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098BA420CC84548F872582200074AE61 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB18-009

SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES, & ENERGY
Date Jan 25, 2018      
Location SCR 357



SB18-009 - Committee Discussion Only

02:15:50 PM  
Senator Fenberg and Senator Priola, co-prime
sponsors, discussed the provisions of SB18-009 concerning energy storage
equipment for customers of electrict utilities.  They also distributed
Amendment L.001 [Attachment B] and a fact sheet on the bill [Attachment
C],   Senator Fenberg explained he sponsored a similar bill in 2017
that was postponed indefinitely.  He also responded to questions from
the committee about the bill and Amendment L. 001.  The bill directs
the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to adopt rules governing the installation,
interconnection, and use of customer-sited distributed electricity storage
systems.  The bill specifies principles that are to be incorporated
into the rules, including the installation and use of customer-sited electricity
storage systems is in the public interest; consumers may install these
systems without the burden of unnecessary regulations or discriminatory
fees; utility approval processes for these systems must be simple, streamlined,
and affordable; and utilities may not require customer-sited meters to
monitor these systems.
02:38:13 PM  
Ray Gifford, Edison Electric Institute, spoke in opposition to the bill.
02:40:21 PM  
Senator Fenberg distributed Amendment L.006
[Attachment D].
02:41:03 PM  
Phil Undercuffer, Outback Power, spoke
in support of the bill.  He also responded to questions from the committee
about the bill.
02:46:40 PM  
America Sherwood, League of Women Voters, spoke in support of the bill.
02:48:28 PM  
The committee recessed.
02:50:32 PM  
The committee returned from recess.  Mr.
Undercuffer and Mr. Gifford continued to respond to questions from the
committee about the bill.
03:14:38 PM  
Unity Vincent Sferrazza, Herbal Gardens
Wellness, spoke in support of the bill.
03:17:38 PM  
Whitney Painter, Buglet Solar, spoke in
support of the bill.  She also responded to questions from the committee
about how electric storage systems work.
03:20:01 PM  
Jacob Schlesinger, Solar Energy Industry Association, Colorado Solar Energy Industry Association, spoke in support of the bill. He also responded to questions from the committee about the reasons customers may want to install a battery.
03:27:31 PM  
Chris Votoupal, Colorado Clean Tech Industries Association, spoke in support of the bill and commented on Amendment L.001.
03:30:42 PM  
Willie Mein, representing himself, spoke in support of the bill.
03:34:24 PM  
Senator Fenberg and Senator Priola discussed the provisions of Amendment L.001 and Amendment L.006.
03:40:40 PM  
The bill was laid over and tentatively
scheduled for action only on Thursday February 1.






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