Providing for the sale of electric energy generated from advance energy sources, for the acquisition of this power by electric distribution and supply companies and for the powers and duties of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; and imposing penalties.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Short Title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the Advanced Energy Portfolio Standards Act.
Section 2. Definitions. The following words and phrases when used in this act shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
“Advanced Energy Portfolio Standard.” Standards establishing that a certain amount of electricity sold to retail customers within the Commonwealth is generated from advanced energy resources.
“Advanced Energy Resources.” Any of the following:
“Carbon sequestration.” The process of increasing the carbon content of a carbon reservoir.
“Carbon reservoir.” A component of the biological or geological environment, other than atmosphere, which has the capacity to store or accumulate carbon.
“Commission.” The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
“Department.” The Department of Environmental Protection.
“Electric distribution company.” The term shall have the same meaning given to it in the Electricity Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act, act of December 3, 1996 (P.L. 802, No. 138).
“Electric generation supplier.” The term shall have the same meaning given to it in the Electricity Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act, act of December 3, 1996 (P.L. 802, No. 138).
“Eligible waste coal combustion.” Combustion of waste coal and reclamation of the land associated with the waste coal in either of the following situations:
“Emission offsets.” Any of the following:
“Energy conservation measures.” Those identifiable and quantifiable measures that reduce the demand or need for electricity on a long-term basis and that meet the requirements in Section 3(d)(1).
“Energy efficiency measures in the generation of power.” Those identifiable and quantifiable measures that increase the energy efficiency of existing facilities generating electricity and that meet the requirements in Section 3(d)(2). The term does not include measures that involve fuel switching for increased energy efficiency.
“Solid waste.” The term shall have the same meaning given to it in the Solid Waste Management Act, Act of July 17, 1980 (P.L. 380, No. 97).
“Tier I Advanced energy resources.” Any of the following:
“Tier II Advanced energy resources.” Any of the following:
Section 3. Advanced energy portfolio standard.
(h) Regional coordination. The Department shall consult with and coordinate implementation of this act with other state and regional authorities which are involved in advanced energy portfolio standards programs. The Department may use or rely upon interstate or regional efforts designated by the Department, such as generation attributes tracking systems, to implement this act.
Section 4. Effective date. This act shall take effect in 90 days.