Text: SF493            Text: SF495


Senate File 494

SENATE FILE BY COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT (SUCCESSOR TO SF 262) Passed Senate, Date Passed House, Date Vote: Ayes Nays Vote: Ayes Nays Approved A BILL FOR 1 An Act relating to statewide greenhouse gas emissions. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 2393SV 82 4 tm/je/5 PAG LIN 1 1 Section 1. NEW SECTION. 455B.152 GREENHOUSE GAS 1 2 INVENTORY AND REGISTRY. 1 3 1. DEFINITIONS. For purposes of this section, "greenhouse 1 4 gas" means carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, 1 5 hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulphur hexafluoride. 1 6 2. GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY. 1 7 a. By January 1, 2008, the department shall establish a 1 8 method for collecting data from producers of greenhouse gases 1 9 regarding generated greenhouse gases. The data collection 1 10 method shall provide for mandatory reporting to collect 1 11 information from affected entities individually and shall 1 12 include information regarding the amount and type of 1 13 greenhouse gases generated, the type of source, and other 1 14 information deemed relevant by the department in developing a 1 15 baseline measure of greenhouse gases produced in the state. 1 16 b. The department may allow a series of reporting 1 17 requirements to be phased in over a period of time and may 1 18 provide for phasing in by producer sector, geographic area, 1 19 size of producer, or other factors. The reporting 1 20 requirements shall apply to the departments, agencies, boards, 1 21 and commissions of the state, in addition to any other 1 22 entities subject to the reporting requirements established by 1 23 the department. 1 24 3. GREENHOUSE GAS REGISTRY. 1 25 a. The department shall establish a voluntary greenhouse 1 26 gas registry for purposes of cooperating with other states in 1 27 tracking, managing, and crediting entities in the state that 1 28 reduce their generation of greenhouse gases or that provide 1 29 increased energy efficiency. 1 30 b. The department shall develop a mechanism to coordinate 1 31 the information obtained in the greenhouse gas inventory with 1 32 the greenhouse gas registry. 1 33 4. AVAILABILITY. By January 1, 2009, the greenhouse gas 1 34 registry shall be made available on an internet website. 1 35 Sec. 2. NEW SECTION. 455B.851 IOWA CLIMATE CHANGE 2 1 ADVISORY COUNCIL. 2 2 1. The department shall create an Iowa climate change 2 3 advisory council consisting of twenty=one voting members 2 4 serving three=year staggered terms and four nonvoting, ex 2 5 officio members. 2 6 2. a. The voting members shall be appointed by the 2 7 governor and shall represent the following: 2 8 (1) The university of Iowa center for global and regional 2 9 environmental research. 2 10 (2) The university of northern Iowa center for energy and 2 11 environmental education. 2 12 (3) The Iowa farm bureau. 2 13 (4) The Iowa public transit association. 2 14 (5) Rural electric cooperatives. 2 15 (6) Investor=owned utilities. 2 16 (7) Municipal utilities. 2 17 (8) The Iowa utilities board. 2 18 (9) More than one association with environmental interests 2 19 or activities. 2 20 (10) An association with conservation interests or 2 21 activities. 2 22 (11) The international brotherhood of electrical workers. 2 23 (12) The Iowa association of business and industry. 2 24 (13) The Iowa energy center. 2 25 (14) The Iowa bicycle coalition. 2 26 (15) The Iowa renewable fuels association. 2 27 (16) The office of consumer advocate of the department of 2 28 justice. 2 29 (17) An Iowa representative of the international council 2 30 for local environmental initiatives. 2 31 (18) The director of renewable energy in the office of the 2 32 governor. 2 33 (19) A faith=based organization. 2 34 (20) A manufacturer of equipment used for alternative 2 35 energy production. 3 1 b. The four nonvoting, ex officio members shall consist of 3 2 four members of the general assembly, two from the senate and 3 3 two from the house of representatives, with not more than one 3 4 member from each chamber being from the same political party. 3 5 The two senators shall be designated by the majority leader of 3 6 the senate after consultation with the president and the 3 7 minority leader of the senate. The two representatives shall 3 8 be designated by the speaker of the house of representatives 3 9 after consultation with the majority and minority leaders of 3 10 the house of representatives. 3 11 3. Voting members of the council shall serve at the 3 12 pleasure of the governor and shall serve without compensation. 3 13 4. The chairperson of the council shall be designated by 3 14 the governor and may convene the council at any time. 3 15 5. A vacancy in the membership shall not impair the right 3 16 of a quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the 3 17 duties of the council. A majority of the council members then 3 18 appointed constitutes a quorum. A majority vote of the quorum 3 19 is required for council action. 3 20 6. The department shall provide necessary staff assistance 3 21 to the council. 3 22 7. After consideration of a full range of policies and 3 23 strategies, the council shall develop multiple scenarios 3 24 designed to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions 3 25 including one scenario that would reduce such emissions by 3 26 fifty percent by 2050. The council shall also develop 3 27 short=term, medium=term, and long=term scenarios designed to 3 28 reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions. The council shall 3 29 establish a baseline year for purposes of calculating 3 30 reductions in statewide greenhouse gas emissions. The council 3 31 shall submit the proposal to the governor and the general 3 32 assembly by January 1, 2008. 3 33 8. The council may periodically adopt recommendations 3 34 designed to encourage the reduction of statewide greenhouse 3 35 gas emissions. 4 1 9. By September 1 of each year, the department shall 4 2 submit a report to the governor and the general assembly 4 3 regarding the greenhouse gas emissions in the state during the 4 4 previous calendar year and forecasting trends in such 4 5 emissions. The first submission by the department shall be 4 6 filed by September 1, 2008, for the calendar year beginning 4 7 January 1, 2007. 4 8 10. There is appropriated from the general fund of the 4 9 state to the department of natural resources for the fiscal 4 10 period beginning July 1, 2007, and ending June 30, 2011, the 4 11 sum of one hundred thousand dollars each fiscal year for 4 12 purposes of the establishment and support of the Iowa climate 4 13 change advisory council. Notwithstanding section 8.33, moneys 4 14 appropriated in this subsection that remain unencumbered or 4 15 unobligated at the close of the fiscal year shall not revert 4 16 but shall remain available for expenditure for the purposes 4 17 designated until the close of the succeeding fiscal year. 4 18 EXPLANATION 4 19 This bill relates to statewide greenhouse emissions. 4 20 The bill provides that, by January 1, 2008, the department 4 21 of natural resources shall establish a method for collecting 4 22 data from producers of greenhouse gases. The bill includes a 4 23 mandatory reporting requirement as part of the data collection 4 24 method. The bill allows the department to phase in reporting 4 25 requirements. 4 26 The bill requires the department to establish a voluntary 4 27 greenhouse gas registry for purposes of cooperating with other 4 28 states in tracking, managing, and crediting entities in the 4 29 state that reduce their generation of greenhouse gases or that 4 30 provide increased energy efficiency. 4 31 The bill requires the department of natural resources to 4 32 create an Iowa climate change advisory council consisting of 4 33 21 voting members and four nonvoting, ex officio members 4 34 representing the general assembly. The bill provides that the 4 35 voting members are appointed by the governor and shall 5 1 represent certain associations and groups. The bill requires 5 2 the governor to designate the chairperson of the council. The 5 3 bill requires the department to provide necessary staff 5 4 assistance to the council. 5 5 The bill requires the council, after consideration of a 5 6 full range of policies and strategies, to adopt multiple 5 7 scenarios designed to reduce statewide greenhouse gas 5 8 emissions including one scenario that would reduce such 5 9 emissions by 50 percent by 2050. The bill requires the 5 10 council to also develop short=term, medium=term, and long=term 5 11 scenarios, designed to reduce statewide greenhouse gas 5 12 emissions. The council shall submit the proposal to the 5 13 governor and the general assembly by January 1, 2008. 5 14 By September 1 of each year, the bill requires the 5 15 department to submit a report to the governor and the general 5 16 assembly regarding the greenhouse gas emissions in the state 5 17 during the previous calendar year and forecasting trends in 5 18 such emissions. 5 19 The bill appropriates from the general fund of the state to 5 20 the department of natural resources for the fiscal period 5 21 beginning July 1, 2007, and ending June 30, 2011, the sum of 5 22 $100,000 each fiscal year for purposes of the establishment 5 23 and support of the Iowa climate change advisory council. 5 24 LSB 2393SV 82 5 25 tm:rj/je/5
Text: SF493            Text: SF495