House Bill 584

Actions
Last Action 03/04/20: to Natural Resources & Energy (H)
Title AN ACT relating to public utilities.
Bill Documents Introduced
Fiscal Impact Statement Local Mandate
Bill Request Number 855
Sponsor C. Harris
Summary of Original Version Create new section of KRS 278.010 to 278.450 to set a residential fixed customer charge to recover no more than fixed capital costs for metering, billing, service connections, and customer service for electric, natural gas, and water utilities; amend KRS 278.010 to define "customer charge"; amend KRS 278.030 to include affordability as a criterion for utility rates and to establish that the policy of the Commonwealth is to require costs to be reasonable and to provide for their recovery; require the Public Service Commission to balance the interests of the utility, investors, and consumer in establishing fair, just, reasonable, and affordable rates; amend KRS 278.183 to require that the costs paid through the environmental surcharge and subjected to two-year review are subject to apportionment of fixed, direct capital costs for metering, billing, connection, and service; amend KRS 278.190 to allow the commission to examine the determination of costs and apply standards for rates that include affordability and balancing of interests of various parties affected by the rate; amend KRS 278.255 to require a management and operations audit beginning with revenue as of December 31, 2019, initial audits to be completed prior to January 1, 2023, and every five years thereafter, and to require the results of the audit be made available on the Public Service Commission's and each audited utility's Web site; exempt electric distribution cooperatives from the initial and periodic audit requirements; amend KRS 278.260 to require the Public Service Commission to give the Attorney General's Office of Rate Intervention notice of any investigation into unreasonable or discriminatory rates, measurements or practices by a utility under its jurisdiction; amend KRS 96.120 to require contracts entered into by a city with another city to furnish water or light service to be subject to review and regulation by the Public Service Commission; amend KRS 96.150 to require an extension by a city of its water or sewer system beyond its territory to be subject to review and regulation by the Public Service Commission; amend KRS 96.520 to require that the sale of capacity or energy surplus by a city or urban-county government to an electric or combination electric or gas utility shall be subject to review and regulation by the Public Service Commission.
Index Headings of Original Version Energy - Affordable rates and service, distinction between base rates and surcharges
Energy - Local government, sale, excess power and water, regulation by the Public Service Commission
Public Utilities - Affordable rates and service, distinction between base rates and surcharges
Public Utilities - Local government, sale, excess power and water, regulation by the Public Service Commission
Attorney General - Office of Rate Intervention, notice, discriminatory or unreasonable rates
Cities - Sale, excess power and water, regulation by the Public Service Commission
Cooperatives - Distribution cooperatives, exemption, management and operations audits
Counties, Urban - Sale, excess power and water, regulation by the Public Service Commission
Local Mandate - Local government, sale, excess power and water, regulation by the Public Service Commission

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03/02/20
  • introduced in House
03/04/20
  • to Natural Resources & Energy (H)


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