DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Sustainable energy. Establishes the sustainable energy institute to: (1) ensure that utility customers may participate in and benefit from sustainable energy programs; and (2) promote and implement sustainable energy programs. Establishes the sustainable energy board to monitor the progress of the institute in implementing sustainable energy programs. Requires energy utilities to contract with the sustainable energy institute to provide energy efficiency and demand side management services to customers. Allows an energy utility to recover costs associated with sustainable energy programs. Establishes the advanced sustainable energy research and development account in the state general fund to provide grants and loans for sustainable energy research and development projects. Requires the sustainable energy board to administer the account and consider applicants for grants and loans from the account.