Rep. James Smith (D-Columbia) introduced Amendment 36a to the budget in order to improve the Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) process at the Public Service Commission. After the amended budget’s passage, The Public Service Commission (PSC) will ensure that utilities look for the lowest cost options to address energy planning needs by requiring utilities to consider energy efficiency and renewable energy resources when looking for lowest cost options as well as ensuring the PSC incorporates cost-saving renewable and efficiency efforts into their orders and decisions. As we strive for a more efficient, renewable-based clean energy future, this is an important regulatory step forward. The amendment was adopted by the House 62-40 on May 2, 2018.
- This is a Pro-Conservation Amendment to the Budget.
- The Pro-Conservation Vote was YES for adoption of the amendment
- The Amendment was adopted by the House on 5/2/18. The budget conference committee will likely issue a conference report prior to the end of June, which will then be considered by the House and Senate for approval.