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SF 550

as introduced - 86th Legislature (2009 - 2010) Posted on 02/09/2010 02:13am

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underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to energy; allowing carry forward of excess energy savings by power
companies; requiring study of conservation improvement program; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 216B.241, subdivision 1c.


Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2008, section 216B.241, subdivision 1c, is amended to

Subd. 1c.

Energy-saving goals.

(a) The commissioner shall establish energy-saving
goals for energy conservation improvement expenditures and shall evaluate an energy
conservation improvement program on how well it meets the goals set.

(b) Each individual utility and association shall have an annual energy-savings
goal equivalent to 1.5 percent of gross annual retail energy sales unless modified by the
commissioner under paragraph (d). The savings goals must be calculated based on the
most recent three-year weather normalized text begin A utility or association may elect to
carry forward energy savings in excess of 1.5 percent for a year to the succeeding three
calendar years provided that a particular energy savings can be used only for one year's
new text end

(c) The commissioner must adopt a filing schedule that is designed to have all
utilities and associations operating under an energy-savings plan by calendar year 2010.

(d) In its energy conservation improvement plan filing, a utility or association may
request the commissioner to adjust its annual energy-savings percentage goal based on
its historical conservation investment experience, customer class makeup, load growth,
a conservation potential study, or other factors the commissioner determines warrants
an adjustment. The commissioner may not approve a plan that provides for an annual
energy-savings goal of less than one percent of gross annual retail energy sales from
energy conservation improvements.

A utility or association may include in its energy conservation plan energy savings
from electric utility infrastructure projects approved by the commission under section
216B.1636 or waste heat recovery converted into electricity projects that may count as
energy savings in addition to the minimum energy-savings goal of at least one percent for
energy conservation improvements. Electric utility infrastructure projects must result in
increased energy efficiency greater than that which would have occurred through normal
maintenance activity.

(e) An energy-savings goal is not satisfied by attaining the revenue expenditure
requirements of subdivisions 1a and 1b, but can only be satisfied by meeting the
energy-savings goal established in this subdivision.

(f) An association or utility is not required to make energy conservation investments
to attain the energy-savings goals of this subdivision that are not cost-effective even
if the investment is necessary to attain the energy-savings goals. For the purpose of
this paragraph, in determining cost-effectiveness, the commissioner shall consider the
costs and benefits to ratepayers, the utility, participants, and society. In addition, the
commissioner shall consider the rate at which an association or municipal utility is
increasing its energy savings and its expenditures on energy conservation.

(g) On an annual basis, the commissioner shall produce and make publicly available
a report on the annual energy savings and estimated carbon dioxide reductions achieved
by the energy conservation improvement programs for the two most recent years for
which data is available. The commissioner shall report on program performance both in
the aggregate and for each entity filing an energy conservation improvement plan for
approval or review by the commissioner.

(h) By January 15, 2010, the commissioner shall report to the legislature whether
the spending requirements under subdivisions 1a and 1b are necessary to achieve the
energy-savings goals established in this subdivision.

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new text begin The Legislative Energy Commission must study the conservation improvement
program under Minnesota Statutes, section 216B.241. The study can include any aspect of
the program but must include the following issues:
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new text begin (1) proper credit to utilities and associations for conservation caused by utility or
association activity with a focus on educational activity designed to induce behavior
that causes conservation;
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new text begin (2) the use of third parties to develop or implement conservation improvement plans
either completely or as a supplement to utility and association activities; and
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new text begin (3) a mechanism so that utilities and associations can invest in plans statewide if
that produces the best conservation results.
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Sec. 3. new text beginEFFECTIVE DATE.
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new text begin Section 1 is effective the day following final enactment.
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