Legislature(2015 - 2016)BELTZ 105 (TSBldg)

04/07/2016 01:30 PM LABOR & COMMERCE

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* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= SB 193 EXTEND EXEMPTION FOR SMALL POWER PLANTS TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 193(L&C) Out of Committee
+= HB 268 AIDEA:DIVIDEND TO STATE;INCOME;VALUATION TELECONFERENCED
Moved HB 268 Out of Committee
+ HB 305 RECREATIONAL/AVOCATIONAL TRAINING EXEMPT. TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= SB 118 DNR LAND DISPOSAL SURVEYS; PEER REVIEW TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ HB 314 AK REG ECON ASSIST. PROGRAM; EXTEND TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
-- Public Testimony --
         SB 193-EXTEND EXEMPTION FOR SMALL POWER PLANTS                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:49:26 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR COSTELLO announced the consideration of SB 193. She stated                                                                
the intention is to close public testimony, adopt a committee                                                                   
substitute (CS), and look to the will of the committee.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:49:52 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  moved to adopt  the CS  for SB 193,  labeled 29-                                                               
LS1513\H, as the working document.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO objected for discussion purposes.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:50:08 PM                                                                                                                    
WESTON  EILER,   Staff,  Senate   Labor  and   Commerce  Standing                                                               
Committee  and   Senator  Costello,  Alaska   State  Legislature,                                                               
informed  the  committee that  the  CS  for  SB 193  removes  the                                                               
January  1, 2020  sunset date  on  the exemption  of small  power                                                               
production  plants   and  facilities   from  regulation   by  the                                                               
Regulatory Commission  of Alaska  (RCA). The original  version of                                                               
the  bill extended  the  exemption,  however, after  conversation                                                               
with stakeholders  and the sponsor,  the sunset was  removed. The                                                               
exemption was enacted  in 2010 to align with  federal tax credits                                                               
and has been very successful.  Version H will allow the exemption                                                               
to continue without a sunset.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
He noted that  Alaska regulates power projects of  this size more                                                               
strictly than the federal government.  The bill will provide more                                                               
certainty for  independent power  producers, allow  for long-term                                                               
planning, increase competition, and reduce rates for consumers.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:52:19 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  COSTELLO   removed  her  objection.  Finding   no  further                                                               
objection, the CS was adopted.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR STEVENS commented  that this bill is needed  and asked if                                                               
rate payers are protected.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. EILER deferred the question to the sponsor.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:53:52 PM                                                                                                                    
JESSE  LOGAN,   Staff,  Senator   Lesil  McGuire,   Alaska  State                                                               
Legislature,  explained that  rate payers  are protected  through                                                               
the  Regulatory Commission  of Alaska  (RCA).  The bill  pertains                                                               
only  to facilities  that sell  to regulated  utilities. The  RCA                                                               
approves any  power purchasing agreement between  a non-regulated                                                               
facility and a regulated utility.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER  asked how many  small independent  power producers                                                               
there are throughout the state.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. LOGAN  said he  didn't have  an exact  number, but  there are                                                               
quite a  few. There are more  than 20 wind projects  and at least                                                               
one  active geothermal  project. Currently,  about 23  percent of                                                               
the  state's  energy is  produced  by  hydroelectricity, most  of                                                               
which is in Southeast Alaska.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR MEYER offered  his belief that that Kodiak  uses about 99                                                               
percent renewable energy.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  STEVENS agreed  that the  City of  Kodiak uses  about 99                                                               
percent  renewable energy.  Many  small communities  are in  good                                                               
locations for renewable energy opportunities.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:55:37 PM                                                                                                                    
KEITH COMSTOCK,  Vice President and CEO,  Juneau Hydropower Inc.,                                                               
testified in  support of SB  193. He informed the  committee that                                                               
the Sweetheart Lake hydroelectric project  is in the final stages                                                               
of permitting and  hopes to be in production later  this year. He                                                               
thanked the sponsor  and the committee for amending  the bill. He                                                               
described the timeline for the  project and said the change helps                                                               
projects that take a long time.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:57:54 PM                                                                                                                    
THERESA CLEMMER,  Attorney, testified in  support of SB  193. She                                                               
said she  is testifying on  behalf of Alaska  Environmental Power                                                               
(AEP), which  operates a windfarm  in Delta Junction. AEP  is one                                                               
of  the  small  renewable  energy  producers  that  will  greatly                                                               
benefit from the bill.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:58:35 PM                                                                                                                    
ROBERT  GRIMM,  President and  CEO,  Alaska  Power and  Telephone                                                               
Company (APTC), testified  in support of SB 193.  He related that                                                               
APTC  is unique  because  it  is both  a  public  utility and  an                                                               
independent  power   producer  (IPP).  He  applauded   the  bill,                                                               
particularly removing the sunset date.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:59:49 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR GIESSEL  moved to report the  CS for SB 193,  labeled 29-                                                               
LS1513\H,  from  committee  with individual  recommendations  and                                                               
attached zero fiscal note.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR COSTELLO  announced that  without objection,  CSSB 193(L&C)                                                               
is  reported   from  the  Senate  Labor   and  Commerce  Standing                                                               
Committee.                                                                                                                      

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
CSSB 193 (L&C) Ver. H.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 193
SB 118.PDF SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 118
SB 118 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 118
SB 118 - Fiscal Note - DNR.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 118
SB 118 - Fiscal Note - DCCED.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
SB 118
HB 305.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Fiscal Note.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Leg. Legal Opinion.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Support Letter.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Supporting Documents - FAQs.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Supporting Documents - Licensing Title 8.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Supporting Documents - Yoga Alliance White Paper.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Supporting Documents - National Trends on State Regulation YTTS.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 305 - Supporting Documents - Yoga Alliance Industry Report.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 305
HB 314.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314
HB 314 - Sponsor Statement.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314
HB 314 - Sectional Analysis.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314
HB 314 - Fiscal Note DCCED.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314
HB 314 - Supporting Documents-Letter SE Delegation 10-29-15.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314
HB 314 - Supporting Documents-Letter-Rick Roeske-KPEDD 03-14-16.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314
HB 314 - Supporting Documents-Letters of Support Compiled.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314
HB 314 - Supporting Documents-Report FY15 ARDOR Annual Report.pdf SL&C 4/7/2016 1:30:00 PM
HB 314