Introduced Version





HOUSE CONCURRENT
RESOLUTION No.
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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED RESOLUTION



        A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging the Legislative Council to assign the Regulatory Flexibility Committee to study and evaluate the practices and methods of incorporating clean energy resources into the generation portfolios of energy providers.



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Introduced

Second Regular Session of the 117th General Assembly (2012)


HOUSE CONCURRENT
RESOLUTION



        A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION urging the Legislative Council to assign the Regulatory Flexibility Committee to study and evaluate the practices and methods of incorporating clean energy resources into the generation portfolios of energy providers.

Whereas, It is important for Indiana legislators to gain a better understanding of the complexities of utility regulation;

    Whereas, Technological advances in energy generation, energy transmission, and smart grid technologies merit study to ensure Indiana is considering all available options to meet its energy demands, including options available under the voluntary Indiana Voluntary Clean Energy Portfolio Standard;

    Whereas, The mechanism of Indiana's recently enacted Voluntary Clean Energy Portfolio Standard should be studied and evaluated, including the resources that are qualified to satisfy the 70% and 30% categories of the CHOICE Program Goal, rate impacts of portfolio standards implemented in other states, and the impact on locational marginal prices due to fuel-free electricity;

    Whereas, The continued importance of a diverse energy portfolio that includes coal, natural gas, nuclear generation, and clean energy resources should be studied;

    Whereas, In order to ensure that Indiana is keeping pace with energy development, it is beneficial to study the regulatory practices and laws of other states and federal

energy and utility agencies; and ratepayers will receive the most appropriate, just, and reasonable electricity rates and charges for fossil and non-fossil fueled energy, it would be beneficial to study and identify best practices of utility regulatory agencies in other jurisdictions to evaluate and approve utility acquisition of new energy sources; and

    Whereas, It would also be beneficial to assess Indiana state statutes and procedures to ensure that they are sufficient to deal with an increasingly competitive environment for energy services and to ensure that they are designed to consider options that are the least cost reasonably available: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives

of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana,

the Senate concurring:

    SECTION 1. That the Indiana General Assembly urges the Legislative Council to assign the Regulatory Flexibility Committee to study the statutes, policies, and practices of current utility regulation so as to educate legislators on state utility laws and state regulatory policies and procedures and consider any necessary improvements to those laws, policies, and procedures.