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2020 Consumer, Energy, and Utility Bill Watch List

 

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HB1414: Retirement of electric generation facilities

Authors: Rep. Ed Soliday (R)

Status: In the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee

Position: CAC opposes this bill

Description:

HB1414 is prohibits Indiana utilities from retiring coal-fired power plants unless they can prove it’s required by a federal mandate. It states that the utility must obtain permission from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) in order to retire their coal plants, which has never been required in the past. The intent is to stop the utilities from shutting down coal plants and to stop them from transitioning to cleaner and cheaper renewable energy generation.

 

HB1327: Power charge indifference adjustment

Authors: Rep. Ed Soliday (R)

Status: In the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee

Position: CAC opposes this bill

Description:

Provides that in acting upon a petition for public convenience and necessity for the construction, purchase, or lease of an electric generation facility, the utility regulatory commission (IURC) shall consider the following: (1) The amount, ownership, current and potential uses, and current and potential assessed value of any land required for the facility. (2) The outstanding costs associated with any of the applicant's existing facilities or infrastructure that will be retired or replaced, in whole or in part, in connection with the facility. Requires the IURC to adopt rules not later than July 1, 2020, to implement a power charge indifference adjustment (PCIA) with respect to a reduced load customer of an electric utility. Defines a "reduced load customer" of an electric utility as a customer with respect to whom the amount of electricity or retail electric service delivered by the electric utility is reduced because of: (1) the customer's use of a cogeneration facility; or (2) the termination of a requirements contract or another contract under which the customer has agreed to purchase a designated amount or percentage of electricity from the electric utility to meet the customer's demand for electricity. Provides that a PCIA is to be based on the reduced load customer's proportionate share of the electric utility's costs outstanding in connection with: (1) existing facilities or infrastructure; and (2) existing power purchase agreements; as of the in service date of the customer's cogeneration facility or the date of termination of the requirements contract or other similar contract. Provides that for each calendar year in which a PCIA is in effect, the PCIA is to be calculated based on the difference between: (1) the electric utility's actual portfolio cost, as determined by the IURC, as of the in service date of the reduced load customer's cogeneration facility or the date of termination of the requirements contract or other similar contract, as applicable; minus (2) the market value of the electric utility's supply side portfolio for the particular calendar year, as determined by the IURC.

 

SB411: Leasing of broadband capacity infrastructure

Authors: Sen. Eric Koch (R)

Status: In the Senate Utilities Committee

Position: CAC opposes this bill

Description:

SB411 gives the electric utilities yet another tracker to build out broadband infrastructure and to sell extra bandwidth to internet providers. In doing so, they would be allowed to charge customers for building out the infrastructure. Customers should not have to pay for something that does not relate to providing electricity. 

 

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HB1228: Net metering

Authors: Rep. Carey Hamilton (D), Rep. Chris Campbell (D)

Status: In the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description:

HB1228 & HB1328 (below) are both bills repealing Senate Enrolled Act 309 (SEA309), which became law in 2017. SEA309 is the bill that killed net metering, making it much more difficult for people who put solar on their houses to recover the costs of installing the solar panels. SEA309 steals the economic benefits of solar away from all customers and gives it to the utilities. HB1328 is the stronger of the two bills because it allows more customers to take advantage of net metering.

 

HB1328: Elimination of net metering phase out

Authors: Rep. Ed Delaney (D)

Status: In the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description:

HB1328 & HB1228 (above) are both bills repealing Senate Enrolled Act 309 (SEA309), which became law in 2017. SEA309 is the bill that killed net metering, making it much more difficult for people who put solar on their houses to recover the costs of installing the solar panels. SEA309 steals the economic benefits of solar away from all customers and gives it to the utilities. HB1328 is the stronger of the two bills because it allows more customers to take advantage of net metering.

 

SB102: Interim study committee on utility taxes and fees

Authors: Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R), Sen. J.D. Ford (D)

Status: In the Senate Utilities Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description:

Urges the legislative council to assign to an appropriate interim study committee (committee) to study the topic of fees and taxes that are collected through utility bills, telecommunication bills, and video service bills. Specifies that the committee will consider: (1) how the fees and taxes are used; (2) the factors driving increased fees and taxes; (3) the best practices of other states; and (4) the potential for reform or reduction of fees and taxes.

 

SB361: Municipal electric utilities

Authors: Sen. Stacey Donato (R)Sen. Erin Houchin (R)

Status: In the Senate Utilities Committee

Position: CAC supports this bill

Description:

Provides that when municipal electric utilities enter into contracts to purchase electricity on the wholesale market, they must go through a process to obtain bids from electricity suppliers in order to get the best prices for their customers. Also requires that the municipal utilities make the contracts they enter into available to the public.

Further requires municipal electric utilities to monitor, and maintain data on, the levels of peak demand and electricity usage on the electric utility's electric system, including seasonal and time-of-day variation in such levels. Also requires that this data is made available to the public.

 

 

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HB1131: Extension of water and sewer mains

HB1165: Municipally owned utilities

HB1190: Municipally owned utilities

HB1218: Locating underground utility infrastructure

HB1266: Telephone solicitation

HB1284: Modification of utility facilities

HB1285: Modification of utility facilities

HB1304: Broadband development

HB1375: Homeowners associations and solar power

SB46: Storm water fee exemptions

SB56: Homeowners associations

SB177: Administration of the broadband ready program

SB254: Water and wastewater utilities

SB343: Rural communications cooperatives

SB349: Broadband grant program

SB447: Underground utility facilities

 

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Updated: 1/16/20

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