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House Bill 1554


House Bill 1554

ARCHIVE (2009)

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DIGEST OF HB 1554 (Updated April 29, 2009 11:04 pm - DI 52)


Energy matters. Allows the Indiana office of energy development (IOED) to award grants to certain businesses and local government units that make qualified investments after June 30, 2009, to install and place into service in Indiana fueling stations that dispense alternative fuel (defined as liquefied petroleum gas, a compressed natural gas product, or a combination of liquefied petroleum gas and a compressed natural gas product). Provides that not more than one grant may be awarded for a single location. Provides that the amount of a grant awarded for a location may not exceed the lesser of: (1) the amount of the grant recipient's qualified investment for the location; or (2) $20,000. Provides that the amount of a grant awarded for a location may be less than the amount of the grant recipient's qualified investment for the location. Provides that the total amount of grants awarded for all state fiscal years may not exceed $1,000,000. Establishes the alternative fuel fueling station grant fund to award the grants, and provides that the IOED shall administer the fund. Allows the IOED to award grants to certain local government units that make qualified purchases after June 30, 2009, of: (1) one or more alternative fuel vehicles; or (2) one or more alternative fuel conversion kits. Provides that not more than one grant may be awarded to any one unit. Provides that the amount of a grant that may be awarded to a unit is the sum of: (1) $2,000 multiplied by the number of alternative fuel vehicles purchased; plus (2) for each alternative fuel conversion kit purchased, an amount equal to the lesser of $2,000 or the actual cost of the conversion kit. Provides that the IOED may limit the number of alternative fuel vehicles or alternative fuel conversion kits for which a unit may receive a grant. Provides that the total amount of grants awarded for all units may not exceed $1,000,000. Establishes the local unit alternative fuel vehicle grant fund to award the grants, and requires the IOED to administer the fund. Provides that if a state entity (which excludes a state educational institution) purchases or leases a vehicle after December 31, 2009, it must purchase or lease a clean energy vehicle unless the department of administration determines that the purchase or lease of a clean energy vehicle: (1) is inappropriate because of the purposes for which the vehicle will be used; or (2) would cost at least 10% more than the purchase or lease of a vehicle that is not a clean energy vehicle and is designed and equipped comparably to the clean energy vehicle. Specifies that these requirements do not apply to the: (1) purchase or lease of vehicles by or for the state police department; and (2) short term or temporary lease of vehicles. Requires the department of administration to adopt rules or guidelines to provide a preference for the purchase or lease by state entities of clean energy vehicles manufactured wholly or partially in Indiana or containing parts manufactured in Indiana. Provides that before August 1 of 2010 and each year thereafter, each state entity shall submit to the department of administration information regarding the use of clean energy vehicles and alternative fuels by the state entity. Requires the department of administration to submit a report to the general assembly and to the governor before September 1 of 2010 and each year thereafter that lists the information for each state entity and for all state agencies in the aggregate. Establishes the office of alternative energy incentives (office) within the IOED to administer a program to provide incentives for rural electric membership corporations (corporations) and their cooperatively owned power suppliers to develop alternative energy projects. Provides that: (1) the director of the IOED; or (2) the designee of the director of the IOED; shall serve as the office's director. Establishes the alternative energy incentive fund (incentive fund) to provide funds to corporations for use in developing alternative energy projects. Requires the office to administer the incentive fund and to establish an account within the incentive fund for each corporation. Provides that not later than August 1 of each year, beginning in 2009, a corporation may apply to the office to have access to a certain percentage of the total funds in the corporation's account as of July 1 of the year, based on the percentage of the corporation's total sales from the provision of retail energy service during the preceding calendar year that was attributable to alternative energy projects. Allows two or more corporations that are members of the same cooperatively owned power supplier to develop alternative energy projects jointly. Sets forth limitations on how money drawn from a corporation's account may be used. Gives the office authority to adopt rules to implement the program. Provides that any money that may become available to a corporation in connection with federal economic stimulus programs may not become part of the incentive fund or an account within the incentive fund without the consent of the corporation. Provides that a corporation shall have access to federal economic stimulus funds: (1) for the same uses; and (2) in accordance with the same processes; as any other energy utility may have access to or use federal economic stimulus money. Amends the definition of "renewable energy resources" for purposes of utility generation and clean coal technology statutes to: (1) provide that energy from waste to energy facilities, to fall within the definition, is not limited to facilities producing steam not used for the production of electricity; and (2) include energy storage systems. Makes appropriations.
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