|BILL AS INTRODUCED||2007-2008|
Introduced by Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Giard of Addison District and Senator Lyons of Chittenden District
Subject: Public service; statewide energy planning; small generators; ISO
Statement of purpose: This bill proposes to require the department of public service to propose to the general assembly legislation that would establish a streamlined section 248 review process for local, sustainable generators of electrical energy of less than five MW. It also proposes to require the department of public service to work with Congress to exempt these small generators from FERC jurisdiction. It also proposes to require the department of public service to request the New England Independent System Operator (ISO) to assure that regionwide cost-sharing applies to demand-side measures, conservation, and local power generation that decrease the need for poles and wires.
AN ACT RELATING TO REGULATION OF SMALL, LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE, ELECTRICITY GENERATORS, AND URGING THE ISO TO ORDER COST-SHARING FOR DEMAND-SIDE MEASURES
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. STREAMLINED PROCESS FOR SMALL GENERATORS
(a) By no later than July 1, 2008, the commissioner of public service, in consultation with the public service board, interested persons, and the general public, shall submit to the committees on natural resources and energy, the senate committee on finance, and the house committee on commerce draft legislation that would establish a streamlined version of review under
30 V.S.A. § 248, to apply to local, sustainable generators of electrical energy of less than five megawatts (MW).
(b) The commissioner of public service shall work with Vermont’s congressional delegation to develop and help enact federal legislation that would remove local sustainable generators of electrical energy of less than five MW from the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
(c) The commissioner of public service shall request the New England ISO (Independent System Operator) to assure that regionwide cost-sharing applies not only to poles and wires, as has traditionally been the case, but also to appropriate demand-side measures, conservation, and local power generation, to the extent that these measures decrease the regionwide demand for poles and wires.
The Vermont General Assembly
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