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S_AGR_2016A 03/03/2016 01:33:08 PM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES, & ENERGY

Date: 03/03/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:33 PM to 01:51 PM
Baumgardner
X
Cooke
X
Place: SCR 354
Donovan
X
Garcia
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Hodge
X
Senator Sonnenberg
Jones
X
Scott
X
This Report was prepared by
Roberts
X
David Beaujon
Sonnenberg
X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
Conf 16-Water Resources And Power Development Authority - Colorado

SB16-128

HB16-1091
Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent

Postponed Indefinitely

Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar





01:33 PM -- Confirmation of Water Resources And Power Development Authority - Colorado



Michael Brod, Executive Director, Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority (authority), introduced the Governor's appointments to the authority and discussed it role and membership.



01:34 PM



Michael Berrry of Montrose, appointed for a term expiring October 1, 2019, and to serve as a member from the Gunnison-Uncompahgre drainage basin, with experience in water planning and development, discussed his experience and interest in serving on the authority (Attachment A).



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01:36 PM



George Corkle, appointed for a term expiring October 1, 2019, and to serve as a member from the North Platte drainage basin, discussed his experience and interest in serving on the authority (Attachment A).





01:38 PM



Steven Vandiver of Alamosa, appointed for a term expiring October 1, 2019, to serve as a representative of the Rio Grande drainage basin, discussed his experience and interest in serving on the authority (Attachment A).

BILL: Conf 16-Water Resources And Power Development Authority - Colorado
TIME: 01:40:59 PM
MOVED: Roberts
MOTION: Refer the appointment of Michael Berry, George Corkle, and Steven Vandiver to the Colorado Water Resources And Power Development Authority to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 9-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Baumgardner
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Garcia
Yes
Hodge
Yes
Jones
Yes
Scott
Yes
Roberts
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Final YES: 9 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS











01:42 PM -- SB 16-128



Senator Hodge, prime sponsor, requested that Senate Bill 16-128 be postponed indefinitely. This bill would have allowed water judges or other affected parties to reopen specific portions of augmentation plans or substitute water supply plans (SWSP) for amendments based on new technical information or operational experience without reopening the entire plan.



There was no testimony.

BILL: SB16-128
TIME: 01:43:21 PM
MOVED: Hodge
MOTION: Postpone Senate Bill 16-128 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 9-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Baumgardner
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Garcia
Yes
Hodge
Yes
Jones
Yes
Scott
Yes
Roberts
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Final YES: 9 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



01:44 PM -- HB 16-1091



Senator Sonnenberg, sponsor, described the provisions of House Bill 16-1091 concerning change dates for electric utility transmission plans. Under current law related to energy resource zones, rate-regulated electric utilities are required to submit plans, designations, and applications for certificates of public convenience and necessity (CPCN) to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in the Department of Regulatory Agencies on or before October 31 of each odd-numbered year. This bill changes the submission date to a date to be determined by the PUC. The bill also eliminates existing requirements that reviews of plans, designations, and applications for CPCNs by rate-regulated electric utilities be conducted simultaneously; and the PUC issue an order approving or rejecting an application for a CPCN for the construction or expansion of transmission facilities within 180 days after the application is filed.



The following persons testified on the bill:



01:45 PM --
Ann Hendrickson and Heidi Morgan, representing Black Hills Energy, testified in support of the bill.



01:47 PM -- Becky Quintana and Joel Hendrickson, representing the PUC, spoke in support of the bill.



01:48 PM --
Robin Kittel, representing Xcel Energy, testified in support of the bill.









01:48 PM



The chair closed testimony and Senator Sonnenberg closed his remarks on the bill.

BILL: HB16-1091
TIME: 01:49:34 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1091 to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 9-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Baumgardner
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Garcia
Yes
Hodge
Yes
Jones
Yes
Scott
Yes
Roberts
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Final YES: 9 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



01:51 PM



The committee adjourned.






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