as amended, Roger Hernández. Energy: energy
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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.
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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 delete 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 consumption begin delete toend delete achieve lower utility bills.
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:
Section 384.5 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to
(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.
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 consumption
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5covered by these tariffs.
7 The tariff shall be designed to allow local governments to
8remit the cost of the improvement through the tariff over time,
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15 Notwithstanding subdivision
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16 performed pursuant to the tariff submitted under
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18available through ratepayer-funded programs intended to increase
21 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
26(2) “Street light pole” means a pole, arm, or fixture used
27primarily for street, pedestrian, or security lighting.
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