The latest on other energy bills we’re following
HB 407-Renewable Energy Facilities Amendments (Rep. Joel Briscoe) would modify “Schedule 32” rates for large energy users that seek to contract for new renewable energy resources. The bill was heard in the House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee last Monday (3/4) and Utah Clean Energy testified in favor of the bill with the sponsor, along with a representative from eBay. HB 407 was held for further study in interim committee.
HB 304-Fossil Fuel Tax Amendments (Rep. Joel Briscoe) would create a tax on emissions from fossil fuels created by Utah facilities, such as power plants, refineries, cement making facilities, and others. HB 304 would refund most of the revenues generated by the new tax through a reduction in other taxes. HB 304 received a hearing in the House Revenue and Taxation Committee on Friday, March 8, though the bill did not move forward out of committee.
HB 307-Utility Online Usage Data Amendments (Rep. Eric Hutchings) would allow nonresidential electricity customers of Rocky Mountain Power and rural electricity cooperatives access to more granular data on their energy use through an online portal. The bill is awaiting a final vote in the Senate after passing out of the Senate Transportation, Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee.
SB 150-Energy Balancing Account Amendments (Senator Daniel Hemmert) would allow Rocky Mountain Power to retain 100% of the balance of funds in its Energy Balancing Account, which the utility uses to pay for its power costs. SB 150 passed out of the House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Committee and now awaits a final vote in the House to pass.