Energy Grid (Watch)

Energy Grid (Watch)

CS/SB 1586 (Simmons) and HB 1411 (Diamond) require the Public Service Commission to hold a series of public hearings throughout the state to determine specified disaster-hardening standards that each electric utility may be able to achieve at a reasonable cost. The bill directs the commission to determine a disaster preparation and energy grid improvement plan for each electric utility to achieve the developed standards. The commission must issue an order requiring each utility to implement the plan and to specify the method of payment of the plan. The bill provides for 5-year progress reports on plan implementation by utilities to the governor and Legislature. (O’Hara)