From: Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: State Legislatures Active in Setting Public Utilities Commissions' Authority in 2013
Date: Tue Jul 23 20:36:12 MDT 2013
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The Center for the New Energy Economy has published a series of white papers on legislative policy trends, based on data analyzed in the AEL Tracker dataset. These white papers are intended to provide insight into the direction states are going in advanced energy. "State Legislatures Active in Setting Public Utilities Commisions' Authoity in 2013" is the fifth and most recent in this series.   Click Here  to read 2 page version of this analysis.

 

Public Utilities Commissions (PUCs) regulate rate setting, infrastructure investments, and other electric and gas utility business practices.  Because Utilities Commissions derive their authority from state statutes, legislators frequently play an important role in amending PUC authority. In the 2013 session, state legislators have introduced 176 unique proposals directed explicitly at PUCs, according to the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University (www.cnee.colostate.edu)

 

The largest category of legislation proposed this session (84 bills) addressed commission authority and oversight of the state's PUC. Of these, the majority of proposals (53 bills) would expand a commission's authority, while the remainder (32 bills) would restrict authority in some manner. Bills in this category addressed multiple jurisdictional topics including general authorizations related to decision-making, program administration, and enforcement. Other proposals would provide for sunset reauthorization, or change evaluation procedures and reporting requirements related to legislative oversight. Of the 85 proposed bills, 21 were enacted.   Read more.....


The Center for the New Energy Economy's Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker database (www.aeltracker.org ) contains a comprehensive inventory of over 2,400 state advanced energy bills. 

 

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