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This bill directs Public Utility Commission to study laws related to clean energy. Proposed -1 amendment goes right to implementing a clean electric energy policy.
Personal Choice and Responsibility
-1 Amendment defines customer supported renewables as an electric company offering a voluntary renewable energy option that differs from the electric company’s regulated, cost-of-service option that is a program of rates or charges that reflect the cost of an electric company program that could be through bundling or group rates to serve retail electricity consumers with electricity.
-1 Amendment establishes a work group to examine barriers and opportunities to encourage development of small scale renewable energy projects in this state that contribute to economic development and local energy resiliency – Access and ownership opportunities for low-income communities, Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities, tribal communities and rural and coastal communities with limited infrastructure. The commission shall allow the electric company that serve the program of rates or charges to recover costs or use power purchase agreements.
Studies almost always lead to more regulation. But the sponsor has a gut-and-stuff ready. Instead of a study to support the green energy/climate change agenda, -1 amendment will define a policy that retail electricity consumers be supplied only with electricity generated in a manner that produces zero greenhouse gas emissions. The problem with this policy is there isn’t any known electricity production that is zero gas emissions. But to add to the policy is the creation of jobs that promotes workforce equity and minimizes burdens for environmental justice communities. The Energy Facility Siting Council may not issue a site certificate for a generating facility that produces electric power from fossil fuels, including natural gas, petroleum, coal or any form of solid, liquid or gaseous fuel derived from such material, exempts facilities producing electricity from renewable natural gas, biogas, or synthetic fuel derived exclusively from biomass, including but not limited to, grain, whey, potatoes, oilseeds, waste vegetable oil or cellulosic biomass – that means a zero emission is never possible.
-1 amendment requires retail electricity providers to develop a clean energy plan the produces electricity at 40% reduction of emissions by 2025, 80% by 2030, 90% by 2035 and zero emissions by 2040. And providers must do this at a more affordable and reliable electric system. This is not cap-and-trade because there is no out for providers to buy and sell credit. However a provider is subject to investigation instigated by a customer regarding investments made, costs incurred or forecasted costs estimated. Environmentalists will drive up costs with complaints that require defending. On the reverse side PUC can offer incentives for early compliance of targets. Mandates business practices.