SB 459 Creates the Missouri Energy Freedom Act
Sponsor: Holsman
LR Number: 2076S.01I Fiscal Notes
Committee: Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment
Last Action: 3/2/2017 - Second Read and Referred S Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee Journal Page: S401
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Effective Date: August 28, 2017

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Current Bill Summary

SB 459 - This act creates the Missouri Energy Freedom Act. This act requires that, in order to enter into a renewable energy contract, a customer shall meet a minimum annual demand of 1 megawatt. Further, such customer shall not be allowed to participate in net metering, but may request to use a retail electric supplier's transmission and distribution system to deliver power under a renewable energy contract and the customer shall be responsible for the incremental costs required by the regional transmission organization for the use of such system.

Under this act, a retail electric supplier shall file a tariff to provide service within 60 days of the Public Service Commission promulgating rules for the implementation of this act. The tariff shall include rates as determined by the Public Service Commission for certain costs as set forth in this act. This act also allows a retail electric supplier to propose an alternative tariff, in addition to the required tariff, if the alternative tariff meets certain requirements as set forth in this act.

Under this act, when a retail electric supplier's total rated generating capacity exceeds 3% of the supplier's single-hour peak load, the supplier shall file a report with the Public Service Commission, or their governing body, describing the impact of renewable energy facilities. In response, the Commission or governing body shall conduct an evaluation of any potential cost shifts between rate classes resulting from renewable energy contracts, and they may restructure rates to prevent cost shifting accordingly.

This act is substantially similar to HB 439 (2017).