or ferry transit service, provided, if a single project has more than one building, at least one building shall be located within either such distance. Allowable costs shall not exceed two hundred fifty dollars per square foot for new construction or one hundred fifty dollars per square foot for renovation or rehabilitation of a building.

(d) (1) The [Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management may] commissioner shall issue an initial credit voucher upon determination that the applicant is likely, within a reasonable time, to place in service property qualifying for a credit under this section. Such voucher shall state: (A) The first income year for which the credit may be claimed, (B) the maximum amount of credit allowable, and (C) the expiration date by which such property shall be placed in service. The expiration date may be extended at the discretion of the [secretary] commissioner. Such voucher shall reserve the credit allowable for the applicant named in the application until the expiration date. If the expiration date is extended, the reservation of the tax credit may also be extended at the discretion of the [secretary] commissioner.

(2) The aggregate amount of all tax credits in initial credit vouchers issued by the [secretary] commissioner shall not exceed twenty-five million dollars.

(3) For each income year for which a taxpayer claims a credit under this section, the taxpayer shall obtain an eligibility certificate from an architect or professional engineer licensed to practice in this state and accredited through the LEED Accredited Professional Program or other program determined by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to be equivalent. Such certificate shall consist of a certification, under the seal of such architect or engineer, that the building, base building or tenant space with respect to which the credit is claimed, meets or exceeds the applicable LEED Green Building Rating System gold certification, or other certification determined by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to be equivalent in effect at the time such certification is made. Such certification shall set forth the specific findings upon which the certification is based and shall state that the architect or engineer is accredited through the LEED Accredited Professional Program or other program determined by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection to be equivalent.

(4) To obtain the credit, the taxpayer shall file the initial credit voucher described in subdivision (1) of this subsection, the eligibility certificate described in subdivision (3) of this subsection and an application to claim the credit with the Commissioner of Revenue Services. The [commissioner] Commissioner of Revenue Services shall approve the claim upon determination that the taxpayer has submitted the voucher and certification required under this subdivision. The applicant shall send a copy of all such documents to the [secretary] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection.

(e) (1) A taxpayer may claim not more than a total of twenty-five per cent of allowable costs in any income year, and any percentage of tax credit that the taxpayer would otherwise be entitled to in accordance with subsection (c) of this section may be carried forward for a period of not more than five years.

(2) Tax credits are fully assignable and transferable. A project owner, including, but not limited to, a nonprofit or institutional project organization, may transfer a tax credit to a pass-through partner in return for a lump sum cash payment.

(f) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes, any subsequent successor in interest to the property that is eligible for a credit in accordance with subsection (c) of this section may claim such credit if the deed transferring the property assigns the subsequent successor such right, unless the deed specifies that the seller shall retain the right to claim such credit. Any subsequent tenant of a building for which a credit was granted to a taxpayer pursuant to this section may claim the credit for the period after the termination of the previous tenancy that such credit would have been allowable to the previous tenant.

(g) The [Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management] commissioner shall establish a uniform application fee, in an amount not to exceed ten thousand dollars, which shall cover all direct costs of administering the tax credit program established pursuant to this section. Said [secretary] commissioner may hire a private consultant or outside firm to administer and review applications for said program.

(h) On or before July 1, 2013, the [secretary] commissioner, in consultation with the Commissioner of Revenue Services, shall prepare and submit to the Governor and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to planning and development and finance, revenue and bonding, a written report containing (1) the number of taxpayers applying for the credits provided in this section; (2) the amount of such credits granted; (3) the geographical distribution of such credits granted; and (4) any other information the [secretary] commissioner deems appropriate. A preliminary draft of the report shall be submitted on or before July 1, 2012, to the Governor and the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to planning and development and finance, revenue and bonding. Such reports shall be submitted in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a.

[(i) Not later than January 1, 2011, the secretary, in consultation with the Commissioner of Revenue Services, shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, as necessary to implement the provisions of this section.]

Sec. 53. (NEW) (Effective from passage) To the extent that any provision of title 16 or 16a of the general statutes authorizes the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to adopt regulations, the authority to adopt such regulations shall be exercised by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection or the commissioner's designee.

Sec. 54. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) As used in this section:

(1) "Energy improvement" means any renovation or retrofitting of qualifying commercial real property to reduce energy consumption or installation of a renewable energy system to service qualifying commercial real property, provided such renovation, retrofit or installation is permanently fixed to such qualifying commercial real property;

(2) "Qualifying commercial real property" means any commercial or industrial property, regardless of ownership, that a municipality has determined can benefit from energy improvements;

(3) "Commercial or industrial property" means any real property other than a residential dwelling containing less than five dwelling units;

(4) "Property owner" means an owner of qualifying commercial real property who desires to install energy improvements and provides free and willing consent to the benefit assessment against the qualifying commercial real property; and

(5) "Commercial sustainable energy program" means a municipal program that authorizes a municipality to levy benefit assessments on qualifying commercial real property with property owners to finance the purchase and installation of energy improvements to qualifying commercial real property within its municipal boundaries.

(b) Any municipality that determines it is in the public interest may establish a commercial sustainable energy program to facilitate energy improvements within such municipality. A municipality shall make such a determination after issuing public notice and providing an opportunity for public comment at a public hearing regarding the establishment of a commercial sustainable energy program. Any such municipality may establish a joint commercial sustainable energy program with any other such municipalities provided that all such municipalities meet the notice and comment requirements established in this subsection. Any commercial sustainable energy program adopted pursuant to this section may include provisions to facilitate statewide energy improvements.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 7-374 of the general statutes or any other public or special act that limits or imposes conditions on municipal bond issues, any municipality that establishes a commercial sustainable energy program under this section may issue bonds, notes or other obligations, as necessary, for the purpose of financing (1) energy improvements; (2) related energy audits; (3) renewable energy system feasibility studies; and (4) verification reports of the installation and effectiveness of such improvements. Such bonds, notes or other obligations shall be issued in accordance with chapter 109 of the general statutes and may be secured by benefit assessments on the qualifying commercial real property.

(d) (1) Any municipality that establishes a commercial sustainable energy program pursuant to this section may enter into an interlocal agreement with another municipality, state agency or the Connecticut Clean Energy Authority to (A) maximize the opportunities for accessing public and private funds and capital markets for financing, or (B) secure state or federal funds available for this purpose.

(2) Any municipality that establishes a commercial sustainable energy program and issues bonds pursuant to this section may supplement the security of such bonds with any other legally available funds solely at the municipality's discretion.

(3) Any municipality that establishes a commercial sustainable energy program pursuant to this section may use the services of one or more private, public or quasi-public third-party administrators to administer, provide support or obtain financing for the program.

(e) Before establishing a commercial sustainable energy program under this section, the municipality shall provide notice to the electric distribution company, as defined in section 16-1 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, that services the municipality.

(f) If the property owner requests financing from the municipality for energy improvements under this section, the municipality implementing the commercial sustainable energy program shall:

(1) Require performance of an energy audit or renewable energy system feasibility analysis on the qualifying commercial real property that assesses the expected energy cost savings of the energy improvements over the useful life of such improvements before approving such financing;

(2) Adopt standards that ensure that the energy cost savings of the energy improvements over the useful life of such improvements exceed the costs of such improvements;

(3) Levy a benefit assessment on the qualifying commercial real property with the property owner in a principal amount sufficient to pay the costs of energy improvements and any associated costs the municipality determines will benefit the qualifying commercial real property, provided the total amount of any benefit assessment may not exceed twenty per cent of the fair market value of the qualified real property;

(4) Impose requirements and criteria to ensure that the proposed energy improvements are consistent with the purpose of the commercial sustainable energy program;

(5) Impose requirements and conditions on the financing to ensure timely repayment, including, but not limited to, procedures for placing a lien on a property as security for the repayment of the benefit assessment; and

(6) With respect to commercial or industrial property, require that the property owner provide written notice, not less than thirty days prior to the recording of any lien securing a benefit assessment for energy improvements for such property, to any existing mortgage holder of such property, of the property owner's intent to finance such energy improvements pursuant to this section.

(g) (1) Any municipality that establishes a commercial sustainable energy program pursuant to this section may only enter into a financing agreement with the property owner of qualifying commercial real property. After such agreement is entered into, such municipality shall place a caveat on the land records indicating that a benefit assessment and lien is anticipated upon completion of energy improvements for such property.

(2) The municipality shall disclose to the property owner the costs and risks associated with participating in the commercial sustainable energy program established by this section, including risks related to the failure of the property owner to pay the benefit assessment. The municipality shall disclose to the property owner the effective interest rate of the benefit assessment, including fees charged by the municipality to administer the program, and the risks associated with variable interest rate financing. The municipality shall notify the property owner that such owner may rescind any financing agreement entered into pursuant to this section not later than three business days after such agreement.

(h) Any assessment levied pursuant to this section shall have no prepayment penalty. The municipality shall set a fixed or variable rate of interest for the repayment of the benefit assessment amount at the time the assessment is made. Such interest rate, as may be supplemented with state or federal funding as may become available, shall be sufficient to pay the financing costs of the commercial sustainable energy program, including delinquencies.

(i) Assessments levied pursuant to this section and the interest and any penalties thereon shall constitute a lien against the qualifying commercial real property on which they are made until they are paid. Such lien shall be levied and collected in the same manner as the property taxes of the municipality on real property, including, in the event of default or delinquency, with respect to any penalties and remedies and lien priorities.

(j) The area encompassing the commercial sustainable energy program in a municipality may be the entire municipal jurisdiction of the municipality or a subset of such.

Sec. 55. Subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 7-121n of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(2) "Qualifying real property" means a single-family or multifamily residential dwelling [or a nonresidential building] containing less than five dwelling units, regardless of ownership, that a municipality has determined can benefit from energy improvements;

Sec. 56. Subsection (h) of section 16-19b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(h) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall continually monitor and oversee the application of the purchased gas adjustment clause, the energy adjustment clause, and the transmission rate adjustment clause. The authority shall hold a public hearing thereon whenever the authority deems it necessary or upon application of the Consumer Counsel, but no less frequently than once every [six] twelve months, and undertake such other proceeding thereon to determine whether charges or credits made under such clauses reflect the actual prices paid for purchased gas or energy and the actual transmission costs and are computed in accordance with the applicable clause. If the authority finds that such charges or credits do not reflect the actual prices paid for purchased gas or energy, and the actual transmission costs or are not computed in accordance with the applicable clause, it shall recompute such charges or credits and shall direct the company to take such action as may be required to insure that such charges or credits properly reflect the actual prices paid for purchased gas or energy and the actual transmission costs and are computed in accordance with the applicable clause for the applicable period.

Sec. 57. Section 16-18a of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (c) as follows (Effective July 1, 2012):

(NEW) (c) For any proceeding before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the United States Department of Energy, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the United States Department of Justice or the Federal Communications Commission, the authority may retain consultants to assist its staff in such proceeding by providing expertise in areas in which staff expertise does not currently exist or to supplement staff expertise. All reasonable and proper expenses of such expert consultants shall be borne by the public service companies, certified telecommunications providers, electric suppliers or gas registrants affected by the decisions of such proceeding and shall be paid at such times and in such manner as the authority directs, provided such expenses (1) shall be apportioned in proportion to the revenues of each affected entity as reported to the authority pursuant to section 16-49, as amended by this act, for the most recent period, and (2) shall not exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars per proceeding, including any appeals thereof, in any calendar year unless the authority finds good cause for exceeding the limit. The authority shall recognize all such expenses as proper business expenses of the affected entities for ratemaking purposes pursuant to section 16-19e, as amended by this act, if applicable.

Sec. 58. Section 16-35 of the general statutes is amended by adding subsection (c) as follows (Effective July 1, 2012):

(NEW) (c) Notwithstanding any provision of titles 16 and 16a, proceedings in which the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority conducts a request for proposals or any other procurement process for the purpose of acquiring electricity products or services for the benefit of ratepayers shall be uncontested.

Sec. 59. Subsection (c) of section 16-262j of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(c) Each public service company, certified telecommunications provider and electric supplier shall pay interest on any security deposit it receives from a customer at the average rate paid, as of December 30, 1992, on savings deposits by insured commercial banks as published in the Federal Reserve Board bulletin and rounded to the nearest one-tenth of one percentage point, except in no event shall the rate be less than one and one-half per cent. On and after January 1, 1994, the rate for each calendar year shall be not less than the deposit index, as defined and determined by the Banking Commissioner in subsection (d) of this section, for that year and rounded to the nearest one-tenth of one percentage point, except in no event shall the rate be less than one and one-half per cent.

Sec. 60. Subdivision (1) of subsection (c) of section 16-8a of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(c) (1) Not more than [thirty] ninety business days after receipt of a written complaint, in a form prescribed by the authority, by an employee alleging the employee's employer has retaliated against an employee in violation of subsection (a) of this section, the authority shall make a preliminary finding in accordance with this subsection.

Sec. 61. Subsection (b) of section 16-19kk of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(b) The authority shall complete, on or before December 31, 1991, an investigation into the relationship between a company's volume of sales and its earnings. The authority shall, on or before July 1, 1993, implement rate-making and other procedures and practices in order to encourage the implementation of conservation and load management programs and other programs authorized by the authority promoting the state's economic development, energy and other policy. Such procedures to implement a modification or elimination of any direct relationship between the volume of sales and the earnings of electric, gas, telephone and water companies may include the adoption of a sales adjustment clause pursuant to subsection [(i)] (j) of section 16-19b, or other adjustment clause similar thereto. The authority's investigation shall include a review of its regulations and policies to identify any existing disincentives to the development and implementation of cost effective conservation and load management programs and other programs promoting the state's economic development, energy and other policy.

Sec. 62. Subdivision (4) of subsection (a) of section 16-1 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(4) "Public service company" includes electric, electric distribution, gas, telephone, telegraph, pipeline, sewage, water and community antenna television companies and holders of a certificate of cable franchise authority, owning, leasing, maintaining, operating, managing or controlling plants or parts of plants or equipment, and all express companies having special privileges on railroads within this state, but shall not include telegraph company functions concerning intrastate money order service, towns, cities, boroughs, any municipal corporation or department thereof, whether separately incorporated or not, a private power producer, as defined in section 16-243b, or an exempt wholesale generator, as defined in [15 USC 79z-5a] the United States Code or the Code of Federal Regulations;

Sec. 63. Subdivision (8) of subsection (a) of section 16-1 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(8) "Electric company" includes, until an electric company has been unbundled in accordance with the provisions of section 16-244e, every person owning, leasing, maintaining, operating, managing or controlling poles, wires, conduits or other fixtures, along public highways or streets, for the transmission or distribution of electric current for sale for light, heat or power within this state, or engaged in generating electricity to be so transmitted or distributed for such purpose, but shall not include (A) a private power producer, as defined in section 16-243b, (B) an exempt wholesale generator, as defined in [15 USC 79z-5a] the United States Code or the Code of Federal Regulations, (C) a municipal electric utility established under chapter 101, (D) a municipal electric energy cooperative established under chapter 101a, (E) an electric cooperative established under chapter 597, or (F) any other electric utility owned, leased, maintained, operated, managed or controlled by any unit of local government under any general statute or any public or special act;

Sec. 64. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2012) (a) The Connecticut Clean Energy Authority is authorized from time to time to issue its negotiable bonds for any corporate purpose. In anticipation of the sale of such bonds, the authority may issue negotiable bond anticipation notes and may renew the same from time to time. Such notes shall be paid from any revenues of the authority or other moneys available for such purposes and not otherwise pledged, or from the proceeds of sale of the bonds of the authority in anticipation of which they were issued. The notes shall be issued in the same manner as the bonds. Such notes and the resolution or resolutions authorizing the same may contain any provisions, conditions or limitations which a bond resolution of the authority may contain.

(b) Every issue of the bonds, notes or other obligations issued by the authority shall be special obligations of the authority payable from any revenues or moneys of the authority available for such purposes and not otherwise pledged, subject to any agreements with the holders of particular bonds, notes or other obligations pledging any particular revenues or moneys, and subject to any agreements with any individual, partnership, corporation or association or other body, public or private. Notwithstanding that such bonds, notes or other obligations may be payable from a special fund, they shall be deemed to be for all purposes negotiable instruments, subject only to the provisions of such bonds, notes or other obligations for registration.

(c) The bonds may be issued as serial bonds or as term bonds, or the authority, in its discretion, may issue bonds of both types. The bonds shall be authorized by resolution of the members of the board of directors of the authority and shall bear such date or dates, mature at such time or times, not exceeding thirty years from their respective dates, bear interest at such rate or rates, be payable at such time or times, be in such denominations, be in such form, either coupon or registered, carry such registration privileges, be executed in such manner, be payable in lawful money of the United States of America at such place or places, and be subject to such terms of redemption, as such resolution or resolutions may provide. The bonds or notes may be sold at public or private sale for such price or prices as the authority shall determine. The power to fix the date of sale of bonds, to receive bids or proposals, to award and sell bonds, and to take all other necessary action to sell and deliver bonds may be delegated to the chairperson or vice-chairperson of the board, a subcommittee of the board or other officers of the authority by resolution of the board. The exercise of such delegated powers may be made subject to the approval of a majority of the members of the board which approval may be given in the manner provided in the bylaws of the authority. Pending preparation of the definitive bonds, the authority may issue interim receipts or certificates which shall be exchanged for such definitive bonds.

(d) Any resolution or resolutions authorizing any bonds or any issue of bonds may contain provisions, which shall be a part of the contract with the holders of the bonds to be authorized, as to: (1) Pledging the full faith and credit of the authority, the full faith and credit of any individual, partnership, corporation or association or other body, public or private, all or any part of the revenues of a project or any revenue-producing contract or contracts made by the authority with any individual, partnership, corporation or association or other body, public or private, any federally guaranteed security and moneys received therefrom purchased with bond proceeds or any other property, revenues, funds or legally available moneys to secure the payment of the bonds or of any particular issue of bonds, subject to such agreements with bondholders as may then exist; (2) the rentals, fees and other charges to be charged, and the amounts to be raised in each year thereby, and the use and disposition of the revenues; (3) the setting aside of reserves or sinking funds, and the regulation and disposition thereof; (4) limitations on the right of the authority or its agent to restrict and regulate the use of the project; (5) the purpose and limitations to which the proceeds of sale of any issue of bonds then or thereafter to be issued may be applied, including as authorized purposes all costs and expenses necessary or incidental to the issuance of bonds, to the acquisition of or commitment to acquire any federally guaranteed security and to the issuance and obtaining of any federally insured mortgage note, and pledging such proceeds to secure the payment of the bonds or any issue of the bonds; (6) limitations on the issuance of additional bonds, the terms upon which additional bonds may be issued and secured and the refunding of outstanding bonds; (7) the procedure, if any, by which the terms of any contract with bondholders may be amended or abrogated, the amount of bonds the holders of which must consent thereto, and the manner in which such consent may be given; (8) limitations on the amount of moneys derived from the project to be expended for operating, administrative or other expenses of the authority; (9) defining the acts or omissions to act which shall constitute a default in the duties of the authority to holders of its obligations and providing the rights and remedies of such holders in the event of a default; and (10) the mortgaging of a project and the site thereof for the purpose of securing the bondholders.

(e) Neither the members of the board of directors of the authority nor any person executing the bonds, notes or other obligations shall be liable personally on the bonds, notes or other obligations or be subject to any personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance thereof.

(f) The authority shall have power out of any funds available for such purposes to purchase its bonds, notes or other obligations. The authority may hold, pledge, cancel or resell such bonds, notes or other obligations, subject to and in accordance with agreements with bondholders. The authority may sell, transfer or assign any of its loan assets to a trustee or other third party for the purposes of providing security for its bonds, notes or other obligations, or for bonds, notes or other obligations issued by the trustee or other third party on its behalf.

(g) The authority is further authorized and empowered to issue bonds, notes or other obligations under this section, the interest on which may be includable in the gross income of the holder or holders thereof under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, to the same extent and in the same manner that interest on bills, notes, bonds or other obligations of the United States is includable in the gross income of the holder or holders thereof under any such internal revenue code. Any such bonds, notes or other obligations may be issued only upon a finding by the authority that such issuance is necessary, is in the public interest, and is in furtherance of the purposes and powers of the authority. The state hereby consents to such inclusion only for the bonds, notes or other obligations of the authority so issued.

(h) In the discretion of the authority, any bonds issued under the provisions of this section may be secured by a trust agreement by and between the authority and a corporate trustee or trustees, which may be any trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company within or without the state. Such trust agreement or the resolution providing for the issuance of such bonds or other instrument of the authority may secure such bonds by a pledge or assignment of any revenues to be received, any contract or proceeds of any contract, or any other property, revenues, moneys or funds available to the authority for such purpose. Any pledge made by the authority pursuant to this subsection shall be valid and binding from the time when the pledge is made. The lien of any such pledge shall be valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract or otherwise against the authority, irrespective of whether the parties have notice of the claims. Notwithstanding any provision of the Uniform Commercial Code, no instrument by which such pledge is created need be recorded or filed. Any revenues or other receipts, funds, moneys, income, contracts or property so pledged and thereafter received by the authority shall be subject immediately to the lien of the pledge without any physical delivery thereof or further act, and such lien shall have priority over all other liens. Such trust agreement or resolution may mortgage, assign or convey any real property to secure such bonds. Such trust agreement or resolution providing for the issuance of such bonds may contain such provisions for protecting and enforcing the rights and remedies of the bondholders as may be reasonable and proper and not in violation of law, including particularly such provisions as have been specifically authorized by this section to be included in any resolution or resolutions of the authority authorizing bonds thereof. Any bank or trust company incorporated under the laws of this state, which may act as depositary of the proceeds of bonds or of revenues or other moneys, may furnish such indemnifying bonds or pledge such securities as may be required by the authority. Any such trust agreement or resolution may set forth the rights and remedies of the bondholders and of the trustee or trustees, and may restrict the individual right of action by bondholders. In addition to the foregoing, any such trust agreement or resolution may contain such other provisions as the authority may deem reasonable and proper for the security of the bondholders. All expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of such trust agreement or resolution may be treated as a part of the cost of the operation of a project.

(i) Bonds issued under the provisions of this section shall not be deemed to constitute a debt or liability of the state or of any political subdivision thereof other than the authority, or a pledge of the full faith and credit of the state or of any such political subdivision other than the authority, but shall be payable solely from the funds provided for such purposes by this section. All such bonds shall contain on the face thereof a statement to the effect that neither the state of Connecticut nor any political subdivision thereof, other than the authority, shall be obligated to pay the same or the interest thereon except from revenues of the project or the portion thereof for which such bonds are issued, and that neither the full faith and credit nor the taxing power of the state of Connecticut or of any political subdivision thereof, other than the authority, is pledged to the payment of the principal of or the interest on such bonds. The issuance of bonds under the provisions of this section shall not directly or indirectly or contingently obligate the state or any political subdivision thereof to levy or to pledge any form of taxation or to make any appropriation for their payment. Nothing contained in this section shall prevent or be construed to prevent the authority from pledging its full faith and credit or the full faith and credit of any individual, partnership, corporation or association or other body, public or private, to the payment of bonds or issue of bonds authorized pursuant to this section.

(j) The state of Connecticut does hereby pledge to and agree with the holders of any bonds and notes issued under this section and with those parties who may enter into contracts with the authority or its successor agency pursuant to the provisions of this section that the state shall not limit or alter the rights hereby vested in the authority until such obligations, together with the interest thereon, are fully met and discharged and such contracts are fully performed on the part of the authority, provided nothing contained in this subsection shall preclude such limitation or alteration if and when adequate provision shall be made by law for the protection of the holders of such bonds and notes of the authority or those entering into such contracts with the authority. The authority is authorized to include this pledge and undertaking for the state in such bonds and notes or contracts.

(k) (1) The authority is authorized to fix, revise, charge and collect rates, rents, fees and charges for the use of and for the services furnished or to be furnished by each project, and to contract with any person, partnership, association or corporation, or other body, public or private, in respect thereof. Such rates, rents, fees and charges shall be fixed and adjusted in respect of the aggregate of rates, rents, fees and charges from such project so as to provide funds sufficient with other revenues or moneys available for such purposes, if any, (A) to pay the cost of maintaining, repairing and operating the project and each and every portion thereof, to the extent that the payment of such cost has not otherwise been adequately provided for, (B) to pay the principal of and the interest on outstanding bonds of the authority issued in respect of such project as the same shall become due and payable, and (C) to create and maintain reserves required or provided for in any resolution authorizing, or trust agreement securing, such bonds of the authority. Such rates, rents, fees and charges shall not be subject to supervision or regulation by any department, commission, board, body, bureau or agency of this state other than the authority.

(2) A sufficient amount of the revenues derived in respect of a project, except such part of such revenues as may be necessary to pay the cost of maintenance, repair and operation and to provide reserves and for renewals, replacements, extensions, enlargements and improvements as may be provided for in the resolution authorizing the issuance of any bonds of the authority or in the trust agreement securing the same, shall be set aside at such regular intervals as may be provided in such resolution or trust agreement in a sinking or other similar fund which is hereby pledged to, and charged with, the payment of the principal of and the interest on such bonds as the same shall become due, and the redemption price or the purchase price of bonds retired by call or purchase as therein provided. Such pledge shall be valid and binding from the time when the pledge is made. The rates, rents, fees and charges and other revenues or other moneys so pledged and thereafter received by the authority shall immediately be subject to the lien of such pledge without any physical delivery thereof or further act, and the lien of any such pledge shall be valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract or otherwise against the authority, irrespective of whether such parties have notice thereof. Notwithstanding any provision of the Connecticut Uniform Commercial Code, neither the resolution nor any trust agreement nor any other agreement nor any lease by which a pledge is created need be filed or recorded except in the records of the authority. The use and disposition of moneys to the credit of such sinking or other similar fund shall be subject to the provisions of the resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds or of such trust agreement. Except as may otherwise be provided in such resolution or such trust agreement, such sinking or other similar fund may be a fund for all such bonds issued to finance projects for any person, partnership, association or corporation, or other body, public or private, without distinction or priority of one over another; provided the authority in any such resolution or trust agreement may provide that such sinking or other similar fund shall be the fund for a particular project for any person, partnership, association or corporation, or other body, public or private, and for the bonds issued to finance a particular project and may, additionally, permit and provide for the issuance of bonds having a subordinate lien in respect of the security authorized by this subsection to other bonds of the authority, and, in such case, the authority may create separate sinking or other similar funds in respect of such subordinate lien bonds.

(l) All moneys received pursuant to the authority of this section, whether as proceeds from the sale of bonds or as revenues, shall be deemed to be trust funds to be held and applied solely as provided in this section. Any officer with whom, or any bank or trust company with which, such moneys may be deposited shall act as trustee of such moneys and shall hold and apply the same for the purposes of this section, subject to the resolution authorizing the bonds of any issue or the trust agreement securing such bonds may provide.

(m) Any holder of bonds, bond anticipation notes, other notes or other obligations issued under the provisions of this section, or any of the coupons appertaining thereto, and the trustee or trustees under any trust agreement, except to the extent the rights given by this section may be restricted by any resolution authorizing the issuance of, or any such trust agreement securing, such bonds, may, either at law or in equity, by suit, action, mandamus or other proceedings, protect and enforce any and all rights under the laws of the state or granted by this section or under such resolution or trust agreement, and may enforce and compel the performance of all duties required by this section or by such resolution or trust agreement to be performed by the authority or by any officer, employee or agent thereof, including the fixing, charging and collecting of the rates, rents, fees and charges authorized by this section and required by the provisions of such resolution or trust agreement to be fixed, established and collected.

(n) The authority shall have power to contract with the holders of any of its bonds or notes as to the custody, collection, securing, investment and payment of any reserve funds of the authority, or of any moneys held in trust or otherwise for the payment of bonds or notes, and to carry out such contracts. Any officer with whom, or any bank or trust company with which, such moneys shall be deposited as trustee thereof shall hold, invest, reinvest and apply such moneys for the purposes thereof, subject to such provisions as this section and the resolution authorizing the issue of the bonds or notes or the trust agreement securing such bonds or notes may provide.

(o) The exercise of the powers granted by this section shall be in all respects for the benefit of the people of this state, for the increase of their commerce, welfare and prosperity, and for the improvement of their health and living conditions, and, as the exercise of such powers shall constitute the performance of an essential public function, neither the authority, any affiliate of the authority or any collection or other agent of the authority or any such affiliate shall be required to pay any taxes or assessments upon or in respect of any revenues or property received, acquired, transferred or used by the authority, any affiliate of the authority or any collection or other agent of the authority or any such affiliate or upon or in respect of the income from such revenues or property, and any bonds or notes issued under the provisions of this section, their transfer and the income therefrom, including any profit made on the sale of such bonds or notes, shall at all times be free from taxation of every kind by the state and by the municipalities and other political subdivisions in the state, except for estate and succession taxes. The interest on such bonds or notes shall be included in the computation of any excise or franchise tax.

(p) (1) The authority is hereby authorized to provide for the issuance of bonds of the authority for the purpose of refunding any bonds of the authority then outstanding, including the payment of any redemption premium thereon and any interest accrued or to accrue to the earliest or subsequent date of redemption, purchase or maturity of such bonds, and, if deemed advisable by the authority, for the additional purpose of paying all or any part of the cost of constructing and acquiring additions, improvements, extensions or enlargements of a project or any portion thereof.

(2) The proceeds of any such bonds issued for the purpose of refunding outstanding bonds may, in the discretion of the authority, be applied to the purchase or retirement at maturity or redemption of such outstanding bonds either on their earliest or any subsequent redemption date or upon the purchase or at the maturity thereof and may, pending such application, be placed in escrow to be applied to such purchase or retirement at maturity or redemption on such date as may be determined by the authority.

(3) Any such escrowed proceeds, pending such use, may be invested and reinvested in direct obligations of, or obligations unconditionally guaranteed by, the United States of America and certificates of deposit or time deposits secured by direct obligations of, or obligations unconditionally guaranteed by, the United States of America, or obligations of a state, a territory, or a possession of the United States of America, or any political subdivision of any of the foregoing, within the meaning of Section 103(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended, the full and timely payment of the principal of and interest on which are secured by an irrevocable deposit of direct obligations of the United States of America which, if the outstanding bonds are then rated by a nationally recognized rating agency, are rated in the highest rating category by such rating agency, maturing at such time or times as shall be appropriate to assure the prompt payment, as to principal, interest and redemption premium, if any, of the outstanding bonds to be so refunded. The interest, income and profits, if any, earned or realized on any such investment may also be applied to the payment of the outstanding bonds to be so refunded. After the terms of the escrow have been fully satisfied and carried out, any balance of such proceeds and interest, income and profits, if any, earned or realized on the investments thereof may be returned to the authority for use by it in any lawful manner.

(4) The portion of the proceeds of any such bonds issued for the additional purpose of paying all or any part of the cost of constructing and acquiring additions, improvements, extensions or enlargements of a project may be invested and reinvested as the provisions of this section and the resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds or the trust agreement securing such bonds may provide. The interest, income and profits, if any, earned or realized on such investment may be applied to the payment of all or any part of such cost or may be used by the authority in any lawful manner.

(5) All such bonds shall be subject to the provisions of this section in the same manner and to the same extent as other bonds issued pursuant to this section.

(q) Bonds issued by the authority under the provisions of this section are hereby made securities in which all public officers and public bodies of the state and its political subdivisions, all insurance companies, state banks and trust companies, national banking associations, savings banks, savings and loan associations, investment companies, executors, administrators, trustees and other fiduciaries may properly and legally invest funds, including capital in their control or belonging to them. Such bonds are hereby made securities which may properly and legally be deposited with and received by any state or municipal officer or any agency or political subdivision of the state for any purpose for which the deposit of bonds or obligations of the state is now or may hereafter be authorized by law.

(r) In conjunction with the issuance of the bonds, notes or other obligations: (1) The authority may make representations and agreements for the benefit of the holders of the bonds, notes or other obligations to make secondary market disclosures; (2) the authority may enter into interest rate swap agreements and other agreements for the purpose of moderating interest rate risk on the bonds, notes or other obligations; (3) the authority may enter into such other agreements and instruments to secure the bonds, notes or other obligations; and (4) the authority may take such other actions as necessary or appropriate for the issuance and distribution of the bonds, notes or other obligations and may make representations and agreements for the benefit of the holders of the bonds, notes or other obligations which are necessary or appropriate to ensure exclusion of the interest payable on the bonds from gross income under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended.

Sec. 65. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2012) (a) The Connecticut Clean Energy Authority may issue clean energy bonds secured in whole or in part by the assets of, and assessment of charges and other receipts deposited into, the Clean Energy Fund established pursuant to section 16-245n of the general statutes, as amended by this act. The clean energy bonds shall be nonrecourse to the credit or any assets of the state or the authority.

(b) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the state of Connecticut does hereby pledge and agree with the owners of the clean energy bonds that the state shall neither limit nor alter the assessment of charges pursuant to section (b) of section 16-245n of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and all rights thereunder, until the clean energy bonds, together with the interest thereon, are fully met and discharged, provided nothing contained in this subsection shall preclude such limitation or alteration if and when adequate provision is made by law for the protection of the owners and holders of such bonds. The authority as agent for the state is authorized to include this pledge and undertaking for the state in the clean energy bonds.

(c) The clean energy bonds shall not be deemed to constitute a debt or liability of the state or of any political subdivision thereof, other than the authority, shall not constitute a pledge of the full faith and credit of the state or any of its political subdivisions, other than the authority, but shall be payable solely from the funds provided under section 16-245n of the general statutes, as amended by this act, and shall not constitute an indebtedness of the state within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory debt limitation or restriction and, accordingly, shall not be subject to any statutory limitation on the indebtedness of the state and shall not be included in computing the aggregate indebtedness of the state in respect to and to the extent of any such limitation. This subsection shall in no way preclude bond guarantees or enhancements as provided in subsection (d) of section 16-245n of the general statutes, as amended by this act. All clean energy bonds shall contain on the face thereof a statement to the following effect: "Neither the full faith and credit nor the taxing power of the State of Connecticut is pledged to the payment of the principal of, or interest on, this bond."

(d) The exercise of the powers granted by this section and section 16-245n of the general statutes, as amended by this act, shall be in all respects for the benefit of the people of this state, for the increase of their commerce, welfare and prosperity, and as the exercise of such powers shall constitute the performance of an essential public function, neither the authority, any affiliate of the authority, nor any collection or other agent of any of the foregoing shall be required to pay any taxes or assessments upon or in respect of any revenues or property received, acquired, transferred or used by the authority, any affiliate of the authority or any collection or other agent of any of the foregoing, or upon or in respect of the income from such revenues or property, and any bonds or notes issued under the provisions of this section, their transfer and the income therefrom, including any profit made on the sale of such bonds or notes, shall at all times be free from taxation of every kind by the state and by the municipalities and other political subdivisions in the state except for estate and succession taxes. The interest on such bonds and notes shall be included in the computation of any excise or franchise tax.

(e) The proceeds of any clean energy bonds shall be used for the purposes of the authority in accordance with section 16-245n of the general statutes, as amended by this act.

Sec. 66. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2012) (a) For purposes of this section, "required minimum capital reserve" means the maximum amount permitted to be deposited in a special capital reserve fund by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time, to permit the interest on such bonds to be excluded from gross income for federal tax purposes and secured by such special capital reserve fund.

(b) In connection with the issuance of bonds or to refund bonds previously issued by the Connecticut Clean Energy Authority, or in connection with the issuance of bonds to effect a refinancing or other restructuring with respect to one or more projects, the authority may create and establish one or more reserve funds to be known as special capital reserve funds, and may pay into such special capital reserve funds (1) any moneys appropriated and made available by the state for the purposes of such special capital reserve funds, (2) any proceeds of the sale of notes or bonds, to the extent provided in the resolution of the authority authorizing the issuance thereof, and (3) any other moneys which may be made available to the authority for the purpose of such special capital reserve funds from any other source or sources.

(c) The moneys held in or credited to any special capital reserve fund established under this section, except as hereinafter provided, shall be used for (1) the payment of the principal of and interest, when due, whether at maturity or by mandatory sinking fund installments, on bonds of the authority secured by such special capital reserve fund as such payments become due, or (2) the purchase of such bonds of the authority and the payment of any redemption premium required to be paid when such bonds are redeemed prior to maturity, including in any such case by way of reimbursement of a provider of bond insurance or of a credit or liquidity facility that has paid such redemption premiums. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection, the authority shall have power to provide that moneys in any such special capital reserve fund shall not be withdrawn therefrom at any time in such amount as would reduce the amount of such moneys to less than the maximum amount of principal and interest becoming due by reasons of maturity or a required sinking fund installment in the then current or any succeeding calendar year on the bonds of the authority then outstanding, or less than the required minimum capital reserve, except for the purpose of paying such principal of, redemption premium and interest on such bonds of the authority secured by such special capital reserve becoming due and for the payment of which other moneys of the authority are not available. The authority may provide that it shall not issue bonds secured by a special capital reserve fund at any time if the required minimum capital reserve on the bonds outstanding and the bonds then to be issued and secured by the same special capital reserve fund at the time of issuance exceeds the moneys in the special capital reserve fund, unless the authority, at the time of the issuance of such bonds, deposits in such special capital reserve fund from the proceeds of the bonds so to be issued, or from other sources, an amount which, together with the amount then in such special capital reserve fund, will be not less than the required minimum capital reserve.

(d) On or before December first, annually, there is deemed to be appropriated from the General Fund such sums, if any, as shall be certified by the chairperson or vice-chairperson of the authority to the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and the State Treasurer, as necessary to restore each such special capital reserve fund to the amount equal to the required minimum capital reserve of such fund, and such amounts shall be allotted and paid to the authority. For the purpose of evaluation of any such special capital reserve fund, obligations acquired as an investment for any such special capital reserve fund shall be valued at market. Nothing contained in this section shall preclude the authority from establishing and creating other debt service reserve funds in connection with the issuance of bonds or notes of the authority which are not special capital reserve funds. Subject to any agreement or agreements with holders of outstanding notes and bonds of the authority, any amount or amounts allotted and paid to the authority pursuant to this subsection shall be repaid to the state from moneys of the authority at such time as such moneys are not required for any other of the authority's corporate purposes, and in any event shall be repaid to the state on the date one year after all bonds and notes of the authority theretofore issued on the date or dates such amount or amounts are allotted and paid to the authority or thereafter issued, together with interest on such bonds and notes, with interest on any unpaid installments of interest and all costs and expenses in connection with any action or proceeding by or on behalf of the holders thereof, are fully met and discharged.

(e) No bonds secured by a special capital reserve fund shall be issued to pay project costs unless the authority is of the opinion and determines that the revenues from the project shall be sufficient to (1) pay the principal of and interest on the bonds issued to finance the project, (2) establish, increase and maintain any reserves deemed by the authority to be advisable to secure the payment of the principal of and interest on such bonds, (3) pay the cost of maintaining the project in good repair and keeping it properly insured, and (4) pay such other costs of the project as may be required.

(f) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, no bonds secured by a special capital reserve fund shall be issued by the authority until and unless such issuance has been approved by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management or his or her deputy. Any such approval by the secretary pursuant to this subsection shall be in addition to (1) the otherwise required opinion of sufficiency by the authority set forth in subsection (c) of this section, and (2) the approval of the State Treasurer and the documentation by the authority otherwise required under subsection (a) of section 1-124 of the general statutes, as amended by this act. Such approval may provide for the waiver or modification of such other requirements of this section as the authority, the State Treasurer and the secretary determine to be necessary or appropriate in order to effectuate such issuance, subject to all applicable tax covenants of the authority and the state.

(g) Notwithstanding any other provision contained in this section, the aggregate amount of bonds secured by such special capital reserve fund authorized to be created and established by this section shall not exceed one hundred million dollars.

Sec. 67. Subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of section 32-141 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(2) The total amount of private activity bonds which may be issued by state issuers in the calendar year commencing January 1, 2007, and each calendar year thereafter, under the state ceiling in effect for each such year, shall be allocated as follows: (A) Sixty per cent to the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority; (B) twelve and one-half per cent to the Connecticut Development Authority; and (C) twenty-seven and one-half per cent to municipalities and political subdivisions, departments, agencies, authorities and other bodies of municipalities, [and] the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority and the Connecticut Clean Energy Authority, then to the Connecticut Student Loan Foundation and then for contingencies. At least ten per cent of bonds allocated under subparagraph (A) of this subdivision shall be used for multifamily residential housing in the calendar year commencing January 1, 2008. In each calendar year commencing January 1, 2009, fifteen per cent of such bonds shall be used for multifamily residential housing.

Sec. 68. Subsection (l) of section 1-79 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(l) "Quasi-public agency" means the Connecticut Development Authority, Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority, Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Connecticut Housing Authority, Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, Lower Fairfield County Convention Center Authority, Capital City Economic Development Authority, Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Connecticut Airport Authority, Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut, [and] Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange and Connecticut Clean Energy Authority.

Sec. 69. Subdivision (1) of section 1-120 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(1) "Quasi-public agency" means the Connecticut Development Authority, Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority, Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Connecticut Housing Authority, Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, Capital City Economic Development Authority, Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Connecticut Airport Authority, Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut, [and] Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange and Connecticut Clean Energy Authority.

Sec. 70. Section 1-124 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Connecticut Development Authority, the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority, the Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, the Connecticut Housing Authority, the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, the Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut, the Connecticut Airport Authority, the Capital City Economic Development Authority, [and] the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange and the Connecticut Clean Energy Authority shall not borrow any money or issue any bonds or notes which are guaranteed by the state of Connecticut or for which there is a capital reserve fund of any kind which is in any way contributed to or guaranteed by the state of Connecticut until and unless such borrowing or issuance is approved by the State Treasurer or the Deputy State Treasurer appointed pursuant to section 3-12. The approval of the State Treasurer or said deputy shall be based on documentation provided by the authority that it has sufficient revenues to (1) pay the principal of and interest on the bonds and notes issued, (2) establish, increase and maintain any reserves deemed by the authority to be advisable to secure the payment of the principal of and interest on such bonds and notes, (3) pay the cost of maintaining, servicing and properly insuring the purpose for which the proceeds of the bonds and notes have been issued, if applicable, and (4) pay such other costs as may be required.

(b) To the extent the Connecticut Development Authority, Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Connecticut Housing Authority, Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority, the Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut, the Connecticut Airport Authority, the Capital City Economic Development Authority, [or] the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange or the Connecticut Clean Energy Authority is permitted by statute and determines to exercise any power to moderate interest rate fluctuations or enter into any investment or program of investment or contract respecting interest rates, currency, cash flow or other similar agreement, including, but not limited to, interest rate or currency swap agreements, the effect of which is to subject a capital reserve fund which is in any way contributed to or guaranteed by the state of Connecticut, to potential liability, such determination shall not be effective until and unless the State Treasurer or his or her deputy appointed pursuant to section 3-12 has approved such agreement or agreements. The approval of the State Treasurer or his or her deputy shall be based on documentation provided by the authority that it has sufficient revenues to meet the financial obligations associated with the agreement or agreements.

Sec. 71. Section 1-125 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The directors, officers and employees of the Connecticut Development Authority, Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, Connecticut Higher Education Supplemental Loan Authority, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Connecticut Housing Authority, Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, including ad hoc members of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority, Capital City Economic Development Authority, the Health Information Technology Exchange of Connecticut, Connecticut Airport Authority, Connecticut Lottery Corporation, [and] Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange and the Connecticut Clean Energy Authority and any person executing the bonds or notes of the agency shall not be liable personally on such bonds or notes or be subject to any personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance thereof, nor shall any director or employee of the agency, including ad hoc members of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, be personally liable for damage or injury, not wanton, reckless, wilful or malicious, caused in the performance of his or her duties and within the scope of his or her employment or appointment as such director, officer or employee, including ad hoc members of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority. The agency shall protect, save harmless and indemnify its directors, officers or employees, including ad hoc members of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, from financial loss and expense, including legal fees and costs, if any, arising out of any claim, demand, suit or judgment by reason of alleged negligence or alleged deprivation of any person's civil rights or any other act or omission resulting in damage or injury, if the director, officer or employee, including ad hoc members of the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority, is found to have been acting in the discharge of his or her duties or within the scope of his or her employment and such act or omission is found not to have been wanton, reckless, wilful or malicious.

Sec. 72. Subsection (b) of section 16a-40d of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(b) As of July 1, 2010, proceeds of the sale of said bonds which have been authorized as provided in subsection (a) of this section, but have not been allocated by the State Bond Commission, and the additional amount of five million dollars authorized by this section on July 1, 2010, shall be deposited in the Green Connecticut Loan Guaranty Fund established pursuant to section 16a-40e, as amended by this act, and shall be used by the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority for purposes of the Green Connecticut Loan Guaranty Fund program established pursuant to section 16a-40f, as amended by this act, provided not more than eighteen million dollars shall be deposited in the Green Connecticut Loan Guaranty Fund. Such additional amounts may be deposited in the Green Connecticut Loan Guaranty Fund as the State Bond Commission may, from time to time, authorize.

Sec. 73. Section 16a-40e of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority shall establish a "Green Connecticut Loan Guaranty Fund". Such fund shall be used for the purposes of guaranteeing loans authorized under section 16a-40f, as amended by this act, and may be used for expenses incurred by said authority in the implementation of the program under said section.

Sec. 74. Subsection (c) of section 16a-40l of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(c) "Eligible entity" means (1) any residential, commercial, institutional or industrial customer of an electric distribution company or natural gas company, as defined in section 16-1, as amended by this act, who employs or installs an eligible in-state energy savings technology, (2) an energy service company certified as a Connecticut electric efficiency partner by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, or (3) an installer certified by the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority.

Sec. 75. Subdivision (5) of subsection (a) of section 16a-40f of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(5) "Authority" means the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority.

Sec. 76. Subsection (d) of section 16a-40f of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(d) In consultation with the Energy Conservation Management Board and the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority, the Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority shall identify types of projects that qualify as eligible energy conservation projects, including, but not limited to, the purchase and installation of insulation, alternative energy devices, energy conservation materials, replacement furnaces and boilers, and technologically advanced energy-conserving equipment. The authority, in consultation with said entities, shall establish priorities for financing eligible energy conservation projects based on need and quality determinants. The authority shall adopt procedures, in accordance with the provisions of section 1-121, to implement the provisions of this section.

Sec. 77. (Effective from passage) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall initiate a docket to identify measures to promote water conservation in the state. On or before January 1, 2013, the authority shall submit a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy, of the findings of such docket, including any recommended legislative changes necessary to implement such measures.

Sec. 78. Subdivision (41) of subsection (a) of section 16-1 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(41) "Federally mandated congestion charges" means any cost approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as part of New England Standard Market Design including, but not limited to, locational marginal pricing, locational installed capacity payments, any cost approved by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority to reduce federally mandated congestion charges in accordance with section 7-233y, this section, sections 16-19ss, [16-32f,] 16-50i, 16-50k, 16-50x, 16-243i to 16-243q, inclusive, 16-244c, as amended by this act, 16-244e, 16-245m, as amended by this act, 16-245n, as amended by this act, and 16-245z, and section 21 of public act 05-1 of the June special session and reliability must run contracts;

Sec. 79. Subsection (k) of section 16-243m of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(k) The authority may order an electric distribution company to submit a proposal pursuant to the provisions of this section and may approve such a proposal under this section. Nothing in sections 16-1, as amended by this act, 16-19ss, [16-32f,] 16-50i, 16-50k, 16-50x, 16-243i to 16-243q, inclusive, 16-244c, as amended by this act, 16-244e, 16-245d, as amended by this act, 16-245m, as amended by this act, 16-245n, as amended by this act, and 16-245z and section 21 of public act 05-1 of the June special session shall limit the authority's ability to conduct requests for proposals, in addition to that in subsection (c) of this section, to reduce federally mandated congestion charges and to approve such proposals or otherwise to meet its responsibility under this title.

Sec. 80. Section 16-243r of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The provisions of sections 7-233y, 16-1, as amended by this act, 16-19ss, [16-32f,] 16-50i, 16-50k, 16-50x, 16-243i to 16-243q, inclusive, 16-244c, as amended by this act, 16-244e, 16-245d, as amended by this act, 16-245m, as amended by this act, 16-245n, as amended by this act, 16-245z and 16-262i and section 21 of public act 05-1 of the June special session apply to new customer-side distributed resources and grid-side distributed resources developed in this state that add electric capacity on and after January 1, 2006, and shall also apply to customer-side distributed resources and grid-side distributed resources developed in this state before January 1, 2007, that (1) have undergone upgrades that increase the resource's thermal efficiency operating level by no fewer than ten percentage points or, for resources that have a thermal efficiency level of at least seventy per cent, have undergone upgrades that increase the resource's turbine heat rate by no fewer than five percentage points and increase the electrical output of the resource by no fewer than ten percentage points, (2) operate at a thermal efficiency level of at least fifty per cent, and (3) add electric capacity in this state on or after January 1, 2007, provided such measure is in accordance with the provisions of said sections 7-233y, 16-1, as amended by this act, 16-19ss, [16-32f,] 16-50i, 16-50k, 16-50x, 16-243i to 16-243q, inclusive, 16-244c, as amended by this act, 16-244e, 16-245d, as amended by this act, 16-245m, as amended by this act, 16-245n, as amended by this act, 16-245z and 16-262i and section 21 of public act 05-1 of the June special session. On or before January 1, 2009, the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, in consultation with the Office of Consumer Counsel, shall report to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy regarding the cost-effectiveness of programs pursuant to this section.

Sec. 81. Subsection (e) of section 22a-2d of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(e) Wherever the words "Department of Public Utility Control" are used or referred to in the following sections of the general statutes, the words "Public Utilities Regulatory Authority" shall be substituted in lieu thereof: 1-84, 1-84b, 2-20a, 2-71p, 4-38c, 4a-57, 4a-74, 4d-2, 4d-80, 7-223, 7-233t, 7-233ii, 8-387, 12-81q, 12-94d, 12-264, 12-265, 12-408b, 12-412, 12-491, 13a-82, 13a-126a, 13b-10a, 13b-43, 13b-44, 13b-387a, 15-96, 16-1, as amended by this act, 16-2, as amended by this act, 16-2a, 16-6, 16-6a, 16-6b, as amended by this act, 16-7, as amended by this act, 16-8, as amended by this act, 16-8b, 16-8c, 16-8d, 16-9, 16-9a, 16-10, 16-10a, 16-11, 16-12, 16-13, 16-14, 16-15, 16-16, 16-17, 16-18, 16-19, 16-19a, 16-19b, as amended by this act, 16-19d, 16-19f, 16-19k, 16-19n, 16-19o, 16-19u, 16-19w, 16-19x, 16-19z, 16-19aa, 16-19bb, 16-19cc, 16-19dd, 16-19ee, 16-19ff, 16-19gg, 16-19jj, 16-19kk, as amended by this act, 16-19mm, 16-19nn, 16-19oo, 16-19pp, 16-19qq, 16-19tt, 16-19uu, 16-19vv, 16-20, 16-21, 16-23, 16-24, 16-25, 16-25a, 16-26, 16-27, 16-28, 16-29, 16-32, 16-32a, 16-32b, 16-32c, 16-32e, [16-32f,] 16-32g, 16-33, 16-35, as amended by this act, 16-41, 16-42, 16-43, 16-43a, 16-43d, 16-44, 16-44a, 16-45, 16-46, 16-47, 16-47a, 16-48, 16-49e, 16-50c, 16-50d, 16-50f, 16-50k, 16-50aa, 16-216, 16-227, 16-231, 16-233, 16-234, 16-235, 16-238, 16-243, 16-243a, 16-243b, 16-243c, 16-243f, 16-243i, 16-243j, 16-243k, 16-243m, as amended by this act, 16-243n, 16-243p, 16-243q, 16-243r, as amended by this act, 16-243s, 16-243t, 16-243u, 16-243v, 16-243w, 16-244a, 16-244b, 16-244c, as amended by this act, 16-244d, 16-244e, 16-244f, 16-244g, 16-244h, 16-244i, 16-244k, 16-244l, 16-245, as amended by this act, 16-245a, 16-245b, 16-245c, 16-245e, 16-245g, 16-245l, 16-245p, 16-245q, 16-245s, 16-245t, 16-245u, 16-245v, 16-245w, 16-245x, 16-245aa, 16-246, 16-246e, 16-246g, 16-247c, 16-247j, 16-247l, 16-247m, 16-247o, 16-247p, 16-247t, 16-249, 16-250, 16-250a, 16-250b, 16-256b, 16-256c, 16-256h, 16-256k, 16-258a, 16-258b, 16-258c, 16-259, 16-261, 16-262a, 16-262c, 16-262d, 16-262i, 16-262j, as amended by this act, 16-262k, 16-262l, 16-262m, 16-262n, 16-262o, 16-262q, 16-262r, 16-262s, 16-262v, as amended by this act, 16-262w, as amended by this act, 16-262x, 16-265, 16-269, 16-271, 16-272, 16-273, 16-274, 16-275, 16-276, 16-278, 16-280a, 16-280b, 16-280d, 16-280e, 16-280f, 16-280h, 16-281a, 16-331, 16-331c, 16-331e, 16-331f, 16-331g, 16-331h, 16-331i, 16-331j, 16-331k, 16-331n, 16-331o, 16-331p, 16-331q, 16-331r, 16-331t, 16-331u, 16-331v, 16-331y, 16-331z, 16-331aa, 16-331cc, 16-331dd, 16-331ff, 16-331gg, 16-332, 16-333, 16-333a, 16-333b, 16-333e, 16-333f, 16-333g, 16-333h, 16-333i, 16-333l, 16-333n, 16-333o, 16-333p, 16-347, 16-348, 16-356, 16-357, 16-358, 16-359, 16a-3b, as amended by this act, 16a-3c, as amended by this act, 16a-7b, as amended by this act, 16a-7c, 16a-13b, 16a-37c, subsection (b) of section 16a-38n, 16a-38o, 16a-40b, 16a-40k, 16a-41, 16a-46, 16a-46b, 16a-46c, 16a-47a, 16a-47b, 16a-47c, 16a-47d, 16a-47e, 16a-48, as amended by this act, 16a-49, 16a-103, 20-298, 20-309, 20-340, 20-340a, 20-341k, 20-341z, 20-357, 20-541, 22a-174l, 22a-256dd, 22a-266, 22a-358, 22a-475, 22a-478, 22a-479, 23-8b, 23-65, 25-33a, 25-33h, 25-33k, 25-33l, 25-33p, 25-37d, 25-37e, 26-141b, 28-1b, 28-24, 28-26, 28-27, 28-31, 29-282, 29-415, 32-80a, 32-222, 33-219, 33-221, 33-241, 33-951, 42-287, 43-44, 49-4c and 52-259a.

Sec. 82. Subdivision (1) of subsection (a) of section 16-262v of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(1) "Eligible projects" means those water company plant projects not previously included in the water company's rate base in its most recent general rate case and that are intended to improve or protect the quality and reliability of service to customers, including (A) renewal or replacement of existing infrastructure, including mains, valves, services, meters and hydrants that have either reached the end of their useful life, are worn out, are in deteriorated condition, are or will be contributing to unacceptable levels of unaccounted for water, or are negatively impacting water quality or reliability of service if not replaced; (B) main cleaning and relining projects; (C) relocation of facilities as a result of government actions, the capital costs of which are not otherwise eligible for reimbursement; [and] (D) purchase of leak detection equipment or installation of production meters, and pressure reducing valves; (E) purchase of energy efficient equipment or investment in renewable energy supplies; and (F) capital improvements necessary to comply with flow regulations adopted pursuant to section 26-141b.

Sec. 83. Subsection (i) of section 16-262w of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(i) The amount of the WICA applied between general rate case filings shall not exceed [seven and one-half] ten per cent of the water company's annual retail water revenues approved in its most recent rate filing, and shall not exceed five per cent of such revenues for any twelve-month period. The amount of the adjustment shall be reset to zero as of the effective date of new base rates approved pursuant to section 16-19 and shall be reset to zero if the company exceeds the allowable rate of return by more than one hundred basis points for any calendar year.

Sec. 84. Sections 16-2c, 16-32f and 16a-41i of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes are repealed. (Effective July 1, 2012)

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

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16-1(a)(52)

Sec. 2

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16-2

Sec. 3

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16-3

Sec. 4

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16-6b

Sec. 5

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16-7

Sec. 6

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16-8

Sec. 7

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16-19e(b)

Sec. 8

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16-19e(d)

Sec. 9

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16-49(a)

Sec. 10

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16-245m(d)

Sec. 11

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16-245m(f)

Sec. 12

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16-245y(a)

Sec. 13

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16-245y(c)

Sec. 14

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16a-3(b)

Sec. 15

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16a-3b

Sec. 16

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16a-3c(a)

Sec. 17

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16a-7b(b)

Sec. 18

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16a-3d

Sec. 19

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16a-3a

Sec. 20

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16-244c(c)(5)

Sec. 21

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16-244c(j)(2)

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16-244m(a)

Sec. 23

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16-244m(d)

Sec. 24

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16-244n

Sec. 25

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16-245n

Sec. 26

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7-233z

Sec. 27

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16-245ee

Sec. 28

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16a-48(d)

Sec. 29

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16a-48(e)

Sec. 30

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16a-48(f)

Sec. 31

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16a-48(g)

Sec. 32

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16-245(g)

Sec. 33

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PA 11-80, Sec. 103(a)

Sec. 34

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16-245ff

Sec. 35

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16-244r(b)

Sec. 36

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16-244s

Sec. 37

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16-244t(a)

Sec. 38

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16-244t(b)

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16-245hh

Sec. 40

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16-24a

Sec. 41

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16-245o

Sec. 42

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16-245d(a)

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16a-40l(a)

Sec. 44

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16a-40l(f)

Sec. 45

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16a-37u

Sec. 46

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16-244u

Sec. 47

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16a-40f(f)(3)

Sec. 48

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16-244v(a)

Sec. 49

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16a-46h

Sec. 50

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PA 11-80, Sec. 133

Sec. 51

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16a-46i

Sec. 52

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12-217mm

Sec. 53

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New section

Sec. 54

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New section

Sec. 55

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7-121n(a)(2)

Sec. 56

July 1, 2012

16-19b(h)

Sec. 57

July 1, 2012

16-18a

Sec. 58

July 1, 2012

16-35

Sec. 59

July 1, 2012

16-262j(c)

Sec. 60

July 1, 2012

16-8a(c)(1)

Sec. 61

July 1, 2012

16-19kk(b)

Sec. 62

July 1, 2012

16-1(a)(4)

Sec. 63

July 1, 2012

16-1(a)(8)

Sec. 64

July 1, 2012

New section

Sec. 65

July 1, 2012

New section

Sec. 66

July 1, 2012

New section

Sec. 67

July 1, 2012

32-141(a)(2)

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1-79(l)

Sec. 69

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1-120(1)

Sec. 70

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1-124

Sec. 71

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1-125

Sec. 72

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16a-40d(b)

Sec. 73

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16a-40e

Sec. 74

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16a-40l(c)

Sec. 75

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16a-40f(a)(5)

Sec. 76

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16a-40f(d)

Sec. 77

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New section

Sec. 78

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16-1(a)(41)

Sec. 79

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16-243m(k)

Sec. 80

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16-243r

Sec. 81

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22a-2d(e)

Sec. 82

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16-262v(a)(1)

Sec. 83

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16-262w(i)

Sec. 84

July 1, 2012

Repealer section

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

In section 10(d)(5), "approved by the Department" was changed to "[approved] adopted by the [Department] Commissioner" for internal consistency; in section 11, "Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority" was changed to "Connecticut Clean Energy [Finance and Investment] Authority" for internal consistency; in section 25(d)(1)(C), the successor agency language concerning the Connecticut Clean Energy Authority and the Connecticut Energy Finance and Investment Authority was changed for clarity and statutory consistency; in section 32, "on or after" was changed to "on and after" for clarity and to reflect the committee's intent; in section 40(e), "the department shall report" was changed to "the [department] commissioner shall report" for internal consistency and "its report" was changed to "[its] the commissioner's report" for clarity; in section 45(e), "commissioner" was changed to "Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection" for clarity and to reflect the committee's intent; in section 49, "fee, charge, co-pay or other similar term" was changed to "fees, charges, co-pays and other similar terms" for internal consistency and "a total of" was inserted for clarity; in section 52(d)(4), "The commissioner shall approve" was changed to "The [commissioner] Commissioner of Revenue Services shall approve" and "to the [secretary] commissioner" was changed to "to the [secretary] Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection" for clarity; and in section 54(d), "Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority" was changed to "Connecticut Clean Energy Authority" for internal consistency.

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Joint Favorable Subst.