(a) As used in this section, “self-generation facility” means a facility that generates electricity, is owned or operated by an entity other than an electric distribution company, as defined in section 16-1, or electric supplier, as defined in said section 16-1, and operates in parallel with other generation on the distribution system of an electric distribution company and which reduces or eliminates the purchase of electricity through the distribution network.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 16-245w
- Authority: means the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority and "department" means the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- distribution company: means any person providing electric transmission or distribution services within the state, but does not include: (A) A private power producer, as defined in section 16-243b. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Electric supplier: means any person, including an electric aggregator or participating municipal electric utility that is licensed by the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority in accordance with section 16-245, that provides electric generation services to end use customers in the state using the transmission or distribution facilities of an electric distribution company, regardless of whether or not such person takes title to such generation services, but does not include: (A) A municipal electric utility established under chapter 101, other than a participating municipal electric utility. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
- Plant: includes all real estate, buildings, tracks, pipes, mains, poles, wires and other fixed or stationary construction and equipment, wherever located, used in the conduct of the business of the company. See Connecticut General Statutes 16-1
(b) The Public Utilities Regulatory Authority shall design a process for determining a fee to be paid by customers who have installed self-generation facilities in order to offset any loss or potential loss in revenue from such facilities toward the competitive transition assessment, the systems benefits charge the conservation and load management assessment collected under section 16-245m and the Clean Energy Fund assessment collected under section 16-245n. Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, such fee shall apply to customers who have installed self-generation facilities that begin operation on or after July 1, 1998.
(c) An exit fee shall not apply to a customer who has installed a self-generation facility that (1) exclusively services the load of one to four residential units, or (2) is installed in conjunction with the expansion of an industrial plant that began operation before July 1, 1998, if the self-generation facility predominantly services such industrial plant and the expansion of said industrial plant results in economic development, as determined by the authority. The exemption under subdivision (2) of this subsection shall only apply to the amount of any new load provided by the self-generation facility to service the expansion.
(d) The authority shall develop criteria for excluding units based on size or specialized use, balancing concerns of the potential impact on small businesses, equity among customer classes, and the need to offset losses to the competitive transition assessment and the systems benefits charge. The authority shall establish procedures for distinguishing between existing load and new load for purposes of self-generation facilities described in subdivision (2) of subsection (c) of this section. The authority shall determine how to identify self-generation facilities, such as through a registration process, and how to enforce the collection of such fees. The authority shall establish criteria to determine how such fee shall be valued and the process for its collection, which shall include the ability of self-generation facilities to pay the fee over a period of time.
(e) Not later than January 1, 1999, the authority shall submit its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to energy.