CSSB 54(FIN): "An Act relating to exclusive service areas for utilities certificated to provide electric utility service and to the definition of 'general public' for utilities furnishing electric service; relating to employees and terms of members of the Alaska Public Utilities Commission; and prohibiting certain exemptions from regulation."
00CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 54(FIN) 01 "An Act relating to exclusive service areas for utilities certificated to provide 02 electric utility service and to the definition of 'general public' for utilities 03 furnishing electric service; relating to employees and terms of members of the 04 Alaska Public Utilities Commission; and prohibiting certain exemptions from 05 regulation." 06 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 07 * Section 1. INTENT. It is the intent of secs. 4 and 6 of this Act to state the policy only 08 concerning service areas for electric utilities and, in sec. 5 of this Act, to affect only refuse 09 collection utilities. The amendments made by those sections of this Act do not apply to other 10 utility services. 11 * Sec. 2. AS 39.25.120(c)(6) is amended to read: 12 (6) the executive director, deputy director, hearing officers, [AND] 13 administrative law judges, and two special assistants of the Alaska Public Utilities 14 Commission;
01 * Sec. 3. AS 42.05.030(a) is amended to read: 02 (a) The term of office of each member is six years and expires on February 1. 03 A commissioner, upon the expiration of a term, shall continue to hold office until a 04 successor is appointed and qualified. 05 * Sec. 4. AS 42.05.221 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 06 (g) A certificate issued under this section to a public utility providing electric 07 service establishes an exclusive service area for the provision of electric service. 08 * Sec. 5. AS 42.05.711(d) is amended to read: 09 (d) Except for refuse collection utilities and service, the [THE] commission 10 may exempt a utility, a class of utilities, or a utility service from all or a portion of 11 this chapter if the commission finds that the exemption is in the public interest. 12 * Sec. 6. AS 42.05.990(3) is amended to read: 13 (3) "public" or "general public" means 14 (A) a group of 10 or more customers that purchase the service 15 or commodity furnished by a public utility; 16 (B) one or more customers that purchase electrical service for 17 use within an area that is certificated to [AND PRESENTLY OR FORMERLY 18 SERVED BY] an electric utility if the total annual compensation paid by 19 customers located within that certificated area to entities that provide 20 electrical service other than the certificated utility [THAT THE 21 ELECTRICAL UTILITY RECEIVES FOR SALES OF ELECTRICITY] 22 exceeds $50,000; and 23 (C) a utility purchasing the product or service or paying for the 24 transmission of electric energy, natural or manufactured gas, or petroleum 25 products that are re-sold to a person or group included in (A) or (B) of this 26 paragraph or that are used to produce the service or commodity sold to the 27 public by the utility; 28 * Sec. 7. Notwithstanding AS 42.05.030(a), amended by sec. 3 of this Act, the terms of 29 members of the Alaska Public Utilities Commission who are currently serving will expire on 30 the first February 1 that occurs at least six year after the member's appointment to the 31 commission. For a member who is appointed to fill a vacancy, the term expires on the
01 February 1 that occurs at least six years after the vacating member's appointment.