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Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
April 22, 2009
Introduced by Senators Ryberg, Hutto, Massey, Coleman, O'Dell, Anderson, L. Martin and Nicholson
S. Printed 4/22/09--H. [SEC 4/23/09 2:40 PM]
Read the first time April 2, 2009.
To whom was referred a Bill (S. 232) to amend Section 48-52-210 of the 1976 Code, relating to the plan for the State Energy Policy, to encourage the use of clean energy sources; and, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
JEFF D. DUNCAN for Committee.
TO AMEND SECTION 48-52-210 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE PLAN FOR THE STATE ENERGY POLICY, TO ENCOURAGE THE USE OF CLEAN ENERGY SOURCES; AND TO AMEND ARTICLE 2, CHAPTER 52, TITLE 48 BY ADDING SECTION 48-52-220 TO PROVIDE A DEFINITION FOR "RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES".
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 48-52-210 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 48-52-210. (A) It is the policy of this State to have a comprehensive state energy plan that maximizes to the extent practical environmental quality and energy conservation and efficiency, and minimizes the cost of energy throughout the State. To implement this policy there is adopted the Plan for State Energy Policy.
(B) The purpose of the plan is to:
(1) ensure access to energy supplies at the lowest practical environmental and economic cost;
(2) ensure long-term access to adequate, reliable energy supplies;
(3) ensure that demand-side options are pursued wherever economically and environmentally practical;
(4) encourage the development and use of clean energy resources, including nuclear energy, energy conservation and efficiency, and indigenous, renewable energy resources;
(5) ensure that basic energy needs of all citizens, including low income citizens, are met;
(6) ensure that energy vulnerability to international events is minimized;
(7) ensure that energy-related decisions promote the economic and environmental well-being of the State and maximize the ability of South Carolina to attract retirees, tourists, and industrial and service-related jobs;
(8) ensure that short-term energy decisions do not conflict with long-range energy needs;
(9) ensure that internal governmental energy use patterns are consistent with the state's long-range interests;
(10) ensure that state government is organized appropriately to handle energy matters in the best public interest;
(11) ensure that governmental energy-related tax, expenditure, and regulatory policies are appropriate, and, wherever possible, maximize the long-range benefits of competition; and
(12) ensure that any future energy strategy that promotes carbon-free, non-greenhouse gas emitting sources includes nuclear energy, renewable resources, and energy conservation and efficiency."
SECTION 2. Article 2, Chapter 52, Title 48 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 48-52-220. For the purposes of this chapter, 'renewable energy resources' means energy conservation and efficiency, solar photovoltaic energy, solar thermal energy, wind power, hydroelectric power, geothermal energy, tidal energy, wave energy, recycling, hydrogen fuel derived from renewable resources, biomass energy, energy derived from municipal and other solid waste, energy derived from waste oil, energy derived from waste tires, and landfill gas."
SECTION 3. Section 48-52-420 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding at the end:
"(12) ensure that any future energy strategy that promotes carbon-free, non-greenhouse gas emitting sources includes nuclear energy, renewable energy resources, and energy conservation and efficiency."
SECTION 4. Section 48-52-430 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 48-52-430. The State Energy Office shall annually submit to the Governor and
Joint Legislative Committee on Energy the Public Utility Review Committee, the House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, and the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee a state energy action plan that includes, but is not limited to:
(a) activities by the State Energy Office to carry out the Plan for State Energy Policy;
(b) recommendations for long-term quantitative and qualitative energy goals for the residential, commercial, industrial, transportation, governmental, and utility sectors, and measures of progress for these goals;
(c) identification of obstacles to efficiency for which legislative, regulatory, or other governmental remedies are appropriate."
SECTION 5. Section 58-3-530 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 58-3-530. The review committee has the following powers and duties:
(1) to nominate:
(a) no more than three candidates for each seat on the Public Service Commission to be elected by the General Assembly. In order to be nominated, a candidate must be found qualified by meeting the requirements as provided in Sections 58-3-20 and 58-3-560;
(b) no more than one qualified candidate for the Governor to consider in appointing the Executive Director of the Office of Regulatory Staff. In order to be nominated, a candidate must be found qualified by meeting the minimum requirements as provided in Section 58-4-30. The review committee must give due consideration to a candidate's experience and expertise in matters related to public utilities. A person must not be appointed to serve as Executive Director of the Office of Regulatory Staff unless nominated by the review committee. If the Governor rejects a person nominated for the position of executive director by the review committee, the review committee must nominate another candidate for the Governor to consider, until the Governor makes an appointment;
(2) notwithstanding any other provision of law, to set the salary of the Executive Director of the Office of Regulatory Staff;
(3) to conduct an annual performance review of each member of the commission, which must be submitted to the General Assembly. A draft of the member's performance review must be submitted to the member, and the member must be allowed an opportunity to be heard before the review committee before the final draft of the performance review is submitted to the General Assembly. The final performance review must be made a part of the member's record for consideration if the member seeks reelection to the commission;
(4) to evaluate the actions of the commission, to the end that the members of the General Assembly may better judge whether these actions serve the best interests of the citizens of South Carolina, both individual and corporate;
(5) to develop and distribute to each party and its representatives appearing before the commission an anonymous and confidential survey evaluating the commissioners. At a minimum, the survey must include the following:
(a) knowledge and application of substantive utility issues; ability to perceive relevant issues;
(b) absence of influence by political considerations;
(c) absence of influence by identities of lawyers;
(d) absence of influence by identities of litigants;
(e) courtesy to all persons appearing before the commission; and
(f) temperament and demeanor in general, preparation for hearings, and attentiveness during hearings;
(6) to submit to the General Assembly, on an annual basis, the review committee's evaluation of the performance of the commission. A proposed draft of the evaluation must be submitted to the commission prior to submission to the General Assembly, and the commission must be given an opportunity to be heard before the review committee prior to the completion of the evaluation and its submission to the General Assembly;
(7) to conduct an annual performance review of the Executive Director of the Office of Regulatory Staff, which must be submitted to the General Assembly. A draft of the executive director's performance review must be submitted to the executive director, and the executive director must be allowed an opportunity to be heard before the review committee before the final draft of the performance review is submitted to the General Assembly;
(8) to submit to the General Assembly, on an annual basis, the review committee's evaluation of the performance of the Office of Regulatory Staff. A proposed draft of the evaluation must be submitted to the Office of Regulatory Staff prior to submission to the General Assembly, and the Office of Regulatory Staff must be given an opportunity to be heard before the review committee prior to the completion of the evaluation and its submission to the General Assembly;
(9) to assist in developing an annual workshop of at least six contact hours concerning ethics and the Administrative Procedures Act for the commissioners and employees of the Public Service Commission and the Executive Director and employees of the Office of Regulatory Staff;
(10) to make reports and recommendations to the General Assembly on matters relating to the powers and duties set forth in this section;
(11) to submit a letter with the annual budget proposals of the Office of Regulatory Staff and the Public Service Commission, indicating the review committee has reviewed and approved the proposals;
(12) to appoint a committee from the general public at large to advise the review committee on any of its powers and duties. Members must not be members of the General Assembly, members or employees of the Public Service Commission, or the Executive Director or employees of the Office of Regulatory Staff;
(13) to undertake such additional studies or evaluations as the review committee considers necessary
(14) to review candidates for appointment to the South Carolina Public Service Authority Board of Directors as submitted by the Governor to determine whether the candidates meet the qualifications set forth in Section 58-31-20; and
(15) to submit to the General Assembly, on an annual basis, a review of the state energy action plan of the State Energy Office as required by Section 48-52-430."
SECTION 6. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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