Introduced House Bill (H)

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Distributed generation. Requires: (1) the utility regulatory commission (IURC) to post a summary of the results of the IURC's most recent periodic review of the basic rates and charges of an electricity supplier on the IURC's Internet web site; and (2) the electricity supplier subject to the review to provide a link on the electricity supplier's Internet web site to the IURC's posted summary. Amends the statute concerning alternate energy production, cogeneration, and small hydro facilities to: (1) include in the definition of a "private generation project" certain cogeneration facilities that: (A) are located on the same site as the Distributed generation. Requires: (1) the utility regulatory commission (IURC) to post a summary of the results of the IURC's most recent periodic review of the basic rates and charges of an electricity supplier on the IURC's Internet web site; and (2) the electricity supplier subject to the review to provide a link on the electricity supplier's Internet web site to the IURC's posted summary. Amends the statute concerning alternate energy production, cogeneration, and small hydro facilities to: (1) include in the definition of a "private generation project" certain cogeneration facilities that: (A) are located on the same site as the host operation; or (B) are located on or contiguous to the site of the host operation and are directly integrated with the host operation; and (2) define an "eligible facility" for purposes of the statute. Specifies that an electric utility or a steam utility is not required to distribute, transmit, deliver, or wheel electricity from a private generation project. Requires the IURC to: (1) review the rates charged by electric utilities for backup power to eligible facilities and for purchases of power from eligible facilities; (2) identify the extent to which the rates meet specified criteria; and (3) report the IURC's findings to the interim study committee on energy, utilities, and telecommunications; not later than November 1, 2018. Provides that a public utility that: (1) installs a wind or solar project with a nameplate capacity of not more than 50,000 kilowatts; and (2) uses for the project a contractor that is: (A) subject to Indiana unemployment taxes; and (B) selected by the public utility through a competitive procurement process; is not required to obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the project from the IURC. Provides that a net metering tariff of an electricity supplier must remain available to the electricity supplier's customers until the first calendar year after the aggregate amount of net metering facility nameplate capacity under the tariff equals at least 1% of the electricity supplier's most recent summer peak load. Provides that after June 30, 2027: (1) an electricity supplier may not make a net metering tariff available to customers; and (2) the terms and conditions of any net metering tariff offered by an electricity supplier before July 1, 2027, expire and are unenforceable. Provides that not later than March 1, 2026, an electricity supplier shall file with the IURC a petition requesting a rate for the electricity supplier's purchase of distributed generation from customers. Provides that the IURC shall approve a rate submitted by an electricity supplier if the rate equals either: (1) the average marginal price of electricity paid by the electricity supplier during the most recent calendar year; or (2) the direct costs of generating or purchasing electricity that the electricity supplier will avoid by purchasing distributed generation. Establishes protections for customers producing distributed generation. ... View more