Amend the bill in the emergency preamble in the 2nd whereas paragraph in the first line (page 1, line 3 in L.D.) by striking out the following: "unified" and inserting the following: 'comprehensive'
Amend the bill in the emergency preamble in the 2nd whereas paragraph in the last line (page 1, line 5 in L.D.) by striking out the following: "unified" and inserting the following: 'comprehensive'
Amend the bill in the emergency preamble by inserting after the 5th whereas paragraph the following:
Whereas, ‘smart grid functions hold great promise to reduce costs for consumers by improving efficiency and enhancing reliability for the benefit of ratepayers and the general public, and smart grid applications that are available now to serve the needs of customers in the State and other public interests should be implemented in a timely and responsible manner in consideration of all relevant factors; and’
Amend the bill in the emergency preamble in the 6th whereas paragraph in the first line (page 1, line 14 in L.D.) by striking out the following: "unified" and inserting the following: 'comprehensive'
Amend the bill by striking out everything after the enacting clause and before the emergency clause and inserting the following:
‘Sec. 1. 35-A MRSA §102, sub-§13, as amended by PL 1999, c. 579, §3, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 35-A MRSA §3143 is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. Report. As part of the report regarding smart grid policy implementation that is due February 1, 2011, pursuant to the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 35-A, section 3143, subsection 9, the Public Utilities Commission shall report on the results or progress of any proceeding conducted pursuant to Title 35-A, section 3143, subsection 5 and any recommendations regarding smart grid policy to the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over utilities and energy matters. Following review of the commission's recommendations, the joint standing committee may submit a bill regarding smart grid policy to the First Regular Session of the 125th Legislature.’
This amendment makes the following changes to the bill.
1. It clarifies the definition of "smart grid," adds a definition of "smart grid coordinator" and amends the definition of "public utility" to include a smart grid coordinator.
2. It amends the bill regarding the State's smart grid policy to focus on the smart grid as a means of improving reliability and efficiency and reducing ratepayer costs.
3. It authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to adopt rules regarding the implementation of smart grid functions in the State and specifies those rules as routine technical rules.
4. It removes the provision of the bill that specifies a hierarchy of energy resources to be assessed in the implementation of smart grid policy in the State. It also removes the provision in the bill that requires the commission, in proceedings involving the review of a transmission and distribution utility's system investments or upgrades, to ensure that the utility has considered the deployment of technologies that support smart grid functions in accordance with the above-mentioned hierarchy of energy resources.
5. It removes the provision of the bill that requires the commission to examine the need for and feasibility of creating or designating a smart grid company in each transmission and distribution utility service territory. Instead, the amendment includes a provision that requires the commission, upon petition, to open an adjudicatory proceeding to determine whether it is in the public interest of the State to authorize a smart grid coordinator to manage access to smart grid functions and associated infrastructure, technology and applications within a service territory of a utility. Upon a finding that it is in the public interest, the amendment authorizes the commission to adopt, by rule or as part of the adjudicatory proceeding, standards regarding smart grid coordinators. Pursuant to such standards, the commission is permitted to authorize no more than one smart grid coordinator within each transmission and distribution utility service territory.
6. It adds a provision to require a transmission and distribution utility to file and have approved by the commission a transition plan for displaced employees when an investment in smart grid infrastructure by a transmission and distribution utility will lead to the displacement of 20 or more employees within a 3-year period.
7. It adds a provision requiring transmission and distribution utilities to provide customer education regarding smart grid functions and how they can benefit customers.
8. It adds a provision to clarify that this law does not limit any other authority of the commission with respect to smart grid implementation.