The Senate Committee on Utilities and Technology, to which was referred Senate Bill No. 313, has had the same under consideration and begs leave to report the same back to the Senate with the recommendation that said bill be AMENDED as follows:
Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:
facility that generates electricity from a renewable energy
resource (as defined in IC 8-1-8.8-10).
(B) Establish a maximum nameplate capacity for each net metering customer class for purposes of interconnecting a generating facility to an electric utility's distribution facility.
(C) For billing purposes, provide that the kilowatt hours generated by a net metering customer and delivered to an electric utility may not exceed the kilowatt hours supplied by the electric utility to the net metering customer during a billing period.
(D) Require a net metering customer to pay all costs and fees associated with interconnecting the customer's net metering facility.
(3) Allow an electric utility to establish in its proposed tariff net metering standards that exceed the standards set forth in the rules adopted under this subsection.
In adopting rules under this subsection, the commission shall consider the impact of interconnecting a net metering facility to an electric utility's distribution facility on the safe and reliable operation of the electric utility's electric grid system and on the safety of the electric utility's employees, agents, and contractors.
(c) Emergency rules adopted under subsection (b) may not apply to net metering agreements entered into before the effective date of this section.
(d) Rules adopted under subsection (b) expire on:
(1) the date the rules are adopted by the commission under IC 4-22-2-24 through IC 4-22-2-36; or
(2) January 1, 2013;
whichever is earlier.
(e) Not later than January 15, 2011, the commission shall:
(1) evaluate the net metering rules adopted by the commission and codified at 170 IAC 4-4.2 for compliance with the requirements set forth in subsections (b) and (c); and
(2) notify the publisher of the Indiana Administrative Code and Indiana Register of any rules codified at 170 IAC 4-4.2 that do not comply with the requirements set forth in subsection (b) or (c).
(C) the effects of competition on the pricing and availability of video service in Indiana.
(3) Beginning with the report due July 1, 2007, and in each report due in an odd-numbered year after July 1, 2007:
(A) an identification of all telecommunications rules and policies that are eliminated by the commission under section 4.1 of this chapter during the two (2) most recent state fiscal years; and
(B) an explanation why the telecommunications rules and policies identified under clause (A) are no longer in the public interest or necessary to protect consumers.
(4) Beginning with the report due July 1, 2010, best practices concerning vertical location of underground facilities for purposes of IC 8-1-26. A report under this subdivision must address the viability and economic feasibility of technologies used to vertically locate underground facilities.
(5) Beginning with the report due July 1, 2016, and in each report due every five (5) years thereafter, an analysis of the impact of changes and advances in technology on the net metering rules adopted by the commission and codified at 170 IAC 4-4.2.
(d) In addition to reviewing the commission report prepared under subsection (c), the regulatory flexibility committee shall also issue a report and recommendations to the legislative council by November 1 of each year that is based on a review of the following issues:
(1) The effects of competition and technological change in the telecommunications industry and impact of competition on available subsidies used to maintain universal service.
(2) The status of modernization of the publicly available telecommunications infrastructure in Indiana and the incentives required to further enhance this infrastructure.
(3) The effects on economic development and educational opportunities of the modernization described in subdivision (2).
(4) The current methods of regulating providers, at both the federal and state levels, and the effectiveness of the methods.
(5) The economic and social effectiveness of current telecommunications service pricing.
and when so amended that said bill do pass.
Committee Vote: Yeas 8, Nays 3.