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AN ACT relative to renewable energy generation incentive programs.

SPONSORS: Rep. Kaelin, Hills 4

COMMITTEE: Science, Technology and Energy


This bill:

I. Authorizes the public utilities commission to make a one-time payment from the renewable energy fund to certain owners of small renewable generation facilities.

II. Increases payment rates for the renewable energy fund for the calendar year 2008.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

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05/15/08 1737s

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In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eight

AN ACT relative to renewable energy generation incentive programs.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

368:1 New Paragraphs; Renewable Energy Incentive Payments. Amend RSA 362-F:10 by inserting after paragraph IV the following new paragraphs:

V. The public utilities commission shall make and administer a one-time incentive payment of $3 per watt of nominal generation capacity up to a maximum payment of $6,000, or 50 percent of system costs, whichever is less, per facility to any residential owner of a small renewable generation facility, that would qualify as a Class I or Class II source of electricity, has a total peak generation capacity of less than 5 kilowatts, begins operation on or after July 1, 2008, and is located on or at the owner’s residence.

VI. Such payments shall be allocated from the renewable energy fund established in paragraph I, to the extent funding is available, up to a maximum aggregate payment of 10 percent of the fund per year.

VII. The commission shall, after notice and hearing, by order or rule establish an application process for the incentive payment program established under paragraph V. The application process shall include verification of costs for parts and labor, certification that the equipment used meets the applicable safety standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or similar safety rating agency, and that the facility meets local zoning regulations, and receives any required inspections.

VIII. The commission may, after notice and hearing, by order or rule, establish additional incentive or rebate programs for customer-sited thermal and renewable energy projects.

IX. After December 31, 2010, for good cause the commission may, by rule, modify the program created by RSA 362-F:10, V.

368:2 New Paragraph; Commission Review and Report. Amend RSA 362-F:5 by inserting after paragraph VIII the following new paragraph:

IX. The distribution of the renewable energy fund established in RSA 362-F:10.

368:3 Definition. Amend RSA 362-F:2, V to read as follows:

V. “Customer-sited source” means a source that is interconnected on the end-use customer's [site] side of the retail electricity meter in such a manner that it displaces all or part of the metered consumption of the end-use customer.

368:4 Renewable Energy Fund; Payment Rates. Notwithstanding any law or rule to the contrary, the payment rates established under RSA 362-F:10, II and III, for calendar year 2008 shall be as follows:

(a) Class I--$58.58.

(b) Class II--$153.84.

(c) Class III--$28.72.

(d) Class IV--$28.72.

368:5 Effective Date. This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved: July 11, 2008

Effective Date: July 11,2008