Bill Summaries: S362 (2013-2014 Session)

  • Summary date: Mar 19 2013 - View summary

    Directs the Energy Policy Council (Council) to identify, study, and recommend policies to significantly increase energy efficiency and conservation, as well as promote the sale and installation of energy efficiciency or renewable energy products.  The Council will specifically look at the establishment of tiered electricity rates and whether they would provide incentives for energy conservation and efficiency, and the legal or regulatory obstacles to employing such a system. Describes the charateristics that a tiered electricity rate system should have. Council will also look at the potential benefits of a public benefit fund for energy efficiency activities and possible sources of revenue for the fund and incentives to encourage the use of more energy efficicient appliances, including an avoidable pollution tax on certain appliances and products not meeting Energy Star.

    An interim report of the Council's findings may be submitted no later than February 1, 2014, and the final report will be sumitted no later than May 1, 2014. The reports will be submitted to the Environmental Review Commission, the Revenue Law Study Committee, and the Joint Legislative Utility Review Committee.