California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 719


Introduced by Assembly Member Roger Hernández

February 21, 2013


An act to add Section 384.5 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to energy.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 719, as introduced, Roger Hernández. Energy: energy efficiency.

Under the Public Utilities Act (the act), the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. The act requires the commission to review and adopt a procurement plan for each electrical corporation in accordance with specified elements, incentive mechanisms, and objectives. The act requires that an electrical corporation’s proposed procurement plan include certain elements, including a showing that the electrical corporation will first meet its unmet needs through all available energy efficiency and demand-reduction resources that are cost effective, reliable, and feasible. Existing law requires the PUC, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to identify all potentially achievable cost-effective electricity efficiency savings and establish efficiency targets. A violation of the act is a crime.

This bill would require an electrical corporation as part of the above-described energy efficiency targets to replace low-efficiency light bulbs with high-efficiency light bulbs in street light poles that the electrical corporation owns, at the same rate as the city, county, or city and county in which any of the electrical corporation’s street light poles are located or at the highest rate of an adjacent city or county if the street light poles are located in a city or county that does not own any street light poles. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature that this program be funded through existing collection mechanisms, and that the implementation of this program not result in an increase in any amount collected.

The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.

This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: yes.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 384.5 is added to the Public Utilities
2Code
, to read:

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384.5.  

(a) It is the intent of the Legislature that the program
4created by this section be funded through existing collection
5mechanisms for the purposes of achieving cost-effective electricity
6savings and establishing energy efficiency targets, and that the
7implementation of this program not result in an increase in any
8amount collected for these purposes.

9(b) As part of the energy efficiency targets created pursuant to
10Section 454.55, an electrical corporation shall, for street light poles
11the electrical corporation owns, implement a program targeting
12the replacement of low-efficiency light bulbs with high-efficiency
13light bulbs.

14(c) (1) For street light poles owned by an electrical corporation,
15the electrical corporation shall install high-efficiency light bulbs
16in those street light poles at the same rate that the city, county, or
17city and county in which those street light poles are located has
18installed high-efficiency light bulbs.

19(2) For street light poles located in a city, county, or city and
20county that do not own any street lighting infrastructure, the
21electrical corporation shall install high-efficiency light bulbs in
22those street light poles owned by the electrical corporation at the
23rate of installation of an adjacent city or county with the highest
24rate of installation.

P3    1(d) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have
2the following meanings:

3(1) “Electrical corporation” means an electrical corporation, as
4defined in Section 218, with at least 100,000 service connections
5in California.

6(2) “Street light pole” means a pole, arm, or fixture used
7primarily for street, pedestrian, or security lighting.

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SEC. 2.  

No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
9Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
10the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
11district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
12infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
13for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of
14the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within
15the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
16Constitution.



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