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H. B. 2803


          (By Delegates Manchin, Poling, M., Iaquinta, Guthrie, Moore, Marshall and Manypenny)

          [Introduced March 4, 2013; referred to the
          Committee on Government Organization then the Judiciary.]


A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §24-2-19, relating to requiring electric utilities to implement integrated resource plans; requiring the Public Service Commission to order development of integrated resource plans; specifying certain deadlines for the plans; requiring commission review, public hearing and option for requesting further information; and addressing the commission's use of the plan.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
     That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §24-2-19, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. POWERS AND DUTIES OF PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION.
§24-2-19. Integrated Resource Planning Required.
_____(a) Not later than March 31, 2015, the Public Service Commission shall issue an order directing electric utilities to develop an initial integrated resource plan to be filed not later than September 1, 2015, in conjunction with other similar deadlines required by other states or entities of the electric utilities. This order may include guidelines for developing an integrated resource plan.
_____(b)(1) Electric utilities shall file with the Public Service Commission an initial integrated resource plan as directed by the Public Service Commission, which shall comply with the provisions of this section and with the order issued pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.
_____(2) Each electric utility shall file an updated integrated resource plan at least every two years after the initial integrated resource plan which shall comply with the provisions of any relevant order of the Public Service Commission establishing guidelines for the format and contents of updated and revised integrated resource plans.
_____(c) The Public Service Commission shall analyze and review an integrated resource plan and, after giving notice and hearing comment at a public hearing, file the plan in the appropriate location. The Public Service Commission may request further information from the utility, as necessary. Nothing in this section affects the obligations of utilities to obtain otherwise applicable commission approvals.
_____(d) The commission shall consider the information reported in the integrated resource plan when it evaluates the performance of the utility in rate and other proceedings.
_____(e) The plan shall address both supply-side and demand-side resources on a consistent and integrated basis. The plan shall compare projected peak demands with current and planned capacity resources in order to develop a portfolio of resources that represents a reasonable balance of cost and risk for the utility and its customers in meeting future demand for the provision of adequate and reliable service to its electric customers for a least the following twenty years.

     NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require electric utilities to develop and implement integrated resource plans.


     §24-2-19 is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.
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