Siting of Electric Transmission Lines:
Renames the "Transmission Line Siting Act" as the "Florida Electric Transmission Line Siting Act"; revises the powers and duties of the Department of Environmental Protection; requires the department to collect and process fees, to prepare a project impact analysis, to act as clerk for the siting board, and to administer and manage the terms and conditions of the certification order and supporting documents and records; revises provisions for notice by an electric utility of its intent to construct an exempted transmission line; provides for the powers and duties of the administrative law judge designated by the Division of Administrative Hearings to conduct required hearings; revises application procedures and schedules for certification; requires the department to prepare a proposed schedule of dates for determination of completeness and other significant dates to be followed during the certification process; requires the applicant to file a notice of filing of the application; revises timeframes and procedures for determination of completeness of the application; requires the department to consult with affected agencies; requires the department to file a statement of its determination of completeness with the Division of Administrative Hearings, the applicant, and all parties within a certain time after distribution of the application; revises requirements for the applicant to file a statement with the department, the division, and all parties, if the department determines the application is not complete; provides for the statement to notify the department that the information will not be provided; revises criteria and procedures for preliminary statements of issues, reports, and studies; requires that the preliminary statement of issues from each affected agency be submitted to the department and the applicant; requires affected agencies to prepare a project impact report; provides for notice of any agency nonprocedural requirements not listed in the application; provides that receipt of an affirmative determination of need is a condition precedent to further processing of the application; requires the department to prepare a project impact analysis to be filed with the administrative law judge and served on all parties within a certain timeframe; revises provisions for notices and publication of notices and for procedures at hearings; requires that certain notices be made in accordance with specified requirements and within a certain timeframe; authorizes the administrative law judge to cancel the certification hearing and relinquish jurisdiction to the department upon request by the applicant or the department; requires the department and the applicant to publish notice of the cancellation; requires the parties to submit proposed recommended orders to the department when the certification hearing has been canceled; revises procedures, notices, and timeframes for consideration of proposed alternate corridors; provides for notice of the filing of the alternate corridor and revised time schedules; requires the person proposing the alternate corridor to provide all data to the agencies within a certain timeframe; provides for the department to determine if the data is complete; provides for withdrawal of the proposed alternate corridor if the data is incomplete; requires the agencies to file reports with the applicant and department which address the proposed alternate corridor; requires the party proposing an alternate corridor to have the burden of proof on the certifiability of the alternate corridor; revises the procedures for the informational public meetings; revises the provisions for amending the application before certification; provides that a comprehensive application encompassing more than one proposed transmission line may be good cause for altering established time limits; revises provisions for final disposition of the application by the siting board; requires the applicant to file notice of a certified corridor route with the department; revises the circumstances under which a certification may be modified after the certification has been issued; provides procedures for changes proposed by the licensee after certification; requires the department to determine within a certain time if the proposed change requires modification of the conditions of certification; requires publication of certain notices by the applicant, the proponent of an alternate corridor, and the department; provides for application fees and the distribution of fees collected; revises procedures for reimbursement of local governments and regional planning organizations; provides that the Public Service Commission is the only forum in which to determine the need for a transmission line.
upon becoming a law.
Died in Environmental Regulation Committee, Link/Iden/Sim/Compare passed, refer to CS/CS/CS/SB 888 (Ch. 2006-230) on Friday, May 5, 2006 11:59 PM