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Bill Detail: SB21-272

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Title Measures To Modernize The Public Utilities Commission
Status Governor Signed (06/10/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Energy
  • State Government
  • Telecommunications & Information Technology
House Sponsors T. Bernett (D)
Senate Sponsors C. Hansen (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House Committee State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 05/14/2021

Section 1 of the bill authorizes the allocation of up to $250,000 per
year of the money that the commission receives from the public utilities
commission fixed utility fund for outside consultants and experts.
Section 2 requires an intervenor in a commission matter to
disclose any financial relationship between that intervenor and any other
intervenor in the matter.
Section 3 directs the commission to adopt rules to require the
commission, when considering any matter before the commission, to
improve equity and prioritize disproportionately impacted communities.
Under current law, the annual fee collected from each regulated
public utility is capped at 0.25% of the public utility's gross instrastate
utility operating revenue for the preceding calendar year; except that the
annual fee collected from a public utility that is a telephone corporation
is capped at 0.20% of the telephone corporation's gross intrastate utility
operating revenue for the preceding calendar year. Section 4 removes the
cap on annual fees collected from regulated public utilities.
Section 5 requires the commission to promulgate rules requiring
qualifying retail utilities subject to the renewable energy standard to retire
renewable energy credits in a manner that benefits cities, counties, and
businesses in the state and is consistent with timely attainment of the
state's clean energy and climate goals.
Section 6 requires the commission to promulgate rules to establish
fixed rates for net metering credits provided to community solar garden
subscribers on their electric bills.
With respect to the retirement of any electric generating facility,
section 7 requires an investor-owned electric utility to submit, and the
commission to consider, net present value of revenue requirement
projections, one based on using Colorado energy impact bonds and one
based on not using Colorado energy impact bonds.
Section 8 requires the commission, in approving a resource plan,
to include the social cost of carbon dioxide with regard to a portfolio's net
present value of revenue requirements.
Section 9 requires each regulated public utility that uses resource
planning software to provide commission staff with licenses to the
software and with model assumptions used for the software.
Section 10 expands the time for the commission to issue a decision
on an application that is not accompanied by prefiled testimony and
exhibits from 210 days to 250 days after the commission has deemed the
application complete.

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