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H.R. 4175: Promoting Renewable Energy with Shared Solar Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Aug 6, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4175

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 6, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to promote safe and reliable interconnection and net billing for community solar facilities.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Promoting Renewable Energy with Shared Solar Act of 2019.

2.

Provision of interconnection service and net billing service for community solar facilities

(a)

In general

Section 111(d) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2621(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(20)

Community solar facilities

(A)

Definitions

In this paragraph:

(i)

Community solar facility

The term community solar facility means a solar photovoltaic system that—

(I)

allocates electricity to multiple individual electric consumers of an electric utility;

(II)

has a nameplate rating of 2 megawatts or less; and

(III)

is—

(aa)

owned by the electric utility, jointly owned, or third-party owned;

(bb)

connected to a local distribution facility of the electric utility; and

(cc)

located on or off the property of a consumer of the electricity.

(ii)

Interconnection service

The term interconnection service means a service provided by an electric utility to an electric consumer, in accordance with the standards described in paragraph (15), through which a community solar facility is connected to an applicable local distribution facility.

(iii)

Net billing service

The term net billing service means a service provided by an electric utility to an electric consumer through which electric energy generated for that electric consumer from a community solar facility may be used to offset electric energy provided by the electric utility to the electric consumer during the applicable billing period.

(B)

Requirement

On receipt of a request of an electric consumer served by the electric utility, each electric utility shall make available to the electric consumer interconnection service and net billing service for a community solar facility.

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(b)

Compliance

(1)

Time limitations

Section 112(b) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2622(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(7)
(A)

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this paragraph, each State regulatory authority (with respect to each electric utility for which the State has ratemaking authority) and each nonregulated utility shall commence consideration under section 111, or set a hearing date for consideration, with respect to the standard established by paragraph (20) of section 111(d).

(B)

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this paragraph, each State regulatory authority (with respect to each electric utility for which the State has ratemaking authority), and each nonregulated electric utility shall complete the consideration and make the determination under section 111 with respect to the standard established by paragraph (20) of section 111(d).

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(2)

Failure to comply

(A)

In general

Section 112(c) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2622(c)) is amended—

(i)

by striking such paragraph (14) and all that follows through paragraphs (16) and inserting such paragraph (14). In the case of the standard established by paragraph (15) of section 111(d), the reference contained in this subsection to the date of enactment of this Act shall be deemed to be a reference to the date of enactment of that paragraph (15). In the case of the standards established by paragraphs (16); and

(ii)

by adding at the end the following: In the case of the standard established by paragraph (20) of section 111(d), the reference contained in this subsection to the date of enactment of this Act shall be deemed to be a reference to the date of enactment of that paragraph (20)..

(B)

Technical correction

(i)

In general

Section 1254(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109–58; 119 Stat. 971) is amended by striking paragraph (2).

(ii)

Treatment

The amendment made by paragraph (2) of section 1254(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109–58; 119 Stat. 971) (as in effect on the day before the date of enactment of this Act) is void, and section 112(d) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2622(d)) shall be in effect as if those amendments had not been enacted.

(3)

Prior State actions

(A)

In general

Section 112 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2622) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(g)

Prior State actions

Subsections (b) and (c) shall not apply to the standard established by paragraph (20) of section 111(d) in the case of any electric utility in a State if, before the date of enactment of this subsection—

(1)

the State has implemented for the electric utility the standard (or a comparable standard);

(2)

the State regulatory authority for the State or the relevant nonregulated electric utility has conducted a proceeding to consider implementation of the standard (or a comparable standard) for the electric utility; or

(3)

the State legislature has voted on the implementation of the standard (or a comparable standard) for the electric utility.

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(B)

Cross-reference

Section 124 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2634) is amended by adding at the end the following: In the case of the standard established by paragraph (20) of section 111(d), the reference contained in this subsection to the date of enactment of this Act shall be deemed to be a reference to the date of enactment of that paragraph (20)..