Amendment #37 to H.4198

Electrical System Infrastructure

Representatives Walsh of Framingham, Andrews of Orange, Conroy of Wayland, Linsky of Natick and Sannicandro of Ashland move that the bill be amended inserting at the end thereof the following new section:



"SECTION ____. Chapter 164 of the General Laws is hereby amended after section 72A the following new section:-



Section 72B. The department shall promulgate rules and regulations in relation to the development of utility infrastructure systems that shield such infrastructure from transmission or distribution interruptions or failures including but not limited to storm damage, vandalism, security breaches, maintenance neglect, or system overload due to inadequate design capacity limits. The department shall make it a priority to create incentives for unobtrusive, hardened, shielded, underground electrical utility transmission and distribution systems wherever physically feasible. The department is required to promulgate rules and regulations in relation to the development of infrastructure upgrade plans and hold public hearings once every two (2) years to review the status, accuracy and technical feasibility of such plans."