Title 30: Public Service
Chapter 89: RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS
Sub-Chapter 01: General Provisions
30 V.S.A. § 8002. Definitions
§ 8002. Definitions
As used in this chapter:
(1) "Board" means the Public Service Board under section 3 of this title, except when used to refer to the Clean Energy Development Board.
(2) "Commissioned" or "commissioning" means the first time a plant is put into operation following initial construction or modernization if the costs of modernization are at least 50 percent of the costs that would be required to build a new plant including all buildings and structures technically required for the new plant's operation. However, these terms shall not include activities necessary to establish operational readiness of a plant.
(3) "CPI" means the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers, designated as "CPI-U," in the northeast region, as published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
(4) "Department" means the Department of Public Service under section 1 of this title, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
(5) "Energy conversion efficiency" means the effective use of energy and heat from a combustion process.
(6) "Environmental attributes" means the characteristics of a plant that enable the energy it produces to qualify as renewable energy and include any and all benefits of the plant to the environment such as avoided emissions or other impacts to air, water, or soil that may occur through the plant's displacement of a nonrenewable energy source.
(7) "Existing renewable energy" means renewable energy produced by a plant that came into service prior to or on December 31, 2004.
(8) "Greenhouse gas reduction credits" shall be as defined in section 8006a of this title.
(9) "kW" means kilowatt or kilowatts (AC).
(10) "kWh" means kW hour or hours.
(11) "MW" means or megawatts (AC).
(12) "MWH" means MW hour or hours.
(13) "New renewable energy" means renewable energy produced by a specific and identifiable plant coming into service after December 31, 2004.
(A) Energy from within a system of generating plants that includes renewable energy shall not constitute new renewable energy, regardless of whether the system includes specific plants that came or come into service after December 31, 2004.
(B) "New renewable energy" also may include the additional energy from an existing renewable energy plant retrofitted with advanced technologies or otherwise operated, modified, or expanded to increase the kWh output of the plant in excess of an historical baseline established by calculating the average output of that plant for the 10-year period that ended December 31, 2004. If the production of new renewable energy through changes in operations, modification, or expansion involves combustion of the resource, the system also must result in an incrementally higher level of energy conversion efficiency or significantly reduced emissions.
(14) "Plant" means an independent technical facility that generates electricity from renewable energy. A group of newly constructed facilities, such as wind turbines, shall be considered one plant if the group is part of the same project and uses common equipment and infrastructure such as roads, control facilities, and connections to the electric grid.
(15) "Plant capacity" means the rated electrical nameplate for a plant, except that, in the case of a solar energy plant, the term shall mean the aggregate AC nameplate capacity of all inverters used to convert the plant's output to AC power.
(16) "Plant owner" means a person who has the right to sell electricity generated by a plant.
(17) "Renewable energy" means energy produced using a technology that relies on a resource that is being consumed at a harvest rate at or below its natural regeneration rate.
(A) For purposes of this subdivision (17), methane gas and other flammable gases produced by the decay of sewage treatment plant wastes or landfill wastes and anaerobic digestion of agricultural products, byproducts, or wastes shall be considered renewable energy resources, but no form of solid waste, other than agricultural or silvicultural waste, shall be considered renewable.
(B) For purposes of this subdivision (17), no form of nuclear fuel shall be considered renewable.
(C) The only portion of electricity produced by a system of generating resources that shall be considered renewable is that portion generated by a technology that qualifies as renewable under this subdivision (17).
(D) After conducting administrative proceedings, the Board may add technologies or technology categories to the definition of "renewable energy," provided that technologies using the following fuels shall not be considered renewable energy supplies: coal, oil, propane, and natural gas.
(E) For the purposes of this chapter, renewable energy refers to either "existing renewable energy" or "new renewable energy."
(18)(A) "Renewable pricing" shall mean an optional service provided or contracted for by an electric company:
(i) under which the company's customers may voluntarily either:
(I) purchase all or part of their electric energy from renewable sources as defined in this chapter; or
(II) cause the purchase and retirement of tradeable renewable energy credits on the participating customer's behalf; and
(ii) which increases the company's reliance on renewable sources of energy beyond those the electric company would otherwise be required to provide under section 218c of this title.
(B) Renewable pricing programs may include:
(i) contribution-based programs in which participating customers can determine the amount of a contribution, monthly or otherwise, that will be deposited in a Board-approved fund for new renewable energy project development;
(ii) energy-based programs in which customers may choose all or a discrete portion of their electric energy use to be supplied from renewable resources;
(iii) facility-based programs in which customers may subscribe to a share of the capacity or energy from specific new renewable energy resources.
(19) "Retail electricity provider" or "provider" means a company engaged in the distribution or sale of electricity directly to the public.
(20) "SPEED Facilitator" means an entity appointed by the Board pursuant to subdivision 8005(b)(1) of this title.
(21) "SPEED resources" means contracts for resources in the SPEED program established under section 8005 of this title that meet the definition of renewable energy under this section, whether or not environmental attributes are attached.
(22) "Tradeable renewable energy credits" means all of the environmental attributes associated with a single unit of energy generated by a renewable energy source where:
(A) those attributes are transferred or recorded separately from that unit of energy;
(B) the party claiming ownership of the tradeable renewable energy credits has acquired the exclusive legal ownership of all, and not less than all, the environmental attributes associated with that unit of energy; and
(C) exclusive legal ownership can be verified through an auditable contract path or pursuant to the system established or authorized by the Board or any program for tracking and verification of the ownership of environmental attributes of energy legally recognized in any state and approved by the Board.
(23) "Vermont composite electric utility system" means the combined generation, transmission, and distribution resources along with the combined retail load requirements of the Vermont retail electricity providers. (Added 2003, No. 69, § 1, eff. June 17, 2003; amended 2005, No. 61, § 2; 2007, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 19; 2009, No. 45, § 2, eff. May 27, 2009; 2009, No. 159 (Adj. Sess.), § 13, eff. July 1, 2012; 2011, No. 47, § 7, eff. May 25, 2011 and § 18; 2011, No. 125 (Adj. Sess.), § 8; 2011, No. 170 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. May 18, 2012 and § 10; 2013, No. 89, § 14.)