Legislative Center

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

2014 Signed into Law by Governor Brown

Alternative Fuels and Vehicles

AB 1104 (Salas) CEQA: Biogas Pipeline Exemption

The Governor signed AB 1104 into law on September 25, 2014 (Chapter 534, Statutes 2014). 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. The law: (1) provides 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) makse 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 1204 (Lara) California Clean Truck and Bus Program

The Governor signed SB 1204 into law on September 21, 2014 (Chapter 524, Statutes 2014). This law: (1) creates 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) is to be administered by the State Air Resources Board, in conjunction with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission; and (3) requires 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 1275 (De Leon) Vehicle Retirement and Replacement: Charge Ahead California Initiative

The Governor signed SB 1275 into law on September 20, 2014 (Chapter 530, Statutes 2014). This law: (1) requires the updated guidelines adopted by the State Air Resources Board to ensure a mobility option and that the compensation for a mobility option be no less than $2,500; (2) authorizes 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) requires the updated guidelines to ensure the inclusion of car sharing; (4) establishes 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) states 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) requires 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) updates the plan at least every 3 years through January 1, 2023; (8) adopts, no later than June 30, 2015, specified revisions to the criteria and other requirements for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project; and (9) establishes programs that further increase access to and direct benefits for disadvantaged, low-income, and moderate-income communities and consumers from electric transportation.

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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.

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California Public Utilities Commission

SB 636 (Hill) Public Utilities Commission: Proceedings and Conflicts of Interest

The Governor signed SB 636 into law on September 25, 2014 (Chapter 548, Statutes 2014). The law: (1) prohibits 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) permits 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

The Governor signed SB 699 into law on September 25, 2014 (Chapter 550, Statutes 2014). The law requires the Public Utilities Commission (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

The Governor signed SB 900 into law on September 25, 2014 (Chapter 552, Statutes 2014). The law requires the Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to develop formal procedures 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 1409 (Hill) Public Utilities: Safety Investigations

The Governor signed SB 1409 into law on September 25, 2014 (Chapter 563, Statutes 2014). The law: (1) requires 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) requires that the report succinctly describe safety investigations concluded during the prior calendar year and investigations that remain open; and (3) requires 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.

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Electric Vehicles

AB 1721 (Linder) High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes: Electric Vehicles

The Governor signed AB 1721 into law on September 20, 2014 (Chapter 526, Statutes 2014). The law: (1) grants a vehicle, eligible under 5205.5 to use HOV lanes, a toll-free or reduced-rate passage in HOT lanes; and (2) incorporates additional changes in Section 5205.5 of the Vehicle Code proposed by AB 2013, that would become operative only if AB 2013 and this bill are both chaptered and become effective on or before January 1, 2015, and this bill is chaptered last.

AB 2013 (Muratsuchi) High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes: Electric Vehicles

The Governor sigend AB 2013 bill into law on September 20, 2014 (Chapter 527, Statutes 2014). The law: (1) increases the number of vehicle identifiers that the DMV is authorized to issue to 70,000 for use by vehicles not carrying the requisite number of passenger in HOV lanes; and (2) incorporates additional changes in Section 5205.5 of the Vehicle Code proposed by AB 1721, that would become operative only if AB 1721 and this bill are both chaptered and become effective on or before January 1, 2015, and this bill is chaptered last.

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Energy Efficiency

AB 2137 (Quirk) Small Business Energy Efficiency Incentive Program

The Governor signed AB 2137 into law 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.

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Energy Planning

SB 1414 (Wolk) Electricity: Demand Response

The Governor signed SB 1414 into law on September 26, 2014 (Chapter 11, Statutes 2014). The law: (1) includes, as an objective for the resource adequacy requirements under the Warren-Alquist State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Act, 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 (CPUC); (2) requires each load-serving entity to maintain both electrical demand response and physical generating capacity adequate to meet its load requirements; (3) requires the CPUC 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) requires the CPUC 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) requires the CPUC, 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) requires the CPUC, in establishing a demand response program, to take certain actions.

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Financing

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; (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; (5) authorize a public agency to transfer, as defined, its right, title, and interest in any voluntary contractual assessments if bonds have not been issued in that regard, subject to an agreement identifying the specific period of time during which the transfer will be operative, not to exceed 3 years; (6) state that this authorization shall not be construed to authorize the transferee to initiate and prosecute a foreclosure action resulting from a delinquency in the payment of the voluntary contractual assessment, and that a foreclosure action remains the responsibility of the public agency which would retain the sole right to enforce its senior lien status; (7) revise various procedures pursuant to which a public agency is authorized to issue bonds under the Improvement Act, including authorizing the public agency to issue new bonds to refinance outstanding bonds payable from contractual assessments levied pursuant to the act, which may be subject to a variable interest rate, under certain circumstances; and (8) authorize a public agency owning property to levy a contractual assessment under the act against a leasehold or possessory interest in that property, as prescribed.

AB 2597 (Ting) Energy: PACE program

The Governor signed AB 2597 into law on September 26, 2014 (Statutes 2014). The law: requires the California Advanced Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (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.

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Greenhouse Gas/Climate Change

AB 1447 (Waldron) Greenhouse Gas Reduction through Traffic Synchronization

The Governor signed AB 1447 into law on September, 26, 2014 (Statutes 2014). The law authorizes 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 2516 (Gordon) Sea Level Rise Planning: Database

The Governor signed AB 2516 into law on September 21, 2014 (Statutes 2014). The law: (1) requires, on or before January 1, 2016, the Natural Resources Agency, in collaboration with the Ocean Protection Council, to create, update biannually, and post on an Internet Web site a Planning for Sea Level Rise Database describing steps being taken throughout the state to prepare for, and adapt to, sea level rise; (2) requires various public agencies and private entities to provide to the agency, by July 1, 2015, and, beginning January 1, 2016, on a biannual basis thereafter, sea level rise planning information, as defined, that is under the control or jurisdiction of the public agencies or private entities; (3) requires the agency to determine which information is necessary for inclusion in the database and to organize the database by geographic region and provide an entry for each city, county, and city and county within the coastal zone and San Francisco Bay area; and (4) repeals these provisions on January 1, 2018.

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Natural Gas

AB 1937 (Gordon) Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 2011: Notification to Schools and Hospitals for Gas Line Work

The Governor signed AB 1937 into law 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) Access to energy: disadvantaged communities: San Joaquin Valley.

The Governor signed AB 2672 into law on September 26, 2014 (Statutes 2014). The law: (1) requires 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) requires the CPUC to determine whether the options analyzed would increase access to affordable energy to those disadvantaged communities in a cost-effective manner, (3) requires the CPUC to take appropriate action and determine appropriate funding sources, and (4) makes legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the San Joaquin Valley.

SB 1371 (Leno) Natural Gas: Leakage Abatement

The Governor signed SB 1371 into law on September 21, 2014 (Chapter 525, Statutes 2014). This law: (1) requires 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) requires 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) requires 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) requires 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) provides 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) evaluates 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) establishes and requires the use of best practices for leak surveys, patrols, leak survey technology, leak prevention, and leak reduction; (8) establishes 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, requires 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.

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Oil/Petroleum

SB 1281 (Pavley) Oil and gas production: Water Use - Reporting

The Governor signed SB 1281 into law on September 25, 2014 (Chapter 561, Statutes 2014). Existing law requires the owner of any well to file with the State Oil and Gas Supervisor a monthly statement that provides certain information relating to the well, including what disposition was made of the water produced from each field. The law: (1) requires the statement to the supervisor to include the source and volume of any water reported, including water used to generate or make up the composition of any injected fluid or gas, as provided, and would require that information to be reported on a quarterly basis; (2) requires the statement to include additional information, including the treatment of water and the use of treated or recycled water in oil and gas field activities, as provided, and would require that information to be reported on a quarterly basis; and (3) requires the division, among other things, to use a standardized form or format to facilitate reporting and to use noncustom software, as feasible, to implement online reporting by the operator of specified information. Because a violation of the bill’s reporting requirements by an owner or operator would be a crime, the bill imposes a state-mandated local program.

SB 1300 (Hancock) Refineries: Turnaround Time Schedule Requirement

The Governor signed SB 1300 into law on September 20, 2014 (Chapter 519, Statutes 2014). The law: (1) requires every petroleum refinery employer to, every September 15, submit to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health a full schedule for the following calendar year of planned turnarounds, meaning a planned, periodic shutdown of a refinery process unit or plant to perform maintenance, overhaul, and repair operations and to inspect, test, and replace process materials and equipment, as specified; (2) requires a petroleum refinery employer, upon the request of the division, to provide access onsite and provide the division with specified documentation relating to a planned turnaround within a certain period of time, as provided; (3) prohibits the division from releasing to the public any information submitted to the division pursuant to these provisions that is designated as a trade secret, as defined; (4) requires the division to notify a petroleum refinery employer in writing of a request for the release of information to the public that includes information that the petroleum refinery employer has notified the division is a trade secret, as provided; (5) authorizes an employer to seek a court order prohibiting public disclosure; and (6) establishes misdemeanor penalties for knowingly and willfully disclosing trade secrets.

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Rates and Tariffs

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

The Governor signed AB 2218 into law on September 26, 2014 (Statutes 2014). The law: (1) requires 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 at a fixed percentage to be determined by the CPUC; (2) authorizes the CPUC to adjust the fixed percentage of rate assistance as appropriate; and (3) encourages 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

The Governor signed SB 1090 into law on September 26, 2014 (Statutes 2014). The law requires the CPUC to 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.

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Renewable Energy

AB 2227 (Quirk) Citizen Oversight Board For Clean Energy Job Creation Fund

The Governor signed AB 2227 into law on September 27, 2014 (Statutes 2014). Existing law establishes the Citizens Oversight Board and requires it to, among other things, annually review all expenditures from the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund. This law: (1) requires 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) provides 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) authorizes the formation of committees and would require the Citizens Oversight Board to prepare an annual report.

AB 2363 (Dahle) Electricity Procurement: Renewable Energy Intergration

The Governor signed AB 2363 into law on September 26, 2014 (Statutes 2014). The law: (1) requires the CPUC to direct electrical corporations to include in their proposed procurement plans the costs of integrating an eligible renewable energy resource; and (2) requires 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 signed AB 2761 into law 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.

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Solar Energy

AB 2188 (Muratsuchi) Solar Energy Permits

The Governor signed AB 2188 into law on September 21, 2014 (Chapter 521, Statutes 2014). This law: (1) specifies the statewide policy to promote the use of solar energy systems; (2) requires 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 requires 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) prohibits 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) requires 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) defines 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) requires 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.

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Transportation

AB 2008 (Quirk) Transit Village Plans

The Governor signed AB 2008 into law on July 7, 2014 (Chapter 88, 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.

AB 2090 (Fong) High-occupancy toll lanes: San Diego County and Santa Clara County

The Governor signed AB 2090 into law on September 20, 2014 (Chapter 528, Statutes 2014). The law: (1) deletes the reference to Level of Service C or D, and instead would require SANDAG and VTA to establish, with the consent of the Department of Transportation, appropriate performance measures, such as speed or travel times, for the purpose of ensuring that optimal use of the HOT lanes; (2) provides that high-occupancy vehicles using these HOT lanes may be required to have an electronic transponder or other electronic device for enforcement purposes; and (3) authorizes the use of the toll revenues for transportation corridor improvements within the affected corridor.

SB 1064 (Hill) Public Utilities Commission: railroads: Natural Gas Pipelines – Safety

The Governor signed SB 1064 into law on September 25, 2014 (Chapter 557, Statutes 2014). The law: (1) enacts provisions applicable to the federal National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) safety recommendations and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) safety advisories concerning rail facilities. With respect to natural gas pipelines, if the CPUC receives a correspondence from the NTSB that indicates that a recommendation of the NTSB has been closed following an action that the NTSB finds unacceptable; and (2) requires this fact to be noted in the annual report submitted to the Legislature.

SB 1077 (DeSaulnier) Vehicles: road usage charge pilot program.

This bill would: (1) require the Chair of the California Transportation Commission to create a Road Usage Charge (RUC) Technical Advisory Committee in consultation with the Secretary of the Transportation Agency; (2) require the technical advisory committee to study RUC alternatives to the gas tax and to make recommendations to the Secretary of the Transportation Agency on the design of a pilot program; (3) authorize the technical advisory committee to make recommendations on the criteria to be used to evaluate the pilot program; (4) require the technical advisory committee to consult with specified entities and to consider certain factors in carrying out its duties; (5) require the Transportation Agency, based on the recommendations of the technical advisory committee, to implement a pilot program to identify and evaluate issues related to the potential implementation of an RUC program in California by January 1, 2017; (6) require the agency to prepare and submit a report of its findings to the technical advisory committee, the commission, and the appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature by no later than June 30, 2018, as specified; and (7) require the commission to include its recommendations regarding the pilot program in its annual report to the Legislature, as specified. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2019.

SB 1298 (Hernandez) High-Occupancy Toll Lanes: Los Angeles County

The Governor signed SB 1298 into law on September 20, 2014 (Chapter 531, Statutes 2014). The law: (1) revises and recasts value-pricing and transit development demonstration program involving high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes to be conducted, administered, developed, and operated on State Highway Routes 10 and 110 in the County of Los Angeles by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) under certain conditions; (2) extends the program indefinitely; (3) specifies additional requirements for agreements between LACMTA, the Department of Transportation, and the Department of the California Highway Patrol that identify the respective obligations and liabilities of each party relating to the program and clear and concise procedures for law enforcement; (4) requires the agreements to provide for reimbursement of state agencies from toll revenues of the costs incurred in the implementation or operation of the program and the maintenance of state highway facilities in connection with the program and would require remaining revenue to be used for improvements to the transportation corridor from which the revenue was generated; (5) requires LACMTA and the Department of Transportation to report to the Legislature by January 31, 2015, on various aspects and effects of the program; and (6) authorizes LACMTA to issue bonds pursuant to the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission Revenue Bond Act at any time to finance any costs necessary to implement the program and to finance any expenditures payable from the revenues generated from the program.

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Contact:

Energy Policy Initiatives Center
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 260-4589
Fax: (619) 260-4753