The Reliable, Affordable, and Safe Power Act.

Authors: Senator Scott Schneider

Digest

Provides that, in response to the federal Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan regulatory activity: (1) the governor and attorney general shall take appropriate steps to protect the state's sovereignty and police power authority in light of the designed federalism under the federal Clean Air Act; (2) the department of environmental management may examine the implications of preparing and implementing proposed regulations, but may not prepare or implement a state implementation plan until completion of judicial review concerning the legality of regulations under the federal Clean Air Act for existing power plants has been fully resolved at law; (3) the utility regulatory commission may not allow electric generating units to be retired prior to their engineering lifetime if the unit is necessary to maintain the grid reliability specified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in its reliability standards. Requires electric generating units in existence on July 1, 2015, be operated in accordance with their design parameters and in a manner that ensures operation consonant with the initial design life of the unit at the time of its utility regulatory commission approval, and may not allow electric generating units to be retired prior to their engineering lifetime unless the owners of the units have fully recouped the cost of construction and financing, the replacement generation results in lower costs to consumers, and there is sufficient replacement capacity to meet dispatchable capacity of the unit to be retired.