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HF 2466

1st Engrossment - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 03/04/2014 09:56am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to public utilities; regulating low-income residential electric customer
programs; amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 216B.16, subdivision 14.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 216B.16, subdivision 14, is amended to
read:


Subd. 14.

Low-income electric rate discount.

A public utility shall fund an
affordability program for low-income customers deleted text beginin an amount based on a 50 percent electric
rate discount on the first 400 kilowatt-hours consumed in a billing period for low-income
residential customers of the utility
deleted text endnew text begin at a base annual funding level of $8,000,000. The annual
funding level shall increase in the calendar years subsequent to each commission approval
of a rate increase for the public utility's residential customers by the same percentage as the
approved residential rate increase. Costs for the program shall be included in the utility's
base rate
new text end. For the purposes of this subdivision, "low-income" describes a customer who is
receiving assistance from the federal low-income home energy assistance program. The
affordability program must be designed to target participating customers with the lowest
incomes and highest energy costs in order to lower the percentage of income they devote
to energy bills, increase their payments, new text beginlower utility service disconnections, new text endand deleted text beginlower
deleted text endnew text begin decreasenew text end costs associated with collection activities on their accounts. For low-income
customers who are 62 years of age or older or disabled, the program mustdeleted text begin, in addition to
any other program benefits,
deleted text end include a deleted text begin50 percent electric rate discount on the first 400
kilowatt-hours consumed in a
deleted text endnew text begin $15 discount in eachnew text end billing period. For the purposes of this
subdivision, "public utility" includes only those public utilities with more than 200,000
residential electric service customers. The commission may issue orders necessary to
implement, administer, and recover the costs of the program on a timely basis.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective October 1, 2014.
new text end