ASSEMBLY, No. 2059

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2014 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  ANGEL FUENTES

District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires developers constructing certain renewable energy generation systems to ensure that such systems would be functionally integrated to the electric grid prior to commencement of construction.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act concerning renewable energy generation system integration and supplementing Title 48 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    “Class I renewable energy” means that term as it is defined under section 3 of P.L.1999, c.23 (C.48:3-51).

     “Class II renewable energy” means that term as it is defined under section 3 of P.L.1999, c.23 (C.48:3-51).

     “Grid-connected renewable energy generation system” means a renewable energy generation system constructed for the purposes of: (1) generating Class I or Class II renewable energy; and (2) being operative for functions which require interconnection to the electric grid, including, but not limited to, net metering, net metering aggregation, or any other operations as determined by the Board of Public Utilities pursuant to the provisions of section 2 of P.L.    , c.   (C.      ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).

     “Renewable energy generation system developer” means a person who constructs or offers to construct for consideration a grid-connected renewable energy generation system.

 

     2.    Notwithstanding any law, rule, regulation, or order to the contrary, the board shall, within 60 days of the effective date of P.L.    , c.   (C.      ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill), initiate a procedure to establish, after notice, provision of the opportunity for comment and public hearing, standards concerning services related to the development of grid-connected renewable energy systems, which standards shall require that a renewable energy generation system developer shall ensure, prior to the commencement of services, or billing for such services, involving the construction of a grid-connected renewable energy generation system, that the grid-connected renewable energy generation system to be constructed will be functionally integrated to the electric grid upon the completion of construction of the system.  The standards established pursuant to this section shall provide that a renewable energy generation system developer may charge fees to recover reasonable costs, as determined by board regulation, associated with the process of making the determination of whether a proposed system would be functionally integrated to the electric grid upon completion of construction.

 

     3.    This act shall take effect immediately, but the provisions of section 2 of P.L.    , c.    (C.      ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill) shall not be construed as affecting the terms of any contract or agreement in effect as of the effective date of P.L.    , c.  (C.      ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would require the Board of Public Utilities (“BPU”) to establish standards requiring that developers constructing grid-connected renewable energy generation systems ensure, prior to the commencement of construction or billing for related services, that such systems would be functionally integrated to the electric grid upon completion of construction.  A renewable energy generation system developer may charge fees, as determined by BPU regulation, to recover reasonable costs associated with the process of making the determination of whether a completed system would be functionally integrated to the electric grid.