AN ACT TO (I) EXEMPT ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS FROM REGULATION AS PUBLIC UTILITIES, (II) REQUIRE THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT COMMISSION TO ADOPT RULES TO ESTABLISH A REGULATORY PROGRAM TO GOVERN THE MANAGEMENT OF END-OF-LIFE PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES AND ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM BATTERIES, AND DECOMMISSIONING OF UTILITY-SCALE SOLAR PROJECTS AND WIND ENERGY FACILITIES, AND REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY TO ESTABLISH A STAKEHOLDER PROCESS TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF THE RULES, AND (III) PROVIDE SMALL HYDROELECTRIC POWER FACILITIES CERTAIN TREATMENT SIMILAR TO THAT GIVEN TO SMALL POWER PRODUCERS THAT PRODUCE ENERGY FROM SWINE AND POULTRY WASTE.
Senate amendment to the 2nd edition makes the following changes.
Further amends GS 62-3 to define plug-in electric vehicle to mean a four-wheeled motor vehicle that meets five criteria, including having a maximum speed capability of at least 65 miles per hour and draws electricity from a battery with a capacity of not less than four kilowatt hours and is capable of being recharged from an external source. Makes a conforming change to remove the statutory reference used to define the term previously in the description of public utility in proposed GS 62-3(23)n.
Requires the Department of Environmental Quality to consider, in the development of their rules regarding the regulatory program, whether or not manufacturer stewardship programs for the recycling of end-of-life photovoltaic modules and energy storage system batteries (was, those not otherwise addressed by utility-scale solar project decommissioning rules) should be established for applications other than utility-scale solar project installations.
Specifies that the exception for hydropower small power producers from limitations on capacity payments established in GS 62-156(b)(3), as amended, does not affect the applicability of GS 62-156(b)(3) as it related to any other small power producer.
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