2013 Summary of Connecticut Legislation
August 6, 2013
The Connecticut General Assembly concluded the 2013 legislative session on Wednesday, June 5th. Among the more than 325 public acts signed into law by the governor are several new acts concerning energy and environmental regulation, along with provisions about the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. This summary also includes bills that went far along in the legislative process but were not enacted this year; those bills are likely to be proposed again in the 2014 legislative session.
An Act Concerning Implementation of Connecticut’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy and Various Revisions to the Energy Statutes (Public Act 13-298)
This act modifies the roles of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA), expands the autonomy of the PURA chairperson, establishes guidelines for all PURA decisions, and transfers certain regulation-making authority from DEEP to PURA. The act also renames PURA directors “utility commissioners.”
The act allows PURA, DEEP, and the Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) to retain consultants in certain federal proceedings in order to supplement staff expertise. The cost of such consultants will be borne by the companies affected by the decisions of such proceedings, proportional to their revenues, with a preliminary cap at $2.5 million per calendar year. The act also provides that the DEEP commissioner shall automatically be a party to each proceeding before PURA and may participate in such proceeding at his discretion.
Power Procurement. The act transfers from DEEP to PURA the responsibilities attendant to the power procurement plan established by PURA’s procurement manager to reduce the average cost of standard service while maintaining standard service cost volatility within reasonable levels. The act also details the procedure for PURA to approve the state of Connecticut’s Integrated Resources Plan (IRP). Reasonable costs associated with the development of the procurement plan may be recovered through an assessment. The act also establishes that certain proceedings for the procurement of electricity are uncontested, which will eliminate the possibility of appealing decisions in these cases to court.
Utility Conservation and Other Plans. The act modifies how electric and gas companies develop their conservation plans, now requiring that these companies develop a combined plan every three years, beginning November 1, 2015. The act details what information must be contained in the plan, potentially increases funding for conservation plans, and makes changes to the organization and duties of the Energy Conservation Management Board (ECMB). The act also requires the ECMB and the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA) to establish a program to finance residential energy efficiency and renewable energy measures using private capital, with loans repaid on the electric or gas bills of participating customers, and modifies how the comprehensive energy strategy (CES) and IRP are developed and approved.
Gas System Expansion. The act requires gas companies to submit a joint natural gas infrastructure expansion plan to DEEP and PURA consistent with the CES. The act authorizes different cost recovery methods, including a 25-year payback period to determine recoverable expenditures.
On-Bill Financing. The act authorizes on-bill financing for residential energy efficiency and renewable energy measures using private capital. This provision would help finance the installation and upgrade of new technologies. The AARP strongly opposed this provision, noting that too many Connecticut households already struggle to pay their utility bills, and too many already face disconnection of service. The OCC supported the provision as a method of financing new, needed technologies.
Pilot Programs. The act requires the CEFIA and ECMB to establish a pilot program to convert customers in at least four municipalities from oil to natural gas within the next year. The act also requires DEEP to establish a pilot program to promote large combined heat and power (cogeneration) systems by limiting the demand charge electric companies impose.
Other Provisions. Other provisions in the act: (1) restrict how PURA can decouple an electric or gas company’s rates from its sales; (2) modify eligibility for a Department of Economic and Community Development low interest energy efficiency loan, making loans more accessible; (3) eliminate the $99 cap on fees in the Home Energy Solutions audit program and the annual $500,000 cap on the subsidy for audits for customers who do not heat with electricity or gas; (4) (a) broaden eligibility for “virtual net metering,” which provides a billing credit for customers who generate electricity using certain renewable resources, (b) expand the maximum size of the generating unit that can take advantage of virtual net metering, and (c) potentially increase the value of the electric bill credit that participating customers receive; (5) broaden the circumstances where electric submeters can be installed; (6) authorize municipal, state, or federal governmental distribution of certain electricity across a public highway or street if it is connected to a municipal microgrid; (7) modify Connecticut’s C-PACE (commercial property assessed clean energy) program by authorizing the filing of a lien upon improvements made under its financing arrangements; (8) reduce the maximum sulfur content of heating oil; (9) require PURA to study the financial capacity and system viability of small community water companies; (10) expand the ability of electric and telecommunication companies to trim trees and other vegetation near their lines; and (11) specify conditions when telecommunications towers can be sited on water company lands. The act incorporates some provisions from Senate Bill 839, Senate Bill 1037, and House Bill 5591.
Affected Statutes: Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 16-1, 16-2, 16-2c, 16-3, 16-6b, 16-7, 16-18a, 16-19e, 16-19tt, 16-35, 16-244c, 16-244m, 16-32f, 16-245m, 16-245ee, 16-245hh, 16a-3, 16a-3a, 16a-3b, 16a-3c, 16a-3d, 16a-3e, 16a-7b, 16a-23t, 16-37u, 16a-38l, 16a-40b, 16a-40l, 16a-46h, 16a-48, 2c-2h, 16-243y, 16-244u, 16-19ff, 16-41, 32-80a, 16a-40g, 16-50kk, 29-252, 16a-21a, 13-78, 16-19oo, 16-19kk, 16-245aa, 16-234, 16-50p, 25-32, 16-245p, 16-19f, 42-133bb, 16-243p, 16a-41i
Signed by Governor: July 8, 2013
An Act Concerning Connecticut’s Clean Energy Goals (Public Act 13-303)
This act modifies Connecticut’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by (1) expanding the types of resources that potentially qualify as favored Class I resources; and (2) reducing the value of Renewable Energy Credits associated with certain biomass facilities. For example, the act adds anaerobic digestion (from Senate Bill 6535), thermal electric direct energy conversion, and certain hydroelectric generation facilities to Class I status. On the other hand, the act excludes certain sources that were previously eligible for Class I status, such as construction and demolition waste and finished products from sawmills. The act also authorizes DEEP to solicit energy proposals for renewable projects to save ratepayers money.
The act allows certain Class I requirements to be satisfied by long-term contracts, primarily expected to be filled by larger Canadian hydroelectric projects that are not generally eligible for Class I status. The act allows up to five percent of the state’s Class I RPS to be satisfied by this large-scale hydropower by 2020, characterized by some as rolling back from Connecticut’s commitment to renewable energy. Opponents of the act argue that it puts large-scale Canadian hydroelectric power on the same footing as other emerging technologies, to the potential detriment of local jobs.
Wholesale suppliers of electricity must pay electric distribution companies a surcharge if they fail to meet Connecticut’s renewable portfolio standards. By law, electric distribution companies turn over those payments to the Clean Energy Fund within CEFIA for the development of Class I renewable energy sources. The act refunds those payments to ratepayers in order to offset costs, effective June 5, 2013. In fiscal year 2013, the Clean Energy Fund received $215,000 in compliance payments for 2009 noncompliance of electric companies. The act may result in short term savings for ratepayers, including the state and municipalities.
Affected Statutes: Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 16-1(a), 16-245, 16-245a, 16-244c
Effective Date: June 5, 2013
An Act Concerning the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (Public Act 13-116)
This act amends Connecticut’s C-PACE program, which allows owners of qualifying commercial property in participating municipalities to finance energy improvements. Qualifying commercial real property owners may now finance “solar thermal or geothermal” and “district heating and cooling” systems with C-PACE program subsidies.
District heating and cooling systems promote clean energy goals by networking hot water, chilled water, or steam from central locations to multiple buildings, often eliminating the need for on-site boilers, furnaces, and air conditioners. Connecticut’s statewide association of towns and cities supported this act. The City of Bridgeport is currently the subject of a feasibility study, financed by the CEFIA, for a district heating loop that would qualify under this act. Public Act 13-298 also made changes to the C-PACE program, as discussed above.
Affected Statute: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 16a-40g
Signed by Governor: June 6, 2013
Effective Date: June 6, 2013
An Act Concerning Administrative Streamlining at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (Public Act 13-205)
The substantive provisions of the act expand the scope of the law governing radiation and radioactive material, allowing the DEEP commissioner to: (1) issue, modify, or revoke orders to correct violations of these laws, specifying the notice, hearing and appeal requirements; and (2) issue cease and desist orders and suspend registrations. The act permits the commissioner to seek an injunction in the Superior Court of New Britain to enjoin the act of any person who has engaged in or is about to engage in an act that violates chapter 446a. The act also establishes steep fines and authorizes imprisonment for any person who violates chapter 446a with criminal negligence or who knowingly makes false statements, representations, or certifications in any documents filed for or maintained pursuant to chapter 446a.
Administrative changes to the act include: (1) allowing the DEEP commissioner to provide public notice concerning tentative determination on a permit on the DEEP website instead of by newspaper publication; (2) allowing, instead of requiring, the commissioner to establish stream channel encroachment lines; and (3) relaxing the commissioner’s reporting requirements with respect to emissions inspection programs, contaminated wells, and leaking underground storage tank inventory. The act repeals the Mid-Atlantic States Air Pollution Control Compact, which had never been implemented.
Previous versions of the act made changes to DEEP’s noise pollution responsibilities, opposed by the President of FairWindCT and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. The provision, which might have complicated the state’s ability to regulate noise from wind turbines and shifted costs to municipalities, was removed from the final version of the bill.
Affected Statutes: Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 22a-342, 22a-6, 22a-155, 22a-157, 14-164h, 22a-134q, 51-344a, 22a-9, 22a-2d, 22a-344, 22a-156, 22a-166, 22a-167
Signed by Governor: June 21, 2013
Effective Date: October 1, 2013
An Act Concerning the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, Whistleblower Protection, the Purchased Gas Adjustment Clause, Electric Supplier Disclosure Requirements, and Minor and Technical Changes to the Utility Statutes (Public Act 13-119)
The act contains various disclosure requirements for electric suppliers, aggregators, and their agents. Specifically, the act requires electric suppliers to notify residential customers of rate changes 30 to 60 days before their fixed rate term expires. The act also requires electric suppliers to conspicuously disclose, in at least ten-point font size, when an advertised price will expire, effective January 1, 2014. Attorney General George Jepson testified that this provision addresses the many complaints received by his office about misleading “teaser” rates offered by electric suppliers that expire within weeks and are replaced with higher, variable rates. This provision comes from House Bill 6470, drafted by the OCC as part of its legislative package.
Effective October 1, 2013, suppliers offering power generated from renewable energy sources now may only advertise those renewable energy credits purchased beyond Class III renewable portfolio standards. Electric suppliers that offer renewable energy services that achieve compliance other than by purchasing credits must disclose the renewable energy content of their products or services and substantiate the claims of the content on their websites.
The act also transfers certain regulatory powers from the DEEP to PURA, including the power to: (1) issue regulations on how to notify customers when an electric supplier defaults; (2) issue regulations on the standard billing format, direct customer billing, and collection services for electric suppliers; (3) determine what storms and scheduled outages are not included in electric company reliability reports; and (3) prepare an annual report on electric supplier licenses. The act extends: (1) the deadline for PURA to report on its study of supplier direct billing to October 1, 2013; and (2) the amount of time for PURA to make a preliminary finding on the veracity of a whistleblower’s complaint from 30 to 90 days.
Affected Statutes: Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 16-8, 16-8a, 16-19, 16-19b, 16-49, 16-244c, 16-245d, 16-245o, 16-245y, 16-262j
Signed by Governor: June 18, 2013
An Act Concerning Property Tax Exemptions for Renewable Energy Sources (Public Act 13-61)
This act exempts from property tax certain renewable energy sources installed on or after January 1, 2014. The act makes investment in renewable energy more appealing, and was passed in response to commercial and industrial property owners finding that costs saved by energy savings were being negated by high property taxes. The exempt property must: (1) be for energy generation or displacement for commercial or industrial purposes; (2) not produce more energy than the location will need; and (3) be a (a) Class I renewable energy source, (b) Class II renewable hydropower facility, or (c) solar thermal or geothermal renewable energy source.
The act automatically exempts these properties located in New Haven, beginning this taxable year, for installations that occurred on or after January 1, 2010. The act also allows other municipalities to abate the property taxes for renewable energy sources installed on or after January 1, 2010, but only upon approval by the municipality’s legislative body or board of selectmen. Applicants must follow existing procedures to claim the credits.
Commissioner Daniel C. Esty claims that the act will cause no loss to existing revenue because property taxes have been preventing renewable energy systems from being built. Representatives from Colebrook and Somers municipalities opposed the act, however, worried about diminishing tax revenues and rising financial burdens on town and family budgets. The reduction in tax revenue will begin to affect municipalities other than New Haven in fiscal year 2015.
Affected Statute: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 12-81(57)
Signed by Governor: June 3, 2013
Effective Date: June 3, 2013
An Act Concerning Water Infrastructure and Conservation, Municipal Reporting Requirements and Unpaid Utility Accounts at Multi-Family Dwellings (Public Act 13-78)
This act promotes water conservation by requiring PURA to consider, when setting rates for water companies, factors that promote water conservation in both the short- and long-term. Effective June 5, 2013, a water company filing a general rate case must include a report of the changes in water demands and measures the company has taken to promote water conservation. The act also eliminates duplicative and burdensome reporting requirements of the Office of Policy and Management and municipal utility companies.
The act closes a technical loophole regarding collection procedures applicable to a multi-family residential building where the building’s owner was responsible for the utility bill. Now, when a building owner defaults under these circumstances, in addition to requesting that the court appoint a receiver to collect the building’s rents to pay the ongoing utility bills, the utility may also pursue post-judgment remedies directly against the owner. Other portions of the act raise the allowed rates a water company may charge by increasing the maximum water infrastructure and conservation adjustment (WICA), expanding the list of WICA-eligible projects, and allowing a water company voluntarily acquiring an economically non-viable water company to add a rate surcharge in order to receive a reasonable acquisition premium. The act also authorizes a revenue adjustment mechanism that allows utilities to recapture lost revenues from declining use outside of a general rate filing.
Major Connecticut water companies support the act, noting that it allows them to invest in energy efficient infrastructure and make capital improvements necessary to comply with stream flow regulations. The act may result in rate increases which will impact all ratepayers, including the state and municipalities. The OCC expressed concern that the act shifts the risk of rate increases from company shareholders to ratepayers.
Affected Statutes: Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 7-239, 16-29, 16-262v, 16-262w, 16-262s, 16-262e, 16-262f, 16-262t, 22a-2d, 25-33p
Signed by Governor: June 5, 2013
Effective Date: June 5, 2013
An Act Prohibiting Price Gouging During Severe Weather Events (Public Act 13-175)
This act prohibits price gouging of consumer goods and services during severe weather events, including prices for lodging, snow removal, flood abatement, and post-storm cleanup or repair services. Notably, the act exempts energy resources such as gasoline, propane, natural gas, electricity, coal, and any other resource yielding energy under Connecticut General Statutes section 42-234(a)(1) from its provisions.
Upon the Governor’s declaring the existence of a severe weather event emergency, no seller of consumer goods or services may charge an “unconscionably excessive” price for such goods or services, based on an evaluation of enumerated factors. A seller may rebut a prima facie case of price gouging with evidence that additional costs not within the control of the seller were imposed on the seller for such goods and services.
A violation of this act constitutes a violation of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA), under which punitive damages and equitable relief may be awarded. Connecticut Attorney General Jepsen supported the act, calling it “an important tool to deter unscrupulous businesses from charging unconscionably high prices during such times.”
Signed by Governor: June 21, 2013
Effective Date: June 21, 2013
An Act Making Minor and Technical Changes to Department of Consumer Protection Statutes (Public Act 13-196)
This act makes various changes in the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) statutes. The DCP Commissioner testified that this act makes the department a more efficient and responsive agency. The changes to DCP statutes: (1) allow posting regulations and rosters online to fulfill certain publishing and distribution requirements; (2) allow permit and license applicants with lapsed licenses to apply for reinstatement to the appropriate DCP board; (3) extend certain consumer protections to buying clubs that offer services; (4) impose home improvement contractor penalties on people who propose or offer to do work without a certificate; (5) make condominium associations eligible for Home Improvement Guaranty Fund payouts; (6) provide a longer cancellation period for social referral contracts and add contractor notification requirements; and (7) require drug wholesalers to obtain a separate certificate of registration or license for each location.
The change to certain permit and license applicants with lapsed licenses to apply for reinstatement to the appropriate DCP board instead of retaking a license exam was endorsed by the Executive Director of the CT Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors, as a “common-sense change supported by the plumbing and HVAC industries.”
Affected Statutes: Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 20-654, 20-329a through 20-329n, 12-575, 12-563, 20-512, 20-432, 20-432, 20-419, 20-419, 20-417b, 20-377p, 20-355, 20-349, 20-335, 20-334a, 20-332, 20-314, 42-321, 42-310, 21a-246, 21a-190b, 7-173, 25-129, 21a-70, 21-33b, 21a-4, 30-7, 43-3
Signed by Governor: June 21, 2013
Effective Date: June 21, 2013
Bills Not Yet Passed
An Act Concerning Recommended Best Practices for the Safe Use of Cellular Telephones
Senate Bill 316, calendared for the House on May 15, 2013, would require DCP to issue a notice on its website detailing the recommended best practices for the safe use of cell phones. Such notice would recommend that cell phones be graphically labeled to indicate distances that the phone should be held from the head and body. The bill would result in no fiscal impact because the DCP would be able to utilize already existing best practices for cell phone usage provided by the Federal Communications Commission.
An Act Requiring Backup Generators for Public Water Supply Systems
House Bill 5375 would require public water supply systems, including wells maintained by homeowners associations, to have backup generators for use when there is a power failure. Testimony by the Connecticut Water Works Association explained that DPH is also considering regulations that would address this issue. DPH worried that the cost implications of this bill on small community public water systems should be taken into consideration and any new requirements will need to address that concern.
An Act Requiring Generators at Gasoline Stations / An Act Requiring Gasoline Stations to be Equipped with Generators / An Act Providing Incentives for Gas Stations and Grocery Stores to Purchase Emergency Generators
House Bills 5344 and 5313, respectively, would require gas stations to have backup generators to operate their pumps during power outages. The legislation, introduced in response to Hurricane Sandy, elicited opposition from various gas station owners. The Connecticut Energy Marketers Association (CEMA) agrees with the intent of the bill, but argues that the bill does little to ensure that gas stations actually have the fuel available to dispense during a storm, even if they have power. CEMA instead argues that the legislature should allow drivers to operate vehicles for longer periods of time, increase the amount of fuel a transporter can carry, and waive fuel specifications.
Senate Bill 321 would create incentives for gas stations and grocery stores to purchase emergency generators, such as offering low interest state loans to purchase the generators and establishing a ten percent exemption on the property tax of the generators.
An Act Concerning Communication Between Public Service Companies and Customers
Senate Bill 315 would require each public service company to develop, and submit to PURA, a communication plan with customers of such company during emergencies. Senator Toni Boucher supports the bill as a way to prevent uncertainty between public service companies and their customers during extended power outages.
An Act Concerning Notification to Municipalities of Termination of a Customer’s Utility Service
Senate Bill 109 would require an electric, electric distribution, gas or water company to provide notice to a municipality where a customer of such company resides if such customer’s utility service has been terminated for more than seven continuous days.
An Act Concerning Regulation of Water Companies
Senate Bill 1035 would require PURA and DPH to study the feasibility of reorganizing the regulation of water companies from DPH to PURA. DPH opposed the bill, noting that regulation of water companies should remain with DPH and that the feasibility study would require a substantial investment of state resources.
An Act Concerning Development of Connecticut-Based Renewable Energy Sources
House Bill 6530 would require PURA to initiate a docket to develop Connecticut-based renewable energy sources, costing DEEP $50,000 to hire a consultant to conduct research on this issue. The OCC noted that although developing Connecticut-based resources to meet RPS could create jobs and improve the local environment, sometimes renewable energy projects developed elsewhere could be less expensive. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Appropriations on April 10, 2013.
An Act Modernizing the State’s Telecommunications Laws
House Bill 6402 would allow a telephone company to withdraw from providing a “competitive” telecommunications service by giving notice to, rather than getting approval from, PURA. Current law requires classification of telecommunications services as “competitive,” “emerging competitive,” or “noncompetitive,” and subjects such services to varying levels of regulation depending on the classification. The bill would: (1) allow telephone companies to exempt themselves from the requirement to file or maintain tariffs with PURA; (2) reduce the auditing requirements for such companies; (3) limit the scope of PURA’s quality of service standards, including responding to trouble reports or service outages; and (4) repeal the requirement that PURA annually report to the Energy and Technology Committee on the status of telecommunications service and regulation in the state.
The Energy and Technology Committee described the bill as modernizing telecommunications statutes to allow companies more flexibility to compete, reduce costs, and offer more to their broadband customers. The OCC, however, noted that this “is not a ‘modernization’ bill, but simply a ‘deregulation’ bill for AT&T and Verizon” that allows them to stop providing basic landline telephone service to Connecticut residents and small businesses. The AARP agreed, noting that PURA should continue to monitor when and where telephone companies should be allowed to cancel landline services, on which many retired persons rely. The bill was tabled for the House Calendar on April 9, 2013.
An Act Concerning Interconnected Voice Over Internet Protocol Service and Internet Protocol-Enabled Service
House Bill 6401 would codify existing practice, prohibiting state agencies and political subdivisions from enacting, adopting, or enforcing any law that regulates, or has the effect of regulating, the entry, rates, terms, or conditions of voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) and related services. VOIP service providers in Connecticut include companies such as Skype, Vonage, cable voice providers, and AT&T’s U-Verse.
This prohibition would not apply to the exercise of existing agency authority in several areas, such as collecting fees for enhanced 911 service, telecommunications relay service for the hearing impaired, and lifeline service. VOIP service providers support the bill because it would partially eliminate the threat of conflicting state regulation of interconnected VOIP service providers. Consumer groups, on the other hand, oppose the bill, arguing that regulation is needed given the rising popularity and prevalence of VOIP services in the state of Connecticut.
An Act Concerning Certain Applications for Reimbursement from Underground Storage Tank Petroleum Clean-Up Program
House Bill 5308 would allow heirs to a specific gas station to apply for reimbursement for a clean-up conducted by DEEP on adjacent property, notwithstanding the prohibition in Connecticut General Statutes section 22a-449f. Commissioner Esty opposed the bill, noting that “it appears to be intended to address the claim of one applicant and would set a very bad precedent.”
An Act Concerning the Procurement Plan, Integrated Resources Plan and Comprehensive Energy Strategy and Minor and Technical Revisions to the Utility Statutes
Most provisions of Senate Bill 1037 were incorporated into Public Act 13-298. However, one provision that would have allowed the DEEP commissioner to appeal any PURA proceeding without having to demonstrate aggrievement or otherwise appear or participate in the proceeding did not make it into Public Act 13-298.
An Act Redefining Class I Renewable Energy Sources
One major provision of Senate Bill 6535, which added anaerobic digestion of organic waste to the definition of Class I renewable energy source, was incorporated into Public Act 13-303, described more fully above. Other portions of Senate Bill 6535 were abandoned. Commissioner Esty acknowledged the “potential negative impact on renewable markets that can accompany frequent or numerous changes to eligibility” for Class I Renewable Portfolio Standards and opposed the bill.
An Act Concerning Consumer Protection of Cable Television and Video Service Customers
Senate Bill 657, moved to the foot of the Senate calendar on April 18, 2013 and recommitted to Energy and Technology in June, would require PURA to evaluate additional consumer protection measures for customers of cable television and video services. The bill would protect consumers by requiring increased transparency in advertising and requiring franchise renewals for all cable and video providers every five years. Although the OCC praised the bill as welcomed consumer protection, it worries that it does not possess the funding or personnel to assume the responsibilities the bill would create. All major cable and video providers strongly oppose the bill.
An Act Concerning Telecommunications Service
Senate Bill 1036, moved to the foot of the Senate calendar on April 18, 2013 and recommitted to Energy and Technology in June, would require PURA to study the feasibility of modernizing telecommunications services. This bill attempted to address the fact that current telecommunications statutes have remained the same while new technology has emerged.
An Act Concerning Clarity of Retail Electric Offering Terms (House Bill 6470, of which modified provisions were incorporated into Public Act 13-119)
An Act Concerning On-Bill Financing for Energy-Related Technology Upgrades (House Bill 5591, of which more developed provisions were incorporated into Public Act 13-298)
An Act Concerning Statutory Changes to Advance Connecticut’s Energy Policies (Senate Bill 839, of which various provisions were incorporated into Public Acts 13-298 and 13-119)
Budget Bill Fund Transfers
An Act Concerning Expenditures and Revenue for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2015 (Public Act 13-184)
This act transfers: (1) $3.4 million from the public, educational and governmental programming and educational technology investment account (PEGPETIA) to the General Fund for fiscal year 2014; (2) another $3.5 million from PEGPETIA to the General Fund for fiscal year 2015; (3) $35 million from the Connecticut Resource Recovery Authority to the General Fund for fiscal year 2014; (4) $5 million from the Regional Greenhouse Gas account to the General Fund for fiscal year 2015; (5) $6.2 million from CEFIA to the General Fund for fiscal year 2014; and (6) $24.2 million from CEFIA to the General Fund for fiscal year 2015. The act ceases deposits into the municipal video competition trust account during the fiscal years of 2014 and 2015. The act also extends the electric generation tax imposed by section 12-268s into fiscal year 2014, which is expected to yield $17.5 million in revenue for the General Fund. The electric generation tax would have terminated at the end of fiscal year 2013.
The act transfers $1 million of the systems benefit charge collected under section 16-245l to DEEP for energy assistance for fiscal years 2014 and 2015, earmarking $100,000 to provide a grant to Operation Fuel, Incorporated for operating expenses incurred for administering the energy assistance for those fiscal years.
Signed by Governor: June 18, 2013
Effective Date: July 1, 2013
An Act Concerning Community Access Providers
House Bill 5790 would have allocated regional funding for third-party nonprofit community access providers proportionately by the number of cable subscribers in each municipality. It would also have expanded the eligible users of the PEGPETIA grant program to encourage more local programming for local cable access television stations. The bill was referred to the Energy and Technology Committee in January of this year.
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