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H.246

Introduced by   Representatives Klein of East Montpelier, Darrow of Dummerston, Edwards of Brattleboro, Errecart of Shelburne, Keenan of St. Albans City, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston and Pellett of Chester

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Public service; electrical energy planning

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require the department of public service, when adopting an electrical energy plan, to consult with legislative committees with jurisdiction over energy and utility matters.  It also proposes to require the department to commence proceedings to review and revise the plan before the expiration of five years if requested to do so by joint resolution of the general assembly.

AN ACT RELATING TO LEGISLATIVE INPUT IN THE ELECTRICITY PLANNING PROCESS

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  30 V.S.A. § 202 is amended to read:

§ 202.  ELECTRICAL ENERGY PLANNING

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(d)  In establishing plans, the director shall:

(1)  Consult with:

(A)  the public;

(B)  Vermont municipal utilities;

(C)  Vermont cooperative utilities;

(D)  Vermont investor-owned utilities;

(E)  Vermont electric transmission companies;

(F)  environmental and residential consumer advocacy groups active in electricity issues;

(G)  industrial customer representatives;

(H)  commercial customer representatives;

(I)  the public service board;

(J)  an entity designated to meet the public's need for energy efficiency services under subdivision 218c(a)(2) of this title;

(K)  other interested state agencies; and

(L)  legislative committees with jurisdiction over energy and utility matters; and

(M)  other energy providers.

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(g)  The director shall annually review that portion of a plan extending over the next five years.  The department, through the director, shall annually extend the plan by one additional year; and from time to time, but in no event less than every five years, institute proceedings to review a plan and make revisions, where necessary.  This review and the related revisions shall be instituted prior to the expiration of five years if the general assembly passes a joint resolution making a request to that effect.  The five-year review and any interim revisions shall be made according to the procedures established in this section for initial adoption of the plan.

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The Vermont General Assembly
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