Monday, June 29, 2009

Energy Bills on the House Agendas Today

Three energy bills are listed on House agendas (there are several) for today. This time of year, the House works from several agendas, with bills lined up like airplanes waiting for a runway. The first agenda is simply called "House Agenda" followed by "House Agenda I" etc.
SS 1 for SB 49 is on the House Agenda for today. The bill would limit the use of covenants to prohibit the installation of solar panels by community associations starting next year.
Two bills I've been following are on House Agenda I:

SB 106, which would create new Energy Efficiency Resource Standards (EERS) is one of Governor Markell top policy priorities.
Under the bill, Delaware's 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. The workgroup would be empowered to adjust the standards if shifts in energy usage (such as heating oil to natural gas) make the targets impractical or unattainable.
SB 173 further tweaks the Sustainable Energy Utility to allow local governments to tap the SEU for help funding energy projects. It would also give the SEU the authority to trade Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs), which are treated differently than RECs.


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