CHAPTER 101a
MUNICIPAL ELECTRIC ENERGY COOPERATIVES

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Sec. 7-233y. Municipal energy conservation and load management fund.

      Sec. 7-233y. Municipal energy conservation and load management fund. (a) Each municipal electric utility created pursuant to chapter 101 or by special act shall, for investment in renewable energy sources and for conservation and load management programs pursuant to this section, accrue from each kilowatt hour of its metered firm electric retail sales, exclusive of such sales to United States government naval facilities in this state, no less than the following amounts during the following periods, in a manner conforming to the requirement of this section: (1) 1.0 mills on and after January 1, 2006; (2) 1.3 mills on and after January 1, 2007; (3) 1.6 mills on and after January 1, 2008; (4) 1.9 mills on and after January 1, 2009; (5) 2.2 mills on and after January 1, 2010; and (6) 2.5 mills on and after January 1, 2011.

      (b) There is hereby created a municipal energy conservation and load management fund in each municipal electric energy cooperative created pursuant to this chapter, which fund shall be a separate and dedicated fund to be held and administered by such cooperative. Each municipal electric utility created pursuant to chapter 101 or by special act that is a member or participant in such a municipal electric energy cooperative shall accrue and deposit such amounts as specified in subsection (a) of this section into such fund. Any balance remaining in the fund at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward in the fiscal year next succeeding. Disbursements from the fund shall be made pursuant to the comprehensive electric conservation and load management plan prepared by the cooperative in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.

      (c) Such cooperative shall, annually, adopt a comprehensive plan for the expenditure of such funds by the cooperative on behalf of such municipal electric utilities for the purpose of carrying out electric conservation, investments in renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and electric load management programs funded by the charge accrued pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. The cooperative shall expend or cause to be expended the amounts held in such fund in conformity with the adopted plan. The plan may direct the expenditure of funds on facilities or measures located in any one or more of the service areas of the municipal electric utilities who are members or participants in such cooperative and may provide for the establishment of goals and standards for measuring the cost effectiveness of expenditures made from such fund, for the minimization of federally mandated congestion charges and for achieving appropriate geographic coverage and scope in each such service area. Such plan shall be consistent with the comprehensive plan of the Energy Conservation Management Board established under section 16-245m. Such cooperative, annually, shall submit its plan to such board for review.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-1, S. 17.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-1 effective July 21, 2005.

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