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H.104

Introduced by Representatives Klein of East Montpelier, Ancel of Calais, Botzow of Pownal, Cheney of Norwich, Clarkson of Woodstock, Edwards of Brattleboro, Jewett of Ripton, LaVoie of Swanton, Maier of Middlebury, Marek of Newfane, Masland of Thetford, McCullough of Williston, Minter of Waterbury, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Spengler of Colchester, Trombley of Grand Isle, Weston of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

Date:

Subject:  Public service; portfolio standards; wind power

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to require the public service board to use incentives and other tools to ensure that by 2012 the state will generate no less than 100 MW of power from in-state wind turbines.  It proposes to require the public service board and the department of public service, in consultation with the agency of natural resources, to identify information that must accompany an application to install wind turbines.  It provides that an applicant for installation of a wind turbine need not establish that the power cannot be provided in a more cost-effective manner.  It proposes to amend the renewable energy portfolio standards, which may or may not come into effect depending upon an electric utility’s success with the sustainably priced energy enterprise development (SPEED) program, to require that 20 percent of a retail electricity provider’s total energy load as it exists on January 1, 2012 shall be met through the use of electricity generated by in-state wind turbines.

AN ACT RELATING TO INCREASING THE USE OF WIND POWER TO MEET PART OF THE STATE’S ELECTRICITY DEMAND

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

Sec. 1.  30 V.S.A. § 209(e) is amended to read:

(e)  The board shall:

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(15)  Use incentives and other tools available to it to ensure that by 2012 the state will be generating no less than 100 MW of power from in-state wind turbines.

Sec. 2.  30 V.S.A. § 219c is added to read:

§ 219c.  WIND ENERGY APPLICATIONS

The board and department, in consultation with the agency of natural resources, shall identify information requirements that are necessary to accompany an application for installation of a wind turbine, and shall provide that information to any interested person.


Sec. 3.  30 V.S.A. § 248(n) is added to read:

(n)  In the case of an application for installation of one or more wind turbines, the applicant will not be required to obtain affirmative findings under subdivision (b)(2) of this section, which relates to the need for power which cannot otherwise be met in a more cost-effective manner.

Sec. 4.  30 V.S.A. § 8004(b) and (c) are amended to read:

(b)  Each retail electricity provider in Vermont shall provide a certain amount of new in-state, wind-turbine-generated renewable resources in its portfolio.  Subject to subdivision 8005(d)(1) of this title, each retail electricity provider in Vermont shall supply an amount of energy equal to its total incremental energy growth between January 1, 2005 and 20 percent of its total energy load as it exists on January 1, 2012 through the use of electricity generated by new renewable resources in-state wind turbines.  The retail electricity provider may meet this requirement through eligible new renewable energy credits for in-state, wind power resources, new renewable energy

in-state, wind power resources with renewable energy credits still attached, or a combination of those credits and resources.  No retail electricity provider shall be required to provide in excess of a total of 10 percent of its calendar year 2005 retail electric sales with electricity generated by new renewable resources.

(c)  The requirements of subsection (b) of this section shall apply to all retail electricity providers in this state, unless the retail electricity provider demonstrates and the public service board determines:

(1)  that compliance with the standard would impair the provider’s ability to meet the public’s need for energy services after safety concerns are addressed, at the lowest present value life cycle cost, including environmental and economic costs; or

(2)  that it is appropriate to allow the provider to meet a specified lower percentage of its load with in-state, wind power resources than required under subsection (b) of this section on the grounds that the state’s retail providers as a whole, regardless of this shortfall, will provide no less than 20 percent of the state’s total load as it exists on January 1, 2012 by means of electricity generated by in-state, wind power resources.



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The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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