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Senate Bill 0206

ARCHIVE (2007)

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DIGEST OF SB206 (Updated April 10, 2007 12:24 pm - DI 84)

Energy facilities. Amends the definition of "clean coal technology" in various statutes. Defines the term as a technology used at an electric or a steam generating facility to reduce carbon, sulfur, mercury, or nitrogen based pollutants or particulate matter emissions that are regulated, or reasonably anticipated by the utility regulatory commission (IURC) to be regulated, by the federal government, the state, or a political subdivision of the state. (The current definition includes only technologies that reduce sulfur or nitrogen emissions.) Requires an electricity supplier (other than a rural electric membership cooperative or a municipally owned utility) to supply a certain percentage of its total electricity supply from renewable energy resources. Establishes the renewable energy resources fund. Requires an electricity supplier that fails to supply electricity from renewable energy resources to pay a penalty. Deposits the penalties in the fund. Authorizes the IURC, upon a petition from an energy utility that uses coal or natural gas at an existing generating plant to generate electricity or steam and after a hearing, to approve implementation of certain projects to reduce air emissions of carbon, sulfur, mercury, or nitrogen based pollutants or emissions of particulate matter and for the timely recovery of costs incurred by the utility in implementation of those projects. Authorizes the IURC to provide other financial incentives for implementation of such regulated air emissions projects. Provides that the Indiana utility regulatory commission may not determine a territorial dispute between certain municipal water utilities. Requires the IURC, upon the request of the county executives of three or more counties that are located in an electric utility's service area, to study the feasibility of establishing a regional public power authority to: (1) acquire the assets of an electric utility providing retail electric service on April 1, 2007, in specified counties in Indiana; (2) own and operate the assets acquired; and (3) act as a nonprofit utility to provide retail electric service to customers within the participating units. Requires the commission to report its findings not later than December 31, 2007, to: (1) the regulatory flexibility committee; (2) the legislative council; and (3) the county executive of each county in the electric utility's service area on April 1, 2007. Authorizes the regulatory flexibility committee to recommend any legislation necessary to establish a regional public power authority in Indiana. Makes technical corrections.
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