OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS
Legislative Office Building, Room 5200
Hartford, CT 06106 ↓ (860) 240-0200
http: //www. cga. ct. gov/ofa
June 7, 2011
To Fiscal Note on
AN ACT CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND PLANNING FOR CONNECTICUT'S ENERGY FUTURE.
The original fiscal note for SB 1243 should be corrected or altered as follows:
● Section 30 stated that the regulated utility assessment will cover the cost of various entities as well as any other work regarding consumer protection and advocacy. The fiscal note should have stated that the utility assessment will cover DEEP's bureau of energy, the Office of the Consumer Counsel, and the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority; and will not cover consumer protection and advocacy duties except as provided by these entities.
● Sections 91 and 92 referenced provisions concerning the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (CMEEC). The fiscal note should not have referenced CMEEC. Instead, the fiscal note should have noted that these sections make changes to the rules governing procurement of standard service. As in the original note, these provisions are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact.
● Section 99 stated that the Clean Energy Fund sources can include all funds from RGGI (regional greenhouse gas initiative) revenue distribution. The fiscal note should not have referenced RGGI. The fiscal note should have noted that the Clean Energy Fund will retain funding from the renewable energy surcharge and will include various other sources. In addition, the fiscal note references a funding source of 0. 3 cent per kilowatt-hour charge on electric bills. The funding source is a 0. 1 cent per kilowatt-hour charge on electric bills. This provision has no fiscal impact on the state or municipalities since the ratepayer funded revenue source remains the same as current law.
● Section 112 stated that there is a potential ratepayer impact from the creation of the low income discount program. The fiscal note should have stated that DEEP is required to conduct a study on creating a low income discount program. There is no fiscal impact to conduct such study.