U.S. House Energy Democrats Release Draft Language For CLEAN Future Act -- Customer "Right" To Clean Energy In Interstate Commerce
Would Compel RTO Membership For All Utilities
January 29, 2020 Email This Story Copyright 2010-20 EnergyChoiceMatters.com
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U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) released legislative text of the draft Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for our Nation’s (CLEAN) Future Act
A cursory reading of the bill appears to implement such policy via the following:
RIGHT TO CLEAN ENERGY.-Notwithstanding
section 212(h) of the Federal Power Act, no State may
establish or enforce any law or regulation that prohibits
or unreasonably burdens the purchase of clean electricity
in interstate commerce by an ultimate consumer. Nothing
in this subsection may be construed to affect any contract
in effect on the date of enactment of this section
What this means for a customer's ability to procure clean energy from competitive suppliers, and be served by a competitive LSE, hinges on interpretation of the phrase "unreasonably burdens"
The act would also amend the FPA to provide that FERC shall require each public utility to place
its transmission facilities under the control of an
ISO or an RTO not later than two years after the
date of enactment of the CLEAN Future Act.
The act would also require retail electricity suppliers to provide an increasing percentage of clean electricity each year starting in 2022, rising to 100 percent in 2050.