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Legislative Update. November 3, 2011 GMMSCA Fall Conference. Legislative Successes in Georgia. 1999-2004 Transmission Line Planning PASSED 2002 EMC Gas Marketers PASSED 2005 Unclaimed Capital Credits PASSED 2006 Eminent Domain Powers PRESERVED

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legislative update

Legislative Update

November 3, 2011

GMMSCA Fall Conference

legislative successes in georgia
Legislative Successes in Georgia
  • 1999-2004 Transmission Line Planning PASSED
  • 2002 EMC Gas Marketers PASSED
  • 2005 Unclaimed Capital Credits PASSED
  • 2006 Eminent Domain Powers PRESERVED
  • 2007 Metals Theft Legislation (Part I) PASSED
  • 2007-2008 CATV Pole Attachment Legislation- BLOCKED
  • 2009 Metals Theft Legislation (Part II) PASSED
  • 2010 CATV Pole Attachment Legislation- BLOCKED AGAIN
  • 2011 PAC legislation PASSED
  • 2011 Open meetings laws applied to

EMC Board of Directors BLOCKED

legislative priorities
Legislative Priorities
  • Securing the necessary generation resources to meet future demand in the era of climate change
    • Keep elected officials and opinion leaders informed about key factors influencing future power supply decision-making
  • Preserve member-owner governance in electric cooperative business model
    • Keeping elected officials and opinion leaders regularly informed is best defense against threats of expanded PSC regulation, or other government interference.
keys to legislative success
Keys to Legislative Success
  • Continue to be a leader in providing reliable and affordable electricity with superior customer service
  • Continue being an active community supporter AND leader throughout service area
  • Make sure you know your legislators and local officials, and vice-versa
  • https://www.ourenergy.coop/
  • Every EMC employee and director in Georgia plays a vital role for any legislative success
federal energy issues
Federal Energy Issues
  • H.R. 2401: The T.R.A.I.N Act
    • Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011
    • requires the feds to consider the broad implications of new EPA regulations
    • Includes impacts to consumers, businesses, jobs, and the overall economy
    • Passed House 249 to 169
  • H.R. 2273: The Coal Ash Bill
    • ensures the safe management & disposal of coal ash, while preserving jobs and encouraging beneficial reuse
    • Bi-partisan approach & strikes balance between environmental protection and protecting jobs &economy
    • Passed House 267 to 144; currently in Senate











Environmental Regulatory Timeline for the Utility Industry





Beginning CAIR Phase I Seasonal NOx Cap

SO2 Primary NAAQS

Final Transport Rule I

Proposed Transport Rule II

Effluent Guidelines

proposed rule


Next Ozone NAAQS Revision

Revised Ozone NAAQS

Reconsidered Ozone NAAQS

Effluent Guidelines

Compliance 3-5 yrs

after final rule

Proposed Transport Rule I

Effluent Guidelines

Final rule expected

Industrial Boiler MACT Compliance

CAIR Vacated

SO2/NO2 Secondary NAAQS

Industrial Boiler MACT Final Rule

316(b) final rule


316(b) Compliance

3-4 yrs after final rule

CAIR Remanded

NO2 Primary NAAQS

CO2 Regulation

Final Rule for CCBs Mgmt


SIPs due (‘06)

Begin CAIR Phase I Annual SO2 Cap

PM-2.5 SIPs due (‘97)

Beginning CAIR Phase II Annual SO2 & NOx Caps

Industrial Boiler MACT Proposal

Begin CAIR Phase I Annual NOx Cap

New PM-2.5 NAAQS Designations

Beginning CAIR Phase II Seasonal NOx Cap

CAMR & Delisting Rule vacated

EGU HAPS MACT final rule expected

EGU HAPs MACT Compliance 3 yrs after final rule

Begin Compliance Requirements under Final CCB Rule (ground water monitoring, double monitors, closure, dry ash conversion)

Compliance with CAIR Replacement Rule

Proposed Rule for CCBs Management

EGU HAPs MACT proposed rule

Final EPA Nonattainment Designations

Next PM-2.5 NAAQS Revision

316(b) proposed

rule expected






state government issues
State Government Issues
  • HB 316: Open Meetings Laws applied to EMC Board of Directors Meetings
  • SB160: PAC legislation
  • Solar/Renewable Energy & the Territorial Act
  • Other issues: tax reform, Competitiveness Initiative, Immigration, ethics reform
  • Ongoing education of elected officials and policy makers
thanks for your support of georgia emc and for the chance to participate in your program questions
THANKS…for your support of Georgia EMCand for the chance to participate in your program!Questions?