HOUSE BILL No. 5909

 

 

September 21, 2016, Introduced by Rep. Townsend and referred to the Committee on Energy Policy.

 

     A bill to amend 1939 PA 3, entitled

 

"An act to provide for the regulation and control of public and

certain private utilities and other services affected with a public

interest within this state; to provide for alternative energy

suppliers; to provide for licensing; to include municipally owned

utilities and other providers of energy under certain provisions of

this act; to create a public service commission and to prescribe

and define its powers and duties; to abolish the Michigan public

utilities commission and to confer the powers and duties vested by

law on the public service commission; to provide for the

continuance, transfer, and completion of certain matters and

proceedings; to abolish automatic adjustment clauses; to prohibit

certain rate increases without notice and hearing; to qualify

residential energy conservation programs permitted under state law

for certain federal exemption; to create a fund; to provide for a

restructuring of the manner in which energy is provided in this

state; to encourage the utilization of resource recovery

facilities; to prohibit certain acts and practices of providers of

energy; to allow for the securitization of stranded costs; to

reduce rates; to provide for appeals; to provide appropriations; to

declare the effect and purpose of this act; to prescribe remedies

and penalties; and to repeal acts and parts of acts,"

 

(MCL 460.1 to 460.11) by adding section 9g.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 9g. (1) The commission shall adopt safety performance


 

metrics for natural gas distribution pipeline safety.

 

     (2) The commission shall do all of the following in adopting

 

safety performance metrics under subsection (1):

 

     (a) Design each metric to be an indicator of safety

 

performance.

 

     (b) Design each metric so that it may be reevaluated within a

 

useful time frame.

 

     (c) Design each metric so that the data inputs to the metric

 

are verifiable.

 

     (d) Design each metric so that it is robust enough to serve as

 

a useful indicator of pipeline safety.

 

     (3) The commission shall evaluate whether a natural gas

 

utility has met the safety performance metrics adopted under

 

subsection (1).

 

     (4) As used in this section, "natural gas utility" means an

 

investor-owned business engaged in the sale and distribution of

 

natural gas within this state whose rates are regulated by the

 

commission.