View Amendment Current Amendment: 11 to Bill 5118

Rep. Wetmore proposes the following amendment (LC-5118.HA0026H):

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by deleting SECTION 8.

Amend the bill further, SECTION 9, Section 58-31-205, by adding a subsection to read:

 (C) With the exception of the power to plan, the powers authorized in this section are subject to the satisfaction of the following affirmative disclosures and acts by the Public Service Authority and its public utility partner and the approval by the commission of any related certificates:
  (1) Any application for a certificate pursuant to the Utility Facility Siting and Environmental Protection Act of Chapter 33, Title 58, to construct and operate any major utility facility authorized by this section shall reasonably seek to minimize overall ratepayer costs, including but not limited to, the costs of electric transmission and natural gas delivery, through the inclusion of an evaluation of a reasonable range of peaking, baseload, storage, transmission, and grid enhancing technology resources at sites including various former generation sites and retiring generation sites on either utility system.
  (2) The analysis described in this section must fully account for any available federal incentives and tax advantages.
  (3) The commission and the Office of Regulatory Staff shall consider all alternatives in the record based upon technical merit, without favoritism to any party or any location.
 (D) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, authorization for a major utility facility pursuant to this section shall not abrogate responsibilities of the Public Service Authority, electric utilities, or the commission to comply with Sections 58-33-110, 58-33-160, 58-33-180, or other applicable sections of law, relating to the approval of permits or authorizations for the major utility facility.