2018 Legislative Round Up
The Governor's Energy Advisor and the Office of Energy Development were engaged in providing information and analysis to the Governor and the Legislature during the 2018 Legislative Session. Some of the major energy related bills passed during the session, including....
SB 141 Electric Energy Amendments
SB 141 temporarily freezes the Renewable Energy Systems Tax Credit 2018 level of $1,600 to stay in effect until 2020. Starting in 2021, the RESTC will step down in increments of $400 per year until it is completely phased out and no longer available at the end of the 2023.
SB 141 also repeals the net metering act. Over the summer of 2017, the solar industry, Rocky Mountain Power, state agencies and solar energy advocates negotiated an agreement that sets an end date for net metering but extends the state of Utah credit (RESTC) for an additional two years. Net metering will no longer be available after 2035. Dr. Laura Nelson played a pivotal role in the negotiations between the utility and the solar industry.
SB 191 State Regulations of Oil and Gas
SB 191 sets in place the administering authority at the Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining to prohibit any municipalities in Utah from passing ordinances that would prohibit the oil and gas industry from operating in Utah.
SB 157 Residential Solar Energy Amendments
This bill set forth practicing standards for the solar industry; a guideline of recommendations and rules for solar companies to follow when they are selling products to Utahns. This will help the solar industry to operate in a reputable fashion and get rid of bad actors within the industry.
HB 261 Renewable Energy Amendments
This bill sets forth procedures to allow Rocky Mountain Power to bid into utility-scale solar and renewable energy projects. Utilities do not have the option to take the federal tax credit at the time of construction but rather is required to take the tax credit over the life of the project. By allowing RMP to bid into utility-scale projects and take advantage of the federal tax credit at the time when the project is placed into operation will keep electricity rates low in Utah.
HB 422 Natural Gas Infrastructure Amendments
This bill allows a utility to build in cost recovery rates for providing natural gas infrastructure to rural communities.
SB 166 Energy Facility Amendments
SB 166 adds a "parameters resolution" to the code, meaning a resolution is passed by the governing body and allows them to delegate authority to a third party to place an assessment, and issue a bond. In addition, it adds owner-occupied or rental condominium units affiliated with a hotel and property that the military installation development authority owns to the scope of eligible properties.
HCR 007 Concurrent Resolution on Environmental and Economic Stewardship
This concurrent resolution encourages responsible stewardship of natural resources and a reduction of emissions.