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Solar Mandate? Like it or Not, Consumers Pay

Fortnightly Magazine - December 1998

development programs related to energy conservation and renewables; (v) market transformation; and (vi) low income energy assistance."

29 Testimony of MPC witness David Houser.

30 Testimony of NRDC and RNP witness Rachel Shimshak.

31 Docket No. D97.7.90.

32 "The public purpose of said trust fund shall be to generate the maximum economic and environmental benefits over time from renewable energy to the ratepayers of the commonwealth through a series of initiatives which exploits the advantages of renewable energy in a more competitive energy marketplace by promoting the increased availability, use, and affordability of renewable energy and by fostering the formation, growth, expansion, and retention within the commonwealth of preeminent clusters of renewable energy and related enterprises, institutions, and projects, which serve the citizens of the commonwealth." Section 20.

33 Section 68.

34 Shea., v. Boston Edison,, Supreme Judicial Court Case No. SJ-98-0124.

35 Other SBCs are for consumer education of up to $350,000 (Sec. 34), low-income energy conservation, dislocated worker programs, costs of hardship protections, post-retirement safe shutdown and site protection, nuclear plant decommissioning and spent nuclear fuel storage and disposal (Sec. 18). A separate 0.3 cents/kWh SBC would fund energy conservation programs designed by a DPUC-appointed board (Sec.33).

36 House Bill 5005, Public Act 98-28, effective April 19, 1998.

37 Section 44 (C) states, in part: "Connecticut Innovations, Incorporated, may use any amount in said fund for expenditures which promote investment in renewable energy sources in accordance with a comprehensive plan developed by it to foster the growth, development and commercialization of renewable energy sources, related enterprises and stimulate demand for renewable energy and deployment of renewable energy sources which serve end use customers in this state. Such expenditures may include, but not be limited to, grants, direct or equity investments, contracts or other actions which support research, development, manufacture, commercialization, deployment and installation of renewable energy technologies, and actions which expand the expertise of individuals, businesses and lending institutions with regard to renewable energy technologies."

38 Full retail access occurs in Connecticut on July 1, 2000 with 35 percent of the population by customer class eligible for retail competition with distressed areas getting first choice on January 1, 2000.

39 Docket No. 97-01-15.

40 Interview with NU Research Director William Stillinger.

41 Electricity Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act, 66 Pa. Cs. §§2801-2812 (effective Dec. 31, 1996).

42 Docket Nos. R-00973953 & P-00971265.

43 Docket No. R-00973954.

44 The 1999 sustainable energy fund for Met Ed is $5.7 million (Docket No. R-00974008) and for Pennelec is $6.4 million (Docket No. R-00974009).

45 Docket No. 05-BU-100.

46 Docket No. 6690-UR-110.



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