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S.130

Introduced by   Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Public service; conservation; renewable energy system incentives

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require the department of public service to continue the program of incentive payments to promote the installation of small-scale renewable energy systems.  It proposes to fund the program with $2 million from the general fund.

AN ACT RELATING TO FUNDING A RENEWABLE ENERGY INCENTIVE PROGRAM

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

Sec. 1.  SMALL SCALE RENEWABLE ENERGY INCENTIVES;

             FINDINGS

The General Assembly finds:

(1)  Local, distributed renewable energy generated can, at the site of the generation and throughout the power grid:  increase power supply security, increase power supply stability and reliability, increase power quality, delay or avoid transmission projects, keep more energy dollars in-state, educate customers about power use, and provide emergency power during disasters, and it can be used to help reduce peak demand loads.

(2)  Local, distributed renewable energy is referred to as small-scale renewable energy and is under l50kW of rated capacity.  The energy generated from these projects is on the customer's side of the utility's meter and is usually net metered and is owned by a utility customer and not the utility.

(3)  An ongoing small-scale renewable energy incentive program will strengthen the Vermont renewable energy market, increase the renewable energy installation infrastructure, and stimulate the development of renewable energy businesses in Vermont.

(4)  No. 69 of the Acts of 2003 established a small-scale renewable energy incentive program in the department of public service.  It awarded nearly $1 million in incentives to Vermont residential and nonresidential

on-site power installations.  The program is successful and should be continued with significant, multiple-year funding.

Sec. 2.  SMALL-SCALE RENEWABLE ENERGY INCENTIVE PROGRAM

(a)  The departments of public service and of economic development shall continue the program of incentive payments to promote the installation of small-scale renewable energy systems in Vermont residences and businesses authorized in No. 69 of the Acts of 2003.  This program shall promote residential or nonresidential energy systems that meet the requirements of

30 V.S.A. § 219a(a)(3)(A),(C), (D), and (E) or that are hot water heating systems that convert solar energy into thermal energy used to heat water, but shall be limited to that property directly necessary for and used to capture convert or store solar energy for this purpose.

(b)  The department shall report to the general assembly annually on January 30 on the results of this program and shall include information relating to how the program has affected the Vermont renewable energy market, the Vermont renewable energy installation infrastructure, and the development of renewable energy businesses in Vermont.

(c)  There is appropriated from the general fund for fiscal year 2006 the amount of $2 million to the department of public service for the purposes of this section.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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