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H.B. 475





Chief Sponsor: Roger E. Barrus

Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. Van Tassell

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill enacts provisions relating to an Office of Energy Development.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    creates the Office of Energy Development;
             13          .    provides for the appointment of a director of the office;
             14          .    states the purpose of the office;
             15          .    gives the governor's energy advisor standing to testify on behalf of the governor
             16      before the Public Service Commission;
             17          .    authorizes the office to seek federal money, seek to participate in federal programs,
             18      and to administer federally funded state energy programs; and
             19          .    authorizes the office to adopt rules relating to the confidentiality of information the
             20      office receives.
             21      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      AMENDS:
             27          63M-4-201, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382

             28      ENACTS:
             29          63M-4-401, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 63M-4-201 is amended to read:
             33           63M-4-201. Governor's energy advisor -- Duties.
             34          (1) (a) The governor shall appoint an energy advisor.
             35          (b) The governor's energy advisor serves at the pleasure of the governor.
             36          (2) The governor's energy advisor shall:
             37          (a) advise the governor on energy-related matters;
             38          (b) annually review and propose updates to the state's energy policy, as contained in
             39      Section 63M-4-301 ;
             40          (c) promote as the governor's energy advisor considers necessary:
             41          (i) the development of cost-effective energy resources both renewable and
             42      nonrenewable; and
             43          (ii) educational programs, including programs supporting conservation and energy
             44      efficiency measures;
             45          (d) coordinate across state agencies to assure consistency with state energy policy,
             46      including:
             47          (i) working with the State Energy Program to promote access to federal assistance for
             48      energy-related projects for state agencies and members of the public;
             49          (ii) working with the Division of Homeland Security to assist the governor in carrying
             50      out the governor's energy emergency powers under Title 63K, Chapter 2, Energy Emergency
             51      Powers of the Governor Act;
             52          (iii) participating in the annual review of the energy emergency plan and the
             53      maintenance of the energy emergency plan and a current list of contact persons required by
             54      Section 53-2-110 ; and
             55          (iv) identifying and proposing measures necessary to facilitate low-income consumers'
             56      access to energy services;
             57          (e) coordinate with the Division of Homeland Security ongoing activities designed to
             58      test an energy emergency plan to ensure coordination and information sharing among state

             59      agencies and political subdivisions in the state, public utilities and other energy suppliers, and
             60      other relevant public sector persons as required by Sections 53-2-110 , 63K-2-201 , 63K-2-205 ,
             61      and 63K-2-301 ;
             62          (f) coordinate with requisite state agencies to study:
             63          (i) the creation of a centralized state repository for energy-related information;
             64          (ii) methods for streamlining state review and approval processes for energy-related
             65      projects; and
             66          (iii) the development of multistate energy transmission and transportation
             67      infrastructure;
             68          (g) coordinate energy-related regulatory processes within the state;
             69          (h) compile, and make available to the public, information about federal, state, and
             70      local approval requirements for energy-related projects;
             71          (i) act as the state's advocate before federal and local authorities for energy-related
             72      infrastructure projects or coordinate with the appropriate state agency; and
             73          (j) help promote the Division of Facilities Construction and Management's measures to
             74      improve energy efficiency in state buildings.
             75          (3) The governor's energy advisor has standing to testify on behalf of the governor at
             76      the Public Service Commission created in Section 54-1-1 .
             77          Section 2. Section 63M-4-401 is enacted to read:
Part 4. Office of Energy Development

             79          63M-4-401. Creation of Office of Energy Development -- Director -- Purpose --
             80      Rulemaking regarding confidential information.
             81          (1) As used in this section, "office" means the Office of Energy Development created
             82      in Subsection (2).
             83          (2) There is created an Office of Energy Development.
             84          (3) (a) The governor's energy advisor shall appoint a director of the office.
             85          (b) The director shall report to the governor's energy advisor and may appoint staff as
             86      funding within existing budgets allows.
             87          (c) The office may consolidate energy staff and functions existing in the State Energy
             88      Program.
             89          (4) The purpose of the office is to implement:

             90          (a) the state energy policy under Section 63M-4-301 ; and
             91          (b) the governor's energy goals and objectives.
             92          (5) By following the procedures and requirements of Title 63J, Chapter 5, Federal
             93      Funds Procedures Act, the office may:
             94          (a) seek federal grants or loans;
             95          (b) seek to participate in federal programs; and
             96          (c) in accordance with applicable federal program guidelines, administer federally
             97      funded state energy programs.
             98          (6) (a) For purposes of administering this section, the office may make rules, by
             99      following the procedures and requirements of Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative
             100      Rulemaking Act, to maintain as confidential, and not as a public record, information that the
             101      office receives from any source.
             102          (b) The office shall maintain information the office receives from any source at the
             103      level of confidentiality assigned by the source.
             104          Section 3. Effective date.
             105          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             106      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             107      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             108      the date of veto override.

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