Summary: The Consumers’ Right to Electricity Storage Systems Act directs the public utilities commission to allow consumers of electricity to have the right to install, interconnect and use energy storage systems on their property.
Based on Colorado SB 9, enacted in 2018
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE
This Act shall be called the “Consumers’ Right to Electricity Energy Storage Systems Act.”
SECTION 2. PURPOSE AND FINDINGS
(A) FINDINGS—The legislature finds that:
(B) PURPOSE—This law is enacted to protect the safety and welfare of residents by allowing them use of energy storage systems that provide consistent and reliable access to electricity.
SECTION 3. ELECTRICITY ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS
After section XXX, the following new section XXX shall be inserted:
(A) DEFINITIONS—In this section:
(B) AUTHORITY OF PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
a. It is in the public interest to limit barriers to the installation, interconnection and use of customer-sited energy storage systems in the state.
b. Consumers of electricity have a right to install, interconnect and use energy storage systems on their property without the burden of unnecessary restrictions or regulations and without discriminatory rates or fees.
c. Utility approval processes and any required interconnection reviews of energy storage systems shall be simple, streamlined and affordable for customers.
d. Utilities shall not require the installation of customer-sited meters in addition to a single net energy meter for the purposes of monitoring energy storage systems, except that the Commission may authorize the requirement of metering for certain large energy storage systems, as determined by the Commission.
(C) SUPERCEDING LAW—Nothing in this section alters or supersedes either:
SECTION 4. EFFECTIVE DATE
This Act shall become effective on July 1, 20XX.