HB 281 (2023)
Energy omnibus bill
Repeals the requirement for electric and natural gas utilities to submit "least cost integrated resource plans" with the Public Utilities Commission and have the commission evaluate those plans.
The Senate amended the bill. First, the amended bill removes the requirement that a municipal host under the limited electrical energy producers act be located in the same municipality as all group members. This is similar to SB 68 (2023), a bill killed in the House. Second, the amended bill requires the Department of Energy to provide an estimated annual cost of compliance with electric renewable portfolio standards in customer's electric bills. This is similar to HB 251 (2023). Third, the amended bill repeals the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Board and transfers some of the board's responsibilities to the Department of Energy. This is similar to HB 622 (2023). Lastly, the amended bill makes various changes to the energy facility site evaluation committee and permitting process.