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Second Substitute H.B. 125

Representative Roger E. Barrus proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION FACILITY

             2     
SITING STUDY ACT

             3     
2014 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Chief Sponsor: Roger E. Barrus

             6     
Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7     
             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill enacts the Electrical Transmission Facility Siting Study Act.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    enacts the Electrical Transmission Facility Siting Study Act, including:
             14              .    defining terms;
             15              .    requiring the Division of Public Utilities to conduct a study related to an
             16      electrical transmission facility;
             17              .    requiring a person who intends to construct an electrical transmission facility
             18      within the state to provide certain notice to the Division of Public Utilities;
             19              .    addressing the procedures and requirements for the study;
             20              .    requiring the Public Service Commission to determine the costs of the study and
             21      impose those costs on the electrical transmission facility that is the subject of
             22      the study;
             23              .    addressing reporting requirements; and
             24              .    providing that the study is in addition to any other requirement provided by law.
             25      Money Appropriated in this Bill:


             26          None
             27      Other Special Clauses:
             28          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             29      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             30      ENACTS:
             31           54-20-101 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             32           54-20-102 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             33           54-20-103 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             34           54-20-104 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             35           54-20-105 , Utah Code Annotated 1953
             36     
             37      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             38          Section 1. Section 54-20-101 is enacted to read:
             39     
CHAPTER 20. ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION FACILITY SITING STUDY ACT

             40          54-20-101. Title.
             41          This chapter is known as the "Electrical Transmission Facility Siting Study Act."
             42          Section 2. Section 54-20-102 is enacted to read:
             43          54-20-102. Definitions.
             44          As used in this section:
             45          (1) (a) "Construction" means the clearing of land, excavation, construction, or
             46      installation of an electrical transmission facility.
             47          (b) "Construction" does not include:
             48          (i) a study or report related to an electrical transmission facility;
             49          (ii) an action reasonably necessary to determine the location of an electrical
             50      transmission facility corridor;
             51          (iii) the use of property to secure geological data, including a necessary boring or
             52      drilling to ascertain foundation conditions;
             53          (iv) conducting an action that is reasonably necessary to operate or maintain an existing
             54      electrical transmission facility, including:
             55          (A) performing maintenance;
             56          (B) making a repair or replacement;


             57          (C) reconductoring;
             58          (D) performing vegetation control; or
             59          (E) making an expansion or improvement unless the expansion or improvement
             60      involves the addition of 1,000 or more megawatts of capacity to the existing electrical
             61      transmission facility; or
             62          (v) performing the design, installation, or construction of an interconnection with an
             63      existing electrical transmission facility unless the design, installation, or construction involves
             64      the addition of 1,000 or more megawatts of capacity to the existing electrical transmission
             65      facility.
             66          (2) "Division" means the Division of Public Utilities.
             67          (3) (a) "Electrical transmission facility" means a system:
             68          (i) for transmitting electrical power; and
             69          (ii) that has a capacity of at least 1,000 megawatts.
             70          (b) "Electrical transmission facility" includes the following associated with
             71      transmitting electrical power:
             72          (i) an access road;
             73          (ii) equipment;
             74          (iii) a fixture;
             75          (iv) a line;
             76          (v) a plant;
             77          (vi) a structure;
             78          (vii) a terminal; or
             79          (viii) a substation.
             80          (4) "Electrical transmission facility corridor" means a transmission line route of an
             81      electrical transmission facility.
             82          Section 3. Section 54-20-103 is enacted to read:
             83          54-20-103. Study by division -- Procedures and requirements.
             84          (1) A person may not commence the construction of an electrical transmission facility
             85      within the state before the division:
             86          (a) completes the study required by this section; and
             87          (b) makes the report required by Section 54-20-104 .


             88          (2) The division shall begin the study required by this section no later than 30 days
             89      after the earlier of:
             90          (a) the date the commission receives a written request to conduct the study from the
             91      chairs of the Executive Appropriations Committee; or
             92          (b) the date the commission receives the notice described in Subsection (3).
             93          (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b), on or before the date a person files the
             94      first application for a right-of-way with respect to an electrical transmission facility the person
             95      seeks to construct within the state, the person shall file a written notice with the division stating
             96      that the person has filed or will file an application for a right-of-way with respect to the
             97      electrical transmission facility the person seeks to construct within the state.
             98          (b) A person is exempt from Subsection (3)(a) if, on or before January 1, 2014:
             99          (i) the person has filed the first application for a right-of-way with respect to an
             100      electrical transmission facility the person seeks to construct within the state; or
             101          (ii) the person was a project entity as defined in Section 11-13-103 .
             102          (4) (a) On or before the date the division begins the study required by this section, the
             103      division shall require a person who seeks to construct an electrical transmission facility within
             104      the state to file an application with the division.
             105          (b) The division shall provide the form for the application.
             106          (c) The application shall include:
             107          (i) the name and address of the person who files the application;
             108          (ii) the name and address of any other person who is responsible for permitting the
             109      electrical transmission facility;
             110          (iii) a description of the nature and proposed location of the electrical transmission
             111      facility;
             112          (iv) the estimated date of commencement of construction of the electrical transmission
             113      facility; and
             114          (v) the estimated time frame for completing the construction of the electrical
             115      transmission facility.
             116          (5) (a) Subject to Subsections (5)(b) and (6), the division shall study the socioeconomic
             117      impacts and benefits related to siting the electrical transmission facility in the state.
             118          (b) The division shall focus the study described in Subsection (5)(a) on issues not


             119      addressed in an environmental impact statement or analysis.
             120          (6) If an electrical transmission facility that is the subject of a study under this section
             121      is a public utility, the division may not study an issue under this section that is duplicative of an
             122      issue the commission or the division has already addressed as part of:
             123          (a) a hearing required by Section 54-4-25 ; or
             124          (b) any other study the commission or the division performs with respect to the
             125      electrical transmission facility.
             126          (7) The division shall conduct the study in consultation with:
             127          (a) the Governor's Office of Economic Development;
             128          (b) the Office of Energy Development;
             129          (c) county legislative bodies of counties impacted by the electrical transmission
             130      facility; and
             131          (d) any other federal, state, local, or private entity as determined by the division.
             132          (8) The division shall complete the study no later than six months after the date the
             133      division begins the study.
             134          (9) (a) The electrical transmission facility that is the subject of a study required by this
             135      section shall pay the costs of the study.
             136          (b) The commission shall:
             137          (i) determine the costs described in Subsection (9)(a); and
             138          (ii) impose those costs on the electrical transmission facility.
             139          Section 4. Section 54-20-104 is enacted to read:
             140          54-20-104. Division report to Executive Appropriations Committee -- Division
             141      report to Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee.
             142          (1) The division shall provide a written report of its findings and recommendations on
             143      the study required by Section 54-20-103 to the Executive Appropriations Committee within 10
             144      days after the date the division completes the study.
             145          (2) The division shall make reports to the Public Utilities and Technology Interim
             146      Committee as requested by the chairs.
             147          Section 5. Section 54-20-105 is enacted to read:
             148          54-20-105. Requirements of chapter are in addition to other requirements of law.
             149          The requirements of this chapter are in addition to any other requirement provided by


             150      law.
             151          Section 6. Effective date.
             152          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             153      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             154      Constitution, Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             155      the date of veto override.


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