Bill Text: AZ HB2498 | 2021 | Fifty-fifth Legislature 1st Regular | Engrossed


Bill Title: Clean energy technology; grants; appropriation

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2021-03-09 - Senate read second time [HB2498 Detail]

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House Engrossed

 

battery storage technology; grants; appropriation

(now: clean energy technology; grants; appropriation)

 

 

 

 

State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-fifth Legislature

First Regular Session

2021

 

 

 

HOUSE BILL 2498

 

 

 

AN ACT

 

Amending Title 41, chapter 10, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 41-1509; appropriating monies; relating to the Arizona commerce authority.

 

 

(TEXT OF BILL BEGINS ON NEXT PAGE)

 


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1. Title 41, chapter 10, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 41-1509, to read:

START_STATUTE41-1509. Arizona clean energy technology improvement grant program; advisory council; program termination

A. The Arizona clean energy technology improvement grant program is established to promote research and development of new and innovative uses of clean energy technology that increase electricity grid efficiency, system reliability and resiliency and the affordability of energy in this state. The authority shall administer the grant program using monies appropriated by the legislature for this purpose.

B. The authority shall:

1. Promote the adoption of clean energy technology and its implementation in this state.

2. Considering the advice of the clean energy technology improvement advisory council, use the program monies to provide grants to political subdivisions of this state, nonprofit organizations and private enterprises for research, demonstration projects or market development for improved clean energy technology and its implementation in this state.  The authority shall allocate at least thirty percent of the monies appropriated for the Arizona clean energy technology improvement grant program to provide grants for research, demonstration projects or market development in counties with a population of less than nine hundred thousand persons.  The authority may not use more than five percent of the monies to administer the grant program.

3. When providing grants under paragraph 2 of this subsection, give special consideration for research, demonstration projects and market development that improve grid stability, synergize clean energy technologies and address clean energy technology life cycle challenges, including disposal and recycling, meaningful peak energy demand reduction and electric vehicle to grid optimization.

C. The chief executive officer shall develop an application process in consultation with the clean energy technology improvement advisory council.

D. An entity, other than a political subdivision of this state that provides electricity or an electric public service corporation, that submits an application to receive a clean energy technology improvement grant must indicate on its application that the entity will partner with at least one political subdivision or public service corporation in this state that provides electricity. This partnership is intended to provide greater benefits to this state and improve reporting capabilities. The chief executive officer may waive this requirement for good cause.

E. After being awarded a clean energy technology improvement grant, a grant recipient must file a report with the chief executive officer detailing the status and findings of the project. The grant recipient shall file this report on or before december 31 each year for five years from the date of substantial completion of the project. The chief executive officer shall provide a copy of the report to the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, the governor and the chairperson of the corporation commission. For the purposes of this subsection, "substantial completion" means the point in the project where the project is fit to be used or is able to meet its intended purpose.

F. The chief executive officer shall appoint a clean energy technology improvement advisory council that includes at least the following members:

1. Two persons who work in an academic capacity and who specialize in a field related to clean energy technology and use.

2. Two representatives of political subdivisions in this state that provide electricity.

3. Two representatives of electric public service corporations.

4. Two representatives of the residential clean energy technology industry.

5. Two representatives of the electric vehicle industry.

G. The clean energy technology improvement advisory council shall advise the authority on:

1. The criteria for distributing program grants.

2. Efficiently promoting clean energy technology improvement and its implementation in this state.

H. The program established by this section ends on July 1, 2029 pursuant to section 41-3102 or on completion of all reporting requirements associated with the program. END_STATUTE

Sec. 2. Appropriation; Arizona commerce authority; Arizona clean energy technology improvement grant program; exemption

A. The sum of $5,000,000 is appropriated from the state general fund in fiscal year 2021-2022 to the Arizona commerce authority to provide grants through the Arizona clean energy technology improvement grant program established by section 41-1509, Arizona Revised Statutes, as added by this act, to increase clean energy capability in this state.

B. The appropriation made in subsection A of this section is exempt from the provisions of section 35-190, Arizona Revised Statutes, relating to lapsing of appropriations, except that any monies remaining unexpended and unencumbered on June 30, 2024 revert to the state general fund.

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