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Bill Detail: HB21-1105

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Title Low-income Utility Payment Assistance Contributions
Status Governor Signed (07/07/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Energy
House Sponsors C. Kennedy (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Priola (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House Committee Finance
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 02/16/2021
Summary

Section 1 of the bill removes the low-income energy assistance
program administered by Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) from the
grant program reserve funded by tier 2 severance tax operational fund
money.
Section 2 clarifies that the definition of a low-income utility
customer, with regard to the public utilities commission's (PUC)

consideration of a preference or advantage that a gas or electric utility
grants a low-income utility customer, means a utility customer who meets
the Colorado department of human services' income eligibility criteria.
Sections 3 and 4 make modifications to the legislative commission
on low-income energy assistance, wherein section 3 expands the
commission's scope to include water utility assistance and section 4
reduces the composition of the commission from 11 members to 7
members. Section 4 also requires the commission to:
  • Advise the Colorado energy office (office) on grants
awarded from the federal department of energy regarding
the office's weatherization assistance program;
  • Advise water utilities that provide their customers with
utility assistance and efficiency programs; and
  • Review EOC's annual budget that it submits to the PUC
regarding the use of funding for utility bill payment
assistance.
Sections 5, 6, and 8 to 10 concern the creation of an energy
assistance system benefit charge, which is a mandatory monthly charge
that investor-owned electric and gas utilities are required to collect from
their customers. The initial amount of the charge per customer is $1 for
electric service provided and $1 for natural gas service provided, but the
PUC may adopt rules to modify the amount of the charge, so long as the
charge is at least $1 per service provided. Investor-owned utilities are
required to remit the charges collected to EOC to help finance the direct
utility bill payment assistance and energy retrofit programs that EOC
administers for low-income households.
Sections 7 and 11 concern voluntary, opt-in charges that a water
utility may offer its customers to help finance the water utility bill
payment assistance program that EOC administers. Alternatively, a water
utility may implement its own water utility bill payment assistance
program.
Section 12 requires EOC and the office, when installing energy
retrofits for low-income households, to prioritize customer savings,
emission reductions, and improving indoor air quality.
Section 13 governs reporting requirements for EOC regarding the
mandatory monthly energy assistance system benefit charge and
voluntary, opt-in monthly water utility bill payment assistance collections.
Sections 14 to 17 make conforming amendments.

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