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General Assembly

Amendment

 

February Session, 2018

LCO No. 5874

   
 

*SB0000905874HDO*

Offered by:

 

REP. STEINBERG, 136th Dist.

REP. GRESKO, 121st Dist.

REP. URBAN, 43rd Dist.

REP. HENNESSY, 127th Dist.

REP. LOPES, 24th Dist.

REP. SANTIAGO, 130th Dist.

REP. TONG, 147th Dist.

REP. PERONE, 137th Dist.

REP. GENGA, 10th Dist.

REP. DEMICCO, 21st Dist.

REP. MCCARTHY VAHEY, 133rd Dist.

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 9

File No. 460

Cal. No. 557

(As Amended By Senate Amendment Schedule "B")

"AN ACT CONCERNING CONNECTICUT'S ENERGY FUTURE."

Strike section 5 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"Sec. 5. Section 16-243h of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) On and after January 1, 2000, and until (1) for residential customers, the expiration of the residential solar investment program pursuant to subsection (b) of section 16-245ff, and (2) for all other customers not covered in subdivision (1) of this subsection, the date the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority approves the procurement plan pursuant to subsection (a) of section 7 of this act, each electric supplier or any electric distribution company providing standard offer, transitional standard offer, standard service or back-up electric generation service, pursuant to section 16-244c, as amended by this act, shall give a credit for any electricity generated by a customer from a Class I renewable energy source or a hydropower facility that has a nameplate capacity rating of two megawatts or less for a term ending on December 31, 2039. The electric distribution company providing electric distribution services to such a customer shall make such interconnections necessary to accomplish such purpose. An electric distribution company, at the request of any residential customer served by such company and if necessary to implement the provisions of this section, shall provide for the installation of metering equipment that [(1)] (A) measures electricity consumed by such customer from the facilities of the electric distribution company, [(2)] (B) deducts from the measurement the amount of electricity produced by the customer and not consumed by the customer, and [(3)] (C) registers, for each billing period, the net amount of electricity either [(A)] (i) consumed and produced by the customer, or [(B)] (ii) the net amount of electricity produced by the customer. If, in a given monthly billing period, a customer-generator supplies more electricity to the electric distribution system than the electric distribution company or electric supplier delivers to the customer-generator, the electric distribution company or electric supplier shall credit the customer-generator for the excess by reducing the customer-generator's bill for the next monthly billing period to compensate for the excess electricity from the customer-generator in the previous billing period at a rate of one kilowatt-hour for one kilowatt-hour produced. The electric distribution company or electric supplier shall carry over the credits earned from monthly billing period to monthly billing period, and the credits shall accumulate until the end of the annualized period. At the end of each annualized period, the electric distribution company or electric supplier shall compensate the customer-generator for any excess kilowatt-hours generated, at the avoided cost of wholesale power. A customer who generates electricity from a generating unit with a nameplate capacity of more than ten kilowatts of electricity pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be assessed for the competitive transition assessment, pursuant to section 16-245g and the systems benefits charge, pursuant to section 16-245l, based on the amount of electricity consumed by the customer from the facilities of the electric distribution company without netting any electricity produced by the customer. For purposes of this section, "residential customer" means a customer of a single-family dwelling or multifamily dwelling consisting of two to four units. The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall establish a rate on a cents-per-kilowatt-hour basis for the electric distribution company to purchase the electricity generated by a customer pursuant to this section after December 31, 2039.

(b) For all residential customers who interconnect a Class I renewable energy source after the expiration of the residential solar investment program pursuant to subsection (b) of section 16-245ff, each electric distribution company and electric supplier shall give a credit for any electricity generated by a residential customer from a Class I renewable energy source. The electric distribution company providing electric distribution services to such a customer shall make such interconnections necessary to accomplish such purpose. An electric distribution company, at the request of any residential customer served by such company and if necessary to implement the provisions of this section, shall provide for the installation of metering equipment that (1) measures electricity consumed by such customer from the facilities of the electric distribution company, (2) deducts from the measurement the amount of electricity produced by the customer and not consumed by the customer, and (3) registers, on a weekly basis, the net amount of electricity either (A) consumed and produced by the customer, or (B) the net amount of electricity produced by the customer. If, in a given week, the customer-generator supplies more electricity to the electric distribution system than the electric distribution company or electric supplier delivers to the customer-generator, the electric distribution company or electric supplier shall credit the customer-generator for the excess produced in such week by reducing the customer-generator's bill for the next monthly billing period to compensate for the excess electricity from the customer-generator for such week in the previous billing period at a rate of one kilowatt-hour for one kilowatt-hour produced. The electric distribution company or electric supplier shall carry over the credits earned from monthly billing period to monthly billing period, and the credits shall accumulate until the end of the annualized period. At the end of each annualized period, the electric distribution company or electric supplier shall compensate the customer-generator for any excess kilowatt-hours generated at the rate established by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority pursuant to subsection (c) of this section. The electric distribution company or electric supplier shall receive all Class I renewable energy certificates generated by a customer-generator's facility.

(c) Before the expiration of the residential solar investment program pursuant to subsection (b) of section 16-245ff, the authority shall initiate a proceeding to establish the rate of compensation for excess kilowatt-hours generated by a customer-generator that will be paid pursuant to subsection (b) of this section."

Strike subparagraph (D) of subdivision (6) of subsection (a) of section 7 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(D) The department shall limit subscribers to (i) low-income customers, (ii) moderate-income customers, (iii) small business customers, (iv) state or municipal customers, (v) commercial customers, and (vi) residential customers."

Strike subsection (b) of section 7 in its entirety and reletter the remaining subsections and internal references accordingly

Strike subparagraph (A) of subdivision (1) of subsection (c) of section 7 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(c) (1) (A) The aggregate total megawatts available to all customers utilizing a procurement and tariff offered by electric distribution companies pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall be up to one hundred seventy megawatts in year one and increase by up to an additional one hundred seventy megawatts per year in each of the years two through six of such a tariff, provided the total megawatts available to customers eligible under subparagraph (A) of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section shall not exceed twenty megawatts per year, the total megawatts available to customers eligible under subparagraph (B) of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section shall not exceed one hundred megawatts per year and the total megawatts available to customers eligible under subparagraph (C) of subdivision (2) of subsection (a) of this section shall not exceed fifty megawatts per year. The authority shall monitor the competitiveness of any procurements authorized pursuant to subsection (a) of this section and may adjust the annual purchase amount established in this subsection or other procurement parameters to maintain competitiveness. Any megawatts not allocated in any given year shall not roll into the next year's available megawatts. The obligation to purchase energy and renewable energy certificates shall be apportioned to electric distribution companies based on their respective distribution system loads, as determined by the authority."

Strike subparagraph (B) of subdivision (1) of subsection (c) of section 7 in its entirety and reletter the remaining subparagraphs and internal references accordingly

Strike subsection (d) of section 7 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"(d) In accordance with subsection (h) of section 16-245a of the general statutes, as amended by this act, the authority shall determine which of the following two options is in the best interest of ratepayers and shall direct each electric distribution company to either (1) retire the renewable energy certificates it purchases pursuant to subsection (a) of this section on behalf of all ratepayers to satisfy the obligations of all electric suppliers and electric distribution companies providing standard service or supplier of last resort service pursuant to section 16-245a of the general statutes, as amended by this act, or (2) sell such renewable energy certificates into the New England Power Pool Generation information system renewable energy credit market. The authority shall establish procedures for the retirement of such renewable energy certificates. Any net revenues from the sale of products purchased in accordance with this section shall be credited to customers through a nonbypassable fully reconciling component of electric rates for all customers of the electric distribution company."