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H.B. 19 Enrolled

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ELECTRIC VEHICLE BATTERY CHARGING SERVICE

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AMENDMENTS

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2014 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Patrice M. Arent

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Senate Sponsor: Ralph Okerlund

             7      Cosponsors:
             8      Jennifer M. Seelig
             9      Tim M. Cosgrove
             10      Rebecca Chavez-Houck
             11      Joel K. Briscoe
             12      Stewart Barlow
             13      Roger E. Barrus
             14      Kay J. Christofferson
             15      Jack R. Draxler
             16      Rebecca P. Edwards
             17      Steve Eliason
             18      Janice M. FisherBrian M. Greene
Craig Hall
Stephen G. Handy
Lynn N. Hemingway
Brian S. King
John Knotwell
Bradley G. Last
Carol Spackman Moss
Merrill F. Nelson
Jim Nielson
Curtis Oda
Lee B. PerryMarie H. Poulson
Kraig Powell
Edward H. Redd
Angela Romero
V. Lowry Snow
Robert M. Spendlove
John R. Westwood
Mark A. Wheatley
Ryan D. Wilcox
Larry B. Wiley              19     
             20      LONG TITLE
             21      General Description:
             22          This bill amends Title 54, Public Utilities.
             23      Highlighted Provisions:
             24          This bill:
             25          .    provides that the definitions of "electrical corporation" and "public utility" do not
             26      include certain entities that sell electric vehicle battery charging services.
             27      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             28          None


             29      Other Special Clauses:
             30          None
             31      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             32      AMENDS:
             33           54-2-1 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapters 302 and 390
             34     
             35      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             36          Section 1. Section 54-2-1 is amended to read:
             37           54-2-1. Definitions.
             38          As used in this title:
             39          (1) "Avoided costs" means the incremental costs to an electrical corporation of electric
             40      energy or capacity or both that, due to the purchase of electric energy or capacity or both from
             41      small power production or cogeneration facilities, the electrical corporation would not have to
             42      generate itself or purchase from another electrical corporation.
             43          (2) "Cogeneration facility":
             44          (a) means a facility that produces:
             45          (i) electric energy; and
             46          (ii) steam or forms of useful energy, including heat, that are used for industrial,
             47      commercial, heating, or cooling purposes; and
             48          (b) is a qualifying cogeneration facility under federal law.
             49          (3) "Commission" means the Public Service Commission of Utah.
             50          (4) "Commissioner" means a member of the commission.
             51          (5) (a) "Corporation" includes an association and a joint stock company having any
             52      powers or privileges not possessed by individuals or partnerships.
             53          (b) "Corporation" does not include towns, cities, counties, conservancy districts,
             54      improvement districts, or other governmental units created or organized under any general or
             55      special law of this state.
             56          (6) "Distribution electrical cooperative" includes an electrical corporation that:


             57          (a) is a cooperative;
             58          (b) conducts a business that includes the retail distribution of electricity the cooperative
             59      purchases or generates for the cooperative's members; and
             60          (c) is required to allocate or distribute savings in excess of additions to reserves and
             61      surplus on the basis of patronage to the cooperative's:
             62          (i) members; or
             63          (ii) patrons.
             64          (7) (a) "Electrical corporation" includes every corporation, cooperative association, and
             65      person, their lessees, trustees, and receivers, owning, controlling, operating, or managing any
             66      electric plant, or in any way furnishing electric power for public service or to its consumers or
             67      members for domestic, commercial, or industrial use, within this state, except independent
             68      energy producers, and except where electricity is generated on or distributed by the producer
             69      solely for the producer's own use, or the use of the producer's tenants, or for the use of
             70      members of an association of unit owners formed under Title 57, Chapter 8, Condominium
             71      Ownership Act, and not for sale to the public generally, and except where the electricity
             72      generated is consumed by an owner, lessor, or interest holder, or by an affiliate of an owner,
             73      lessor, or interest holder, who has provided at least $25,000,000 in value, including credit
             74      support, relating to the electric plant furnishing the electricity and whose consumption does not
             75      exceed its long-term entitlement in the plant under a long-term arrangement other than a power
             76      purchase agreement, except a power purchase agreement with an electrical corporation.
             77          (b) "Electrical corporation" does not include an entity that sells electric vehicle battery
             78      charging services, unless the entity conducts another activity in the state that subjects the entity
             79      to the jurisdiction and regulation of the commission as an electrical corporation.
             80          (8) "Electric plant" includes all real estate, fixtures, and personal property owned,
             81      controlled, operated, or managed in connection with or to facilitate the production, generation,
             82      transmission, delivery, or furnishing of electricity for light, heat, or power, and all conduits,
             83      ducts, or other devices, materials, apparatus, or property for containing, holding, or carrying
             84      conductors used or to be used for the transmission of electricity for light, heat, or power.


             85          (9) "Gas corporation" includes every corporation and person, their lessees, trustees, and
             86      receivers, owning, controlling, operating, or managing any gas plant for public service within
             87      this state or for the selling or furnishing of natural gas to any consumer or consumers within the
             88      state for domestic, commercial, or industrial use, except in the situation that:
             89          (a) gas is made or produced on, and distributed by the maker or producer through,
             90      private property:
             91          (i) solely for the maker's or producer's own use or the use of the maker's or producer's
             92      tenants; and
             93          (ii) not for sale to others;
             94          (b) gas is compressed on private property solely for the owner's own use or the use of
             95      the owner's employees as a motor vehicle fuel; or
             96          (c) gas is compressed by a retailer of motor vehicle fuel on the retailer's property solely
             97      for sale as a motor vehicle fuel.
             98          (10) "Gas plant" includes all real estate, fixtures, and personal property owned,
             99      controlled, operated, or managed in connection with or to facilitate the production, generation,
             100      transmission, delivery, or furnishing of gas, natural or manufactured, for light, heat, or power.
             101          (11) "Heat corporation" includes every corporation and person, their lessees, trustees,
             102      and receivers, owning, controlling, operating, or managing any heating plant for public service
             103      within this state.
             104          (12) (a) "Heating plant" includes all real estate, fixtures, machinery, appliances, and
             105      personal property controlled, operated, or managed in connection with or to facilitate the
             106      production, generation, transmission, delivery, or furnishing of artificial heat.
             107          (b) "Heating plant" does not include either small power production facilities or
             108      cogeneration facilities.
             109          (13) "Independent energy producer" means every electrical corporation, person,
             110      corporation, or government entity, their lessees, trustees, or receivers, that own, operate,
             111      control, or manage an independent power production or cogeneration facility.
             112          (14) "Independent power production facility" means a facility that:


             113          (a) produces electric energy solely by the use, as a primary energy source, of biomass,
             114      waste, a renewable resource, a geothermal resource, or any combination of the preceding
             115      sources; or
             116          (b) is a qualifying power production facility.
             117          (15) "Private telecommunications system" includes all facilities for the transmission of
             118      signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, messages, data, or other information of any nature by
             119      wire, radio, lightwaves, or other electromagnetic means, excluding mobile radio facilities, that
             120      are owned, controlled, operated, or managed by a corporation or person, including their lessees,
             121      trustees, receivers, or trustees appointed by any court, for the use of that corporation or person
             122      and not for the shared use with or resale to any other corporation or person on a regular basis.
             123          (16) (a) "Public utility" includes every railroad corporation, gas corporation, electrical
             124      corporation, distribution electrical cooperative, wholesale electrical cooperative, telephone
             125      corporation, telegraph corporation, water corporation, sewerage corporation, heat corporation,
             126      and independent energy producer not described in Subsection (16)(d), where the service is
             127      performed for, or the commodity delivered to, the public generally, or in the case of a gas
             128      corporation or electrical corporation where the gas or electricity is sold or furnished to any
             129      member or consumers within the state for domestic, commercial, or industrial use.
             130          (b) (i) If any railroad corporation, gas corporation, electrical corporation, telephone
             131      corporation, telegraph corporation, water corporation, sewerage corporation, heat corporation,
             132      or independent energy producer not described in Subsection (16)(d), performs a service for or
             133      delivers a commodity to the public, it is considered to be a public utility, subject to the
             134      jurisdiction and regulation of the commission and this title.
             135          (ii) If a gas corporation, independent energy producer not described in Subsection
             136      (16)(d), or electrical corporation sells or furnishes gas or electricity to any member or
             137      consumers within the state, for domestic, commercial, or industrial use, for which any
             138      compensation or payment is received, it is considered to be a public utility, subject to the
             139      jurisdiction and regulation of the commission and this title.
             140          (c) Any corporation or person not engaged in business exclusively as a public utility as


             141      defined in this section is governed by this title in respect only to the public utility owned,
             142      controlled, operated, or managed by the corporation or person, and not in respect to any other
             143      business or pursuit.
             144          (d) An independent energy producer is exempt from the jurisdiction and regulations of
             145      the commission with respect to an independent power production facility if it meets the
             146      requirements of Subsection (16)(d)(i), (ii), (iii), or (iv), or any combination of these:
             147          (i) the commodity or service is produced or delivered, or both, by an independent
             148      energy producer solely for the uses exempted in Subsection (7) or for the use of state-owned
             149      facilities;
             150          (ii) the commodity or service is sold by an independent energy producer solely to an
             151      electrical corporation or other wholesale purchaser;
             152          (iii) (A) the commodity or service produced or delivered by the independent energy
             153      producer is delivered to an entity that controls, is controlled by, or affiliated with the
             154      independent energy producer or to a user located on real property managed or controlled by the
             155      independent energy producer; and
             156          (B) the real property on which the service or commodity is used is contiguous to real
             157      property which is owned or controlled by the independent energy producer. Parcels of real
             158      property separated solely by public roads or easements for public roads shall be considered as
             159      contiguous for purposes of this Subsection (16); or
             160          (iv) the independent energy producer:
             161          (A) supplies energy for direct consumption by a customer that is:
             162          (I) a county, municipality, city, town, other political subdivision, local district, special
             163      service district, state institution of higher education, school district, charter school, or any
             164      entity within the state system of public education; or
             165          (II) an entity qualifying as a charitable organization under 26 U.S.C. Sec. 501(c)(3)
             166      operated for religious, charitable, or educational purposes that is exempt from federal income
             167      tax and able to demonstrate its tax-exempt status;
             168          (B) supplies energy to the customer through use of a customer generation system, as


             169      defined in Section 54-15-102 , for use on the real property where the customer generation
             170      system is located;
             171          (C) supplies energy using a customer generation system designed to supply the lesser
             172      of:
             173          (I) no more than 90% of the average annual consumption of electricity by the customer
             174      at that site, based on an annualized billing period; or
             175          (II) the maximum size allowable under net metering provisions, defined in Section
             176      54-15-102 ;
             177          (D) notifies the customer before installing the customer generation system of:
             178          (I) all costs the customer is required to pay for the customer generation system,
             179      including any interconnection costs; and
             180          (II) the potential for future changes in amounts paid by the customer for energy
             181      received from the public utility and the possibility of changes to the customer fees or charges to
             182      the customer associated with net metering and generation;
             183          (E) enters into and performs in accordance with an interconnection agreement with a
             184      public utility providing retail electric service where the real property on which the customer
             185      generation system is located, with the rates, terms, and conditions of the retail service and
             186      interconnection agreement subject to approval by the governing authority of the public utility,
             187      as defined in Subsection 54-15-102 (8); and
             188          (F) installs the relevant customer generation system by December 31, 2015.
             189          (e) Any person or corporation defined as an electrical corporation or public utility
             190      under this section may continue to serve its existing customers subject to any order or future
             191      determination of the commission in reference to the right to serve those customers.
             192          (f) (i) "Public utility" does not include any person that is otherwise considered a public
             193      utility under this Subsection (16) solely because of that person's ownership of an interest in an
             194      electric plant, cogeneration facility, or small power production facility in this state if all of the
             195      following conditions are met:
             196          (A) the ownership interest in the electric plant, cogeneration facility, or small power


             197      production facility is leased to:
             198          (I) a public utility, and that lease has been approved by the commission;
             199          (II) a person or government entity that is exempt from commission regulation as a
             200      public utility; or
             201          (III) a combination of Subsections (16)(f)(i)(A)(I) and (II);
             202          (B) the lessor of the ownership interest identified in Subsection (16)(f)(i)(A) is:
             203          (I) primarily engaged in a business other than the business of a public utility; or
             204          (II) a person whose total equity or beneficial ownership is held directly or indirectly by
             205      another person engaged in a business other than the business of a public utility; and
             206          (C) the rent reserved under the lease does not include any amount based on or
             207      determined by revenues or income of the lessee.
             208          (ii) Any person that is exempt from classification as a public utility under Subsection
             209      (16)(f)(i) shall continue to be so exempt from classification following termination of the
             210      lessee's right to possession or use of the electric plant for so long as the former lessor does not
             211      operate the electric plant or sell electricity from the electric plant. If the former lessor operates
             212      the electric plant or sells electricity, the former lessor shall continue to be so exempt for a
             213      period of 90 days following termination, or for a longer period that is ordered by the
             214      commission. This period may not exceed one year. A change in rates that would otherwise
             215      require commission approval may not be effective during the 90-day or extended period
             216      without commission approval.
             217          (g) "Public utility" does not include any person that provides financing for, but has no
             218      ownership interest in an electric plant, small power production facility, or cogeneration facility.
             219      In the event of a foreclosure in which an ownership interest in an electric plant, small power
             220      production facility, or cogeneration facility is transferred to a third-party financer of an electric
             221      plant, small power production facility, or cogeneration facility, then that third-party financer is
             222      exempt from classification as a public utility for 90 days following the foreclosure, or for a
             223      longer period that is ordered by the commission. This period may not exceed one year.
             224          (h) (i) The distribution or transportation of natural gas for use as a motor vehicle fuel


             225      does not cause the distributor or transporter to be a "public utility," unless the commission,
             226      after notice and a public hearing, determines by rule that it is in the public interest to regulate
             227      the distributers or transporters, but the retail sale alone of compressed natural gas as a motor
             228      vehicle fuel may not cause the seller to be a "public utility."
             229          (ii) In determining whether it is in the public interest to regulate the distributors or
             230      transporters, the commission shall consider, among other things, the impact of the regulation
             231      on the availability and price of natural gas for use as a motor fuel.
             232          (i) "Public utility" does not include any corporation, cooperative association, or person,
             233      their affiliates, lessees, trustees, or receivers, owning, controlling, operating, or managing an
             234      electric plant or in any way furnishing electricity if the electricity is consumed by an owner,
             235      lessor, or interest holder or by an affiliate of an owner, lessor, or interest holder, who has
             236      provided at least $25,000,000 in value, including credit support, relating to the electric plant
             237      furnishing the electricity and whose consumption does not exceed its long-term entitlement in
             238      the plant under a long-term arrangement other than a power purchase agreement, except a
             239      power purchase agreement with an electrical corporation.
             240          (j) "Public utility" does not include an entity that sells electric vehicle battery charging
             241      services, unless the entity conducts another activity in the state that subjects the entity to the
             242      jurisdiction and regulation of the commission as a public utility.
             243          (17) "Purchasing utility" means any electrical corporation that is required to purchase
             244      electricity from small power production or cogeneration facilities pursuant to the Public Utility
             245      Regulatory Policies Act, 16 U.S.C. Section 824a-3.
             246          (18) "Qualifying power producer" means a corporation, cooperative association, or
             247      person, or the lessee, trustee, and receiver of the corporation, cooperative association, or
             248      person, who owns, controls, operates, or manages any qualifying power production facility or
             249      cogeneration facility.
             250          (19) "Qualifying power production facility" means a facility that:
             251          (a) produces electrical energy solely by the use, as a primary energy source, of biomass,
             252      waste, a renewable resource, a geothermal resource, or any combination of the preceding


             253      sources;
             254          (b) has a power production capacity that, together with any other facilities located at
             255      the same site, is no greater than 80 megawatts; and
             256          (c) is a qualifying small power production facility under federal law.
             257          (20) "Railroad" includes every commercial, interurban, and other railway, other than a
             258      street railway, and each branch or extension of a railway, by any power operated, together with
             259      all tracks, bridges, trestles, rights-of-way, subways, tunnels, stations, depots, union depots,
             260      yards, grounds, terminals, terminal facilities, structures, and equipment, and all other real
             261      estate, fixtures, and personal property of every kind used in connection with a railway owned,
             262      controlled, operated, or managed for public service in the transportation of persons or property.
             263          (21) "Railroad corporation" includes every corporation and person, their lessees,
             264      trustees, and receivers, owning, controlling, operating, or managing any railroad for public
             265      service within this state.
             266          (22) (a) "Sewerage corporation" includes every corporation and person, their lessees,
             267      trustees, and receivers, owning, controlling, operating, or managing any sewerage system for
             268      public service within this state.
             269          (b) "Sewerage corporation" does not include private sewerage companies engaged in
             270      disposing of sewage only for their stockholders, or towns, cities, counties, conservancy
             271      districts, improvement districts, or other governmental units created or organized under any
             272      general or special law of this state.
             273          (23) "Telegraph corporation" includes every corporation and person, their lessees,
             274      trustees, and receivers, owning, controlling, operating, or managing any telegraph line for
             275      public service within this state.
             276          (24) "Telegraph line" includes all conduits, ducts, poles, wires, cables, instruments, and
             277      appliances, and all other real estate, fixtures, and personal property owned, controlled,
             278      operated, or managed in connection with or to facilitate communication by telegraph, whether
             279      that communication be had with or without the use of transmission wires.
             280          (25) (a) "Telephone corporation" means any corporation or person, and their lessees,


             281      trustee, receivers, or trustees appointed by any court, who owns, controls, operates, manages, or
             282      resells a public telecommunications service as defined in Section 54-8b-2 .
             283          (b) "Telephone corporation" does not mean a corporation, partnership, or firm
             284      providing:
             285          (i) intrastate telephone service offered by a provider of cellular, personal
             286      communication systems (PCS), or other commercial mobile radio service as defined in 47
             287      U.S.C. Sec. 332 that has been issued a covering license by the Federal Communications
             288      Commission;
             289          (ii) Internet service; or
             290          (iii) resold intrastate toll service.
             291          (26) "Telephone line" includes all conduits, ducts, poles, wires, cables, instruments,
             292      and appliances, and all other real estate, fixtures, and personal property owned, controlled,
             293      operated, or managed in connection with or to facilitate communication by telephone whether
             294      that communication is had with or without the use of transmission wires.
             295          (27) "Transportation of persons" includes every service in connection with or
             296      incidental to the safety, comfort, or convenience of the person transported, and the receipt,
             297      carriage, and delivery of that person and that person's baggage.
             298          (28) "Transportation of property" includes every service in connection with or
             299      incidental to the transportation of property, including in particular its receipt, delivery,
             300      elevation, transfer, switching, carriage, ventilation, refrigeration, icing, dunnage, storage, and
             301      hauling, and the transmission of credit by express companies.
             302          (29) "Water corporation" includes every corporation and person, their lessees, trustees,
             303      and receivers, owning, controlling, operating, or managing any water system for public service
             304      within this state. It does not include private irrigation companies engaged in distributing water
             305      only to their stockholders, or towns, cities, counties, water conservancy districts, improvement
             306      districts, or other governmental units created or organized under any general or special law of
             307      this state.
             308          (30) (a) "Water system" includes all reservoirs, tunnels, shafts, dams, dikes, headgates,


             309      pipes, flumes, canals, structures, and appliances, and all other real estate, fixtures, and personal
             310      property owned, controlled, operated, or managed in connection with or to facilitate the
             311      diversion, development, storage, supply, distribution, sale, furnishing, carriage, appointment,
             312      apportionment, or measurement of water for power, fire protection, irrigation, reclamation, or
             313      manufacturing, or for municipal, domestic, or other beneficial use.
             314          (b) "Water system" does not include private irrigation companies engaged in
             315      distributing water only to their stockholders.
             316          (31) "Wholesale electrical cooperative" includes every electrical corporation that is:
             317          (a) in the business of the wholesale distribution of electricity it has purchased or
             318      generated to its members and the public; and
             319          (b) required to distribute or allocate savings in excess of additions to reserves and
             320      surplus to members or patrons on the basis of patronage.


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