04RS HB490


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HB 490/LM (BR 15) - J. Wayne, L. Napier

     AN ACT relating to distributed and environmentally sustainable generation of electricity.
     Create new sections of KRS Chapter 278 to establish definitions for "commission," "retail electric supplier," "eligible customer-generator," "independent green power producer," "kilowatt hour," and "net metering"; require every retail electric supplier to provide net metering to any eligible customer-generator; require the retail electric supplier to provide a net meter to the eligible customer-generator; establish a formula for calculating the amount of electricity billed to the eligible customer-generator using net metering; provide a formula for valuing the electricity supplied to the grid by an eligible customer-generator when time-of-day or time-of-use metering is used; require that the net meeting contract or tariff for rates provided by the retail electric supplier be identical to the contract or tariff that the eligible customer-generator would normally be assigned; prohibit certain charges to the customer bill under net metering contracts; provide for annualized billing period; establish requirements for net electricity measurement; establish standards for electric generating systems used by eligible customer generators; permit the commission to promulgate administrative regulations to adopt additional control and testing requirements for eligible customer generators; provide that disputes between the retail electric supplier and eligible customer-generator be resolved by the Public Service Commission; establish rates for net electricity delivered by independent green power producers to the retail electric supplier and require the commission to review and adjust the rate for inflation; provide for the Public Service Commission to have limited jurisdiction over municipal corporations that provide retail electric service to eligible customer-generators; provide that the commission shall have original jurisdiction over disputes between eligible customer-generators and retail electric suppliers as pertains to net metering; require the commission to promulgate administrative regulations to implement the provisions of this Act; set penalty for willful violation of provisions of this Act; and create new section of KRS Chapter 96 to provide for the Public Service Commission to have jurisdiction over net metering contracts between a city and an eligible customer-generator.


     HCS/LM - Require electric suppliers to facilitate interconnection with "customer generators" who generate a portion of their own electricity with photovoltaic cells; require suppliers to issue credit to such generators who feed power back to the grid; reduce rated capacity of eligible customer generators from 25 to 15 kilowatts and below; eliminate eligibility for non-residential customers; reduce cap on cumulative capacity of all such home systems from 1% to one-tenth of 1% of supplier's single hour peak load; change responsibility for additional meter cost from supplier to customer; eliminate transferability of excess electricity credits; require verification of safety and compliance when any system is transferred to a new owner.

     HFA (1, R. Webb) - Interconnecting equipment added to section requiring systems to meet safety and power quality standards; systems must use a standard kilowatt-hour meter.

     Feb 11-introduced in House
     Feb 12-to Tourism Development and Energy (H)
     Mar 1-posted in committee
     Mar 3-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Mar 4-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 5, 2004
     Mar 5-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
     Mar 15-3rd reading, passed 93-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (1)
     Mar 16-received in Senate
     Mar 19-to Agriculture and Natural Resources (S)

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