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2014 California Energy-Related Legislation

Updated 3/12/14

2014 Bills Introduced

Alternative Fuels and Vehicles

AB 278 (Gatto) Criteria for Determining Carbon Intensity of Fuels Under Low Carbon Fuel Standard

This bill would require: (1) the ARB in promulgating regulations or other policies for purposes of the carbon intensity of fuels, to consider specified sustainability factors and the state of the fuel market and technologies, (2) require the ARB, no later than December 2014, to include mechanisms and policies that favor low-carbon fuels with the highest possible sustainability based on specified factors and to provide encourage incentives for sustainable fuels produced without food stock or displacement of food crops.

AB 1696 (Wieckowski) Alternative Fueled Vehicle Incentives: Parking Spaces

This bill would expressly list parking spaces with charging stations for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles as an exemplar of the incentives.

AB 1813 (Quirk) Fuel Producer Capital Assistance Program

This bill would: (1) establish the Fuel Producer Capital Assistance Program to distribute moneys, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to liquid-transportation-fuel producers who wish to locate within the state a large-scale production facility that produces more than 3,000,000 gallons per year, as specified, (2) establish the Fuel Producers Capital Assistance Fund and would appropriate $100,000,000 from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to implement the program.

AB 1907 (Ridley) Use Fuel Tax: Natural Gas Gallon Equivalent

This bill would: (1) require compressed natural gas sold at retail to the public for use as a motor vehicle fuel to be sold in a gasoline gallon equivalent that is equal to 126.67 cubic feet of compressed natural gas, measured at the standard pressure and temperature, as specified, and would require liquefied natural gas to be sold in a diesel gallon equivalent that is equal to 6.06 pounds of liquefied natural gas, (2) prohibit a person from selling at retail any compressed natural gas or liquid natural gas for use as motor fuel from any place of business in this state unless there is displayed and labeled on the dispensing apparatus in a conspicuous place “Gasoline gallon equivalent” or “Diesel gallon equivalent,” respectively, (3) on and after January 1, 2015, instead of using only a cubic foot measurement, impose an excise upon natural gas at the rate of $0.0875 for each 126.67 cubic feet, or 5.66 pounds, of compressed natural gas used, measured at standard pressure and temperature, and instead of using a gallon measurement, at a rate of $0.1017 for each 6.06 pounds of liquid natural gas used.

AB 2390 (Muratsuchi) Low Carbon and Renewable Fuels Credit Reserve

This bill would require: (1) the Governor, by June 30, 2015, to designate a state agency to establish and administer a Low Carbon and Renewable Fuels Credit Reserve (Green Credit Reserve or Reserve) to facilitate and encourage the development of renewable and low carbon transportation fuel projects in California by providing stability and predictability for the value of credits generated by the production of those fuels pursuant to the low carbon fuel standard and the federal renewable fuel standard, (2) provide for the Green Credit Reserve to enter into specified contracts with developers of projects that are intended to produce renewable transportation fuels that qualify for state and federal low carbon or renewable fuel credits, and that will commit the Reserve to purchase the LCFS and RFS credits at a contracted price when the renewable fuel is produced.

SB 11 (Pavley) Alternative Fuel and Vehicle Funding Programs

This bill: (1) would require the Department of Consumer Affairs, in consultation with the Bureau of Automotive Repair and no later than June 30, 2015, to update the guidelines for the enhanced fleet modernization program to include specified elements and to study and consider specified elements, (2) establish compensation for replacement vehicles for low-income vehicle owners at not less than $2,500 and would make this compensation available to an owner in addition to the compensation for a retired vehicle, (3) authorizes an increase in the compensation under these programs for either retired or replacement vehicles only for low-income motor vehicle owners as necessary to balance maximizing air quality benefits of the program while ensuring participation by low-income motor vehicle owners, as specified, (4) extend smog abatement fees in the amounts required to make these deposits into the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund, the Air Quality Improvement Fund, and the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Subaccount until January 1, 2024, at which time the fees would be reduced by those amounts, (5) extend the current authorization for the Carl Moyer program to fund a broader range of projects that reduce emissions until January 1, 2024, and would make other conforming changes in that regard, (6) delete obsolete references and make conforming changes to the Carl Moyer program, (7) require the commission and the state board to ensure that revenues from specified fees imposed on vehicles that are used for purposes of the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program and the Air Quality Improvement Program are expended in compliance with Section 3 of Article XIX of the California Constitution, (8) make its provisions contingent on the enactment of AB 8 of the 2013-14 Regular Session.

SB 600 (Lieu) Alternative Fuel Conversion Certificate Program

This bill: (1) commencing January 1, 2014, would require the ARB to use specified procedures for small volume manufacturers of vehicles seeking to have alternative fuel conversion systems certified by the state board, (2) requires the ARB, commencing January 1, 2014, to extend the life of a new vehicle or engine certification until December 31 of the year following a given vehicle model year.

SB 1204 (Lara) California Clean Truck and Bus Program

This bill would create the California Clean Truck and Bus Program, to be funded from cap and trade revenues, to fund zero- and near-zero emission truck and zero-emission bus technology and related projects, as specified, with preference to be given to projects in disadvantaged communities. The program would be administered by the ARB.

SB 1271 (Leno) Alternative Energy and Advanced Transporation

This bill would add two additional members to the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transporation Financing Authority, one appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules and another appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.

SB 1275 (De Leon) Vehicle Retirement and Replacement: Charge Ahead California Initiative

This bill would: (1) require the updated guidelines to ensure there be a mobility option, as defined, and that the compensation for a mobility option be no less than the combination of what the motor vehicle owner would have received as compensation toward a replacement vehicle and the amount of a specified incentive available for a qualified plug-in battery electric vehicle, (2) require the updated guidelines to ensure the inclusion of car sharing, as specified, (3) establish the Charge Ahead California Initiative to be administered by the ARB, in consultation with the CEC, air pollution control and air quality management districts, and public stakeholders, (4) require the state board to adopt, no later than June 30, 2015, a 9-year funding plan, commencing in the 2016-17 fiscal year, to fund specified programs and projects; to adopt, no later than June 30, 2015, specified revisions to the criteria and guidelines for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project and the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project; and to establish programs that further increase access and direct benefits for disadvantaged and low- and moderate-income communities from electric transportation.

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Bioenergy

AB 1104 (Salas) CEQA: Biogas Pipeline Exemption

CEQA provides some exemptions from its requirements for specified projects, including for a project that consists of the inspection, maintenance, repair, restoration, reconditioning, relocation, replacement, or removal of an existing pipeline, as defined, if specified conditions are met. This bill would: (1) provide that, for purposes of that exemption, until January 1, 2018, “pipeline” also means a pipeline located in Fresno, Kern, Kings, or Tulare County, that is used to transport biogas, as the bill would define that term, and that meets the existing requirements for the exemption and all local, state, and federal laws. (2) make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare.

AB 2021 (Eggman) Sales and Use Tax Exclusion for Recycled Food Stocks in Energy Generation

This bill would expand projects eligible for the sales and use tax exclusion to include projects that process or utilize recycled feedstock, as defined, that is intended to be reused in the production of another product or soil amendment, but would not include a project that processes or utilizes recycled feedstock in a manner that constitutes disposal, as defined.

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Budget

AB 77 (Committee on Bu) Budget Act of 2013: Public Resources

Among other things, this bill would: (1) require funds authorized by the State Air Resources Board during or subsequent to the 2013–14 fiscal year to be allocated to local air pollution control and air quality management districts by prioritizing to retrofit or replace the most polluting schoolbuses in small local air pollution control and air quality management districts first and then medium local air pollution control and air quality management districts as defined by the state board, (2) require each allocation to provide sufficient funding for at least one project to be implemented pursuant to the Lower-Emission School Bus Program, (3) if a local air pollution control or air quality management district has unspent funds within 6 months of the expenditure deadline, would require the local air pollution control or air quality management district to work with the state board to transfer those funds to an alternative local air pollution control or air quality management district with existing demand, (4) require that allocations of Proposition 40 funds to the Lower-Emission School Bus Program be prioritized to retrofit or replace the most polluting schoolbuses in small local air quality management districts first and then to medium local air quality management districts as defined by the state board, (5) require that each allocation for this purpose provide enough funding for at least one project to be implemented pursuant to the Lower-Emission School Bus Program, (6) if a local air quality management district has unspent funds within 6 months of the expenditure deadline, would require the local air quality management district to work with the state board to transfer funds to an alternative local air quality management district with existing demand, (7) require the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, in administering moneys in the fund for research, development, and demonstration programs, to develop and administer the EPIC program for the purpose of awarding funds to projects that may lead to technological advancement and breakthroughs to overcome barriers that prevent the achievement of the state’s statutory energy goals and that may result in a portfolio of projects that is strategically focused and sufficiently narrow to make advancement on the most significant technological challenges, (8) require the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, no later than April 30 of each year, to prepare and submit to the Legislature an annual report regarding the EPIC program, (9) prohibit the Public Utilities Commission from requiring the collection of moneys pursuant to a specified decision and any amendments to that decision in an annual amount greater than the amount set forth in that decision of the Public Utilities Commission, (10) authorize the use of the Emerging Renewable Resources Account, a continuously appropriated account, within the Renewable Resource Trust Fund for the purposes of funding the New Solar Homes Partnership. Because the bill would expand the purposes of a continuously appropriated account, the bill would make an appropriation, (11) require the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority to develop and administer a PACE risk mitigation program for PACE loans to increase their acceptance in the marketplace and protect against the risk of default and foreclosure, (12) include a PACE loan program as a PACE program. Because this bill would expand the use of the moneys appropriated by existing law, this bill would make an appropriation, (13) rename the Division of Ratepayer Advocates the Office of Ratepayer Advocates and would require that the director of the office develop a budget for the office that would be submitted to the Department of Finance for final approval, (14) require the lead attorney to obtain adequate legal personnel for the work to be conducted by the office from the Public Utilities Commission’s attorney and requires the Public Utilities Commission’s attorney to timely and appropriately fulfill all requests for legal personnel made by the lead attorney for the office, provided the office has sufficient moneys and positions in its budget for the services requested, (15) require the Public Utilities Commission to conduct a zero-based budget for all of its programs by January 10, 2015, (16) require the lead attorney to obtain adequate legal personnel for the work to be conducted by the office from the Public Utilities Commission’s attorney and requires the Public Utilities Commission’s attorney to timely and appropriately fulfill all requests for legal personnel made by the lead attorney for the office, provided the office has sufficient moneys and positions in its budget for the services requested, (17) require the Public Utilities Commission to conduct a zero-based budget for all of its programs by January 10, 2015, (18) prohibit the Public Utilities Commission, in implementing the 21st Century Energy System Decision, as defined, from authorizing recovery from ratepayers of any expense for research and development projects that are not for purposes of cyber security and grid integration and would limit total funding for research and development projects for the purposes of cyber security and grid integration from exceeding $35,000,000, (19) require that all cyber security and grid integration research and development projects be concluded by the 5th anniversary of their start date, (20) prohibit the Public Utilities Commission from approving recovery from ratepayers of certain program management expenditures proposed in the 21st Century Energy System Decision proceeding, (21) require the Public Utilities Commission to require the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company, and San Diego Gas and Electric Company to ensure that research parameters reflect a new contribution to cyber security and grid integration and that there not be a duplication of research being done by other private and governmental entities, (22) require the participating electrical corporations to jointly report specified information to the Public Utilities Commission by December 1, 2013, and 60 days following conclusion of all research and development projects, and would require the Public Utilities Commission, upon determining that each report is sufficient, to report that information to the Legislature, (21) prohibit the Public Utilities Commission, by order, decision, motion, settlement, or other action, from establishing a nonstate entity, as defined, with any moneys other than those moneys that would otherwise belong to the public utility’s shareholders, (23) prohibit the Public Utilities Commission from entering into a contract with any nonstate entity in which a person serves as an owner, director, or officer while serving as a commissioner, (24) provide that any contract between the Public Utilities Commission and a nonstate entity is void and ceases to exist by operation of law if a person who was a commissioner at the time the contract was awarded, entered into, or extended, on or after January 1, 2014, becomes an owner, director, or officer of the nonstate entity while serving as a commissioner, (25) provide that a commissioner who acts as an owner, director, or officer of a nonstate entity that was established prior to January 1, 2014, as a result of an order, decision, motion, settlement, or other action by the Public Utilities Commission in which the commissioner participated, neglects his or her duty and may be removed pursuant to the California Constitution, (26) prohibit the Public Utilities Commission from distributing, expending, or encumbering any moneys received by the Public Utilities Commission as a result of any Public Utilities Commission proceeding or judicial action until the Public Utilities Commission provides the Director of Finance with written notification of the receipt of the moneys and the basis for these moneys being received by the Public Utilities Commission and the director provides not less than 60 days written notice to the Chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the chairs of the appropriate budget subcommittees of the Assembly and Senate of the receipt of the moneys and the basis for those moneys being received by the Public Utilities Commission, (27) authorize the Public Utilities Commission, if it is notified by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission that funding available pursuant to the Emerging Renewable Resources Account for the New Solar Homes Partnership Program has been exhausted, to require an electrical corporation to continue administration of the program pursuant to the guidelines established for the program by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, until the funding limit of $400,000,000 has been reached, (28) require the Public Utilities Commission, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to supervise the administration of the continuation of the New Solar Homes Partnership Program by an electrical corporation, (29) authorize an electrical corporation to elect to have a 3rd party administer the utility’s continuation of the program, (30) require the Director of Finance to notify the Joint Legislative Budget Committee of any hydroelectric power project relicensing proposal for the FERC that, if approved by the Department of Water Resources, would obligate the General Fund in the current or future years. This bill would authorize the department to approve that relicensing proposal not less than 30 days after the director notifies the committee.

SB 72 (Committed on Bu) Budget: Public Resources

This bill would: (1) authorize a Member of the Legislature appointed to a state board, commission, or similar multimember body within the Natural Resources Agency to designate an alternate to serve on the board, commission, or body in the Member’s absence, (2) require funds authorized by the State Air Resources Board during or subsequent to the 2013–14 fiscal year to be allocated to local air pollution control and air quality management districts by prioritizing to retrofit or replace the most polluting school buses in small local air pollution control and air quality management districts first and then medium local air pollution control and air quality management districts as defined by the state board, (3) require each allocation to provide sufficient funding for at least one project to be implemented pursuant to the Lower-Emission School Bus Program, (4), if a local air pollution control or air quality management district has unspent funds within 6 months of the expenditure deadline, would require the local air pollution control or air quality management district to work with the state board to transfer those funds to an alternative local air pollution control or air quality management district with existing demand, (5) require that Proposition 40 allocations to the Lower-Emission School Bus Program be prioritized to retrofit or replace the most polluting schoolbuses in small local air quality management districts first and then to medium local air quality management districts as defined by the state board, (6) require that each allocation for this purpose provide enough funding for at least one project to be implemented pursuant to the Lower-Emission School Bus Program, (7) if a local air quality management district has unspent funds within 6 months of the expenditure deadline, require the local air quality management district to work with the state board to transfer funds to an alternative local air quality management district with existing demand, (8) require the CEC, in administering moneys in the Electric Program Investment Charge Fund for research, development, and demonstration programs, to develop and administer the EPIC program for the purpose of awarding funds to projects that may lead to technological advancement and breakthroughs to overcome barriers that prevent the achievement of the state’s statutory energy goals and that may result in a portfolio of projects that is strategically focused and sufficiently narrow to make advancement on the most significant technological challenges, (9) require the CEC, no later than April 30 of each year, to prepare and submit to the Legislature an annual report regarding the EPIC program, (10)prohibit the Public Utilities Commission from requiring the collection of moneys pursuant to a specified decision and any amendments to that decision in an annual amount greater than the amount set forth in that decision of the Public Utilities Commission, (11) authorize the use of the moneys in the Emerging Renewable Resources Account, a continuously appropriated account within the Renewable Resource Trust Fund, for the purposes of funding the New Solar Homes Partnership, (12) require the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority to develop and administer a PACE risk mitigation program for PACE loans to increase their acceptance in the marketplace and protect against the risk of default and foreclosure, (13) include a PACE loan program as a PACE program, (13) rename the Division of Ratepayer Advocates the Office of Ratepayer Advocates and would require that the director of the office develop a budget for the office that would be submitted to the Department of Finance for final approval, (14) require the lead attorney to obtain adequate legal personnel for the work to be conducted by the office from the Public Utilities Commission’s attorney and requires the Public Utilities Commission’s attorney to timely and appropriately fulfill all requests for legal personnel made by the lead attorney for the office, provided the office has sufficient moneys and positions in its budget for the services requested, (15) require the Public Utilities Commission to conduct a zero-based budget for all of its programs by January 10, 2015, (16) prohibit the Public Utilities Commission, in implementing the 21st Century Energy System Decision, as defined, from authorizing recovery from ratepayers of any expense for research and development projects that are not for purposes of cyber security and grid integration and would limit total funding for research and development projects for the purposes of cyber security and grid integration from exceeding $35,000,000, (17) require that all cyber security and grid integration research and development projects be concluded by the 5th anniversary of their start date, (18) prohibit the Public Utilities Commission from approving recovery from ratepayers of certain program management expenditures proposed in the 21st Century Energy System Decision proceeding, (19) require the Public Utilities Commission to require the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company, and San Diego Gas and Electric Company to ensure that research parameters reflect a new contribution to cyber security and grid integration and that there not be a duplication of research being done by other private and governmental entities, (20) require the participating electrical corporations to jointly report specified information to the Public Utilities Commission by December 1, 2013, and 60 days following conclusion of all research and development projects, and would require the Public Utilities Commission, upon determining that each report is sufficient, to report that information to the Legislature, (21) prohibit the Public Utilities Commission, by order, decision, motion, settlement, or other action, from establishing a nonstate entity, as defined, with any moneys other than those moneys that would otherwise belong to the public utility’s shareholders, (22) prohibit the Public Utilities Commission from entering into a contract with any nonstate entity in which a person serves as an owner, director, or officer while serving as a commissioner, (23) provide that any contract between the Public Utilities Commission and a nonstate entity is void and ceases to exist by operation of law if a person who was a commissioner at the time the contract was awarded, entered into, or extended, on or after January 1, 2014, becomes an owner, director, or officer of the nonstate entity while serving as a commissioner, (24) provide that a commissioner who acts as an owner, director, or officer of a nonstate entity that was established prior to January 1, 2014, as a result of an order, decision, motion, settlement, or other action by the Public Utilities Commission in which the commissioner participated, neglects his or her duty and may be removed pursuant to the California Constitution, (25) prohibit the Public Utilities Commission from distributing, expending, or encumbering any moneys received by the Public Utilities Commission as a result of any Public Utilities Commission proceeding or judicial action until the Public Utilities Commission provides the Director of Finance with written notification of the receipt of the moneys and the basis for these moneys being received by the Public Utilities Commission and the director provides not less than 60 days written notice to the Chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the chairs of the appropriate budget subcommittees of the Assembly and Senate of the receipt of the moneys and the basis for those moneys being received by the Public Utilities Commission, (26) authorize the Public Utilities Commission, if it is notified by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission that funding available pursuant to the Emerging Renewable Resources Account for the New Solar Homes Partnership Program has been exhausted, to require an electrical corporation to continue administration of the program pursuant to the guidelines established for the program by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, until the funding limit of $400,000,000 has been reached, (27) require the Public Utilities Commission, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to supervise the administration of the continuation of the New Solar Homes Partnership Program by an electrical corporation, (28) authorize an electrical corporation to elect to have a 3rd party administer the utility’s continuation of the program, (29) require the Director of Finance to notify the Joint Legislative Budget Committee of any hydroelectric power project relicensing proposal for the FERC that, if approved by the Department of Water Resources, would obligate the General Fund in the current or future years. This bill would authorize the department to approve that relicensing proposal not less than 30 days after the director notifies the committee.

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California Environmental Quality Act

SB 731 (Steinberg) Changes to the CA Environmental Quality Act

This bill would: (1) provide that aesthetic and parking impacts of a residential, mixed-use residential, or employment center project, as defined, on an infill site, as defined, within a transit priority area, as defined, shall not be considered significant impacts on the environment, (2) require the Office of Planning and Research (office) to prepare and submit to the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, and the secretary to certify and adopt, revisions to the guidelines for the implementation of CEQA establishing thresholds of significance for noise and transportation impacts of projects within transit priority areas, (3) require the office, on or before July 1, 2015, to prepare, develop, and transmit to the secretary recommended proposed changes or amendments to the guidelines establishing criteria for a lead agency to assess the need for translating specified notices into non-English languages and requirements for the posting of those notices in non-English language, (4) require the office to produce a report on economic displacement and would require the office to publicly circulate a draft of the report, (5) require the lead agency, in making specified findings, to make those findings available to the public at least 10 days prior to the adoption of the findings and to provide specified notice of the availability of the findings for public review. Because the bill would require the lead agency to make the draft finding available for public review and to provide specified notices to the public, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program, (6) require the lead agency, at the request of a project applicant for specified projects, to, among other things, prepare a record of proceedings concurrently with the preparation of negative declarations, mitigated negative declarations, EIRs, or other environmental documents for specified projects. Because the bill would require a lead agency to prepare the record of proceedings as provided, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program, (7) authorize the tolling of the time period in which a person is required to bring a judicial action or proceeding challenging a public agency’s action taken pursuant to CEQA through a tolling agreement that does not exceed 4 years, (8) authorize the extension of the tolling agreement, (9)_revise certain CEQA criteria for streamlinings benefits for transit priority projects and specifies criteria for projects to be considered transit priority projects. end insert, (10) require the lead agency, upon the request of a member of the public, to prepare or cause to be prepared a report on project compliance with the required mitigation measures, as a part of the mitigation and monitoring plan, that is publicly available online. Because the lead agency would be required to prepare and make available this report, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program, (11) Existing law exempts from the requirements of CEQA residential development projects that are undertaken to implement, and are consistent with a specific plan for which an EIR has been certified after January 1, 1980. Existing law provides that this exemption does not apply if, after the certification of the EIR, a specified event occurs, unless a supplemental EIR for the specified plan is prepared and certified. This bill would specify that the event does not include new information consisting solely of specified information, (12) require a court to issue an order that includes a peremptory writ of mandate specifying actions that a public agency needs to take to comply with the requirements of CEQA, (13)require the writ to specify the time by which the public agency is to file an initial return to a writ containing specified information, (14) require the California Research Bureau, subject to the availability of funding and of information, to annually submit to the Legislature a report containing specified information on CEQA litigation in the state, (15) state the intent of the Legislature to appropriate $30,000,000 annually by the council for the purposes of providing competitive grants to local agencies for planning activities for the implementation of the sustainable communities strategy,(16) revise the definition of “infill opportunity zone,” as specified, (17) authorize the designation of an infill opportunity zone that is a transit priority area within a sustainable communities strategy or alternative planning strategy adopted by an applicable metropolitan planning organization, (18) repeal the provision that terminates the designation of an infill opportunity zone if no development project is completed within that zone within 4 years from the date of the designation, (19) establish, until January 1, 2017, in the office of the Governor the position of Advisor on Renewable Energy Facilities.

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California Public Utilities Commission

SB 900 (Hill) Public Utilities: Safety

This bill would: (1) require the CPUC to develop safety risk management procedures for use in quasi-legislative proceedings to assist the commission in determining whether or not a proposed policy or rule change will affect safety. The bill would require that the safety risk management procedures ensure the sufficient development of the evidentiary record to support findings with regard to the incremental effect on safety of the proposed policy or rule changes made in quasi-legislative proceedings, (2) require the commission to implement the safety risk management procedures by October 1, 2015, (3) require the commission to develop formal procedures to consider safety in a general rate case application by an electrical corporation or gas corporation, including a separate rate case application that considers a subset of the corporation’s revenues, expenses, and investments in plant and equipment to establish an approved revenue requirement.

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Direct Access

AB 687 (Roger Hernández) Direct Access Priority for Groundwater Remediation on Superfund Sites

This bill would: (1) require the CPUC, when authorizing additional direct transactions for retail nonresidential end-use customers, to provide the highest priority to acquire electric services from other providers to entities treating and remediating groundwater that a federal, state, or local agency identifies as contaminated if the entity is a public drinking water system serving a disadvantaged or severely disadvantaged community, (2) requires the entity treating and remediating contaminated groundwater to use moneys saved as a result of the direct transaction for activities related to the treatment and remediation of the groundwater, (3) correct a statutory reference to a reporting requirement of the commission.

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Distributed Generation

AB 1499 (Skinner) Self-Generation Incentive Program

This bill would extend the authority of the CPUC to authorize electrical corporations to continue making the annual collections for the self-generation incentive program through December 31, 2015. The bill would extend the Public Utilities Commission’s administration of the program to January 1, 2017.

AB 1624 (Gordon) Self-Generation Incentive Program

This bill would: (1) authorize the Public Utilities Commission, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to authorize the annual collection of not more than the amount authorized for the self-generation incentive program in the 2008 calendar year, through December 31, 2020, and would require the Public Utilities Commission to require electrical corporations to administer the program for distributed energy resources originally established pursuant to the above-described former law through and including December 31, 2021, (2) require the Public Utilities Commission to provide repayment of all unallocated funds collected for the self-generation incentive program on January 1, 2022, to reduce ratepayer costs.

AB 1935 (Campos) Clean Distribution Energy Technology

This bill would revise the definition of “distributed resources” to include clean distributed energy technology, as defined.

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Electric Generation

SB 456 (Padilla) Disclosure of Sources of Electrical Generation

Existing law establishes a program under which retail suppliers of electricity, including electrical corporations and local publicly owned electric utilities, disclose accurate, reliable, and simple to understand information on the sources of energy that are used to provide electric services. This bill would require that the information disclosed include the total electricity purchases derived from generation sources within the state and total electricity purchases derived from generation sources that are located outside the state as well as the percentage of annual sales of electricity that was dispatched from an energy storage system, as defined.

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Electric Restructuring

SB 1195 (Padilla) Electrical Restructuring

This bill would: (1) repeal the reporting requirement that requires the Independent System Operator, within 6 months after receiving approval for its operation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, to provide a report to the Legislature and the Electricity Oversight Board containing specified matter, (2) repeal the provision that requires that electrical restructuring states the intent of the Legislature that individual customers not experience rate increases as a result of the allocation of transition costs, as specified, and requires the Public Utilities Commission to implement a methodology for calculating certain Power Exchange energy credits, (3) repeal the provisions that requires each electrical corporation to propose a cost recovery plan to the CPUC for the recovery of the uneconomic costs of an electrical corporation’s generation-related assets and obligations, requires that the plan contain specified matter, and requires that the plan set rates for each customer class, rate schedule, contract, or tariff option, at levels equal to the level as shown on electric rate schedules as of June 10, 1996, provided that rates for residential and small commercial customers be reduced so that these customers receive rate reductions of no less than 10% for 1998 continuing through 2002; prohibits the commission, upon the termination of the 10% rate reduction for residential and small commercial customers, from subjecting those residential and small commercial customers to any rate increase or future rate obligations solely as a result of the termination of the 10% rate reduction, (4) repeal the provisions that require any electrical corporation serving agricultural customers with multiple meters to conduct research based on a statistically valid sample of those customers and meters to determine the typical simultaneous peak load of those customers and to report the results to those customers and the commission by July 1, 2001; require the commission to consider the research results in setting future electrical distribution rates for those customers, (5) repeal the provision that requires the CPUC allow recovery of reasonable employee related transition costs incurred and projected for severence, retraining, early retirement, outplacement, and related expenses for the employees in order to mitigate potential negative impacts on utility personnel directly affected by restructuring, (6) strike references to these repealed statutes.

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Electric Vehicles

AB 225 (Nestande) Medium-Speed Electric Vehicles Regulation

This bill would: (1) authorize the operation of a medium-speed electric vehicle, as defined, at speeds of no more than 45 miles per hour on a roadway with a speed limit that does not exceed 45 miles per hour, (2) require a medium-speed electric vehicle to meet certain safety requirements, including specified Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, (3) make, subject to exceptions, a medium-speed electric vehicle subject to all the laws applicable to a motor vehicle, (6) and the driver of a medium-speed electric vehicle subject to all the laws applicable to the driver of a motor vehicle or other vehicle, as specified.

AB 2415 (Ting) Electric Vehicle Chargin Station Matching Grants

This bill would require the CEC to develop and administer an electric vehicle charging station matching grant program to provide financial assistance to cities, counties, and a city and county for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at public on-street parking locations.

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Energy Efficiency

AB 489 (Skinner) CEC Funding for Existing Building Efficiency Program

This bill would repeal the provision of Section 25943 of the Public Resources Code requiring the California Energy Commission to fund a comprehensive program to achieve greater energy savings in the state’s existing residential and nonresidential building stock from the Federal Trust Fund consistent with the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 or other sources of nonstate funds available to the commission.

AB 1953 (Skinner) Higher Education Energy Efficiency Act and Fund

This bill would: (1) enact the Higher Education Energy Efficiency Act, (2) create the Higher Education Energy Efficiency Fund in the State Treasury and would make moneys in the fund available to the California Energy Commission, upon appropriation, to make grants to University of California and California State University campuses for building retrofits to reduce the demand for energy, (3)require the commission, in consultation with the President of the University of California and the Chancellor of the California State University to establish a system to prioritize eligible campuses for grants, as specified, (4) require grant recipients to report to the commission the annual energy savings achieved from grant-funded projects, as specified.

AB 2137 (Quirk) Small Business Energy Efficiency Incentive Program

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish the Small Business Energy Efficiency Incentive Program to provide small businesses with incentives to update or replace their high energy use equipment by providing financing options for these purposes.

AB 2229 (Bradford) Energy Efficiency on Military Bases and Facilities

This bill would: (1) require the CPUC, in consultation with the Energy Commission and the Department of Defense, to identify all potentially achievable cost-effective electricity efficiency savings at military bases and facilities in the state, and to establish efficiency targets for an electrical corporation to achieve at military bases and facilities, (2) require the CPUC, in consultation with the Energy Commission and the Department of Defense, to identify all potentially achievable cost-effective natural gas efficiency savings at military bases and facilities in the state and to establish efficiency targets for the gas corporation to achieve at military bases and facilities.

AB 2434 (Gomez) Income Tax Exclusions for Water and Energy Conservation Program Particpation

This bill would, under the Public Income Tax Law and the Corporate Tax Law, provide an exclusion from gross income any amount received as a rebate, voucher, or other financial incentive issued by a local water or energy agency or supplier for expenses incurred to participate in a water or energy conservation program.

AB 2581 (Bradford) CPUC Public Domain Computer Program

This bill would require the CEC to ensure that the public domain computer program and the compliance options produce an estimate of energy consumption for residential and nonresidential buildings that has an accuracy within 5% of actual energy consumption for residential and nonresidential buildings.

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Energy Management Zones

AB 1079 (Bradford) Energy Management Zones

This bill would: (1) authorize a city, county, or city and county to collaborate with an electrical or gas corporation, local publicly owned electric utility, or rural electric cooperative to designate an energy management area, as specified, (2) authorize a city, county, or city and county to propose one or more energy management plans, developed jointly with an electrical corporation, gas corporation, local publicly owned electric utility, or rural electric cooperative, serving an energy management area, in order to reduce air emissions and to promote economic development, the addition of new business, and the retention of existing businesses in that energy management area, (3) require the Public Utilities Commission to encourage electrical or gas corporations to participate jointly with local agencies in developing, implementing, and administering viable energy management plans for energy management areas, and would prohibit the commission from limiting the role of the electrical or gas corporation that was cooperatively developed in the energy management plan, (4) require the city, county, or city and county to report the progress of any plan implementation in its biennial report to the Department of Housing and Community Development, as provided., (5) make a project to promote economic development in energy management areas developed pursuant to an energy management plan in accordance with the bill eligible for funding through the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, (6) require the bank to consider acts it may take, at its discretion, that facilitate the financing of that project.

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Financing

AB 2017 (Muratsuchi) On-Bill Finacing for Rental Properties

This bill would (1) authorize the CPUC to require an electrical or gas corporation with 250,000 or more service connections to develop and implement an on-bill repayment program providing financial assistance for energy efficiency improvements for rental properties by allowing for the repayment of the financial assistance to be included in the utility customer’s utility bill. Because a violation of any part of any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the Public Utilities Commission is a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

AB 2045 (Rendon) Nonresidential Real Property Energy Retrofit Financing Act of 2014

This bill would: (1) enact the Nonresidential Real Property Energy Retrofit Financing Act of 2014 and would require the CEC to establish the Nonresidential Real Property Energy Retrofit Financing Program, (2) provide financial assistance, through authorizing the issuance of, among other things, revenue bonds, to owners of eligible real properties, as defined, for implementing energy improvements for their properties, (3) require that the bonds be secured by the recording of an energy remittance repayment agreement lien, as defined, on the eligible real property for which the improvements are performed, (4) require a loan servicer to collect installment payments from owners of eligible real properties whose applications have been approved by the commission, (5) require the State Board of Equalization to collect repayment installments that are delinquent, (7) authorize the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority, on behalf of the commission, to issue and renew the negotiable revenue bonds to generate moneys to finance energy improvements for approved applicants, (8) establish the Nonresidential Real Property Energy Retrofit Debt Servicing Fund in the State Treasury and the Loan Loss Reserve Account and Administration Account within the fund, (9) require the commission to deposit the installment payment received from the owners of eligible real properties into the fund and certain fees collected into the specified accounts, and (10) continuously appropriate the moneys in the fund and the accounts to repay the principal and interest on the bonds, and to cover the administrative costs incurred by the authority, the commission, and the State Board of Equalization, thereby making an appropriation.

SB 64 (Corbett) Clean Technology Investment Account for Market-Based Compliance Mechanism

This bill would: (1) create the Clean Technology Investment Account within the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, (2) require the Legislature to annually appropriate moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund or other funds to the Clean Technology Investment Account in the Budget Act, (3) make the moneys in the Clean Technology Investment Account available to the state board for the purposes of providing grants to nonprofit public benefit corporations and regional technology alliances to design and implement programs that accelerate the development, demonstration, and deployment by companies and entrepreneurs of transformative technologies that would reduce or have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and foster job creation in the state, as specified.

SB 1121 (De Leon) The California Green Bank

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish the California Green Bank to coordinate, align, and enhance the state’s efforts to provide energy finance programs for advanced energy technologies and projects throughout the state.

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Greenhouse Gas/Climate Change

AB 26 (Bonilla) Changes to California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006

This bill would: 1) specify that money from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund are public funds, as defined, 2) require that, if moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund are made available to the owner or operator of a refinery to perform work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, then all work at the refinery related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions that is not performed by the owner’s or operator’s own employees and that falls within an apprenticeable occupation, as defined, shall be performed by skilled journeypersons, as defined, and registered apprentices, as defined, 3) require that moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund only be made available for work at a refinery if the work is related to complying with a market-based compliance mechanism to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as specified, 4) require the Chief of the Division of Apprenticeship Standards to approve, no later than January 1, 2016, a curriculum for an apprenticeship program in advanced safety training in performing work processes specific to technology related to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as defined, 5) and would require the chief, in consultation with the California Emergency Management Agency and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, to periodically revise the curriculum to reflect current best practices, 6) require an approved apprenticeship program or community college to issue a certificate to a worker who completes the approved curriculum, 7) prohibit employers from being required to pay for the costs of the training or to pay wages to workers for the time spent in the training unless the employer has agreed to do so.

AB 1179 (Bocanegra) Strategic Growth Council

Existing law creates the Strategic Growth Council, consisting of specified state officers and a public member appointed by the Governor, with specified duties relating to coordination of actions of state agencies relative to improvement of air and water quality, natural resource protection, transportation, and various other matters. This bill would add the Superintendent of Public Instruction or his or her designee to the Strategic Growth Council.

AB 1447 (Waldron) Greenhouse Gas Reduction through Traffic Synchronization

This bill would additionally authorize moneys in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to be used to fund traffic signal synchronization to the extent those expenditures are consistent the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in this state through specified investments.

AB 1639 (Grove) Expenditures of Funds from Emissions Reductions

This bill would: (1) state the intent of the Legislature that moneys derived from emissions reductions measures be expended to achieve the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in furtherance of achieving the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, and (2), as part of the 3-year investment plan, require moneys appropriated from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund be used to achieve the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit.

AB 1970 (Gordon) Community Investment and Innovation Program

This bill would: (1) create the Community Investment and Innovation Program and would require moneys to be available from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for purposes of awarding local assistance grants and other financial assistance to eligible grant applicants, as defined, who submit plans to develop and implement integrated community-level greenhouse gas emissions reduction projects in their region, (2)require the Strategic Growth Council, in coordination with the state board, to administer the program, as specified, (3)require 25% of the moneys appropriated for purposes of the program be awarded to eligible grant applicants whose projects include and specifically benefit environmental justice communities, as defined.

AB 2008 (Quirk) Sustainable Strategy for Urban Freight

This bill would state the intent of the legislature to enact legislation that would require a sustainable communities strategy to include consideration of greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the delivery of urban freight

AB 2027 (Logue) Greenhouse Gas Reporting and Verification

This bill would: (1) require the ARB to utilize the greenhouse gas emissions data submitted in reports as part of the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard regulation in lieu of requiring the submission of the same greenhouse gas emissions data pursuant to the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions regulation. The bill, commencing January 1, 2015, would prohibit the state board from requiring a regulated entity to report the same greenhouse gas emissions data in more than one program adopted pursuant to the act, and (2), commencing January 1, 2015, require it not be a violation of any rule, regulation, order, emission limitation, emissions reduction measure, or other measure adopted by the state board if a regulated entity did not submit greenhouse gas emissions data pursuant to a rule, regulation, order, emission limitation, emissions reduction measure, or other measure if the state board already possessed that greenhouse gas emissions data pursuant to another rule, regulation, order, emission limitation, emissions reduction measure, or other measure.

AB 2050 (Quirk) Scoping Plan Advisory Panel

This bill would: (1) until January 1, 2020, require the ARB to include specified elements when updating the scoping plan, (2) require the state board, on or before January 1, 2019, to submit a report to the appropriate committees of the Legislature on those specified elements of the updated scoping plan, (3) until January 1, 2020, establish the Scoping Plan Advisory Panel, as specified, (4)require the panel, on or before January 1, 2019, to submit a report to the appropriate committees of the Legislature evaluating and reporting key findings and recommendations on the update of the scoping plan.

AB 2202 (Logue) Idenpendent Fuel Marketer Exemption

This bill would require the ARB to exempt small independent fuel marketers, as defined, from the certain greenhouse gas regulations adopted by the California Air Resources Board.

AB 2348 (Stone) Natural Resources Climate Improvement Program

This bill would: (1) establish the Natural Resources Climate Improvement Program, which would be administered by the ARB, in coordination with the Natural Resources Agency, to assist in the development and implementation of highly-leveraged, regionally integrated natural resources projects that maximize greenhouse gas emissions reductions or sequestration, (2) authorize moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to the state board to implement the Natural Resources Climate Improvement Program.

AB 2363 (Quirk) Greenhouse Gas Offsets

This bill would: (1) require the ARB to adopt regulations providing for the generation of offset credits that may be used, sold, or traded pursuant to a market-based compliance mechanism that the state board may adopt for forest management activities performed for the purpose of reducing the risk of severe wildfires and activities involving the application of biochar, as defined, to soil.

AB 2593 (Bradford) Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Diversity Reporting

This bill would: (1) require a business enterprise with a gross annual revenue exceeding $25,000,000 participating in a program administered by the ARB that is funded, in whole or in part, from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to report annually to the state board regarding its programs to increase procurement from women, minority, and disabled veteran enterprises, if any.

SB 257 (Hancock) Coastal Physical Adaptation to Climate Change

This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation that would address the issue of coastal physical adaptations to climate change.

SB 1122 (Pavley) Sustainable Communities: Strategic Growth Council

This bill would: (1) require the Strategic Growth Council to provide financial assistance for those purposes, to be funded from moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, and would additionally require the regional plan or other planning instrument to meet the requirements of an applicable sustainable communities strategy, (2) require the council to develop and implement regional grant programs to support the implementation of sustainable communities strategies, alternative transportation plans, or other regional greenhouse gas emission reduction plans within a developed area, (3) authorize the council to award financial assistance for the development and implementation of agricultural, natural resource, and open space land protection plans that are consistent with the implementation of sustainable communities strategies, alternative transportation plans, or other regional greenhouse gas emission reduction plans.

SB 1125 (Pavley) Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

This bill would: (1) require the ARB, on or before January 1, 2016, and in consultation with specified entities, to develop and submit to the Governor and the Legislature a report containing recommendations on a timetable of reduction targets of greenhouse gas emissions and short-lived climate pollutants with high global warming potentials beyond 2020, (2) repeal the above provision on January 1, 2020.

SB 1156 (Steinberg) California Carbon Tax Law 2014

This bill would: (1) effective January 1, 2015, impose a carbon tax of an unspecified amount per ton of carbon-dioxide-equivalent emissions on suppliers of fossil fuels, (2) require the State Board of Equalization to administer and implement the carbon tax, and would require revenues from the tax to be deposited in the Carbon Tax Revenue Special Fund in the State Treasury, (3) exempt suppliers of fossil fuels subject to the tax from regulations imposed by the State Air Resources Board under the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 relative to the compliance obligation in the second compliance period under which suppliers of specified fuels are required to obtain allowances for carbon-dioxide-equivalent emissions under the cap-and-trade program adopted by the State Air Resources Board, (4) state the intent of the Legislature that revenues from the carbon tax be rebated to taxpayers, particularly low- and medium-income taxpayers, of other taxes, and for implementation of the carbon tax to be revenue neutral.

SB 1184 (Hancock) San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission Sea Level Rise

This bill would require: (1) the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, in collaboration with various other state, regional, and local government agencies, to take action to protect San Francisco Bay area residents from potential inundation and flooding resulting from sea level rise by preparing a regional resilience strategy for adapting to rising sea levels in the San Francisco Bay, containing specified components, (2) require the commission, no later than December 31, 2015, to complete the strategy and submit to the Legislature its recommendations for future actions to be taken regarding sea level rise.

SB 1268 (Beall) Natural Resources Climate Improvement Program

This bill would: (1) establish the Natural Resources Climate Improvement Program, which would be administered by the ARB, in coordination with the Natural Resources Agency, to assist in the development and implementation of highly-leveraged, regionally integrated natural resources projects that maximize greenhouse gas emissions reductions or sequestration, (2) authorize moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to the state board to implement the Natural Resources Climate Improvement Program.

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Independent System Operator

SB 1078 (Jackson) Independent System Operator

This bill would revise the requirement that the Independent System Operator maximizing the availability of existing electric generation resources necessary to meet the needs of the state’s electricity consumers to require that in managing the transmission grid and related energy markets, the Independent System Operator do so consistent with maximizing utilization of existing electrical resources, including all cost-effective demand-side and renewable energy resources, that are connected to the distribution or transmission grid, as are necessary for reliable operation of the grid and sufficient to meet the needs of the state’s electricity consumers.

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Miscellaneous

AB 2281 (Hagman) Legislative Oversight Participants for CARB and CPUC

This bill would: (1) require the President pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly to jointly appoint 2 Members of the Legislature, one Member from the majority party and one Member of the minority party, to be legislative oversight participants in the proceedings of the ARB and would authorize the legislative oversight participants to fully participate in discussions during meetings of the ARB as if the legislative oversight participants were members of the state board, but would have no right to vote in matters before the state board, (2) require the executive officer of the state board ensure that both legislative oversight participants are provided with the agenda of business and all materials provided to a member of the state board for consideration of any item that is before the full state board, (3) authorize a legislative oversight participant to request to be supplied with materials filed with, or developed by, the state board with respect to any item that is before the board for consideration, (4) require that the legislative oversight participant maintain the confidentiality of any proprietary, confidential, or otherwise legally protected information supplied to the legislative oversight participant, (5) require the President pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly to jointly appoint 2 Members of the Legislature, one Member from the majority party and one Member of the minority party, to be legislative oversight participants in the proceedings of the CPUC and would authorize the legislative oversight participants to fully participate in discussions during meetings of the commission as if the legislative oversight participants were members of the commission, but would have no right to vote in matters before the commission, (6) require the executive director of the commission ensure that both legislative oversight participants be provided with the agenda of business and all materials provided to a commissioner for consideration of any item that is before the full commission, (7) authorize a legislative oversight participant to request to be supplied with materials filed with, or developed by, the commission with respect to any investigation or proceeding of the commission, (8) require that the legislative oversight participant maintain the confidentiality of any proprietary, confidential, or otherwise legally protected information supplied to the legislative oversight participant, unless the commission orders the materials be disclosed.

AB 2334 (Gray) Public and Privately Owned Utilities

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation relating to privately owned and publicly owned public utilities.

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Natural Gas

AB 1937 (Gordon) Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 2011: Emergency Response Standards

This bill would delete the requirement that the CPUC report to the Legislature on the status of establishing the compatible emergency response standards on or before January 1, 2013.

AB 2672 (Perea) Extension of Natural Gas Service to Disadvantaged Communities

This bill would: (1) require the CPUC to develop a program, through an existing or new proceeding, to enable disadvantaged communities in the San Joaquin Valley to finance the cost of extending natural gas service within those communities, (2) impose specified requirements on a gas corporation that provides natural gas service in the San Joaquin Valley in connection with the program, (3) require the CPUC to identify potential sources of funds that may be allocated to the program to reduce the cost to disadvantaged communities of extending gas service under the program.

SB 1371 (Leno) Natural Gas: Leakage Abatement

This bill would: (1) require the CPUC to adopt rules and procedures governing the operation, maintenance, repair, and replacement of commission-regulated gas pipeline facilities to minimize leaks as a hazard to be mitigated pursuant to the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 2011 and to eliminate uncontrolled emissions of natural gas from commission-regulated gas pipeline facilities to the maximum extent feasible, (2) require the commission to commence a proceeding by January 15, 2015, and to adopt rules and procedures not later than December 31, 2015, (3) require that the rules and procedures provide for repair of leaks in commission-regulated gas pipeline facilities within a reasonable time after discovery, but require that leaks discovered in close proximity to residential and commercial buildings be repaired upon discovery so that the emission of leaking gas that can result in injury or loss of life will be substantially eliminated, (4) require that the rules and procedures establish best practices for leak surveys, patrols, leak survey technology, and metrics for evaluating and comparing leaks so that operators, the commission, and the public have accurate information about the number and severity of leaks and about the quantity of gas that is emitted to the atmosphere over time, (5) require that the commission consider the costs of compliance with the rules and procedures and provide for cost recovery in rates charged to their customers by a gas corporation, consistent with the commission’s existing ratemaking procedures and authority to establish just and reasonable rates.

SB 1389 (Hill) Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 2011

This bill would: (1) require the CPUC to adopt rules for gas corporations to follow when determining the maximum allowable operating pressure for an intrastate transmission line installed prior to July 1, 1970, and would require that the rules adopted be compatible with the requirements of specified regulations concerning maximum allowable operating pressure adopted by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

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Net Energy Metering

AB 2649 (Mullin) Net Energy Metering on Military Bases

This bill would: (1) authorize a United States military installation to exceed the one megawatt capacity limitation if the total capacity of all renewable electrical generation facilities on the military installation does not exceed 50% of the highest daily peak demand for electricity at that military installation over the course of the preceding calendar year, (2) provide that each physically separate and distinct building within privatized residential housing communities on contiguous military properties is a separate premise for purposes of the one megawatt capacity limitation, in a manner identical to how it would be treated if located in an equivalent civilian community.

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Oil/Petroleum

SB 1132 (Mitchell) Oil and Gas Well Stimulation Treatment

This bill would: (1) require the scientific study to consider additional elements, including, among other things, evaluating various potential direct, indirect, and cumulative health and environmental effects of onshore and offshore well stimulation and well stimulation treatment-related activities, as specified, (2) prohibit all well stimulation treatments until the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency convenes a committee to review the scientific study, as specified, the Governor issues findings that specific measures are in place to ensure that well stimulation treatments do not pose a risk to, or impairment of, the public health and welfare or to the environmental and economic sustainability of the state, and, if applicable, those findings are affirmed by judicial review, as specified, (3) require the division to adopt a formal process to resolve any claims with respect to vested rights, as specified.

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Rates and Tariffs

AB 922 (Patterson) CARE Program Rates

This bill would prohibit the CPUC from using any means to determine CARE program eligibility that results in eligibility being extended to customers who’s income exceeds 200% of the federal poverty guideline levels and would require that any methods adopted by the commission to improve CARE enrollment and participation not result in eligibility being extended to customers who’s income exceeds 200% of the federal poverty guideline levels.

AB 2218 (Bradford) Electricity and Natural Gas Rate Reduction for Food Banks

This bill would require the CPUC to establish a program of electric and gas service rate assistance to food banks, as defined, with specified discounts to be provided in the form of a reduction in the overall bill for the eligible food bank customer.

SB 1090 (Fuller) Default time-of-use Pricing

This bill would: (1) require the CPUC to make specified findings before it could require or authorize an electrical corporation to employ default time-of-use pricing to residential customers and would require the commission to submit its findings to the Legislature not less than 12 months prior to requiring or authorizing an electrical corporation to employ default time-of-use pricing for residential customers.

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Renewable Energy

AB 762 (Patterson) Renewable Portfolio Program: Hydroelectric Generation

This bill would: (1) revise the definition of an eligible renewable energy resource for the purposes of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program to include a hydroelectric generation facility of any size if it meets certain requirements, (2) make conforming changes.

AB 1014 (Williams) Green Tarriff Shared Renewable Energy Program

This bill would: (1) require specified electrical corporations to file with the CPUC, by March 1, 2014, an advice letter requesting the approval of a green tariff shared renewable program, (2) requires the CPUC, by July 1, 2014, after notice and opportunity for public comment, to approve the advice letter if the CPUC finds that the proposed program is reasonable and consistent with specified findings, (3) would require the CPUC to require that a green tariff shared renewable program be administered in accordance with specified provisions, (4) would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2019.

AB 1021 (Eggman) Financial Assistance for Use of Recycled Feedstock

This bill would: (1) expand projects eligible for the sales and use tax exclusion to include projects that process or utilize recycled feedstock, as defined, that is intended to be reused in the production of another product or soil amendment, but would not include a project that processes or utilizes recycled feedstock in a manner that constitutes disposal, as defined.

AB 1295 (Roger Hernández) Community Renewable Energy Options

This bill would: (1) require an electrical corporation to provide a community renewables option, as specified, allowing a subscribing customer’s bill be adjusted to reflect the customer’s subscription in the output of a community renewables facility, (2) require the CPUC to authorize the tariff for community renewables option by July 1, 2014, (3) require, on and after January 1, 2016, the CPUC to evaluate the demand for the community renewables option, (4) If the commission finds that the community renewables option should be discontinued, the bill would make the above provisions inoperative, (5) authorize a local publicly owned utility to offer a community renewables option, (6) repeal the provision of the community renewables option on January 1, 2020.

SB 43 (Wolk) Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program

The Governor signed SB 43 on September 28, 2013 and it was enrolled under Chapter 413, Statutes 2013. This law: (1) enacts the Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program. The program would require a participating utility, defined as being an electrical corporation with 100,000 or more customers in California, to file with the CPUC an application requesting approval of a green tariff shared renewables program to implement a program enabling ratepayers to participate directly in offsite electrical generation facilities that use eligible renewable energy resources, consistent with certain legislative findings and statements of intent, (2) requires the CPUC, by July 1, 2014, to issue a decision concerning the participating utility’s application, determining whether to approve or disapprove the application, with or without modifications, (3) requires the CPUC, after notice and opportunity for public comment, to approve the application if the commission determines that the proposed program is reasonable and consistent with the legislative findings and statements of intent, (4) requires the CPUC to require that a participating utility’s green tariff shared renewables program be administered in accordance with specified provisions , (5) repeals the program on January 1, 2019.

SB 548 (Roth) Renewable Portfolio Standard

This bill would provide that, for a publicly owned electric utility in existence on or before January 1, 2010, that provides 200,000 megawatt-hours or fewer of electricity to retail end-use consumers in its service territory during a calendar year, electricity products from eligible renewable energy resources may be used for compliance with the portfolio content requirements.

SB 760 (Wright) Renewable Portfolio Standard

This bill would: (1) require that the process providing criteria for the rank ordering and selecting of least-cost and best-fit eligible renewable energy resources to comply with the program obligations include procurement of specific types of eligible renewable energy resources necessary to maintain the reliability of the electrical grid to meet electrical demand on a 24-hour basis and consider the attributes of utilizing geothermal and other renewable energy resources, as specified that provide environmental and electrical system benefits and contribute to grid reliability, (2) require each electrical corporation, in soliciting and procuring eligible renewable energy resources, to consider the best-fit attributes of resource types that ensure a balanced resource mix to maintain the reliability of the electrical grid.

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Research

SB 48 (Hill) Merit Review for Energy-Related Research

This bill would: (1) require the CPUC, by July 1, 2015, and every 3 years thereafter, to require electrical corporations with more than 100,000 customer accounts, to file a 3-year research plan, which includes, among other things, proposals for specific research and development projects and the estimated costs of the projects to the ratepayers, (2) require the Legislative Analyst’s Office to select members of a peer review to evaluate the 3-year research plan of each electrical corporation and would require that the peer review consider specified matters, (3) require the CPUC, by December 31, 2014, and by December 31 of each 3rd year thereafter, to prepare and submit a report to the relevant policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature listing all research and development projects where the expenses of the project were or are recovered from ratepayers during the previous 3 years, including for each project the citations of all published papers, all oral and poster presentations given at public meetings, and all patents awarded for the funded research.

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Security

SB 699 (Hill) Utility Security

This bill would: (1) require an electrical corporation, by July 1, 2015, to submit to the commission a security plan to enhance the robustness and resilience of its electrical distribution facilities; (2) require the California Public Utilities Commission, in consultation with the electrical corporation and applicable local, state, and federal agencies to determine the appropriate level of public access to the security plan; (3) require the CPUC to consider the cost of constructing distribution infrastructure necessary to implement the security plan as a part of the next general rate case for the electrical corporation; (4) require an electrical or gas corporation to develop an official memorandum of understanding with state and local law enforcement officials describing each party’s responsibilities before, during, and immediately following the deliberate destruction of that corporation’s equipment that leads to a disruption of electric or gas service; (5) require an electrical or gas corporation, after consultation with, and approval from, the Department of the California Highway Patrol, to train and designate relevant employees as first responders to manage infrastructure hazards and restore essential electric or gas service in the event of an accident, natural disaster, or security breach.

SB 1286 (Corbett) 21st Century Energy System

This bill would limit total funding for research and development projects for the purposes of cyber security and grid integration from exceeding $60,000,000.

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Solar Energy

AB 2188 (Muratsuchi) Solar Energy Permits

This bill would: (1) require a city or county to process and approve any permit application for a residential rooftop solar energy system of up to 10kW on the same day it has been submitted, (2) provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.

AB 2227 (Quirk) Building Standards for Solar Energy Systems

This bill would require that building standards for the construction, installation, and alteration of solar energy systems, as specified, be adopted and published in the California Building Standards Code by the California Building Standards Commission no later than July 1, 2015.

AB 2241 (Eggman) Solar Easements on Agricultural Land

This bill relates to solar-ues easements. The bill would require a city or county to charge the property owner a recession fee of 10% of the fair market value of the property at the time of the recession for both land under a Williamson Act contract and land designated as a farmland security zone.

SB 1020 (Monning) Photovoltaic Panels Collection and Recycling Programs

This bill would: (1) enact the California Photovoltaic Panel Collection and Recycling Act of 2014 in the Hazardous Waste Control Law and would require photovoltaic panel manufacturers, individually or collectively, or with photovoltaic panel vendors, to establish a program for the collection and recycling of end-of-life photovoltaic panels that meets specified criteria, (2) require the Department of Toxic Substances Control to approve a program that meets those criteria and would prohibit a photovoltaic panel manufacturer that fails to establish an approved program from selling or offering for sale photovoltaic panels in the state, as specified, (3) require the department to impose a reasonable annual administrative fee, as specified, and would provide for the deposit of the fees in the Photovoltaic Panel Collection Administration Account, which this bill would establish in the State Treasury, (4) authorize the department to expend those fees, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to cover the department’s costs to implement and enforce the bill’s requirements, as specified, (5) require a contractor removing end-of-life photovoltaic panels and a person who demolishes a building having end-of-life photovoltaic panels to take the panels to an appropriate location for collection and recycling, (6) require the bidder on state contracts for the purchase or lease of solar energy systems to certify that the photovoltaic panels used are purchased from a photovoltaic panel manufacturer in compliance with the above requirements.

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Transportation

SB 628 (Beall) Infrastructure Financing for Transit Priority Projects

This bill would: (1) eliminate the requirement of voter approval for the creation of an infrastructure financing district, the issuance of bonds, and the establishment or change of the appropriations limit with respect to a transit priority project, (2) a city or county that uses infrastructure financing district bonds to finance its transit priority project to use at least 25% of the associated property tax increment revenues for the purposes of increasing, improving, and preserving the supply of lower and moderate-income housing available in the district and occupied by persons and families of moderate-, low-, very low, and extremely low income, (3) require the district to implement these affordable housing provisions in accordance with specified provisions of the Community Redevelopment Law, to the extent not inconsistent with the provisions governing infrastructure financing districts, (4) require the adoption of an ordinance that would require the replacement of designated low-income dwelling units, upon their removal from the district, within 2 years of their displacement, (5) set forth the findings and declarations of the Legislature, and the intent of the Legislature that the development of transit priority projects be environmentally conscious and sustainable, and that related construction meet or exceed the requirements of the California Green Building Standards Code.

SB 913 (DeSaulneir) Vehicle Retirement

This bill would: (1) require the guidelines adopted by the ARB to additionally include specific goals for retirement and replacement of passenger vehicles and light- and medium-duty trucks that are high polluters, (2)require the ARB and the Bureau of Automotive Repair to cooperate in the issuance of a specified number of replacement vouchers through the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program for specified fiscal years and a specified number of retirement vouchers through the Consumer Assistance Program and the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program for specified fiscal years. The bill would state the intent of the Legislature regarding the funding of these activities.

SB 1048 (Roth) Vehicles Weight Limits

This bill would, notwithstanding any other law, exclude from the total gross weight any weight added to a ready mix concrete truck resulting from compliance with a regulation of the ARB, up to an amount not to exceed 1,000 pounds of additional gross vehicle weight.

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