Community Renewal Energy Act - Utah House Bill 411 (Energy Source)
November 17 - Work Session Discussion
In the Work Session on November 17 at 4pm, the Council will discuss the future of Ogden’s participation in the Community Renewable Energy Act (House Bill 411). While concerns have been raised by individual Council Members, no decision has been made. The Work Session will be open to the public but there will be no opportunity for public comment during the Work Session. As always, Council Members can be reached individually using the contact information found at ogdencity.com/councilmembers. All correspondence sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and the 801-629-8158 hotline are forwarded directly to the Council.
About HB 411:
During the 2019 General Session, the Utah Legislature adopted the Community Renewable Energy Act (HB 411). This was created to provide cities with mechanisms to establish and achieve a community goal to source net-100% of electric energy from renewable resources by 2030. Through this legislation, cities have the option to collaborate with Rocky Mountain Power to accomplish this goal.
On June 26, 2019, the City Council sent a letter to the Natural Resources and Sustainability Stewardship Committee requesting a recommendation relative to the Community Renewal Energy Act program. After three meeting discussions and presentation on the topic. during its meeting on September 26, 2019, the committee unanimously recommended that the city adopt a resolution for approval.
With a 5-2 vote, the City Council adopted a joint resolution with Mayor Caldwell on December 3, 2019 to begin the initial steps to pursue participation in the Community Renewable Energy Act. This action does not commit the city to full program participation, but allowed the city to gain more information, that is currently available, to make a more informed decision about the Community Renewable Energy Act.
The adoption of a resolution is the first of several steps required for the city to participate in the Community Renewable Energy Act. Adopting a resolution allows the city to enter into an agreement with Rocky Mountain Power, and the city can opt-out from participating in the program various points of this process. If the program is ultimately adopted by ordinance, all Rocky Mountain Power customers will initially be automatically enrolled in the program, with the option to opt-out of the program without penalty during the first three billing cycles of the rate change. If it is instead determined that the program is cost-prohibitive or will not work well fr the city for other reasons, the adopted resolution outlines that the city will continue to pursue a goal of net-100% renewable energy through a different approach.
Requirements for Participation:
Participation in the Community Renewable Energy Act (HB 411) includes:
- Adoption of a city resolution by December 31, 2019;
- Initial agreement between Rocky Mountain Power and Ogden City to develop guidelines with other participating jurisdictions;
- Completion of a study based on partnership guidelines and determination of prospective rates
- Submitting an application to the Utah Public Service Commission; and
- Upon approval, consideration of an ordinance to define program guidelines.
- Utah Public Service Commission
- Rocky Mountain Power
- Other participating communities
Documentation and Presentations:
December 3, 2019 - Council Staff Review (PDF)
- December 3, 2019 - Council Meeting Presentation (PDF)
- December 3, 2019 - Council Meeting Presentation (Facebook Video/YouTube Video)
- November 19, 2019 - Council Staff Review (PDF)
- October 1, 2019 - Council Staff Review (PDF)
- October 1, 2019 - Work Session Presentation (PDF)