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Bill Detail: HB24-1246

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Title Electric Grid Resilience Temporary Carbon Dioxide Regulation
Status House Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (03/13/2024)
Bill Subjects
  • Energy
  • Public Health
House Sponsors K. DeGraaf (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/12/2024

The bill requires the public utilities commission (commission) to
develop a contingency plan to create electrical generation and grid
resilience against geomagnetic storms. Standards are set for the plan. The
commission shall promulgate rules requiring an electrical utility to:
  • Incorporate the resiliency plan;
  • Monitor the space weather prediction center of the national
oceanic and atmospheric administration in order to isolate
large power transformers and power generation from the
  • Mechanically isolate critical components if or when the
coronal mass ejection is likely to cause geomagnetically
induced currents;
  • Restrict or close fuel pipeline valves to mitigate damage in
a sectional failure;
  • Install automatic neutral ground blocking devices in large
power transformers;
  • Ensure computer equipment can be mechanically isolated
from the grid and sheltered from geomagnetically induced
  • Require all networked systems that operate electrical
generation and distribution to be electronically and
physically separable from the outside networks; and
  • Require cyber-certification of hardware and software that
operate electrical generation and distribution.
Current law sets carbon dioxide emission reduction goals for the
years 2030 and 2050. The bill extends these goals to 2040 and 2060 and
makes these goals a lower priority than the electrical generation and
distribution resilience provisions of the bill.
The bill prohibits the classification of carbon dioxide as an air
pollutant and establishes, notwithstanding any other law to the contrary,
that state statute, executive agency rules, and any regulations of political
subdivisions of the state must not include the regulation of carbon dioxide
emissions as a pollutant. Any portion of an executive agency rule that
treats carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant is void.

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