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§ 7-313. Gas service regulator safety

West's Annotated Code of MarylandPublic UtilitiesEffective: October 1, 2021

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Public Utilities (Refs & Annos)
Division I. Public Services and Utilities [Titles 1-15] (Refs & Annos)
Title 7. Gas, Electric, and Water Companies (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 3. Consumer Relations (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2021
MD Code, Public Utilities, § 7-313
§ 7-313. Gas service regulator safety
Definitions
(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
(2) “Gas service regulator” means an instrument that:
(i) is installed to a meter inlet to control the gas pressure being introduced into a structure; and
(ii) includes a relief valve to vent excess gas to the outside atmosphere if the pressure of the regulated gas exceeds a specified pressure.
(3) “Multifamily residential structure” means a building containing six or more dwelling units, including:
(i) an apartment house;
(ii) a boarding house;
(iii) a convent;
(iv) a dormitory;
(v) a fraternity or sorority house;
(vi) a hotel or motel;
(vii) a monastery;
(viii) a vacation time-share property;
(ix) a condominium, as defined in § 11-101 of the Real Property Article; and
(x) a cooperative project, as defined in § 5-6B-01 of the Corporations and Associations Article.
Relocation of gas service regulator to outside of structure
(b)(1) Whenever gas service is newly installed at an occupied structure, a gas service regulator may be installed only outside the structure.
(2) Any existing gas service regulator that is installed in the interior of a multifamily residential structure shall be relocated to the outside of the structure whenever the gas service line or regulator is replaced.
(3) On or before January 1, 2022, a gas company shall file a plan with the Commission to relocate any gas service regulator that provides service to a multifamily residential structure.
(4)(i) On or before January 1, 2023, the Commission shall issue a final order approving or disapproving a gas company's plan submitted under paragraph (3) of this subsection to relocate any gas service regulator after considering:
1. the number of gas service regulators designated for relocation in the gas company's service territory;
2. the availability of qualified personnel to safely relocate gas service regulators;
3. the engineering and permitting challenges within the gas company's service territory;
4. a schedule for relocating gas service regulators that is consistent with the public interest;
5. any other gas company programs, innovations, initiatives, priorities, or investments that improve the safety or reliability of the gas system;
6. any other factor identified by the Commission; and
7. whether the gas company has:
A. made every reasonable effort to expeditiously address any factors that may contribute to a delay in relocating gas service regulators; and
B. committed to a reasonable implementation timeline that does not unduly delay regulator relocation.
(ii) 1. If the Commission issues an order approving a gas company's plan, the order shall include any conditions of approval that the Commission requires.
2. If the Commission issues an order disapproving a gas company's plan, the gas company shall submit a new plan to the Commission within 60 days after the Commission issues the disapproval.
(5) The Commission may exempt a gas service regulator from the requirements of this subsection if the Commission finds that an exemption is warranted after considering:
(i) whether granting the exemption is consistent with the public interest;
(ii) conflicts with federal, State, or local laws or regulations;
(iii) physical obstructions or space constraints;
(iv) any other factor identified by the Commission; and
(v) whether the gas company has:
1. made every reasonable effort to expeditiously address any factor that may contribute to a delay in relocating gas service regulators; and
2. committed to a reasonable implementation timeline that does not unduly delay regulator relocation.
(6) The Commission may delegate the authority to grant exemptions under this subsection to the Commission's technical staff division.
Location and protection of gas service regulator
(c)(1) A gas service regulator shall be installed away from roads, driveways, parking areas, or other locations exposed to vehicular traffic or other external forces that may damage the gas service regulator.
(2) If it is impractical to install a gas service regulator in accordance with paragraph (1) of this subsection, guards shall be installed to protect the gas service regulator from external forces that may damage the gas service regulator.
(3) Guards may consist of posts, bollards, railings, or any other safety structure that will prevent damage to the gas service regulator.
Gas company’s report to Commission
(d)(1) Subject to paragraph (2) of this subsection, on or before February 1, 2023, and each year thereafter, a gas company shall report to the Commission on progress through the end of the immediately preceding calendar year on the implementation of the plan approved under subsection (b) of this section.
(2) This subsection may not be construed to apply to a gas company that has fully implemented an approved plan under subsection (b) of this section.
Commission’s annual report
(e) On or before March 1 each year, beginning in 2023, the Commission shall provide a report to the Governor and, in accordance with § 2-1257 of the State Government Article, the General Assembly on each gas company's progress in relocating gas service regulators in accordance with this section.

Credits

Added by Acts 2021, c. 263, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2021; Acts 2021, c. 264, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2021.
MD Code, Public Utilities, § 7-313, MD PUBLIC UTIL § 7-313
Current through all legislation from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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