Amended in Assembly April 16, 2013

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 amended, Roger Hernández. Energy: energy efficiency.

Under the Public Utilities Actbegin delete (the act),end deletebegin insert, or the act,end insert the Public Utilities Commissionbegin delete (PUC)end deletebegin insert, or the PUC,end insert 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 requirebegin delete 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 polesend deletebegin insert the commission, on or before March 1, 2014, to order electrical corporations to submit a tariff to be used, at the discretion of local governments, to fund energy efficiency improvements in street light poles owned by the electrical corporationsend insert. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature thatbegin delete this program be funded through existing collection mechanisms, and that the implementation of this program not result in an increase in any amount collectedend deletebegin insert utility-owned street light poles, whose electricity use is paid by local governments, be converted to use cost-effective technology that reduces electricity consumption to achieve lower utility billsend insert.

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 thatbegin delete 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.end delete
begin insert electrical-corporation-owned
9street light poles, whose electricity use is paid by local
10governments, be converted to use cost-effective technology that
11reduces electricity consumption so that a city, county, or city and
12county may achieve lower utility bills for the electricity used by
13these street light poles.end insert

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14(b) As part of the energy efficiency targets created pursuant to
15Section 454.55, an electrical corporation shall, for street light poles
16the electrical corporation owns, implement a program targeting
17the replacement of low-efficiency light bulbs with high-efficiency
18light bulbs.

P3    1(c) (1) For street light poles owned by an electrical corporation,
2the electrical corporation shall install high-efficiency light bulbs
3in those street light poles at the same rate that the city, county, or
4city and county in which those street light poles are located has
5installed high-efficiency light bulbs.

6(2) For street light poles located in a city, county, or city and
7county that do not own any street lighting infrastructure, the
8electrical corporation shall install high-efficiency light bulbs in
9those street light poles owned by the electrical corporation at the
10rate of installation of an adjacent city or county with the highest
11rate of installation.

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12(b) On or before March 1, 2014, the commission shall order
13electrical corporations to submit a tariff to be used, at the
14discretion of local governments, to fund energy efficiency
15improvements in street light poles owned by the electrical
16corporations to ensure reduced energy consumption and lower
17electricity bills for local governments who are streetlight customers
18covered by these tariffs.

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19(c) The tariff shall be designed to allow local governments to
20remit the cost of the improvement through the tariff over time,
21resulting in lower energy consumption and lower energy bills,
22without shifting costs to nonparticipating ratepayers.

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23(d) Notwithstanding subdivision (c), the conversion performed
24pursuant to the tariff submitted under subdivision (b) shall be
25eligible for any rebate or incentives available through
26ratepayer-funded programs intended to increase energy efficiency.

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27(d)

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28begin insert(e)end insert For the purposes of this section, the following terms have
29the following meanings:

30(1) “Electrical corporation” means an electrical corporation, as
31defined in Section 218, with at least 100,000 service connections
32in California.

33(2) “Street light pole” means a pole, arm, or fixture used
34primarily for street, pedestrian, or security lighting.

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SEC. 2.  

No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
36Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
37the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
38district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
39infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
40for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of
P4    1the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within
2the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
3Constitution.



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