SB 1394 Small agricultural generators; establishes parameters of a program.
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Summary as passed Senate: (all summaries)

Small agricultural generators. Establishes the parameters of a program under which small agricultural generators may sell the electricity generated from a small agricultural generating facility to its utility. Effective July 1, 2019, enrollment by eligible agricultural customer-generators in an existing net energy metering program conducted by an electric cooperative will cease, though a cooperative's customers who were participating as eligible agricultural customer-generators before that date are allowed to remain in the net metering program for not more than 25 years. A small agricultural generator is defined in this measure as a customer who operates an electrical generating facility as part of an agricultural business, which generating facility, among other conditions, has a capacity of not more than 1.5 megawatts, uses renewable energy as its total source of fuel, has a capacity that does not exceed 150 percent of the customer's expected annual energy consumption based on the previous 12 months of billing history, uses not more than 25 percent of contiguous land owned or controlled by the agricultural business for purposes of the renewable energy generating facility, and is a PURPA qualifying small power production facility. The program for small agricultural generators requires the generator to enter into a power purchase agreement with its supplier to sell all of the electricity generated at a rate not less than the supplier's State Corporation Commission-approved avoided cost tariff for energy and capacity. The program also provides for utilities to recover distribution service costs and costs incurred to purchase electricity, capacity, and renewable energy certificates from the small agricultural generator through its Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) rate adjustment clause if the utility has a Commission-approved RPS plan and rate adjustment clause or, if the utility does not have a Commission-approved RPS rate adjustment clause, then the costs shall be recoverable through the supplier's fuel adjustment clause or through the utility's cost of purchased power. Finally, the measure directs the Commission to conduct a single docketed proceeding to implement the provisions of this measure. The bill incorporates SB 917 and is identical to HB 2303.

Full text:
01/11/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102605D  pdf | impact statement
01/30/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104770D-S1  pdf | impact statement
02/24/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1394ER)  pdf | impact statement
03/16/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0581)  pdf

01/11/17  Senate: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102605D
01/11/17  Senate: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/18/17  Senate: Assigned C&L sub: Renewable Energy
01/30/17  Senate: Reported from Commerce and Labor with substitute (13-Y 1-N 1-A)
01/30/17  Senate: Committee substitute printed 17104770D-S1
01/31/17  Senate: Incorporates SB917 (Edwards)
02/01/17  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/17  Senate: Read second time
02/02/17  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/02/17  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 17104770D-S1
02/02/17  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1394S1
02/03/17  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 3-N 1-A)
02/08/17  House: Placed on Calendar
02/08/17  House: Read first time
02/08/17  House: Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/16/17  House: Reported from Commerce and Labor (18-Y 2-N)
02/20/17  House: Read second time
02/21/17  House: Read third time
02/21/17  House: Passed House (85-Y 9-N 2-A)
02/21/17  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (85-Y 9-N 2-A)
02/24/17  Senate: Enrolled
02/24/17  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1394ER)
02/24/17  Senate: Signed by President
02/24/17  House: Signed by Speaker
02/28/17  Senate: Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/28/17
02/28/17  Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/16/17  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 581 (effective 7/1/17)
03/16/17  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0581)