as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 03/10/2020 08:35am
A bill for an act
relating to energy; amending the current electric utility program that encourages
efficient lighting to include promotion of LEDs; amending Minnesota Statutes
2018, section 216B.241, subdivision 5.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 216B.241, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
(a) Each public utility, cooperative electric
association, and municipal utility that provides electric service to retail customers and is
subject to subdivision 1c shall include as part of its conservation improvement activities a
program to strongly encourage the use of deleted text beginfluorescent and high-intensity dischargedeleted text endnew text beginnew text end
lamps. The program must include at least a public information campaign to encourage use
of deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text beginnew text end lamps and proper management of spent lamps by all customer classifications.
(b) A public utility that provides electric service at retail to 200,000 or more customers
shall establish, either directly or through contracts with other persons, including lamp
manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers and local government units, a system
to collect for delivery to a reclamation or recycling facility spent fluorescent and
high-intensity discharge lamps from households and from small businesses as defined in
section 645.445 that generate an average of fewer than ten spent lamps per year.
(c) A collection system must include establishing reasonably convenient locations for
collecting spent lamps from households and financial incentives sufficient to encourage
spent lamp generators to take the lamps to the collection locations. Financial incentives may
include coupons for purchase of new deleted text beginfluorescent or high-intensity dischargedeleted text endnew text beginnew text end lamps, a
cash back system, or any other financial incentive or group of incentives designed to collect
the maximum number of spent lamps from households and small businesses that is reasonably
(d) A public utility that provides electric service at retail to fewer than 200,000 customers,
a cooperative electric association, or a municipal utility that provides electric service at
retail to customers may establish a collection system under paragraphs (b) and (c) as part
of conservation improvement activities required under this section.
(e) The commissioner of the Pollution Control Agency may not, unless clearly required
by federal law, require a public utility, cooperative electric association, or municipality that
establishes a household fluorescent and high-intensity discharge lamp collection system
under this section to manage the lamps as hazardous waste as long as the lamps are managed
to avoid breakage and are delivered to a recycling or reclamation facility that removes
mercury and other toxic materials contained in the lamps prior to placement of the lamps
in solid waste.
(f) If a public utility, cooperative electric association, or municipal utility contracts with
a local government unit to provide a collection system under this subdivision, the contract
must provide for payment to the local government unit of all the unit's incremental costs of
collecting and managing spent lamps.
(g) All the costs incurred by a public utility, cooperative electric association, or municipal
utility deleted text beginfor promotiondeleted text endnew text beginnew text end and deleted text begincollection ofdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end fluorescent
and high-intensity discharge lamps under this subdivision are conservation improvement
spending under this section.
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