HOUSE BILL NO. 4715

April 27, 2021, Introduced by Reps. Hood, Steckloff, Hope, LaGrand, Kuppa, Pohutsky, Rabhi, Aiyash, Hammoud, Hertel, Neeley, Cynthia Johnson, Young, Tyrone Carter, Ellison, Peterson, Stone, Cambensy, Wozniak, Outman, Bolden, Bezotte, Whitsett, Weiss, Markkanen, Steven Johnson, Sowerby, Meerman and Yancey and referred to the Committee on Energy.

A bill to amend 2008 PA 295, entitled

"Clean and renewable energy and energy waste reduction act,"

(MCL 460.1001 to 460.1211) by adding sections 235 and 237.

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 235. (1) By 1 year after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this section, the commission shall promulgate rules to do all of the following:

(a) Allow for the creation and financing of community solar facilities and for subscribers to receive bill credits.

(b) Ensure that all customer classes have opportunities to participate as subscribers to a community solar facility.

(c) Include 1 or more mechanisms that ensure accessibility to subscriptions to a community solar facility for low-income households and low-income service organizations. Each mechanism shall be designed to achieve tangible economic benefits for low-income households. The commission shall make reasonable efforts to integrate each mechanism with existing complementary programs, including energy efficiency, energy conservation, energy assistance, and workforce development programs. In determining appropriate mechanisms under this subdivision, the commission, in collaboration with electric providers and other stakeholders, shall consider the development of financing options, financial incentives, education and outreach programs, and appropriate participation goals.

(d) Prohibit an electric provider from removing a customer from the customer's applicable customer class because the customer subscribes to a community solar facility.

(e) Provide for the transferability and portability of subscriptions, including a subscriber's retention of a subscription to a community solar facility if the subscriber moves within the same electric provider's service territory.

(f) Provide for consumer protection in compliance with existing laws.

(g) Allow an electric provider to recover costs of administering bill credits.

(h) Modify existing interconnection standards, fees, and processes as needed to do both of the following:

(i) Facilitate the efficient and cost-effective interconnection of community solar facilities.

(ii) Allow an electric provider to recover reasonable interconnection costs for each community solar facility.

(i) Require that electric providers efficiently connect community solar facilities to the electrical distribution grid and not discriminate against community solar facilities.

(j) Ensure that subscriber organizations have received interconnection agreements, have legal control of their sites, and have received all necessary nonministerial permits.

(k) Otherwise implement this part.

(2) By 1 year after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this section, the commission shall establish an applicable bill credit rate. The commission shall establish the applicable bill credit rate at a level that results in both of the following:

(a) Robust community solar facility development.

(b) Access for all customer classes to subscriptions.

Sec. 237. A subscriber organization is not considered to be an electric provider as a result of its ownership or operation of a community solar facility.

Enacting section 1. This amendatory act does not take effect unless Senate Bill No.____ or House Bill No.4716 (request no. 01664'21) of the 101st Legislature is enacted into law.