Legislature(2017 - 2018)BARNES 124

03/31/2018 01:00 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 262 MILITARY SPOUSE COURTESY LICENSE TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 374 ON-BILL FINANCING OF ENERGY IMPROVEMENTS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 374(L&C) Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 384 REGULATORY COMM OF AK; BROADBAND INTERNET TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 384 Out of Committee
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 401 INSURANCE; REINSURANCE;VALUATION; CREDITS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSHB 401(L&C) Out of Committee
        HB 374-ON-BILL FINANCING OF ENERGY IMPROVEMENTS                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:21:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  announced that  the next order  of business  would be                                                               
HOUSE BILL NO.  374, "An Act relating to on-bill  financing by an                                                               
electric  or   gas  distribution   utility  for   certain  energy                                                               
efficiency and conservation improvements."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:22:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL moved  to adopt  the CS  for HB  374 as  the                                                               
working document.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO objected for discussion.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:22:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAITLYN  ELLIS,  Staff,  Representative Sam  Kito,  Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, presented  the changes in  the CS.   She paraphrased                                                               
the explanation of changes [included in committee packet], which                                                                
reads as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     MOVED meter  conservation charge language  from section                                                                    
     42.05.750  to  the  meter conservation  charge  section                                                                    
     (Page 2,  lines 10-17)  and DELETED  meter conservation                                                                    
     charge   language   unnecessarily   repeated   in   the                                                                    
     definition of meter conservation  charge (Page 5, lines                                                                    
     6-7).  Change  requested   by  bill  drafter-  cosmetic                                                                    
     change only.                                                                                                               
     Page  2,  line  27 DELETED  "AS  42.05.261,"  (mistaken                                                                    
     cross reference)                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     Page  3, lines  25-28 DELETED  most of  Sect. 42.05.754                                                                    
     Rental Property.                                                                                                           
     With deletion, only landlords  that are responsible for                                                                    
     the  entire  utility bill  can  enter  into an  on-bill                                                                    
     financing  agreement for  rental property;  and tenants                                                                    
     cannot enter into on-bill financing agreements at all.                                                                     
     This led to the following conforming DELETIONS:                                                                            
        • "a customer or landlord of' on Page 1, line 8;                                                                        
        • "or landlord" Page 2, line 19;                                                                                        
        • "a tenant or subsequent tenant of the residence                                                                       
          or building under AS 42.05.754." Page 2, line 21;                                                                     
        • "a purchaser's obligation to notify a tenant                                                                          
          under AS 42.05.754 if the purchase leases the                                                                         
          property." Page 3, line 16; and                                                                                       
        • "or landlord of a utility customer" Page 4, line                                                                      
          27.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Page  2,   lines  8-9   INSERTED  language   making  it                                                                    
     explicitly clear that the utility  can choose what type                                                                    
     of improvements  the utility will finance  under an on-                                                                    
     bill program. This was the bill's intent all along.                                                                        
     DELETED  "an  electric   or  gas  distribution"  before                                                                    
     "utility"  nine  places  in  the  bill  (including  the                                                                    
     title).  The  change  would allow  a  district  heating                                                                    
     utility to utilize on-bill financing.                                                                                      
     Page  4,   line  31  REWORDED  definition   of  "energy                                                                    
     conservation system".                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Version  N:  the new  fuel  switched  to must  be  more                                                                    
     efficient and not increase direct                                                                                          
     greenhouse gas emissions.                                                                                                  
        Version E: the new fuel still must not increase                                                                         
     greenhouse gas emissions, and must                                                                                         
     either be more efficient OR cheaper.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:25:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE     JOSEPHSON    asked     about    weatherization                                                               
considerations in the CS.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MS. ELLIS  answered that  weatherization considerations  were not                                                               
included in the CS.  She deferred to Mr. Earl.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:26:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROB  EARL,   Staff,  Representative   Adam  Wool,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature, presented  HB 374 on behalf  of Representative Wool,                                                               
prime sponsor.   He answered  that he agreed  that weatherization                                                               
is not included.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO added that one change to  the bill is to make sure the                                                               
utility provider can approve the measures that can be financed.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL  said  that   the  original  intent  was  to                                                               
facilitate the conversion to more efficient fuel sources.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOSEPHSON  asked about  the concerns  expressed by                                                               
Alaska Electric Light and Power (AELP).                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ELLIS   said  the  new  definition   mostly  resolves  those                                                               
concerns.  She added AELP had been involved in the change.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:29:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO removed his objection to adopting the CS to HB 374.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:29:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO  announced that public  testimony on HB 374  was still                                                               
open from the previous hearing.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:29:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DUFF MITCHELL,  Manager Director,  Juneau Hydro  Power; Chairman,                                                               
Juneau Commission  on Sustainability, testified in  support of HB
374.  He described some of  the innovative heating systems in the                                                               
state.   He stated he  supports Version  E of the  proposed bill.                                                               
He said  the new  language is  "utility agnostic".    He  said he                                                               
believes the bill supports the state's energy policies.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:33:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR KITO closed public testimony.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:33:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  WOOL  moved  to  report  CS for  HB  374  out  of                                                               
committee  with individual  recommendations and  the accompanying                                                               
fiscal notes.  There being no objection, it was so ordered.                                                                     

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB262 Supporting Document- Military Spouse Licensure State Report - Alaska.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Documents- DoD Officials Assesment Article.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Documents- Expedited Application for Mil. Spouses.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Documents- EAFB Regional Growth Plan.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB 262 Supporting Document- A,N,A Secs Memo.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 ver D.PDF HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
CSHB262(MLV) ver J.PDF HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Explanation of Changes.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Fiscal Note DCCED CBPL 3.23.18.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Sponsor Statement.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Support Letters 3.26.18.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Document- Board of Barbers Llc Instructions.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Document- DC Doehl MLV Letter.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Document- DoD Licensure Implementation Eval. 2.2.17.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB262 Supporting Document- Military Licensure Update CBPL 2-1-18.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 262
HB401 Ver D.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 401
HB374 Ver E.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 374
HB401 Summary of Changes ver A to ver D.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 401
HB401 Sectional Analysis ver D.pdf HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 401
HB374 Explanation of Changes from vers N to vers E.PDF HL&C 3/31/2018 1:00:00 PM
HB 374