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2022 Consumer, Energy, & Utility Bill Watch List

Updated: 4/26/22

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Bad Bills

 

HB1209: Carbon Sequestration Projects

Authors: Rep. Ed Soliday (R), Rep. Carolyn Jackson (D), Rep. Ethan Manning (R), Rep. David Abbott (R)

Sponsors: Sen. Susan Glick (R),  Sen. Jon Ford (R), Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D), Sen. Blake Doriot (R)

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Holcomb

Position: CAC opposes this bill

Votes:

Description: Outlines a framework for entities conducting carbon capture and sequestration  in Indiana (CCS - underground storage of toxic, liquefied, and highly pressurized carbon dioxide). Addresses issues related to CCS, including mineral rights, pore space ownership, permitting for pipelines and storage related activities, and creates the carbon storage facility trust fund. Seeks to protect adjacent landowners with notification and compensation - with “forced pooling” if 60% of the pore space area approves. It does not speak to the controversial immunity provisions. However, it does require that the State of Indiana assume ownership and the associated liability 10 years after a certificate of completion is issued by DNR.

  

HB1249: Carbon Sequestration Pilot Project (companion to SB265)

Authors: Rep. David Abbott (R), Rep. Sean Eberhart (R), Rep. Alan Morrison (R)

Sponsors: Sen. Jon Ford (R), Sen. Mark Messmer (R)

Status: Died in the Senate Natural Resources Committee

Votes:

 

SB265: Carbon Sequestration Pilot Project (companion to HB1249)

Authors: Sen. Jon Ford (R), Sen. Mark Messmer (R)Sen. David Niezgodski (D)

Sponsors: Rep. Alan Morrison (R), Rep. David Abbott (R), Rep. Jeff Ellington (R)

Status: Died in the House

Votes:

Position: CAC opposes these bills

Description: HB1249 & SB265 are being pushed by a privately-owned corporation known as Wabash Valley Resources who is claiming that they will develop the largest carbon capture and sequestration project (CCS) ever in the US. They opine that it is a climate change mitigation strategy, but the best way to mitigate climate change is to NOT produce carbon dioxide in the first place.

 

This is clearly another huge science experiment for which a private corporation wants to force Indiana property owners and taxpayers to assume liability and take on most of the risk. It makes no sense to open up the entire State of Indiana to the long-term storage of carbon dioxide waste.  CCS is a false solution to climate change that endangers the health, safety, and the financial wellbeing of Hoosier taxpayers. 

 

HB1249 & SB265 do the following:

  • Force Hoosier property owners to allow dangerous, highly-pressurized carbon dioxide waste captured from dirty manufacturing facilities to be stored long-term underneath their properties without their consent.
  • Grants eminent domain to private corporations with no requirement that they compensate private property owners for condemning their property.
  • Insulates the polluters from any liability associated with any problems which can occur as a result of storing highly pressurized carbon dioxide waste underground.

 

The potential risks related to the underground storage of highly-pressurized CO2 waste include:

  • The possibility of carbon dioxide leaking into our aquifers, poisoning our water.
  • The possibility of carbon dioxide migrating to the surface, causing asphyxiation because carbon dioxide is heavier than oxygen and displaces oxygen.
  • The possibility of long-term underground storage of carbon dioxide increasing seismic activity. 

  

SB271: Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

Authors: Sen. Eric Koch (R), Sen. Blake Doriot (R)Sen. Jean Leising (R), Sen. Justin Busch (R), Sen. Scott Baldwin (R), Sen. Jon Ford (R), Sen. Dennis Kruse (R), Sen. James Buck (R), Sen. Mike Gaskill (R), Sen. Philip Boots (R), Sen. James Tomes (R), Sen. Kyle Walker (R), Sen. Jeff Raatz (R), Sen. Stacey Donato (R), Sen. Travis Holdman (R), Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R), Sen. Chip Perfect (R), Sen. Linda Rogers (R), Sen. Michael Young (R), Sen. Eric Bassler (R), Sen. Jack Sandlin (R), Sen. Greg Walker (R), Sen. Susan Glick (R), Sen. Andy Zay (R), Sen. Michael Crider (R), Sen. Aaron Freeman (R), Sen. Mark Messmer (R)

Sponsors: Rep. Edmond Soliday (R), Rep. Matt Lehman (R), Rep. Jeff Ellington (R), Rep. Randall Frye (R)

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Holcomb

Position: CAC opposes this bill

Votes:

Description:  SB271 will shift the financial risk to captive consumers by extending the subsidy that is Construction Work in Progress (CWIP) to Small Modular Nuclear Reactors (SMRs - baby nukes). CWIP allows utilities to charge ratepayers for power plants while they are under construction, before they are producing any electricity, and even if they NEVER produce any electricity. It should be noted that this technology is in no way commercially viable at this current moment in time. No public utility in the U.S. has built any SMRs, and there are no operating SMRs in the U.S. at all. More background on SMRs here.

  

HB1224: Government Investments and Contracts (dead)

Authors: Rep. Ethan Manning (R), Rep. Ed Soliday (R), Rep. Robert Heaton (R)

Status: Died in the House

Position: CAC opposes this bill

Votes:

Description: prohibits the State and other political subdivisions from making certain investments in companies that boycott energy companies or companies that do business with energy companies, requires that before entering into a contract the State and local units of government must receive a written verification from companies that “the company does not boycott energy companies and will not boycott energy companies during the term of the contract.”

 

 

Good Bills

 

HB1111: Utility Regulatory Commission Reporting and Rules

Authors: Rep. Ed Soliday (R), Rep. Ethan Manning (R), Rep. Matt Pierce (D), Rep. Randall Frye (R)

Sponsors: Sen. Eric Koch (R),  Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D), Sen. Shelli Yoder (D), Sen. Liz Brown (R), Sen. Andy Zay (R), Sen. Jean Leising (R), Sen. Blake Doriot (R)

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Holcomb

Position: CAC supports this bill

Votes:

Description: IURC agency bill, authorizes FERC Order 2222 rulemaking

 

HB1221: Electric Vehicles and Electricity Pricing

Authors: Rep. Ed Soliday (R), Rep. Ethan Manning (R), Rep. Sharon Negele (R)

Sponsors: Sen. Eric Koch (R), Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D), Sen. Liz Brown (R)Sen. Stacey Donato (R), Sen. Blake Doriot (R)

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Holcomb

Position: CAC supports this bill

Votes:

Description: exempts (non-utility) owners and hosts of EVs and EV charging stations from regulation by IURC, authorizes hosts and owners of EV supply equipment who make the equipment available to the public to charge by the kwh, defines an electric utility “EV pilot” program for jurisdictional utilities, authorizes utilities to file for approval of pilot programs, authorizes the IURC to approve the pilot programs and the associated cost recovery.

 

SB147: Underground Pumped Storage Hydropower

Authors: Sen. Eric Koch (R), Sen. Chip Perfect (R), Sen. Andy Zay (R)Sen. Blake Doriot (R), Sen. Stacey Donato (R), Sen. Jean Leising (R), Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D), Sen. Dennis Kruse (R), Sen. Shelli Yoder (D)

Sponsors: Rep. Edmond Soliday (R), Rep. Ethan Manning (R), Rep. Carey Hamilton (D), Rep. Pat Boy (D)

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Holcomb

Position: CAC supports this bill

Votes:

Description: adds underground pumped hydro to the definition of clean energy and renewable energy  .

 

SB272: Wastewater Infrastructure

Authors: Sen. Eric Koch (R), Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R), Sen. Blake Doriot (R), Sen. Susan Glick (R), Sen. Rick Niemeyer (R), Sen. Fady Qaddoura (D), Sen. David Niezgodski (D), Sen. Andy Zay (R), Sen. Erin Houchin (R), Sen. Stacey Donato (R), Sen. Jean Leising (R), Sen. Eric Bassler (R), Sen. Rodney Pol (D), Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D), Sen. Shelli Yoder (D)

Sponsors: Rep. Edmond Soliday (R), Rep. Carey Hamilton (D), Rep. Ethan Manning (R), Rep. Maureen Bauer (D)

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Holcomb

Position: CAC supports this bill

Votes:

Description: adopts the recommendations of the Wastewater Task Force

 

SB273: Financing of Water and Wastewater Utility Assets

Authors: Sen. Eric Koch (R), Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D), Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R)

Sponsors: Rep. Edmond Soliday (R)

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Holcomb

Position: CAC supports this bill

Votes:

Description: provides a new tracker to the water/wastewater utilities to “to permit a utility to recover increased costs resulting from referenda or from decisions made by elected officials or governmental entities.”, provides the water and wastewater utilities additional trackers under certain circumstances.  

 

SB411: Commercial Solar and Wind Energy (siting bill)

Authors: Sen. Mark Messmer (R), Sen. Eric Koch (R), Sen. Lonnie Randolph (D)

Sponsors: Rep. Edmond Soliday (R), Rep. Justin Moed (D), Rep. Sharon Negele (R)

Status: Signed into law by Gov. Holcomb

Position: CAC supports this bill

Votes:

Description: creates default standards for the siting of commercial-scale wind and solar projects, creates incentives for communities to become solar-energy ready and wind-energy ready communities

 

HB1136: Net Metering for Electricity Generation (dead)

Authors: Rep. Anthony Cook (R), Rep. Donna Schaibley (R), Rep. Carey Hamilton (D)

Status: Died in the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: extends phase-out of net metering by three years, increases 1.5% cap to 3%, allows public-use customers (cities, towns, counties, schools) to aggregate up to 3 meters - 

 

HB1250: Community Solar Facility Program (dead; companion to SB313)

Authors: Rep. Sue Errington (D),  Rep. Carolyn Jackson (D), Rep. Robin Shackleford (D)

Status: Died in the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: requires the investor-owned electric utilities to issue RFPs for the creation of up to five community solar projects in their service territory 

 

HB1304: Distributed Energy Generation (dead; companion to SB248)

Authors: Rep. Alan Morrison (R)

Status: Died in the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: requires that the netting interval used to compensate owners of DG for the excess energy they deliver to the grid is calculated on a monthly, or billing cycle interval, not on an instantaneous basis

 

SB153: Annual Customer Reports by Utilities (dead)

Authors: Sen. Jean Breaux (D)

Status: Died in the Senate Utilities Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: requires jurisdictional utilities to annually report to the IURC certain data concerning customer accounts and low-income customer accounts, such as arrearage, disconnect, and reconnect amounts

 

SB248: Distributed Energy Generation (dead; companion to HB1304)

Authors: Sen. Liz Brown (R), Sen. J.D. Ford (D)

Status: Died in the Senate Utilities Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: requires that the netting interval used to compensate owners of DG for the excess energy they deliver to the grid is calculated on a monthly, or billing cycle interval, not on an instantaneous basis

 

SB127: Study of Low-Carbon and Green Industries (dead)

Authors: Sen. Tim Lanane (D)

Status: Died in the Senate Environmental Affairs Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: requires IU SPEA to assess the potential for green and low-carbon industries in Indiana and report findings to Legislative Council

 

SB170: Pension Investments in Fossil Fuel Companies (dead)

Authors: Sen. Shelli Yoder (D)

Status: Died in the Senate Pensions and Labor Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: requires the Indiana public retirement system to divest from any company “that is publicly traded and identified as one of the 200 largest reserve-owning fossil fuel companies based on the amount of carbon emissions in a company's oil, gas, and coal reserves.”

 

SB313: Community Solar Facility Program (dead; companion to HB1250)

Authors: Sen. Shelli Yoder (D), Sen. J.D. Ford (D)

Status: Died in the Senate Utilities Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: requires the investor-owned electric utilities to issue RFPs for the creation of up to five community solar projects in their service territory

 

SB314: Net Metering for Electricity Generation (dead)

Authors: Sen. Shelli Yoder (D), Sen. J.D. Ford (D)

Status: Died in the Senate Utilities Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: repeals the phase-out of net metering on July 1, 2022, requires investor-owned utilities to file new net metering tariffs by July 1, 2022, increases the nameplate capacity available to customers for net metering from 1.5% to 5%

 

SB334: Mandatory Utility Base Rate Cases (dead)

Authors: Sen. Jean Breaux (D)

Status: Died in the Senate Utilities Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description: requires that jurisdictional utilities file base rate cases at least once every five years

 

 

Watching  

HB1002: Various Tax Matters

HB1172: Eminent Domain by Public Utilities

HB1196: Homeowners Associations and Solar Power

HB1245: Connections to Water and Sewer Systems

HB1263: Sewer and Storm Water Fees Incurred by Tenants

SB176: Agricultural Land Used for Wind or Solar Energy

SB278: Indiana Geological and Water Survey Advisory Council

SB358: Consumer Data Protection

SB374: Regional Water or Sewer District Service Areas

SB375: 811 Utility Location Program

 

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