Thursday, June 18, 2009

Energy Bills in the Works in Dover

I spent yesterday in Dover, trying to help move some energy bills. Two important bills were reported out of the Senate Energy & Transit Committee:
SB 106 would create new Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS). Under the bill, electricity consumption would be reduced by 15 percent by 2015, and natural gas consumption would be reduced by 10 percent. The bill would also create a workgroup to monitor progress and adjust the standards if shifts in energy usage (such as heating oil to natural gas) make the targets impractical or unattainable.
SB 119 would extend and increase the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard from 20 percent to 30 percent by 2023. The bill would create a new carve out for distributed renewable energy of 10 percent.
SB 153, which would enable a two way connection for V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technology, was held by committee chair Harris McDowell based on objections from Delmarva Power.
Two important bills have been on the House agenda for a week:
SB 59 would establish new standards for home energy efficiency, which is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce carbon emissions available to us.
SB 85 would institute net metering for electric utility customers with wind or solar installations by eliminating forfeitures of excess electric generation. It has been compared to allowing customers to accumulate rollover minutes on their cell phones without having to forfeit them at the end of a billing year.
Also on the House agenda is
House Substitute 1 for HB 70, which would prohibit the use of covenants or other legal barriers to installing home wind power systems.


Anonymous jblack said...

Tommy if you remember Delmarva's complaint with SB153 was that the bill was too restrictive in the event they wanted to offer the V2G owner more compensation. This was no reason to table the bill other than the Senator doesn't like the concept of V2G. If he is so certain that it will not work he should be willing to let the bill advance so that he can be proved right.

11:14 PM, June 21, 2009  

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