Bill Summary for S 709 (2011-2012)

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May 4 2011

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View NCGA Bill Details2011-2012 Session
Senate Bill 709 (Public) Filed Tuesday, April 19, 2011
TO INCREASE ENERGY PRODUCTION IN NORTH CAROLINA TO DEVELOP A SECURE, STABLE, AND PREDICTABLE ENERGY SUPPLY TO FACILITATE ECONOMIC GROWTH, JOB CREATION, AND EXPANSION OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY OPPORTUNITIES AND TO ASSIGN FUTURE REVENUE FROM ENERGY EXPLORATION, DEVELOPMENT, AND PRODUCTION OF ENERGY RESOURCES IN ORDER TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE STATE'S NATURAL RESOURCES, CULTURAL HERITAGE, AND QUALITY OF LIFE.
Intro. by Rucho, Brown, Tucker.

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Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to 1st edition. Provides information regarding the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries in North Carolina. Amends certain royalty percentage appropriations.
Directs the Governor to develop a regional energy compact with the governors of South Carolina and Virginia to develop a detailed unified regional strategy on off-shore energy with the three-state region. Also directs the Governor to develop recommendations for the General Assembly to consider for the development of a statutory regional compact as specified. Clarifies that no later than three months after the effective date of the act (previously, no later than December 1, 2011), and at least every three months thereafter, the Governor must report to the General Assembly on the progress in complying with the requirements of the section. Further provides the Governor must report her final recommendations for the three-state energy compact to the Joint Regulatory Reform Committee before May 1, 2012.
Restores language previously removed from GS 113B-1(4) concerning a General Assembly finding. Amends GS 113B-3 to increase the number of members on the Energy Jobs Council from 9 to 12. Specifies that one member must be an energy economist or a person with experience in the financing or business development or an energy-related business. Specifies that one member must be knowledgeable of alternative and renewable sources of energy, other than wind energy. Directs the Governor to appoint a member with experience in wind energy. Details additional appointing authority.
Amends GS 113B-6 to specify the Energy Jobs Council is to provide oversight and approval to the duties delegated to the State Energy Office. Restores language previously deleted from GS 113B-6(1) and adds the term “smart grid” to such language.
Amends the act to delegate many of the responsibilities, formerly delegated to the State Energy Office, to the Energy Jobs Council instead.
Amends GS 113B-11 to direct (currently, authorizes) the Utilities Commission to make staff available to the Energy Jobs Council to assist in the development of a state energy policy.
Provides that upon ratification the Secretary of State must also furnish certified copies of the act to the governors of South Carolina and Virginia, the legislative bodies of South Carolina and Virginia, the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior, and the President of the United States.
Makes further clarifying, conforming and technical changes.

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