SB 896
Modifies provisions relating to utilities
LR Number:
Last Action:
1/11/2024 - Second Read and Referred S Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2024

Current Bill Summary

SB 896 - This act modifies provisions relating to utilities.


Beginning January 1, 2025, for purposes of assessing all real and tangible personal property associated with a project that uses solar energy directly to generate electricity, and that was built prior to December 31, 2024, shall be considered to be de minimis in value. The assessor shall request any documentation necessary to determine the true value in money of such property.

The tax liability actually owed for solar energy property that was built prior to December 31, 2024, shall not exceed $500 per megawatt. For projects for which the land associated with such project is reclassified due to the project, the property tax liability incurred from such land shall be included in such limit. (Section 137.077)

This provision shall expire on December 31, 2050.

This provision is substantially similar to SB 1309 (2024), HCS/HB 1836 (2024), SCS/SB 607 (2023) and HB 1246 (2023).


Beginning January 1, 2025, the provisions of current law relating to depreciable tangible personal property shall apply to all stationary property used for transportation or storage of liquid and gaseous products, including, but not limited to, natural gas that is not LP gas, water, and sewage that was or will be placed in service at any time.

To estimate the value of such stationary property, this act requires that the assessor shall value such property by applying the twenty-year depreciation schedule provided in current law to the original cost of the property. The presumption as to the proper method of determining the assessed value of such property shall apply regardless of when such property was placed in service.

The act requires each taxpayer to provide to the assessor, upon written request from the assessor received no later than January 31 of the applicable tax year, the original cost and year placed in service of such property summarized in a format that is substantially similar to the real property reporting and valuation forms contained in section 7.4 of the State Tax Commission assessor manual (revision date March 23, 2016). Such information shall be provided for each taxing district within the assessor's jurisdiction if the assessor's written request includes a description of each taxing district that is sufficient to enable the taxpayer to provide such information and such information is maintained by and readily available to the taxpayer. The taxpayer shall certify that the information provided to the assessor is accurate to the best of its knowledge. All information provided to an assessor pursuant to this act shall be considered proprietary information and shall be accessible only to the assessor and the assessor's staff for internal use only. (Section 137.122)

This provision is identical to HB 2110 (2024), substantially similar to SB 533 (2023), HB 349 (2023), SB 196 (2021), SCS/SB 785 (2020), and HCS/HB 1907 (2020), and to provisions in SCS/SB 944 (2022) and HCS/HB 2208 (2022).


This act creates a state and local sales tax exemption for utilities, equipment, and materials used to generate or transmit electricity. A public utility realizing savings as a result of this exemption shall provide the Public Service Commission information on the amount of savings realized and shall include a statement that such savings will be passed through to the public utility's rate determined in the public utility's next general rate proceeding. (Section 144.058)

This provision is identical to a provision in SS#2/SB 872 (2024), HCS/SB 247 (2023) and SCS/HCS/HB 154 (2023), is substantially similar to SB 300 (2023), SB 246 (2021), SB 757 (2020), SB 467 (2019), HB 64 (2017), SB 784 (2016), SB 480 (2015), and HB 693 (2015), and is similar to SB 1129 (2024), HB 1511 (2018), HB 2255 (2014), and to a provision in CCS/HCS/SB 584 (2014).


Current law authorizes trustees for certain common sewer districts to receive reasonable compensation for their services. This act provides that trustees may receive an attendance fee not to exceed $100 for attending each regular or special meeting, but not more than two meetings per month, or four meetings per month for trustees in a county of the first classification. (Sections 204.300 and 204.610)

These provisions are identical to provisions in SCS/SB 740 (2024), HB 2476 (2024), HB 697 (2023) and to provisions in HCS/SB 155 (2023).


This act provides that for any acquisition of a small water utility by a large public water utility with an appraised value for $5,000,000 or less, the Public Service Commission shall issue a decision of such acquisition within six months from the submission of the application for such acquisition by the large public water utility. Prior to the expiration of the six-months period, the Commission staff or the office of the Public Counsel may request, upon a showing of good cause, from the Commission an extension for approval of the application for an additional 30 days.

This act further modifies the definition of "large water public utility". (Sections 393.320 and 393.1506)

These provisions are identical to provisions in SCS/SB 740 (2024), SCS/SB 741 (2024), substantially similar to provisions in SCS/HCS/HB 1746 (2024), SB 567 (2023) and to provisions in SCS/HCS/HB 1152 (2023), and similar to provisions in HCS/SB 275 (2023).


This act modifies provisions relating to the current renewable energy standard.

Under this act, energy that meets the criteria of the renewable energy portfolio requirements under this act and contracted for by an accelerated renewable buyer must do the following:

(1) Have all associated renewable energy certificates retired by the accelerated renewable buyer and the certificates shall not be used to meet the electric utility's portfolio requirements under in the act;

(2) Be excluded from the total electric utility's sales used to determine the portfolio requirements under the act;

(3) Be used to offset all or a portion of its electric load to determine compliance with the portfolio requirements under the act.

This act defines an "accelerated renewable buyer" as a customer of an electric utility, with an aggregate load of over 100 average megawatts, who enters into a contract to obtain renewable energy certificates from renewable energy sources or energy sources described in the act.

Under this act, the accelerated renewable buyer shall be exempt from any renewable energy standard compliance costs as established by the utility and approved by the Public Service Commission under the act.

Under this act, each electric utility shall certify, and verify as necessary, to the Commission that the accelerated renewable buyer has satisfied the exemption requirements under the act. The accelerated renewable buyer may also certify the exemption requirements to the Commission individually.

Provisions under the act apply to electric utilities with more than 250,000 but less than one million retail customers as of 2022. (Section 393.1030)

This provision is identical to SCS/SB 374 (2023) and HCS/HB 1293 (2023), and similar to a provision in SCS/SB 740 (2024), SB 838 (2024), a provision in SCS/HCS/HB 1746 (2024).


This act creates provisions for gas corporation customers to be considered for a discounted gas rate.

Under the act, a new or an existing gas corporation account meeting the criteria under the act shall qualify for the following discounts:

(1) When the customer is a new customer and the new load is reasonably projected to be at least 270,000 CCF annually, the discount shall equal 25% and shall apply for four years; or

(2) When the customer is an existing customer and the new load is reasonably projected to be at least 135,000 CCF annually, the discount shall equal 25% and shall apply for four years.

To obtain one of the discounts under the act, the customer's load shall be incremental, net of any offsetting load reductions due to the termination of other accounts of the customer or an affiliate of the customer within twelve months prior to the commencement of service to the new load. The customer shall receive an economic development incentive from a governmental entity, as described in the act, in conjunction with the incremental load. The customer shall meet the criteria set forth in the electrical corporation's economic development rider tariff sheet, as approved by the Public Service Commission, that are not inconsistent with the act. The gas corporation, as defined in the act, shall verify the customer's consumption annually to determine continued qualification for the applicable discount.

In each general rate proceeding concluded after August 28, 2023, the difference in revenues with the discounts under the act and the revenues without such discounts shall not be imputed into the gas corporation's revenue requirement. Instead, such revenue requirement shall be set as described in the act. A gas corporation's authority to offer discounted rates shall terminate on the date that such natural gas corporation’s authority to make deferrals expires. (Section 393.1645)

This provision is identical to a provision in SCS/SB 740 (2024), HB 2054 (2024), and substantially similar to a provision in SCS/HCS/HB 1746 (2024), SB 638 (2023) and HCS/HB 1143 (2023).


Under the act, the Public Service Commission may directly contract counsel, financial advisors or other consultants as necessary for the purpose of reviewing financing orders for energy transition costs. This provision shall not be subject to state purchasing provisions, but the Commission shall establish a policy for the bid process. Such policy shall be publicly available and any information related to contracts under the policy shall be included in the publicly available rate case documentation. (Section 393.1700)

This provision is identical to SB 837 (2024), HCS/HB 1071 (2023), a provision in SCS/HCS/HB 1746 (2024), and substantially similar to provision in SCS/SB 740 (2024), SB 838 (2024), and similar to SB 520 (2023).


Currently, all community water systems are required to create a hydrant inspection program which includes annual testing of every hydrant of such community water systems. This act repeals the annual testing requirement of such hydrants and provides for a scheduled testing of such hydrants. (Section 640.144)

This provision is identical to a provision in SCS/SB 740 (2024), SB 982 (2024), a provision in SCS/HCS/HB 1746 (2024), SB 629 (2023), HB 1734 (2024), a provision in SS/HB 2062 (2024), HB 891 (2023) and a provision in HCS/SB 275 (2023).



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