Citations Affected: IC 8-1.
Synopsis: Clean coal and energy projects. Encourages: (1) new energy
generating facilities in Indiana that use clean coal technology and are
fueled using Illinois Basin coal resources; (2) advanced technologies
that reduce regulated air emissions from existing generating plants; (3)
projects to provide electric transmission facilities; (4) projects to
develop alternative energy sources, including renewable energy
projects; and (5) the purchase by energy utilities of fuels produced by
coal gasification facilities in Indiana. Directs the IURC to encourage
clean coal and energy projects through financial incentives. Directs the
state utility forecasting group to conduct an annual study on the use,
availability, and economics of using renewable energy resources in
Indiana and to submit a report of its findings to the IURC.
Effective: Upon passage.
November 20, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Rules and Legislative
January 17, 2002, amended; reassigned to Committee on Energy and Economic Development.
January 29, 2002, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
February 4, 2002, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
utilities and transportation.
SECTION 1. IC 8-1-8.8 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS
A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON
Chapter 8.8. Utility Generation and Clean Coal Technology
Sec. 1. (a) The general assembly makes the following findings:
(1) Growth of Indiana's population and economic base has created a need for new energy generating facilities in Indiana.
(2) The development of a robust and diverse portfolio of energy generating capacity, including the use of renewable energy resources, is needed if Indiana is to continue to be successful in attracting new businesses and jobs.
(3) Indiana has considerable natural resources that are currently underutilized and could support development of new energy generating facilities at an affordable price.
(4) Certain regions of the state, such as southern Indiana, could benefit greatly from new employment opportunities created by development of new energy generating facilities
utilizing the plentiful supply of coal from the geological
formation known as the Illinois basin.
(5) Technology can be deployed that allows high sulfur coal from the geological formation known as the Illinois Basin to be burned efficiently while meeting strict state and federal air quality limitations. Specifically, the state should encourage the use of advanced clean coal technology, such as coal gasification.
(6) It is in the public interest for the state to encourage the construction of new energy generating facilities that increase the in-state capacity to provide for current and anticipated energy demand at a competitive price.
(b) The purpose of this chapter is to enhance Indiana's energy security and reliability by ensuring all of the following:
(1) Indiana's energy generating capacity continues to be adequate to provide for Indiana's current and future energy needs, including the support of the state's economic development efforts.
(2) The vast and underutilized coal resources of the Illinois Basin are used as a fuel source for new energy generating facilities.
(3) The electric transmission system within Indiana is upgraded to distribute additional amounts of electricity more efficiently.
(4) Jobs are created as new energy generating facilities are built in regions throughout Indiana.
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "clean coal and energy projects" means any of the following:
(1) Any of the following projects:
(A) Projects at new energy generating facilities that employ the use of clean coal technology and that are fueled primarily by coal or gases derived from coal from the geological formation known as the Illinois Basin.
(B) Projects to provide advanced technologies that reduce regulated air emissions from existing energy generating plants, such as flue gas desulfurization and selective catalytic reduction equipment.
(C) Projects to provide electric transmission facilities.
(2) Projects to develop alternative energy sources, including renewable energy projects.
(3) The purchase of fuels produced by a coal gasification facility.
energy service (as defined in IC 8-1-2.5-3) regardless of whether
that service is provided under IC 8-1-2.5 or another provision of
Sec. 10. (a) As used in this chapter, "renewable energy resources" means alternative sources of renewable energy, including the following:
(1) Energy from wind.
(2) Solar energy.
(3) Photovoltaic cells and panels.
(4) Dedicated crops grown for energy production.
(5) Organic waste biomass.
(6) Hydropower from existing dams.
(b) The term does not include energy from the incinerations, burning, or heating of any of the following:
(1) Waste wood.
(3) General household, institutional, commercial, industrial lunchroom, office, or landscape waste.
(4) Construction or demolition debris.
Sec. 11. (a) The commission shall encourage clean coal and energy projects by creating the following financial incentives for clean coal and energy projects:
(1) The timely recovery of costs incurred during construction and operation of projects described in section 2(1) of this chapter.
(2) The authorization of up to three (3) percentage points on the overall rate of return that would otherwise be allowed to be earned on projects described in subdivision (1).
(3) Financial incentives for the purchase of fuels produced by a coal gasification facility, including cost recovery and the incentive available under subdivision (2).
(4) Financial incentives for projects to develop alternative energy sources, including renewable energy projects.
(5) Other financial incentives the commission considers appropriate.
(b) An eligible business must file an application to the commission for approval of a clean coal and energy project under this section.
(c) The commission shall promptly review an application filed under this section for completeness. The commission may request additional information the commission considers necessary to aid in its review.
(d) The commission shall issue a determination of a project's eligibility for the financial incentives described in subsection (a) not later than ninety (90) days after the date of the application.
Sec. 12. (a) The commission shall provide financial incentives to eligible businesses for new energy generating facilities in the form of timely recovery of the costs incurred in connection with the construction, acquisition, repowering, expansion, operation, or maintenance of the facilities.
(b) An eligible business seeking authority to timely recover the costs described in subsection (a) must apply to the commission for approval of a rate adjustment mechanism in the manner determined by the commission.
(c) An application must include the following:
(1) A schedule for the completion of construction, repowering, acquisition, or expansion of the new energy generating facility for which rate relief is sought.
(2) Copies of the most recent integrated resource plan filed with the commission.
(3) The amount of capital investment by the eligible business in the new energy generating facility.
(4) Other information the commission considers necessary.
(d) The commission shall allow an eligible business to recover the costs associated with qualified utility system property if the eligible business provides substantial documentation that the expected costs associated with qualified utility system property and the schedule for incurring those costs are reasonable.
(e) The commission shall allow an eligible business to recover the costs associated with the purchase of fuels produced by a coal gasification facility if the eligible business provides substantial documentation that the costs associated with the purchase are reasonable.
(f) A retail rate adjustment mechanism proposed by an eligible business under this section may be based on actual or forecasted data. If forecast data is used, the retail rate adjustment mechanism must contain a reconciliation mechanism to correct for any variance between the forecasted costs and the actual costs.
Sec. 13. An eligible business shall file a monthly report with the department of commerce stating the following information:
(1) The amount of Illinois Basin coal, if any, purchased during the previous month for use in a new energy generating facility.
(2) The amount of any fuel produced by a coal gasification
facility and purchased by the eligible business during the
(3) Any other information the department of commerce may reasonably require.
Sec. 14. The group shall conduct an annual study on the use, availability, and economics of using renewable energy resources in Indiana. Each year, the group shall submit a report on the study to the commission for inclusion in the commission's annual report to the regulatory flexibility committee described in IC 8-1-2.5-9 and IC 8-1-2.6-4. The report must include suggestions from the group to encourage the development and use of renewable energy resources and technologies appropriate for use in Indiana.
SECTION 2. An emergency is declared for this act.