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HOUSE MOTION ____

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MR. SPEAKER:

    I move that House Bill 1128 be amended to read as follows:

    Delete the title and insert the following:
    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning utilities and to make an appropriation.

SOURCE: Page 1, line 1; (11)MO112801.1. -->     Page 1, between the enacting clause and line 1, begin a new paragraph and insert:
SOURCE: IC 8-1-2.5-9; (11)MO112801.1. -->     "SECTION 1. IC 8-1-2.5-9 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011]: Sec. 9. (a) A regulatory flexibility committee established under IC 8-1-2.6-4 to monitor changes in the telephone industry shall also serve to monitor changes and competition in the energy utility industry.
    (b) The commission shall before August 15 of each year prepare for presentation to the regulatory flexibility committee an analysis of the effects of competition or changes in the energy utility industry on service and on the pricing of all energy utility services under the jurisdiction of the commission. Beginning in 2013, the commission shall include in its report under this subsection objective data concerning advanced renewable energy contracts under IC 8-1-37, based on:
        (1) information contained in the registry established and maintained by the commission under IC 8-1-37-19; or
        (2) any information otherwise obtained by the commission from a particular energy utility or facility operator (as defined in IC 8-1-37-4).

    (c) In addition to reviewing the commission report prepared under

subsection (b), the regulatory flexibility committee shall also issue a report and recommendations to the legislative council before November 1 of each year that are based on a review of the following issues:
        (1) The effects of competition or changes in the energy utility industry and the impact of the competition or changes on the residential rates.
        (2) The status of modernization of the energy utility facilities in Indiana and the incentives required to further enhance this infrastructure.
        (3) The effects on economic development of this modernization.
        (4) The traditional method of regulating energy utilities and the method's effectiveness.
        (5) The economic and social effectiveness of traditional energy utility service pricing.
        (6) The effects of legislation enacted by the United States Congress.
        (7) All other energy utility issues the committee considers appropriate; however, it is not the intent of this section to provide for the review of the statutes cited in section 11 of this chapter.
The report and recommendations issued under this subsection to the legislative council must be in an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.
    (d) This section:
        (1) does not give a party to a collective bargaining agreement any greater rights under the agreement than the party had before January 1, 1995;
        (2) does not give the committee the authority to order a party to a collective bargaining agreement to cancel, terminate, amend, or otherwise modify the collective bargaining agreement; and
        (3) may not be implemented by the committee in a way that would give a party to a collective bargaining agreement any greater rights under the agreement than the party had before January 1, 1995.
    (e) The regulatory flexibility committee shall meet on the call of the co-chairs to study energy utility issues described in subsection (c). The committee shall, with the approval of the commission, retain independent consultants the committee considers appropriate to assist the committee in the review and study. The expenses for the consultants shall be paid with funds from the public utility fees assessed under IC 8-1-6.
    (f) The legislative services agency shall provide staff support to the committee.
    (g) Each member of the committee is entitled to receive the same per diem, mileage, and travel allowances paid to individuals who serve as legislative members of interim study committees established by the legislative council.".


SOURCE: Page 2, line 18; (11)MO112801.2. -->     Page 2, after line 18, begin a new paragraph and insert:
SOURCE: IC 8-1-37; (11)MO112801.3. -->     "SECTION 3. IC 8-1-37 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON PASSAGE]:
     Chapter 37. Advanced Renewable Energy Contracts
    Sec. 1. (a) The general assembly makes the following findings:
        (1) The development of a robust and diverse portfolio of electric generating capacity, including the use of renewable energy resources, is necessary if Indiana is to continue to be successful in attracting new businesses and jobs.
        (2) The payment of renewable energy rates for electricity generated from renewable energy resources:
            (A) ensures a sound long term investment for industries, companies, and individuals investing in renewable energy technologies; and
            (B) creates strong economic incentives for those industries, companies, and individuals to make the necessary capital and job creating investments in renewable energy technologies in those jurisdictions that provide such incentives.
        (3) Indiana has considerable renewable energy resources that could support the development of new electricity generation.
        (4) It is in the public interest for the state to encourage the rapid and sustainable development of renewable energy resources for the generation of electricity in Indiana.
        (5) The rapid and sustainable development of renewable energy resources for the generation of electricity will benefit the health, safety, and welfare of Indiana and its citizens by doing the following:
            (A) Stimulating the development of new technologies and industries in Indiana and creating new jobs to serve those emerging industries.
            (B) Placing Indiana at the forefront of the nation's renewable energy revolution.
            (C) Creating an Indiana marketplace for the development of and investments in renewable energy resources and technologies.
            (D) Opening renewable electricity generation, and the economic opportunities that accompany such generation, to all Indiana citizens.

             (E) Providing equitable opportunities for all Indiana citizens to help grow Indiana's renewable energy industry.
            (F) Reducing the price volatility and long term costs of electricity.
            (G) Reducing air and water pollution and related health problems and health care expenditures.

             (H) Protecting Indiana's natural resources.
             (I) Reducing greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.
     (b) The purpose of this chapter is to:
        (1) strengthen Indiana's economy by attracting new businesses and jobs in the growing renewable energy industry; and
        (2) enable the rapid and sustainable development of renewable energy resources for the generation of electricity in Indiana by:
            (A) providing for priority interconnections of renewable energy facilities to electric grids, including the necessary grid upgrades to allow those interconnections;
            (B) providing for priority purchases by energy utilities of electricity generated by renewable energy facilities;
            (C) requiring the commission to establish for purchases described in clause (B) renewable energy rates that are designed to ensure that the prices paid for the electricity are adequate to encourage the development of renewable energy facilities in Indiana; and
            (D) establishing a statewide equalization system for distributing the costs of the purchases described in clause (B).
    Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "capacity", with respect to a renewable energy facility, means the maximum output of electricity, expressed in kilowatts or megawatts, that the renewable energy facility can supply to an electric system's load, adjusted for ambient conditions.
    Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "energy utility" means a public utility (as defined in IC 8-1-2-1) engaged in the production, transmission, delivery, or furnishing of electricity.
    Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "facility operator" means a person that owns, operates, manages, or controls a renewable energy facility.
    Sec. 5. As used in this chapter, "federal incentive" means any federal tax credit or deduction, or any other federal incentive or subsidy (other than any accelerated depreciation available for tax purposes), that is available in connection with the generation of electricity from a renewable energy resource.
    Sec. 6. As used in this chapter, "grid" means interconnected facilities used for the transmission and distribution of electricity for general supply.
    Sec. 7. As used in this chapter, "grid operator" means:
        (1) an energy utility; or
        (2) another person;
that owns or operates any part of a grid.
    Sec. 8. As used in this chapter, "grid upgrade" means any additions or modifications to a grid that are made:
        (1) at or beyond the point at which a renewable energy facility interconnects to the grid; and
        (2) to accommodate electricity generated by the renewable energy facility and delivered to the grid.
    Sec. 9. (a) As used in this chapter, "renewable energy facility" means a facility that:
        (1) is located in Indiana;
        (2) generates electricity solely from a renewable energy resource;
        (3) is capable of providing electricity directly to a grid; and
        (4) is a qualifying facility under regulations adopted by the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 824a-3).
    (b) The term includes the following:
        (1) An alternate energy production facility (as defined in IC 8-1-2.4-2(b)), to the extent that it generates electricity from a renewable energy resource set forth in section 11 of this chapter.
        (2) A small hydro facility (as defined in IC 8-1-2.4-2(e)) at an existing dam.
    (c) The term does not include a cogeneration facility (as defined in IC 8-1-2.4-2(c)).
    Sec. 10. As used in this chapter, "renewable energy rate" means a rate that:
        (1) an energy utility pays for electricity under a contract entered into under section 13 of this chapter with a facility operator; and
        (2) applies to the particular renewable energy resource used to generate the electricity sold to the energy utility under the contract, as set forth in rules adopted by the commission under section 14 of this chapter (as most recently adjusted under section 15 of this chapter) at the time the contract is entered into.
    Sec. 11. As used in this chapter, "renewable energy resource" means any of the following sources for the generation of electricity:
        (1) Wind energy.
        (2) Solar energy.
        (3) Hydropower from existing dams.
        (4) Geothermal energy.
        (5) Energy from organic waste biogas, including any of the following:
            (A) Methane produced by the biodigestion of farm or animal wastes.
            (B) Landfill gas.
            (C) Sewage treatment gas.
        The term does not include coal bed methane.
    Sec. 12. (a) After December 31, 2011, a grid operator shall:
        (1) provide priority interconnections between renewable energy facilities and the grid operator's grid; and
        (2) transmit on a priority basis electricity generated by any renewable energy facilities that are connected to its grid.
    (b) A grid operator has the duty to interconnect a particular renewable energy facility under this section if:
        (1) the grid operator provides transmission or distribution service in a retail electric service area that includes the renewable energy facility;
        (2) the grid operator controls or operates grid facilities technically suitable to receive electricity from the renewable energy facility; and
        (3) there is no other grid with a connection point that is technically and economically more suitable.
    (c) For purposes of subsection (b), a grid is considered technically suitable to receive electricity from a renewable energy facility even if feeding in the electricity produced by the renewable energy facility requires the grid operator to perform grid upgrades. If a grid operated or controlled by a grid operator requires grid upgrades to enable a renewable energy facility to feed in electricity to the grid, the grid operator shall perform the required grid upgrades without undue delay, upon the request of the facility operator seeking to connect a renewable energy facility to the grid operator's grid. The obligation to upgrade a grid under this subsection includes the obligation to upgrade:
        (1) all technical facilities that are:
            (A) required for operating the grid; and
            (B) needed for the interconnection; and
        (2) all connecting installations that are needed for the interconnection;
that are owned or passed into ownership of the grid operator.
    (d) The costs associated with:
        (1) connecting a renewable energy facility to the technically and economically most suitable connection point on the grid; and
        (2) installing the necessary measuring devices for recording the quantity of electricity transmitted and received by the renewable energy facility;
shall be borne by the facility operator.
    (e) The costs associated with any grid upgrades required under subsection (c) shall be borne by the grid operator making the upgrades. The grid operator may take into account the costs of any upgrades made when determining any charges for the use of the grid by the renewable energy facility for which the upgrades are made.
    (f) Whenever a renewable energy facility is connected to a grid

under this section, the connection and any other installations required for the safe operation of the grid must meet the renewable energy facility's technical requirements. A facility operator may have:
        (1) the connection; and
        (2) the installation of any measuring devices for recording the quantity of electricity transmitted and received by the renewable energy facility;
performed by the grid operator or a third party.
    Sec. 13. (a) Except as provided in subsections (e) and (f), after December 31, 2011, an energy utility shall, upon the request of a facility operator, enter into a contract for the purchase of electricity generated by the facility operator's renewable energy facility. A contract under this section must:
        (1) be for a term of at least:
            (A) forty (40) years, in the case of electricity generated from a renewable energy facility that uses hydropower at an existing dam to generate electricity; or
            (B) twenty (20) years, in the case of electricity generated from a renewable energy facility not described in clause (A); and
        (2) require the energy utility to purchase electricity from the renewable energy facility:
            (A) on a priority basis; and
            (B) subject to subsection (d) and section 16 of this chapter, at a rate that is not less than the applicable renewable energy rate that:
                (i) applies with respect to the particular renewable resource used by the renewable energy facility; and
                (ii) is in effect under rules adopted by the commission under section 14 of this chapter (as most recently adjusted under section 15 of this chapter) at the time the contract is entered into;
        throughout the term of the contract.
    (b) An energy utility shall offer a standard contract, on a form prescribed by the commission under subsection (c), to a facility operator that seeks to enter into a contract with the energy utility under this section. A standard contract offered under this subsection must set forth:
        (1) the rate to be paid for each kilowatt hour of electricity purchased under the contract;
        (2) the adjustments to be made to the rate to account for inflation, as prescribed by subsection (d);
        (3) the duration of the contract; and
        (4) any information concerning the renewable energy facility required by the commission for the statewide registry established under section 19 of this chapter.


Each party to the contract shall sign the contract and retain a signed duplicate original of the contract. The energy utility shall submit a copy of the signed contract to the commission not later than seven (7) business days after the contract is signed by both parties.
    (c) Not later than December 1, 2011, the commission shall develop and make available a standard contract form for use by energy utilities in entering into contracts with facility operators under this section. The form prescribed by the commission must require the parties to set forth the information described in subsection (b)(1) through (b)(4).
    (d) Beginning on the date that is one (1) year after the date on which a contract entered into under this section is signed by the parties, each year during the term of the contract the rate set forth in the contract under subsection (a)(2)(B) increases by a percentage that is not less than the product of:
        (1) the percent increase in the United States Department of Labor Consumer Price Index during the previous calendar year; multiplied by
        (2) six-tenths (0.6).
    (e) An energy utility's obligation to enter into a contract with a facility operator under this section does not apply if:
        (1) the capacity of the grid in the electric service area that:
            (A) includes the facility operator's renewable energy facility; and
            (B) is served by the energy utility;
        is entirely taken up by electricity generated by other renewable energy facilities that were connected to the grid before the connection or proposed connection of the facility operator's renewable energy facility; and
        (2) the energy utility has no ability to transmit any electricity generated by the facility operator's renewable energy facility to:
            (A) an energy utility; or
            (B) a grid operator;
        in an adjacent electric service area.
    (f) An energy utility's obligation to enter into a contract with a facility operator under this section ends after December 31, 2031. However, an energy utility may enter into a contract to purchase electricity from a renewable energy facility under:
        (1) the terms set forth in this section; or
        (2) any other terms;
at any time.
    Sec. 14.
(a) Not later than December 1, 2011, the commission shall adopt emergency rules under IC 4-22-2-37.1 to establish renewable energy rates that apply to each renewable energy resource that:
        (1) is described in section 11 of this chapter; and
        (2) may be used by a renewable energy facility to generate electricity that is sold to an energy utility under a contract entered into under section 13 of this chapter.
    (b) The renewable energy rates adopted by the commission under subsection (a) are subject to the following:
        (1) The renewable energy rates must be:
            (A) just and reasonable to the customers of the energy utility; and
            (B) in the public interest.
        (2) The renewable energy rates may not discriminate against renewable energy facilities.
        (3) The renewable energy rates may not exceed an energy utility's avoided costs (as defined in 18 CFR 292.101(b)(6)) in purchasing electricity from a facility operator. However, in adopting renewable energy rates based on avoided costs, the commission may:
            (A) differentiate among renewable energy facilities using various technologies on the basis of the supply characteristics of the different technologies;
            (B) adopt a multi-tiered avoided cost rate structure based on an energy utility's avoided costs for both energy and capacity; and
            (C) take into account any obligations that:
                (i) are imposed by the state or the federal government at the time the commission adopts renewable energy rates under this section or adjusts renewable energy rates under section 15 of this chapter; and
                (ii) require energy utilities to purchase or generate electricity from particular sources or for a particular duration;
            including any binding federal or state renewable energy portfolio standards.
        (4) The renewable energy rates must comply with:
            (A) the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 824a-3); and
            (B) all regulations adopted and orders issued by the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission in connection with the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 824a-3).
        (5) The renewable energy rates must be at a level designed to ensure that the prices paid for electricity under contracts entered into under section 13 of this chapter:
            (A) are adequate to encourage the rapid deployment of renewable sources of electricity generation in Indiana; and
            (B) do not result in:
                (i) excessive profits for facility operators; or
                (ii) unnecessary costs to customers of energy utilities.
        (6) For each renewable energy resource described in section 11 of this chapter, the commission shall adopt at least two (2) renewable energy rates, one (1) of which:
            (A) is for a lower amount; and
            (B) shall apply with respect to any facility operator that receives one (1) or more federal incentives for the generation of electricity from the particular renewable energy resource.
    (c) An emergency rule adopted by the commission under IC 4-22-2-37.1 expires on the date the rule is adopted by the commission under IC 4-22-2-24 through IC 4-22-2-36.
    Sec. 15. (a) Every two (2) years, beginning in 2014, the commission shall review the rates adopted under section 14 of this chapter, as most recently adjusted under this section, to determine if the then current rates reflect the price needed to encourage the development of renewable energy facilities in Indiana. In making the determination required under this section, the commission shall consider whether the then current rates are at a level that:
        (1) ensures the rapid deployment of renewable sources of electricity generation; and
        (2) does not result in:
            (A) excessive profits for facility operators; or
            (B) unnecessary costs to customers of energy utilities.
    (b) If, in conducting the review required under subsection (a), the commission determines that the then current rates, as most recently adjusted under this section, do not reflect the price needed to encourage the development of renewable energy facilities in Indiana, the commission may, upon public notice and opportunity for hearing by interested parties, adjust the then current rates to a level that:
        (1) ensures the rapid deployment of renewable sources of electricity generation; and
        (2) does not result in:
            (A) excessive profits for facility operators; or
            (B) unnecessary costs to customers of energy utilities.
    (c) Any rate adjustments made by the commission under subsection (b) apply only to contracts under section 13 of this chapter that are entered into after the date of the commission's order adjusting the rates.
    Sec. 16. (a) If:
        (1) at the time a facility operator enters into a contract with an energy utility under section 13 of this chapter, the facility operator does not receive any federal incentives for the generation of electricity by the facility operator's renewable energy facility; and
        (2) at any time during the term of the contract, the facility

operator begins receiving one (1) or more federal incentives for the generation of electricity by the facility operator's renewable energy facility;
the facility operator shall provide to the commission and to the energy utility written notice, on a form prescribed by the commission, of the federal incentives received. The facility operator shall provide the notice required by this subsection not later than seven (7) business days after the effective date of the federal incentives received. The renewable energy rate set forth in the contract entered into by the facility operator and the energy utility shall be adjusted to reflect the rate that applies to a facility operator that receives federal incentives, as required under section 14(b)(6) of this chapter and as most recently adjusted under section 15 of this chapter, effective as of the effective date of the federal incentives received.
    (b) If:
        (1) at the time a facility operator enters into a contract with an energy utility under section 13 of this chapter, the facility operator receives one (1) or more federal incentives for the generation of electricity by the facility operator's renewable energy facility; and
        (2) at any time during the term of the contract, the facility operator no longer receives any federal incentives for the generation of electricity by the facility operator's renewable energy facility;
the facility operator may provide to the commission and to the energy utility written notice, on a form prescribed by the commission, that the facility operator no longer receives any federal incentives for the generation of electricity by the facility operator's renewable energy facility. If the facility operator provides the notice described in this subsection, the renewable energy rate set forth in the contract entered into by the facility operator and the energy utility shall be adjusted to reflect the rate that applies to a facility operator that does not receive federal incentives, as required under section 14(b)(6) of this chapter and as most recently adjusted under section 15 of this chapter, effective as of the termination date of the last federal incentive received by the operator for the generation of electricity by the facility operator's renewable energy facility.
    (c) A facility operator that enters or seeks to enter into a contract with an energy utility under section 13 of this chapter may, at the time of entering into the contract or at any time during the term of the contract, claim and receive, or cease to claim and receive, either of the following without an adjustment in the applicable renewable energy rate under section 14 of this chapter (as most recently adjusted under section 15 of this chapter):
        (1) State tax credits, state tax deductions, or other state

incentives or subsidies that are available in connection with the generation of electricity from renewable energy resources, if not otherwise prohibited by the state law, rule, or program establishing the incentives.
        (2) Incentives offered by an energy utility in connection with the generation of electricity from renewable energy resources, if not otherwise prohibited by the energy utility's program establishing the incentives.

     (d) An energy utility that enters into a contract with a facility operator under section 13 of this chapter is not exempt from any binding federal or state renewable energy portfolio standard that applies or may come into effect during the term of the contract. However, any credit or allowance for renewable electricity generation needed to comply with any federal or state renewable energy portfolio standard belongs to the energy utility that purchases electricity under the contract and may not be claimed by the facility operator supplying the electricity under the contract, unless otherwise specified by federal or state law.
     Sec. 17. (a) Beginning in 2013, not later than March 1 of each year, an energy utility that purchased electricity during the immediately preceding calendar year from one (1) or more facility operators under one (1) or more contracts under section 13 of this chapter shall report to the commission, on a form prescribed by the commission, the following information for all the energy utility's contracts under section 13 of this chapter that were in effect during the immediately preceding calendar year:
        (1) The total amount of electricity, expressed in kilowatt hours, purchased under all the energy utility's contracts under section 13 of this chapter that were in effect during the immediately preceding calendar year.
        (2) The total amount paid by the energy utility for the electricity described in subdivision (1).
        (3) The total amount of electricity, expressed in kilowatt hours, supplied by the energy utility to all its Indiana customers during the immediately preceding calendar year.
    (b) Beginning in 2013, not later than July 1 of each year, the commission shall compile the information submitted by all energy utilities under subsection (a) and shall determine the following:
        (1) The statewide ratio of the total electricity purchased from renewable energy facilities by energy utilities to the total electricity supplied to all Indiana customers by those energy utilities, with respect to the immediately preceding calendar year, determined as follows:
            STEP ONE: Determine the sum of all amounts reported by all energy utilities under subsection (a)(1) with respect to the immediately preceding calendar year.
            STEP TWO: Determine the sum of all amounts reported

by all energy utilities under subsection (a)(3) with respect to the immediately preceding calendar year.
            STEP THREE: Determine the quotient of:
                (A) the STEP ONE amount; divided by
                (B) the STEP TWO amount.
        (2) For each energy utility that submitted a report under subsection (a), the ratio of the total electricity purchased from renewable energy facilities by the energy utility to the total electricity supplied to all Indiana customers by the energy utility, with respect to the immediately preceding calendar year, determined by calculating the quotient of:
            (A) the amount reported by the energy utility under subsection (a)(1); divided by
            (B) the amount reported by the energy utility under subsection (a)(3).
        (3) The sum of the amounts reported by all energy utilities under subsection (a)(2).
    (c) For each energy utility that submits a report under subsection (a), the commission shall compare the ratio calculated for the energy utility under subsection (b)(2) to the statewide ratio calculated under subsection (b)(1). If an energy utility's ratio calculated under subsection (b)(2) is less than the statewide ratio calculated under subsection (b)(1), the commission shall assess the energy utility an equalization charge in an amount equal to the difference between:
        (1) the product of:
            (A) the amount determined by the commission under subsection (b)(3); multiplied by
            (B) the statewide ratio calculated by the commission under subsection (b)(1); minus
        (2) the product of:
            (A) the amount determined by the commission under subsection (b)(3); multiplied by
            (B) the energy utility's ratio calculated by the commission under subsection (b)(2).
Not later than August 1 of the same year in which the commission makes the calculations described in subsection (b), the commission shall send an energy utility whose ratio calculated under subsection (b)(2) is less than the statewide ratio calculated under subsection (b)(1) a notice of the equalization charge due, as calculated under this subsection. The notice must specify that the equalization charge must be paid to the commission not later than thirty (30) days after the date of the commission's notice, for deposit by the commission in the renewable energy equalization fund established by section 18 of this chapter.
    (d) The commission shall immediately deposit all equalization charges received under subsection (c) into the renewable energy

equalization fund established by section 18 of this chapter.
    (e) If, in comparing the ratio calculated for an energy utility under subsection (b)(2) to the statewide ratio calculated under subsection (b)(1), as required by subsection (c), the commission determines that the energy utility's ratio calculated under subsection (b)(2) is greater than the statewide ratio calculated under subsection (b)(1), the commission shall make an equalization payment to the energy utility in an amount equal to the difference between:
        (1) the product of:
            (A) the amount determined by the commission under subsection (b)(3); multiplied by
            (B) the energy utility's ratio calculated by the commission under subsection (b)(2); minus
        (2) the product of:
            (A) the amount determined by the commission under subsection (b)(3); multiplied by
            (B) the statewide ratio calculated by the commission under subsection (b)(1).
The commission shall remit the equalization payment determined under this subsection to the energy utility not later than November 1 of the same year in which the commission makes the calculations described in subsection (b). An equalization payment remitted to an energy utility under this subsection shall be paid from the renewable energy equalization fund established by section 18 of this chapter.
    (f) The commission may adopt rules under IC 4-22-2, including emergency rules under IC 4-22-2-37.1, to implement this section. An emergency rule adopted by the commission under IC 4-22-2-37.1 expires on the date the rule is adopted by the commission under IC 4-22-2-24 through IC 4-22-2-36.
    Sec. 18. (a) The renewable energy equalization fund is established to receive equalization charges and disburse equalization payments under this chapter. The fund shall be administered by the commission.
    (b) The fund consists of money deposited in the fund by the commission under section 17(d) of this chapter.
    (c) The treasurer of state shall invest the money in the fund not currently needed to meet the obligations of the fund in the same manner as other public funds may be invested.
    (d) Money in the fund at the end of a state fiscal year does not revert to the state general fund but remains in the fund to be used exclusively for purposes of this chapter.
    (e) Money in the fund is continuously appropriated for the purposes of this chapter.
    Sec. 19. (a) Not later than June 1, 2013, the commission shall establish a statewide registry of all renewable energy facilities that

enter into contracts with energy utilities under section 13 of this chapter after December 31, 2011. Based on the information contained in the standard contracts submitted to the commission under section 13(b) of this chapter, and on any information obtained independently by the commission from a particular facility operator, the commission shall record in the registry the following information for each renewable energy facility:
        (1) The facility operator for the renewable energy facility.
        (2) The type of renewable energy resource used by the renewable energy facility to generate electricity.
        (3) The capacity of the renewable energy facility.
        (4) The location of the renewable energy facility.
        (5) The number of contracts entered into under section 13 of this chapter under which the renewable energy facility supplies electricity.
        (6) Any technical specifications concerning the renewable energy facility that the commission may require.
    (b) The commission shall require a facility operator, or the facility operator's successor in interest, to notify the commission in a timely manner if any of the information described in subsection (a) with respect to the facility operator's renewable energy facility changes. The commission shall require a facility operator that has one (1) or more renewable energy facilities included in the registry established under subsection (a) to provide an annual report, on a form prescribed by the commission, providing updated information on each of the facility operator's renewable energy facilities that is included in the registry.
    (c) The commission shall update the registry on a timely basis upon receiving:
        (1) a standard contract submitted to the commission under section 13(b) of this chapter; or
        (2) an annual report or a notice of change in information from a facility operator under subsection (b).
    (d) The commission shall make the registry established under subsection (a) available:

        (1) for public inspection and copying at the offices of the
commission under IC 5-14-3; and
        (2) on the commission's web site.

SOURCE: ; (11)MO112801.4. -->     SECTION 4. An emergency is declared for this act.".
    Renumber all SECTIONS consecutively.
    (Reference is to HB 1128 as printed January 28, 2011.)

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Representative Pierce


MO112801/DI 101     2011