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Minutes for HB2367 - Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications

Short Title

Authorizing the state corporation commission to regulate certain transmission line wire stringing activities.

Minutes Content for Tue, Feb 16, 2021

Chair Seiwert opened the hearing on HB2367

Nick Myers gave the Revision's explanation.  There were no questions for Mr Myers. There is a Fiscal Note for HB2367

PROPONENT:

Leo Haynos, Kansas Corporation Committee, appeared before the Committee in support of HB2367 .  Generator tie-lines operate at the same high voltages as transmission lines that are part of the transmission grid, as such, they represent a safety risk .  Passage of this bill will benefit the safety of the public by allowing enforcement of NESC standards.(Attachment 7)  Mr Haynos stood for questions.  Questions from the committee were addressed.

Lindsay Campbell, Pioneer Electric, was unable to connect virtually.  Leslie Kaufman, Kansas Electric Cooperative, appeared before the Committee on her behalf. We note for the safety outcomes to be fully maximized under the statutory changes proposed in HB2367, non-public utility generation tie lines must fall fully with in the Kansas Administrative Regulations on wire stringing.  (Attachment 8) Ms Kaufman stood for questions.  Questions from the committee were addressed.

WRITTEN

Joseph Astrab, C.U.R.B.(Attachment 9)

Seeing no additional proponents, Chair Seiwert closed the proponent portion of the hearing on HB2367.

OPPONENT

Seeing no opponents, Chair Seiwert closed the opponent portion of the hearing on HB2367

NEUTRAL

Kimberly Svaty, on behalf of The Kansas Advanced Power Alliance, appeared before the Committee as a neutral of HB2367 (Attachment 10)

the APS does not oppose HB2367 as the industry has no trouble confirming its assets are built to federal safety standards.  Furthermore, the information provided to the KCC will be useful.  Ms Svaty stood for questions.  Questions from the committee were addressed.

Seeing no additional neutral testimony, Chair Seiwert closed the neutral testimony portion of the hearing on HB2367.

This officially closes the hearing on HB2367.

Meeting adjourned at 10:50 am.  Next meeting is scheduled for February 18, 2021 at 9:00 am in room 582N