Substitute Senate Bill No. 501

Public Act No. 00-181

An Act Concerning The Membership And Mission Of The Connecticut Energy Advisory Board.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 16a-3 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There is established a Connecticut Energy Advisory Board consisting of [sixteen members, including] the following members:

(1) One appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives who shall be a representative of hardship cases, as defined in section 16-262c;

(2) One appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate who is a representative of the energy industry;

(3) One appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives who shall be a member of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy;

(4) One appointed by the majority leader of the Senate who shall be a member of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy;

(5) One appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives who has a background in public utility regulation but who is not a public official or employee of a state agency or of a utility company;

(6) One appointed by the minority leader of the Senate who shall be a representative of an environmental group;

(7) Two appointed by the Governor one of whom shall have a background in consumer advocacy relating to energy consumption but who is not a public official or employee of a state agency or of a public service company and one of whom shall be a representative of organized labor;

(8) [the] The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, or the commissioner's designee;

(9) [the] The Commissioner of Environmental Protection, or the commissioner's designee;

(10) [the] The chairperson of the Connecticut Siting Council, or the chairperson's designee;

(11) [the] The chairperson of the Public Utilities Control Authority, [the Commissioner of Public Works and the Commissioner of Transportation, or their respective designees. The Governor shall appoint four members, the president pro tempore of the Senate shall appoint three members, and the speaker of the House shall appoint three members, all of whom shall serve in accordance with section 4-1a. At least one of the members appointed to said board by the Governor shall be a representative of organized labor] or the chairperson's designee;

(12) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, or the secretary's designee;

(13) The Commissioner of Social Services, or the commissioner's designee;

(14) The Consumer Counsel, or the Consumer Counsel's designee;

(15) A member of the Consumer Education Advisory Council established pursuant to section 16-244d, chosen by said council; and

(16) A member of the Energy Conservation Management Board, chosen by said board.

(b) The board shall [, (1) under section 16a-7, (A) recommend to the Governor and General Assembly programs for enhancing the state's energy management and carrying out the purposes of section 16a-35k and (B) recommend long-range energy supply and demand options with particular emphasis on conservation and energy resource development within the state, (2) act as a mediator and coordinator for programs which will identify] (1) coordinate energy related programs throughout the state and recommend to the Governor, the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy and to state agencies, as appropriate, policies, programs and strategies to improve energy related efforts, (2) provide a forum for state agencies to raise and discuss in a comprehensive manner issues that address, among other things, energy use, energy demand, energy technology, energy supply, energy price and the environmental impacts of energy and synchronize their various efforts to form a cohesive energy strategy for the future, (3) identify opportunities for and concerns of the state in managing its future energy requirements, especially with regard to conservation and the use of renewable energy resources, [(3) respond to requests of the General Assembly to review or examine issues requiring consideration and policy formulation and (4)] and (4) examine the energy component of the state's economy as it affects citizens, government, commerce and industry.

(c) All appointments to the board shall be made no later than thirty days after the effective date of this act. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority. The board shall elect a chairman and a vice-chairman from among its members and shall adopt such rules of procedure as are necessary to carry out its functions. Each member of the board who holds no salaried state office shall be compensated for the performance of [his] the member's official duties at the rate of fifty dollars per day. The board shall meet on a monthly basis or more frequently as it deems appropriate.

(d) The board may (1) impose reasonable reporting requirements on other state agencies and private entities in the business of supplying energy and energy services to consumers to provide information to the board as the board deems necessary for it to carry out its planning and decision-making responsibilities; and (2) host forums bringing together agencies and other appropriate parties to discuss energy issues.

[(d)] (e) The Connecticut Energy Advisory Board shall be within the Office of Policy and Management for administrative purposes only.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Vetoed June 1, 2000