This committee oversees legislation relating to power plant siting, fuel standards, and clean and alternative energy initiatives such as energy tax credits and rebate programs. As an environmental committee, it also has broad oversight over legislation designed to protect and conserve the state's air, water, and land resources.
This committee oversees energy-related matters including economic regulation of the investor-owned utilities, utility infrastructure during emergencies, reliability oversight of both regulated utilities and municipal and cooperative utilities, siting of power plants and transmission lines, and renewable and alternative sources of electric energy and transportation energy. It also oversees natural gas safety and intrastate gas rates, and coordinates with the Department of Environmental Protection on certain water issues.
This committee considers matters related to energy, electric utilities, power generators, fuel taxes, and electric vehicles, water, and wastewater. Recent representative legislation it has dealt with includes cost recovery for nuclear and integrated gasification combined cycle power plants and agency energy, water, and wastewater efficiency and conservation measures.