Storm Hardening/Electric Utilities (Watch)

Storm Hardening/Electric Utilities (Watch)

SB 1166 (Rodgriguez, J.) modifies provisions of current law regarding petitions for a storm-recovery financing order by a public electric utility to the Public Service Commission. The bill requires, under specified conditions, an electric utility to provide a discount on any storm-recovery charge to a utility customer or group of utility customers that has underground electric distribution lines servicing their properties. In addition, the bill requires an electric utility to provide a discount on any storm-recovery charge to utility customers located within the jurisdiction of a local government that has adopted an ordinance prohibiting the planting of trees of a specified size and distance from an electric transmission or distribution line. (O’Hara)