AFFORDABLE AND RELIABLE ENERGY ACT.

View NCGA Bill Details2013-2014 Session
Senate Bill 365 (Public) Filed Tuesday, March 19, 2013
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO REDUCE THE BURDEN OF HIGH ENERGY COSTS ON THE CITIZENS OF NORTH CAROLINA BY ELIMINATING RENEWABLE ENERGY PORTFOLIO STANDARDS; AND TO PROVIDE FOR COST RECOVERY BY PUBLIC UTILITIES FOR CERTAIN COSTS OF COMPLIANCE WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY PORTFOLIO STANDARDS.
Intro. by Brock.

Status: Re-ref Com On Commerce (Senate Action) (May 1 2013)
S 365

Bill Summaries:

  • Summary date: May 1 2013 - More information

    Senate committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.

    Deletes all the provisions from the previous edition.

    Amends subsection (a)(10) of GS 62-2 (Declaration of policy), to delete reference to the development of renewable energy.

    Amends GS 62-133.8 (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS)), establishing that the REPS requirement for electric public utilities, electric membership corporations, and municipalities will be set at 3% of 2011 NC retail sales from 2012 through 2023. Establishes that compliance with the REPS requirement, for years 2018 through 2023, will require no less than 0.20% of the total electric power in kilowatt hours sold to retail electric customers in the state to come through the use of solar energy resources and swine waste resources. Further establishes that meeting the REPS requirement through the use of poultry waste resources, for the years 2014 through 2023, will require the production of no less than 900,000 megawatt hours from poultry waste resources.

    Provides for an established annual rider to allow an electric power supplier to recover incremental incurred costs, set for the years 2012-2023. Establishes that the costs will be recovered from individual customers as a separately assessed surcharge, identified on the customers' bills as a special surcharge for green energy.

    Provides that incremental costs incurred by an electric power supplier prior to July 1, 2013, to comply with any requirement repealed by this act, may be recovered as provided in GS 62-133.8(h). Sets out, for the purposes of cost recovery under this act, what costs incurred prior to July 1, 2013, can include.

    Effective July 1, 2013.


  • Summary date: Mar 19 2013 - More information

    Identical to H 298, filed 3/13/13.

    Amends GS 62-133.8 to delete subsections (b) through (f), which set out the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards (REPS). Makes conforming changes  to subsection (a), which defines terms as used in this section. Amends the catch line to read Renewable Energy (was, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standards (REPS)). Amends subsection (h) to provide for cost recovery for reasonable and prudent costs incurred by an electric power supplier before July 1, 2013, for certain costs of complying with REPS. Provides that after July 1, 2013, the Environmental Management Commission is restricted to allowing cost recovery only for the reasonable and prudent costs incurred before July 1, 2013. Specifies that those "costs incurred prior to July 1, 2013," are (1) costs under renewable energy purchase contracts entered into before July 1, 2013, and (2) costs of construction of renewable energy facilities for which a certificate of public convenience and necessity was issued by the Commission before July 1, 2013.

    Makes additional conforming changes to delete references regarding REPS. Also makes conforming changes to GS 62-2(a), the state's declaration of public policy with regards to the services and operations of public utilities.

    Effective July 1, 2013.


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