Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2003 ch. 163
Other Identifying Information:2003 House Concurrent Resolution 5007
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:A Concurrent Resolution urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to work to develop sufficient electric transmission facility infrastructure and design and imple- ment regional transmission organizations and cost recovery mechanisms.
Keywords:


Body:


CHAPTER 163

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 5007


A Concurrent Resolution urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to work

to develop sufficient electric transmission facility infrastructure and design and imple-


ment regional transmission organizations and cost recovery mechanisms.


WHEREAS, The electric transmission system in the United States is

an extensive network of high-voltage power lines which transport elec-

tricity from generators to consumers and which must accommodate the

nation's growing demand for reliable and affordable power; and

WHEREAS, The system is rapidly becoming congested due to growth

in demand, investment in new generation facilities and lack of investment

in expansion and improvement of transmission facilities; and

WHEREAS, Expansion and improvement of the transmission system

is vital to the national interest because congestion creates bottlenecks

which result in decreased reliability, less competition, higher prices to

consumers and increased infrastructure vulnerability; and

WHEREAS, The United States Department of Energy recognizes

that Kansas is first in the nation in wind energy production potential and

has adopted incentives for investment in wind generation and generation

from other resources, but expansion of generation is dependent on a

transmission system that will efficiently and reliably deliver power to mar-

kets; and

WHEREAS, The existing transmission system is increasingly incapa-

ble of providing reliable service to the native load in Kansas and does not

have the capacity to support economic development of renewable and

fossil-fuel resources or to economically dispatch power within the state;

and

WHEREAS, The existing transmission system experiences significant

constraints to the importation of additional power from outside the state

and export of additional power to markets beyond the state's boundaries

in support of national energy reliability and clean air standards; and

WHEREAS, The leadership of the Federal Energy Regulatory Com-

mission is crucial to resolving issues related to cost recovery of transmis-

sion facility upgrades and regional transmission system reliability issues:

Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas,

the Senate concurring therein: That the Legislature urges the Federal

Energy Regulatory Commission to work with the State of Kansas in de-

velopment of sufficient transmission facility infrastructure to support the

state's economic development efforts and the nation's growing energy,

security and reliability needs, along with the design and implementation

of regional transmission organizations and cost recovery mechanisms; and

Be it further resolved: That the Secretary of State is directed to pro-

vide a copy of this enrolled resolution to each member of the Federal

Energy Regulatory Commission, the President of the United States, the

Vice-President of the United States, the United States Secretary of En-

ergy, the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, the Mi-

nority Leader of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United

States House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the United

States House of Representatives, each member of the Kansas Congres-

sional delegation, the State Corporation Commission, the Nebraska

Power Review Board, the Missouri Public Service Commission, the

Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the Public Utility Commission

of Texas.

Adopted by the House February 12, 2002.

Adopted by the Senate

March 13, 2002.


__________




Date Composed: 10/29/2003 Date Modified: 10/29/2003