Amended in Senate June 24, 2013

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: energybegin delete efficiency.end deletebegin insert efficiency: street light pole.end insert

Under the Public Utilities Act, or the act, the Public Utilities Commission, or the 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.begin delete A violation of the act is a crime.end delete

This bill would require 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 corporations.begin delete Thisend deletebegin insert Theend insert bill would state the intent of the Legislature that utility-owned street light poles, whose electricity use is paid by local governments, be converted to use cost-effective technology that reduces electricity consumptionbegin delete toend deletebegin insert and mayend insert achieve lower utility bills.

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Under existing law, a violation of the act or any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the PUC is a crime.

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Because this bill would require electrical corporations, pursuant to an order of the PUC, to submit the specified tariff and a violation of this requirement is a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program by creating a new crime.

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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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begin insertSECTION 1.end insert  

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It is the intent of the Legislature that
2electrical-corporation-owned street light poles, whose electricity
3use is paid by local governments, be converted to use cost-effective
4technology that reduces electricity consumption so that a city,
5county, or city and county may achieve lower utility bills for the
6electricity used by these street light poles.

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8begin insertSEC. 2.end insert  

Section 384.5 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to
9read:

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384.5.  

(a) It is the intent of the Legislature that
11electrical-corporation-owned street light poles, whose electricity
12use is paid by local governments, be converted to use cost-effective
13technology that reduces electricity consumption so that a city,
14county, or city and county may achieve lower utility bills for the
15electricity used by these street light poles.

16(b)

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begin insert384.5.end insert  

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begin insert(a)end insertbegin insertend insert On or before March 1, 2014, the commission shall
18order electrical corporations to submit a tariff to be used, at the
P3    1discretion of local governments, to fund energy efficiency
2improvements in street light poles owned by the electrical
3corporations to ensure reduced energy consumptionbegin delete and lower
4electricity billsend delete
for local governments who are streetlight customers
5covered by these tariffs.

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6(c)

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7begin insert(end insertbegin insertb)end insert The tariff shall be designed to allow local governments to
8remit the cost of the improvement through the tariff over time,
9resulting inbegin delete lowerend deletebegin insert reducedend insert energybegin delete consumption and lower energy
10bills,end delete
begin insert consumption, end insert without shifting costs to nonparticipating
11ratepayers.begin insert The cost of the improvement shall be identified
12separately rather than included within the charge for electrical
13service.end insert

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14(d)

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15begin insert(end insertbegin insertc)end insert Notwithstanding subdivisionbegin delete (c),end deletebegin insert (b),end insert thebegin delete conversionend delete
16begin insert improvementend insert performed pursuant to the tariff submitted under
17subdivisionbegin delete (b)end deletebegin insert (a)end insert shall be eligible for any rebate or incentives
18available through ratepayer-funded programs intended to increase
19energy efficiency.

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20(e)

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21begin insert(end insertbegin insertd)end insert For the purposes of this section, the following terms have
22the following meanings:

23(1) “Electrical corporation” means an electrical corporation, as
24defined in Section 218, with at least 100,000 service connections
25in California.

26(2) “Street light pole” means a pole, arm, or fixture used
27primarily for street, pedestrian, or security lighting.

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29begin insertSEC. 3.end insert  

No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
30Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
31the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
32district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
33infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
34for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of
35the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within
36the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
37Constitution.



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