Legislature(2021 - 2022)ADAMS 519

04/06/2021 10:15 AM ENERGY

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10:17:48 AM Start
10:18:25 AM SB69
10:46:44 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ SB 69 EXEMPT RENEWABLE ENERGY ELECTRIC PLANTS TELECONFERENCED
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-- Invited & Public Testimony --
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
               HOUSE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON ENERGY                                                                              
                         April 6, 2021                                                                                          
                           10:17 a.m.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
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10:17:48 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  CALVIN  SCHRAGE  called the  House  Special  Committee  on                                                             
Energy  meeting to  order at  10:17 a.m.   Representatives  Tuck,                                                               
Claman,   Schrage   were   present   at  the   call   to   order.                                                               
Representatives Fields,  Rauscher arrived  as the meeting  was in                                                               
progress.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:18:25 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR SCHRAGE announced that the  only order of business would be                                                               
SENATE  BILL  NO.  69,  "An   Act  extending  an  exemption  from                                                               
regulation  as  a  public  utility   for  plants  and  facilities                                                               
generating electricity entirely  from renewable energy resources;                                                               
and providing for an effective date."                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:19:00 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
}DIRK  CRAFT, Staff*  Alaska  State  Legislature* Senator  Revak*                                                               
Juneau, Alaska* {                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:21:36 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. CRAFT responded                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR. CRAFT deferred to Ms. Miller for comment.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:24:07 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
}JENN  MILLER,  CEO*  Renewable   IPP*  City  &  State*  Provided                                                               
information and answered questions on SB 69{                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:32:46 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  RAUSCHER  asked how  much  Covid  money would  be                                                               
going into the projects and the grid itself                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. MILLER  noted that  she has  imcomplete information,  but for                                                               
the  Houston  projects  they have  100  percent  private  equity,                                                               
although they do receive a Covid-related tax credit.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  RAUSCHER  asked Ms.  Miller  to  look into  Covid                                                               
money that goes into                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:34:37 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KAUFMAN asked  about the 65 megawatt  size limit -                                                               
is it good?                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MS. MILLER aligned with standards in the lower 48.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE KAUFMAN                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:36:47 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE TUCK  referred to  independent power  producers in                                                               
Coldfoot                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MS. MILLER                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. CRAFT interjected that                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:37:55 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
cscg opened public testimony                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:38:06 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
}SUZANNE SETTLE* Cook Inlet INC.* Anchorage, Alaska* Testified                                                                  
in support of SB 69{ testified in support of SB 69.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:42:16 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CLAMAN asked why the this bill shortens the                                                                      
timeframe                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. CRAFT answered                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CLAMAN asked what the ERO statute is.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MR. CRAFT                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
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REPRESENTATIVE CLAMAN asked if the list                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. CRAFT                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CLAMAN asked about audits                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MR. CRAFT                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE CLAMAN clarified his question                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. CRAFT said that there was no formal audit done.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:45:02 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE RAUSCHER asked for clari                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
MR. CRAFT replied that originally it was 10 years because, in                                                                   
part, of the length of construction during the financing phase                                                                  
and the length of time it takes to recoup the costs.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:45:57 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE FIELDS                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MR. CRAFT said it was a compromise.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:46:28 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
cscg closed public testimony.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:46:44 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the House                                                                 
Special Committee on Energy meeting was adjourned at 10:46 a.m.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 69 am Sponsor Statement.pdf HENE 4/6/2021 10:15:00 AM
HENE 4/13/2021 10:15:00 AM
HL&C 4/26/2021 3:15:00 PM
SB 69
SB 69 version A.pdf HENE 4/6/2021 10:15:00 AM
HENE 4/13/2021 10:15:00 AM
HL&C 4/26/2021 3:15:00 PM
SB 69
SB 69 am Version A.A.PDF HENE 4/6/2021 10:15:00 AM
HENE 4/13/2021 10:15:00 AM
HL&C 4/26/2021 3:15:00 PM
SB 69
SB 69 am Summary of Changes.pdf HENE 4/6/2021 10:15:00 AM
HENE 4/13/2021 10:15:00 AM
HL&C 4/26/2021 3:15:00 PM
SB 69
SB 69 Legal Opinion 3.4.21.pdf HENE 4/6/2021 10:15:00 AM
HENE 4/13/2021 10:15:00 AM
SB 69
SB 69 DCCED RCA Fiscal Note.pdf HENE 4/6/2021 10:15:00 AM
SB 69
SB 69 Legislative Research IPP's 2.4.2021.pdf HENE 4/6/2021 10:15:00 AM
SB 69
SB 69 Research - RCA List of renewable facilities from 2010 to 2021.pdf HENE 4/6/2021 10:15:00 AM
SB 69