EPIC monitors and conducts analysis on key energy-related legislation in California. EPIC's Legislative Center provides a listing and summary of energy-related legislation.
2014 California Energy-Related Legislation
- Alternative Fuels and Vehicles
- California Energy Commission
- California Independent System Operator (CAISO)
- California Public Utilities Commission
- Community Choice Aggregation
- Electric Restructuring
- Energy Efficiency
- Energy Planning
- Greenhouse Gas/Climate Change
- Natural Gas
- Rates and Tariffs
- Renewable Energy
- Solar Energy
Alternative Fuels and Vehicles
AB 1104 (Salas) CEQA: Biogas Pipeline Exemption
CEQA provides some exemptions from its requirements for specified projects, including projects 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; and (2) make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, and Tulare.
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, or 5.66 pounds, of compressed natural gas, measured at the standard pressure and temperature; (2) require liquefied natural gas to be sold in a diesel gallon equivalent that is equal to 6.06 pounds of liquefied natural gas; (3) 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; and (4) on and after January 1, 2015, instead of using only a cubic foot measurement, impose an excise upon natural gas at the rate of $0.0887 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.
SB 1184 (Hancock) San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission: Sea Level Rise regarding regional resilie
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 1204 (Lara) California Clean Truck and Bus Program
This bill would: (1) create the California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program, to be funded from cap and trade revenues, to fund zero- and near-zero emission truck, bus, and off-road vehicle and equipment technologies and related projects with priority to be given to certain projects, including projects that benefit disadvantaged communities; (2) be administered by the State Air Resources Board, in conjunction with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission; and (3) require the State Air Resources Board, in consultation with the California Energy Commission, to create an annual framework and plan, and to develop guidance through the existing Air Quality Improvement Program funding plan process for implementation of the program.
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 adopted by the State Air Resources Board to ensure there be a mobility option and that the compensation for a mobility option be no less than $2,500; (2) authorize the state board to increase the amount of the mobility option as necessary to maximize the air quality benefits of the enhanced fleet modernization program while also ensuring participation by low-income motor vehicle owners; (3) require the updated guidelines to ensure the inclusion of car sharing; (4) establish the Charge Ahead California Initiative to be administered by the state board, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, air pollution control and air quality management districts, and the public; (5) state that the goals of the initiative are to, among other things, place in service at least 1,000,000 zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles by January 1, 2023, and to increase access for disadvantaged, low-income, and moderate-income communities and consumers to zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles; (6) require the state board to include, commencing with the Air Quality Improvement Program funding plan for the 2016–17 fiscal year, a specified funding plan that includes the immediate fiscal year and a forecast of estimated funding needs for the subsequent 2 years commensurate with meeting the goals of the Charge Ahead California Initiative; (7) to update the plan at least every 3 years through January 1, 2023; (8) to adopt, no later than June 30, 2015, specified revisions to the criteria and other requirements for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project; and (9) to establish programs that further increase access to and direct benefits for disadvantaged, low-income, and moderate-income communities and consumers from electric transportation.
California Energy Commission
AB 2661 (Bradford) Political Reform Act of 1974: Conflict of Interest - California Energy Commission
This bill would: (1) repeal and replace existing qualification and conflict-of-interest requirements for members and employees of the Energy Commission in alignment with the Political Reform Act of 1974; and (2) authorize the Fair Political Practices Commission to exempt a member or employee of the Energy Commission from the application of certain of these provisions if it finds that the member’s or employee’s interest is not sufficiently substantial to affect the integrity of services expected from the member or employee, as specified.
California Independent System Operator (CAISO)
SB 1277 (Steinberg) Capacity Markets
This bill would: (1) prohibit the Independent System Operator from submitting any proposal to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that seeks approval of a new auction or market-based mechanism for forward procurement of electricity or capacity products in California unless it first obtains the formal concurrence of the Public Utilities Commission; (2) If the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approves the mechanism, the bill would prohibit the Independent System Operator from proposing or endorsing any modification to the approved mechanism, unless it first obtains the formal concurrence of the Public Utilities Commission; (3) prohibit the Public Utilities Commission from formally concurring in these proposals unless it concludes that there is a de minimus risk that the proposal could preempt or otherwise frustrate state laws and policies relating to specified topics.
California Public Utilities Commission
SB 636 (Hill) Public Utilities Commission: Proceedings & Conflicts of Interest
This bill would: (1) prohibit an officer, employee, or agent of the CPUC that is personally involved in the prosecution or in the supervision of the prosecution of an adjudication case from participating in the decision of the case or in the decision of any factually related adjudicatory proceeding; and (2) permit an officer, employee, or agent of the commission that is personally involved in the prosecution or in the supervision of the prosecution of an adjudication case to participate in reaching a settlement of the case, but would prohibit the officer, employee, or agent from participating in the decision of the commission to accept or reject the settlement, except as a witness or counsel in an open hearing or a specified closed hearing.
SB 699 (Hill) Electric Utilities: Utility Security Plan
This bill would require the CPUC, in a new proceeding, or new phase of an existing proceeding, to commence on or before July 1, 2015, to consider adopting rules to address physical security risks to the distribution systems of electrical corporations.
SB 900 (Hill) Public Utilities: Rate Case Application- Safety
This bill would: (1) require the Public Utilities Commission to develop formal procedures, as specified, to consider safety in a rate case application by an electrical corporation or gas corporation; and require the commission to take actions to assess and mitigate the impacts of its decisions on customer, public, and employee safety.
SB 1092 (Calderon) Public Utilities Commission
This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to Section 701 of the Public Utilites Code.
SB 1409 (Hill) Public Utilities: Safety Investigations
This bill would: (1) require the CPUC, beginning February 1, 2016, to annually publish a report that includes all investigations into gas or electric service safety incidents reported, pursuant to commission requirements, by any gas corporation or electrical corporation including the month of the safety incident, the reason for the investigation, the facility type involved, and the owner of the facility; (2) require that the report succinctly describe safety investigations concluded during the prior calendar year and investigations that remain open; and (3) require that the work plan submitted to the Governor and the Legislature include a summary of staff safety investigations concluded during the prior calendar year and staff safety investigations that remain open for any gas corporation or electrical corporation, with a link to the Internet Web site with the report that contains the above-described information that the commission is required to annually report.
Community Choice Aggregation
AB 2145 (Bradford) Community Choice Aggregation Opt In
This bill: (1) would provide that each customer be given an opportunity to opt in to his or her community’s aggregation program, (2) require a positive declaration from a customer for participation in the community choice aggregation program and that each customer be informed of his or her right to opt in to the program, (3) provide that a customer shall be served by the community choice aggregation program if an affirmative declaration is made, (4) require solicitations of customers by a community choice aggregator contain, and communication by the community choice aggregator to the public or prospective and existing customers to be consistent with, specified information and would require the implementation plan to include the disclosure of those specified information, (5) require that the implementation plan filed by a community choice aggregator completely describe other matter required to be disclosed under existing law, (6) authorize the commission to require that a community choice aggregator, when registering with the commission, provide additional information to ensure compliance with basic consumer protection and other rules and other procedural matters, (7) make other technical, nonsubstantive revisions to the community choice aggregator provisions.
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.
AB 2137 (Quirk) Small Business Energy Efficiency Incentive Program
The Governor signed AB 2137 on August 25, 2014 (Chapter 290, Statutes 2014). This law: (1) requires the Office of Small Business Advocate within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to include a link to the Energy Upgrade California Internet Web site on the homepage of its Internet Web site; and (2) requires the CPUC to ensure that the Internet Web site for the Energy Upgrade California program be revised to include information related to demand-side management programs for small business customers.
SB 1414 (Wolk) Demand Response
This bill would: (1) include, as an objective for the resource adequacy requirements, establishing new or maintaining existing demand response products and tariffs that facilitate the economic dispatch and use of demand response that can either meet or reduce an electrical corporation’s resource adequacy requirements, as determined by the Public Utilities Commission; (2) require each load-serving entity to maintain both electrical demand response and physical generating capacity adequate to meet its load requirements; (3) require the Public Utilities Commission to determine the most efficient and equitable means to ensure that investments are made in new and existing demand response resources that are cost effective and help to achieve electrical grid reliability and the state’s goals for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases; (4) require the Public Utilities Commission to ensure appropriate valuation of both supply and load modifying demand response resources and to establish a mechanism to value load modifying demand response resources, including, but not limited to, the ability of demand response resources to help meet distribution needs, transmission system needs, and to help reduce a load-serving entity’s resource adequacy obligation; (5) require the Public Utilities Commission, State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, and the Independent System Operator to ensure that changes in demand caused by load modifying demand response are expeditiously and comprehensively reflected in the integrated energy policy report forecast, as well as planning proceedings and associated analyses, and encourage reflection of these changes in demand in the operation of the grid; and (6) require the Public Utilities Commission, in establishing a demand response program, to take certain actions.
AB 1883 (Skinner) Property Assessed Clean Energy
Among other things, this bill would: (1) revise the information included in the power purchase agreement or lease to allow a system owner to include a specified covenant and warranty in its contract with the property owner, providing that the system will not be removed for the term of the contract; (2) specifically authorize either full or partial payment for the power purchase agreement or lease to be made after installation of the system; (3) declare the intent of the Legislature that the program finance prepaid service contracts, as well as installation, of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency improvements; and (4) make various changes to the Improvement Act to achieve cost reductions and to achieve consistency with similar provisions of the Mello-Roos Act, including changes in recordation requirements and authorizing the financing of facilities in connection with the initial construction of a residential building that is being undertaken by the intended owner or occupant.
AB 2597 (Ting) Property Assessed Clean Energy: Loss Reserve Program
This bill would require the CAEATFA to consider whether a PACE financing program provides financial assistance that is less than 15% of the value of the property, for up to the first $700,000, and less than 10% of the remaining value of the property above $700,000, and whether the PACE financing program limits the total mortgage-related debt and PACE financing from exceeding the value of the property.
SB 628 (Beall) Infrastructure Financing: Enhanced Financing Districts
This bill would: (1) additionally authorize the legislative body of a city or a county, defined to include a city and county, to establish an enhanced infrastructure financing district, adopt an infrastructure financing plan, and issue bonds, for which only the district is liable, upon approval by 55% of the voters to finance public capital facilities or other specified projects of communitywide significance, including, but not limited to: brownfield restoration and other environmental mitigation; the development of projects on a former military base; the repayment of the transfer of funds to a military base reuse authority; the acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of housing for persons of low and moderate income for rent or purchase; the acquisition, construction, or repair of industrial structures for private use; transit priority projects; and projects to implement a sustainable communities strategy; (2) authorize an enhanced infrastructure financing district to utilize any powers under the Polanco Redevelopment Act; (3) require the legislative body to establish a public financing authority, defined as the governing board of the enhanced infrastructure financing authority, comprised of members of the legislative body of the participating entities and of the public, prior to the adoption of a resolution to form an enhanced infrastructure district and infrastructure financing plan; (4) require proceedings for the establishment of a district to be instituted by the adoption of a resolution of intention that, among other things, states the boundaries of the district, the type of public facilities and development proposed to be financed or assisted by the district, and the need for the district and the goals the district proposes to achieve; (5) If the resolution is adopted by the legislative body after a public hearing, the bill would prohibit the public financing authority from implementing the infrastructure financing plan until specified events occur; (6) authorize the public financing authority to initiate proceedings to issue bonds; (7) require the proposal to issue bonds to be submitted to qualified electors of the proposed district, as specified; (8) By requiring electors to make specified declarations on ballots under penalty of perjury, this bill would expand circumstances under which a person may be convicted of a crime and thereby, would impose a state-mandated local program; (9) authorize an enhanced infrastructure financing district to fund infrastructure projects through tax increment financing, pursuant to the infrastructure financing plan and the agreement of affected taxing entities, as defined; (10) authorize the creation of an infrastructure financing district for up to 45 years from the date on which the issuance of bonds is approved, as specified; (11) require an infrastructure financing district to contract for the performance of an independent financial and performance audit every 2 years, as specified; (12) authorize a city, county, or special district that contains territory within the boundaries of an infrastructure financing district, upon approval of its governing body, to loan moneys to the infrastructure financing district to fund the activities described in the infrastructure financing plan, as specified; (13) authorize an enhanced infrastructure financing district to finance a project or portion of a project that is located in, or overlaps with, a redevelopment project area or former redevelopment project area, as specified. (14) prohibit a city or county that created a redevelopment agency from creating a district until specified conditions related to the wind down of the former redevelopment agency have been satisfied; (15) provide that any debt or obligation of an enhanced infrastructure financing district is subordinate to an enforceable obligation of a former redevelopment agency; (16) authorize the legislative body of the city forming an enhanced infrastructure financing district to choose to dedicate any portion of its net available revenue, as defined, to the enhanced infrastructure financing district through the infrastructure financing plan, 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.
Greenhouse Gas/Climate Change
AB 1447 (Waldron) Greenhouse Gas Reduction through Traffic Synchronization
This bill would authorize moneys in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to be allocated for an investment in a traffic signal synchronization component that is part of a sustainable infrastructure project if the component is designed and implemented to achieve cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and includes specific emissions reduction targets and metrics to evaluate the project’s effect.
AB 2593 (Bradford) Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Diversity Reporting
This bill would require a business enterprise with gross annual revenues exceeding $25,000,000 participating in a program administered by the State Air Resources Board 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 business enterprises, if any.
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) Greenhouse Gases: Emissions Reduction
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 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.
AB 1937 (Gordon) Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 2011: Notification to Schools and Hospitals for Gas Line Work
The Governor signed AB 1937 on August 25, 2014 (Chapter 287, Statutes 2014). The law: (1) requires a gas corporation to provide not less than 3 working days’ notice to the administration of a school or hospital prior to undertaking nonemergency excavation or construction of a gas pipeline when the work is located within 500 feet of the school or hospital; (2) requires the gas corporation to maintain a record of the date and time of any notification provided to the administration of a school or hospital prior to undertaking nonemergency excavation or construction of a gas pipeline and any subsequent contacts with the administration of a school or hospital relative to the excavation or construction and the actions taken in response to those subsequent contacts; and (3) requires the records to be maintained and available for inspection for no less than 5 years from that date of notification.
AB 2672 (Perea) Extension of Natural Gas Service to Disadvantaged Communities
This bill would: (1) require the CPUC, by March 31, 2015, to initiate a new proceeding to identify disadvantaged communities in the San Joaquin Valley meeting specified requirements and to analyze economically feasible options to increase access to affordable energy in those disadvantaged communities; (2) require the CPUC to determine whether the options analyzed would increase access to affordable energy to those disadvantaged communities in a cost-effective manner; (3) require the CPUC to take appropriate action and determine appropriate funding sources; and (4) make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the San Joaquin Valley.
SB 1371 (Leno) Natural Gas: Leakage Abatement
This bill would: (1) require the CPUC giving priority to safety, reliability, and affordability of service, to adopt rules and procedures governing the operation, maintenance, repair, and replacement of those commission-regulated gas pipeline facilities that are intrastate transmission and distribution lines to minimize leaks as a hazard to be mitigated pursuant to the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 2011, consistent with specified federal regulations, and a specified order of the commission, and to reduce emissions of natural gas from those facilities to the maximum extent feasible in order to advance the state’s goals in reducing emissions of greenhouse gases pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006; (2) require the CPUC to require gas corporations to file a report as soon as practicable, that includes a summary of utility leak management practices, a list of new methane leaks in 2013 by grade, a list of open leaks that are being monitored or are scheduled to be repaired, and a best estimate of gas loss due to leaks; (3) require the CPUC to commence a proceeding by January 15, 2015, to adopt those rules and procedures, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board; (4) require that the rules and procedures provide for the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective avoidance, reduction, and repair of leaks and leaking components in those commission-regulated gas pipeline facilities that are intrastate transmission and distribution lines within a reasonable time after discovery; (5) provide for the repair of leaks as soon as reasonably possible after discovery, consistent with established safety requirements and the goals of reducing air pollution and the climate change impacts of methane emissions; (6) evaluate the operations, maintenance, and repair practices for those facilities to determine whether existing practices are effective at reducing methane leaks and promoting public safety, achieve the goals of the bill, and whether alternative practices may be more effective at achieving the goals of the bill; (7) establish and require the use of best practices for leak surveys, patrols, leak survey technology, leak prevention, and leak reduction; (8) establish protocols and procedures for the development and use of metrics to quantify the volume of emissions from leaking gas pipeline facilities, and for evaluating and tracking leaks geographically and over time that may be incorporated into a gas corporation’s plan for the safe and reliable operation of its commission-regulated gas pipeline facility, or into other state emissions tracking systems, or both, including regulations of the State Air Resources Board for the reporting of greenhouse gases, with the requirement that the metrics provide operators, the commission, and the public with accurate information about the number and severity of leaks and about the quantity of gas that is emitted to the atmosphere over time; and (9) to the extent feasible, require the owner of each commission-regulated gas pipeline facility that is an intrastate transmission or distribution line to calculate and report to the commission and the State ARB a baseline system wide leak rate, to periodically update that system wide leak rate calculation, and to annually report measures that will be taken in the following year to reduce the system wide leak rate to achieve the goals of the bill.
SB 1132 (Mitchell) Oil & 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.
Rates and Tariffs
AB 2218 (Bradford) Electricity and Natural Gas Rate Reduction for Food Banks
This bill would: (1) require each electrical corporation and gas corporation, subject to direction and supervision by the CPUC, to develop and implement a program of rate assistance to eligible food banks, as defined, at a fixed percentage to be determined by the CPUC; (2) would authorize the CPUC to adjust the fixed percentage of rate assistance as appropriate; and (3) encourage the governing board of each local publicly owned electric utility to develop and implement a program of rate assistance to eligible food banks at a fixed percentage, to be determined by the governing board, but consistent with that fixed by the CPUC for electrical corporations.
SB 1090 (Fuller) Rates: Default time-of-use Pricing
This bill would require the Public Utilities Commission to first explicitly consider evidence addressing the extent to which hardship will be caused to customers living in hot, inland areas, and residential customers living in areas with hot summer weather before it could require or authorize an electrical corporation to employ default time-of-use rates for residential customers.
AB 2227 (Quirk) Citizen Oversight Board For Clean Energy Job Creation Fund
This bill implements the creation of the Citizen Oversight Board that, among other things, annually reviews all expenditures from the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund. This bill would: (1) require members of the Citizens Oversight Board to serve for a term of 4 years and authorize them to serve for up to 2 additional terms; (2) provide for the appointment of a chair and vice chair of the Citizens Oversight Board, establish the responsibilities of the chair and vice chair, and require the board to meet at least 4 times per year or as often as the chair or the board deems necessary to conduct its business; and (3) would authorize the formation of committees and would require the Citizens Oversight Board to prepare an annual report.
AB 2363 (Dahle) Electricity Procurement: Renewable Energy Intergration
This bill would: (1) require the CPUC to direct electrical corporations to include in their proposed procurement plans the costs of integrating an eligible renewable energy resource; and (2) require the CPUC to adopt, by rulemaking, by December 31, 2015, a methodology for determining the costs of integrating an eligible renewable energy resource for the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program.
AB 2761 (Comm. on Util. ) CPUC Report to Legislature for Renewable Energy Resources
The Governor approved AB 2761 on August 25, 2014 (Chapter 299, Statutes 2014). The law requires the CPUC to submit the report related to fiscal impact of renewable energy programs on electrical corporations to the policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature by May 1 of each year.
SB 1115 (Hueso) Renewable Energy Resources
This bill would make technical and nonsubstantive changes to section 399.11 of the Public Utilities Code’s legislative findings and declarations.
AB 2188 (Muratsuchi) Solar Energy Permits
This bill would: (1) specify the statewide policy to promote the use of solar energy systems; (2) require a city, county, or city and county to adopt, on or before September 30, 2015, in consultation with specified public entities an ordinance that creates an expedited, streamlined permitting process for small residential rooftop solar energy systems; (3) additionally require a city, county, or city and county to inspect a small residential rooftop solar energy system eligible for expedited review in a timely manner; (4) prohibit a city, county, or city and county from conditioning the approval of any solar energy system permit on approval of that system by an association that manages a common interest development; (5) require a solar energy system for heating water in single family residences and solar collectors for heating water in commercial or swimming pool applications to be certified by an accredited listing agency; (6) define the term “significantly,” with regard to solar domestic water heating systems or solar swimming pool heating systems that comply with state and federal law, to mean an amount exceeding 10% of the cost of the system, not to exceed $1,000, or decreasing the efficiency of the solar energy system by an amount exceeding 10%, and with regard to photovoltaic systems that comply with state and federal law, an amount not to exceed $1,000 over the system cost or a decrease in system efficiency of an amount exceeding 10%; and (7) would require a solar energy system for heating water in single family residences and solar collectors for heating water in commercial or swimming pool applications subject to the provisions described above to be certified by an accredited listing agency.
AB 2008 (Quirk) Transit Village Plans
The Governor signed this bill on July 7, 2014 (Chapter 2008, Statute 2014). This law: (1) requires the transit village plan to address demonstrable public benefits beyond the increase in transit usage including any 6 specified benefits; and (2) adds as a public benefit the minimization of the impact of goods movement on air quality, traffic, and public safety through the provision of dedicated loading and unloading facilities for commercial space.