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BILL AS INTRODUCED 2007-2008

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H.71

Introduced by Representatives Klein of East Montpelier, Ancel of Calais, Botzow of Pownal, Cheney of Norwich, Deen of Westminster, Dostis of Waterbury, Edwards of Brattleboro, Fisher of Lincoln, Maier of Middlebury, Marek of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, Minter of Waterbury, O’Donnell of Vernon, Peltz of Woodbury, Randall of Troy, Sharpe of Bristol and Spengler of Colchester

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Public service; residential construction surcharge; residential
electricity consumption surcharge

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to impose a residential construction surcharge on the connection to the grid of residential housing constructed after July 1, 2007 that contains more than 4,000 square feet of floor space per residential unit.  The amount of the surcharge shall be $1,000.00 per 100 square feet of floor space above 4,000 square feet per residential unit.  The bill proposes that these residences will be subject to electric rates that reflect the costs incurred at the time the electricity is obtained by the retail provider.  The bill also proposes to impose a residential electricity consumption surcharge that shall be imposed upon residential users of electricity that use more than 115 percent of the state’s average annual consumption rate per individual residential unit, as the consumption rate is determined annually by the commissioner of public service.  The amount of this surcharge shall range from $100.00 for those using between 115 and 120 percent of the state average to $300.00 for those using more than 130 percent of that average.  Proceeds from these surcharges shall be deposited into the Vermont clean energy development fund.

AN ACT RELATING TO ESTABLISHING RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICITY SURCHARGES UPON LARGE NEW RESIDENTIAL UNITS THAT ARE HOOKED UP TO THE GRID AND UPON LARGE RESIDENTIAL ELECTRICITY USERS

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

Sec. 1.  30 V.S.A. § 233 is added to read:

§ 233.  LARGE RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION; LARGE RESIDENTIAL

            ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION

(a)  There is imposed a residential construction surcharge on the connection to the electric grid of any residential housing unit that is constructed commencing after July 1, 2007 and that has floor space of more than 4,000 square feet per residential unit.  This surcharge shall be imposed in the amount of $1,000.00 per 100 square feet in excess of 4,000 square feet per unit, and a proportionate share of that amount for increments of less than 100 square feet.

(b)  Rates for electric service for residences subject to subsection (a) of this section shall reflect the costs incurred at the time the electricity is obtained by the retail provider.

(c)  There is imposed a residential electricity consumption surcharge that shall be imposed upon residential users of electricity that use more than 115 percent of the state’s average annual consumption rate per individual residential unit, as determined annually by the commissioner of public service.  The amount of the surcharge shall be as follows:  $100.00 for residential units using from 115 to 120 percent of the state’s residential average annual consumption rate; $200.00 for residential units using from 121 to 130 percent of the state’s residential average annual consumption rate; and $300.00 for residential units using 131 percent, or more, of the state’s average annual consumption rate.

(d)  Proceeds from the surcharges established under this section shall be deposited into the Vermont clean energy development fund established under 10 V.S.A. § 6523.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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