Summary: H.R.3790 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/11/1996)

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Title I: Competitive Retail Electric Energy Service

Title II: Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935

Title III: Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978

Electric Consumers' Power to Choose Act of 1996 - Title I: Competitive Retail Electric Energy Service - Sets December 15, 2000, as the deadline by which all electric utility retail customers shall have the right to purchase retail electric energy services from any person offering them.

(Sec. 103) Authorizes a State to elect to establish by the deadline retail electric service choice for retail customers of State regulated electric utilities, with rules providing for: (1) customer choice; (2) nondiscriminatory access; (3) flexible pricing procedure; (4) incentive-based rate regulation; and (5) termination of certain regulations, including price regulation.

(Sec. 104) Authorizes a nonregulated electric utility to elect to establish retail electric service choice for its customers, with rules providing for: (1) customer choice; (2) nondiscriminatory access.

Prohibits an electric energy purchaser from reselling electric energy purchased pursuant to a long-term firm power contract from a Federal power marketing authority to any other person not directly served by retail distribution facilities owned or operated by such purchaser.

(Sec. 105) Preempts Federal court jurisdiction (except for Supreme Court review) over actions arising under certain retail competition provisions of this Act.

(Sec. 106) Requires the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), if such elections are not made by the deadline for a State regulated or a nonregulated electric utility, to exercise the authorities that would otherwise be exercised by the State regulating authority or nonregulated utility as if the elections had indeed been made by such date. Subjects the exercise of such FERC authorities to Federal court jurisdiction.

(Sec. 108) Authorizes FERC to require a transmitting utility to provide transmission of electric energy in interstate commerce under conditions necessary to ensure that the terms of customer access to transmission services is comparable to the terms under which the transmitting utility uses its own system.

(Sec. 110) Proscribes, after the effective date for retail electric choice, any State or local legal requirement that has the effect of prohibiting any entity from offering or providing electric energy retail service to any electric utility retail customer.

Permits the exercise of State regulatory authority imposed on a nondiscriminatory and competitively neutral basis upon retail electric energy services, if it is necessary to preserve universal service, protect public safety and welfare, ensure continued quality, and safeguard consumer rights.

Allows the imposition of State or local franchise, license, or permit fees on a nondiscriminatory and competitively neutral basis only.

(Sec. 111) Mandates FERC-prescribed verification procedures for any changes to a selection made by a utility retail customer of electric energy services. Imposes civil liability for violation of such procedures.

(Sec. 112) Directs FERC to establish a program to issue Renewable Energy Credits to electric generators, providing for their sale or exchange. Requires each electric generator selling electric energy after the effective date for retail electric choice to submit Renewable Energy Credits to FERC in an amount equal to the required annual percentage (determined according to a specified schedule) of the total electric energy it generated in the preceding calendar year.

(Sec. 113) Amends the Federal Power Act to set forth a statutory framework governing the jurisdictional determinations affecting the transmission and local distribution facilities of any provider of unbundled retail transmission or electric energy distribution in interstate commerce.

Title II: Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 - Declares that the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 shall cease to apply to any public utility company and its holding company if each State in which such company (including its subsidiary, affiliate, or associate company) provides retail electric or natural gas distribution service notifies FERC and the Securities and Exchange Commission of its determination that the pertinent retail customers are able to purchase such services at retail from any offeror on a competitively neutral and nondiscriminatory basis.

(Sec. 205) Sets forth requirements for FERC access to holding company and associate company books and records, subject to exemption according to FERC rules.

Title III: Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 - Amends the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to declare that its requirements that electric utilities offer to purchase electric energy from qualifying cogeneration and small power production facilities at specified costs shall not apply to an electric utility if the State notifies FERC of its determination that the utility's retail customers are able to purchase retail electric energy services from any offeror on a competitively neutral and nondiscriminatory basis.