SENATE COMMITTEE ON BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

 

March 8, 2005                                                                                                         Hearing Room B

1:00 P.M.                                                                                                                     Tapes  35 - 36

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:         Sen. Rick Metsger, Chair

Sen. Jason Atkinson

Sen. Ryan Deckert

Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:          Sen. Bruce Starr, Vice-Chair

 

STAFF PRESENT:                 Theresa Van Winkle, Committee Administrator

James Goulding, Committee Assistant

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

                                                SB 84 – Public Hearing and Work Session

                                                SB 13 – Work Session

                                                SB 328 – Work Session

                                                SB 600 – Work Session

                                               

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 35, A

003

Chair Metsger

Calls the committee to order at 1:14 p.m. Opens as a sub committee for the purpose of taking public testimony. Opens a public hearing on SB 84. Staff submits the SB 84 -1 amendments for the record (EXHIBIT A).

SB 84 – PUBLIC HEARING

020

Bob Meynard

Energy Outfitters. Testifies in favor of SB 84 and the -1 amendments.

035

Linda Pinkham

Resident, Jackson County.  Submits written testimony in favor of SB 84 with the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT B). Testifies on SB 84.

040

Chair Metsger

Observes that a full committee is now present.

043

Pinkham

Continues to testify in support of SB 84 with the -1 amendments.

080

Roger Ebbage

Home Electric Cooperative Member.  Testifies in support of SB 84 with the -1 amendments.  Discusses energy needs of the future.

105

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks clarification question regarding Meynard’s testimony.

110

Meynard

Explains.

120

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Wonders how public utilities purchase their power compared to consumers.

125

Meynard

Notes that public utilities purchase their power wholesale. Clarifies the intent of the original 1999 net metering law.

127

Chair Metsger

Asks question regarding Meynard’s testimony.

130

Meynard

Explains.

140

Sen. Frank Shields

Represents Senate District 24. Discusses the intent of net metering legislation to encourage alternative energy sources. Envisions the possibilities for future power generation. 

170

Sen. Shields

Details the -1 amendments to SB 84 and offers his support. 

200

Scott Bolton

PacifiCorp.  Testifies in favor of SB 84 as introduced. Submits written testimony (EXHIBIT C).  Opposes the -1 amendments to SB 84.

230

Tom O’Connor

Director of Oregon Municipal Electric Utilities Association. States that he is also testifying for the Oregon Rural Electric Cooperative Association (ORECA).  Presents written testimony on SB 84 as introduced (EXHIBIT D).  Notes opposition to the -1 amendments.

315

Troy Gagliano

Renewable Northwest Project.  Testifies in favor of SB 84 as introduced.  Feels net metering provides a positive option for energy use.  Reports that net metering has been relatively trouble free in other states. 

377

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks Mr. Evans if there are any electric cooperatives that have granted net metering above 25 kilowatts.

390

Jack Evans

ORECA. Clarifies that “the existing net metering statutes require that all utilities in Oregon, including consumer owned utilities, make available net metering to their customers up to a cap of 25 kilowatts.”

415

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks how much energy 25 kilowatts produces.

420

Evans

Explains.

TAPE 36, A

005

Julie Mikalsin

Resident, Multnomah County.  Testifies on SB 84.

040

Mikalsin

Remarks on high voltage transformer boxes that have been in use far beyond their anticipated lifespan.

055

Chair Metsger

Directs Ms. Mikalsin to testify in regards to SB 84.

057

Mikalsin

Continues remarks on future energy distribution options. 

070

Mikalsin

Asks that kilowatts generated by alternative sources not be limited.

080

Jon Miller

Executive Director, Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association (OSEIA). Provides written testimony in support of SB 84 with the proposed -1 amendments (EXHIBIT E).  Provides a Pacific Northwest Solar Resource chart (EXHIBIT F). Testifies on SB 84.

125

Miller

Concludes testimony by detailing the proposed -1 amendments and encouraging their adoption.

127

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks about solar energy units.

135

Miller

Explains.

145

Sen. Monnes Anderson

Asks if it could still be done. Asks about a rollover.

150

Miller

Explains the concept of “rollover”.

163

Chair Metsger

Clarifies Sen. Monnes Anderson’s question.

167

Miller

Responds.

175

Chair Metsger

Asks Lee Beyer to testify on SB 84. Asks Beyer to speak to the issue of rollover and to describe how the commission would address the provision in SB 84 which allows for the excess of 25 kilowatts.

185

Lee Beyer

Chair, Oregon Public Utilities Commission (PUC).  Directs testimony to the issues pointed out by Sen. Metsger.

210

Beyer

Details the role of PUC and what it is they regulate in terms of alternative power generation.

230

Beyer

Outlines hopes for new fuel sources.  Notes that the bill addresses a lot more than just solar power.  Details the burden that falls upon ratepayers. 

250

Beyer

Observes universal support for SB 84 as introduced, but controversy over the -1 amendments.  Expresses concern that the whole bill could be lost if the amendments are adopted.

The following prepared testimony is submitted for the record without public testimony:

 

Frank Vignola

Director, University of Oregon Solar Radiation Monitoring Laboratory. Submits written testimony for the record (EXHIBIT G).

265

Chair Metsger

Closes public hearing and opens work session on SB 84.

SB 84 – WORK SESSION

267

Chair Metsger

Comments on testimony on SB 84. Prefers to move SB 84.

267

Sen. Monnes Anderson

MOTION:  Moves SB 84 to the floor with a DO PASS recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. B. Starr

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. METSGER will lead discussion on the floor.

290

Chair Metsger

Closes work session on SB 84 and opens work session on SB 13.

SB 13 – WORK SESSION

295

Theresa Van Winkle

Committee Administrator.  Explains the provisions of SB 13 and the -1 amendments (EXHIBIT H).

310

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 13-1 amendments dated 3/7/05.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. B. Starr

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

315

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves SB 13 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. B. Starr

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. NELSON will lead discussion on the floor.

320

Chair Metsger

Closes work session on SB 13 and opens work session on SB 328.

SB 328 – WORK SESSION

322

Theresa  Van Winkle

Committee Administrator.  Explains the provisions of SB 328 -6 Amendments (EXHIBIT I).

343

Chair Metsger

Comments on SB 328 -6 amendments. Asks Don Miner to speak to the amendments.

347

Don Miner

Oregon Manufactured Housing Association. Testifies on SB 328 -6 amendments.

360

Chair Metsger

Comments on testimony on SB 328.

380

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 328-6 amendments dated 3/8/05.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 – Sen. Deckert, Sen. B. Starr

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

390

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves SB 328 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  3-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Sen. Deckert, Sen. B. Starr

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. MORSE will lead discussion on the floor.

395

Chair Metsger

Closes work session on SB 328 and opens work session on SB 600.

SB 600 – WORK SESSION

400

Chair Metsger

Talks about the SB 600 -1 amendments (EXHIBIT J).

 

Schelly Jensen

Verizon. Testifies in support of the SB 600 -1 amendments.

TAPE 35, A

001

Jensen

Continues testimony in regards to the proposed amendments.

030

Chair Metsger

Comments on the proposed amendments.

033

Sen. Atksinon

Asks if there is opposition to SB 600.

035

Chair Metsger

Replies that he is not aware of any opposition to SB 600.

037

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT SB 600-1 amendments dated 3/3/05.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. B. Starr

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

045

Sen. Atkinson

MOTION:  Moves SB 600 to the floor with a DO PASS AS AMENDED recommendation.

 

 

VOTE:  4-0-1

EXCUSED:  1 - Sen. B. Starr

 

Chair Metsger

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

SEN. NELSON will lead discussion on the floor.

050

Chair Metsger

Closes work session and adjourns meeting at 3:00 p.m.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. SB 84, -1 amendments, staff, 1 p
  2. SB 84, written testimony, Linda Pinkham, 1 p
  3. SB 84, written testimony, Scott Bolton, 1 p
  4. SB 84, written testimony, Tom O’Connor, 3 pp
  5. SB 84, written testimony, Jon Miller, 2 pp
  6. SB 84, chart, Jon Miller, 1 p
  7. SB 84, written testimony, Frank Vignola, 1 p
  8. SB 13, -1 amendments, staff, 2 pp
  9. SB 328, -6 amendments, staff, 2 pp
  10. SB 600, -1 amendments, staff, 5 pp