PA 17-64—sSB 900

Energy and Technology Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR REVISIONS TO ELECTRIC SUPPLIER COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS REGARDING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO STANDARDS AND ADVERTISING AND CONTRACT PROVISIONS, THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY'S REPORTING OF ELECTRIC RATES AND HYDROELECTRIC GENERATION AT CERTAIN DAMS

SUMMARY: This act makes several unrelated changes to the energy statutes.

First, it gives customers more time to cancel a renewed contract with a retail electric supplier without paying a fee. Prior law prohibited suppliers from charging a fee if a customer cancelled a renewed contract within seven business days after receiving the contract's first billing statement. The act instead prohibits fees if the customer cancels within the renewed contract's first two billing cycles.

The act also changes the conditions under which suppliers may advertise the renewable energy credits (RECs) they purchase. Prior law limited suppliers' REC advertising to the RECs they purchased beyond the state's renewable portfolio standard requirements (which require suppliers and electric companies to purchase a portion of their power from certain clean energy resources). The act instead requires the REC advertising to be done according to a methodology approved by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA).

The act changes the deadline by which PURA, in consultation with the Office of Consumer Counsel, must report annually on the state of electric rate competition and the average rates for each customer class. Starting with the 2018 report, it requires the report to be submitted by April 1 each year, rather than by January 1.

And the act requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) commissioner to contract with an entity chosen by the towns of Avon, Burlington, and Canton (instead of contracting directly with these towns) to perform certain actions on the upper and lower Collinsville dams.

It also makes technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017

COLLINSVILLE DAMS

Prior law required the DEEP commissioner to execute an agreement, jointly or individually, with Avon, Burlington, and Canton allowing the towns to:

1. enter the Farmington River's upper and lower Collinsville dams and their associated structures, such as power or gate houses, to conduct physical examinations and studies to determine the feasibility of using them for hydroelectric generation and

2. install, operate, and maintain hydroelectric generating facilities and associated appurtenances at the dams without adjusting river flows.

The act instead requires the commissioner to execute an agreement with an entity chosen by the three towns that allows the entity to perform the same actions. The entity must be selected under a request for proposals issued jointly or individually by the towns on or after October 5, 2009.