HB 291/FN (BR 227) - M. Denham
AN ACT relating to construction of unregulated electric generation facilities and declaring an emergency.
Create a new section of KRS Chapter 278 to require an unregulated utility which is considering the siting of a generation facility to hold a public meeting in each county where the facility will be located if requested by a local government; specify how notice of the meeting shall be given; require notification of state government entities; provide penalty for violations; create a new section of KRS Chapter 65 to allow a local government to require a code of conduct between it and utility; allow Public Service Commission to create a model code; direct Public Service Commission to study effects of wind farms; EMERGENCY.
HB 291 - AMENDMENTS
HCS/FN - Delete existing language; amend definition of "Merchant electric generating facility" in KRS 278.700 to use aggregate output of all structures and facilities; amend KRS 278.704 to include all generation facilities in setback requirements and add requirement for public meeting to inform and answer questions about a proposed facility construction project to be held upon request of local government or PSC; specify notice requirements; require that state agencies be notified; apply to any project currently acquiring property rights; amend KRS 278.706 to require additional public meeting prior to filing application with the Siting Board; amend KRS 278.708 to add land use changes to site assessment report; amend KRS 278.710 to extend time in which siting board shall act on merchant plant application from 90 to 120 days and, if a hearing is requested, from 120 to 180 days; amend KRS 278.714 to extend time in which siting board shall act on transmission line or CO2 pipeline application from 90 to 120 days and, if a hearing is requested, from 120 to 180 days; create new section of KRS Chapter 278 to specify that home rule sections of the KRS are not diminished by this act; create new section of KRS Chapter 96 to require city-owned utilities to hold public meeting to inform and answer questions about a proposed wind generation facility construction project to be held upon request of local government; specify notice requirements; applicable to any project currently acquiring property rights; declare an EMERGENCY.
HFA (1, M. Denham) - Amend KRS 278.710, referring to setback requirements, to conform.
HFA (2, M. Denham) - Amend KRS 278.704, concerning notice of merchant generation project plans, to include notice to Attorney General; amend KRS 278.710, referring to setback requirements, to conform with changes to 278.704.
SCS - Retain original provisions; clarify that setback provisions include all proposed structures used for generation including any wind turbine; setbacks also apply to site compatibility certificates for solar or wind that are applied for after January 1, 2015; public meeting requirements not to apply to projects that already have a certificate of construction.
Jan 29-introduced in House
Jan 30-to Tourism Development & Energy (H)
Feb 11-posted in committee
Feb 13-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
Feb 14-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Feb 18-floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
Feb 19-floor amendment (2) filed to Committee Substitute
Feb 20-3rd reading, passed 98-0 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (2)
Feb 21-received in Senate
Feb 26-to Natural Resources & Energy (S)
Mar 19-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar with Committee Substitute
Mar 20-2nd reading, to Rules
Mar 24-posted for passage in the Consent Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Mar 25-passed over and retained in the Consent Orders of the Day
Mar 26-3rd reading, passed 38-0 with Committee Substitute
Mar 27-received in House; to Rules (H)
Mar 28-taken from Rules; posted for passage for concurrence in Senate Committee Substitute ; House concurred in Senate Committee Substitute ; passed 90-0
Mar 31-enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
Apr 10-signed by Governor (Acts, ch. 88)