Thursday, October 9, 2008

Energy Conservation Bill Goes To Governor

The General Assembly gave final approval to energy conservation legislation, but did not come to agreement on additional steps to mitigate the impact of electric rate caps expiring in 2010.
House Bill 2200 (George-D-Clearfield) requires utilities to develop energy conservation programs with the goal of reducing peak demand by 4.5 percent by 2013, gives utilities flexibility in procuring electric supplies, requires installation of smart meters, includes certain hydropower facilities and biomass energy facilities in the state's Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards and directs the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to conduct a study of carbon sequestration opportunities in the state.
A summary of the bill is available online.

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