This committee preparation for projected sea level rise and other coastal and coastal watershed hazards, land use and permitting, dams, inland water vessels, water pollution control, wastewater and public water supply projects, voluntary certification for road salt applicators, rafting of boats, special use permits, state parks and historical sites, and coastal management.
This committee has broad oversight over legislation concerning energy and electric utilities, as well as science and technology matters. Representative legislation it has dealt with concerns electric transmission lines, wind turbines and other renewable generation facilities, energy incentives, net metering, use of proceeds from the regional greenhouse gas initiative program, renewable portfolio standards, siting criteria for generation and transmission facilities, and establishing a state energy strategy.
"It shall be the duty of the Committee on Environment and Agriculture to consider all matters concerning agricultural and farm problems of the state, physical land use including current use, the various agricultural organizations, the protection of the state's environment from forms of pollution other than air or water pollution, waste management issues, and such other matters as may be referred to it."
This committee has broad oversight over legislation relating to energy and public utilities, in addition to natural resources more generally. Representative legislation it has dealt with concerns electric utility investment in distributed energy resources, municipally-owned utilities, electric renewable portfolio standards, energy efficiency and conservation, net metering, siting criteria for electric generating and transmission facilities, alternative fuels, the regional greenhouse gas initiative, and state energy strategy.