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Amendment

 

January Session, 2013

LCO No. 6337

   
 

*SB0113806337SRO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. FASANO, 34th Dist.

 

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 1138

File No. 120

Cal. No. 141

(As Amended by Senate Amendment Schedule "A")

"AN ACT CONCERNING CONNECTICUT'S CLEAN ENERGY GOALS. "

Strike section 7 in its entirety and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Sec. 7. (NEW) (Effective from passage) On or after July 1, 2013, the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, in consultation with the procurement manager identified in subsection (l) of section 16-2 of the general statutes, the Office of Consumer Counsel and the Attorney General, may, in coordination with other states in the region of the regional independent system operator, as defined in section 16-1 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, or on the commissioner's own, solicit proposals, in one solicitation or multiple solicitations, from providers of Class I renewable energy sources, as defined in section 16-1 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, or verifiable large-scale hydropower, as defined in section 16-1 of the general statutes, as amended by this act, for periods not to exceed fifteen years and not in excess of five per cent of the load distributed by the state's electric distribution companies. If the commissioner finds such proposals to be in the interest of ratepayers, including, but not limited to, the delivered price of such sources, and consistent with the requirements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with section 22a-200a of the general statutes, and in accordance with the policy goals outlined in the Comprehensive Energy Strategy, adopted pursuant to section 16a-3d of the general statutes and section 129 of public act 11-80, including, but not limited to, base load capacity, peak load shaving and promotion of wind, solar and other renewable and low carbon energy technologies, the commissioner may direct the electric distribution companies to enter into power purchase agreements for energy, capacity and any environmental attributes, or any combination thereof, for periods of not more than fifteen years on behalf of all customers of electric distribution companies. Certificates issued by the New England Power Pool Generation Information System for any Class I renewable energy sources procured under this section shall be sold in the New England Power Pool Generation Information System renewable energy credit market to be used by any electric supplier or electric distribution company to meet the requirements of section 16-245a of the general statutes, as amended by this act. Any such agreement shall be subject to review and approval by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, which review shall (1) include a public hearing, and (2) be completed not later than sixty days after the date on which such agreement is filed with the authority. The net costs of any such agreement shall be recovered through a fully reconciling component of electric rates for all customers of electric distribution companies. Such costs may include the reasonable costs incurred by the electric distribution companies pursuant to this section. "