as amended, Williams. Energy: electrical corporations:
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(1) Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory jurisdiction over public utilities, including electrical corporations, as defined. Existing law authorizes the commission to fix the rates and charges for every public utility, and requires that those rates and charges be just and reasonable. Under existing law, the local government renewable energy self-generation program authorizes a local government, as defined, to receive a bill credit, as defined, to be applied to a designated benefiting account for electricity exported to the electrical grid by an eligible renewable generating facility, as defined, and requires the commission to adopt a rate tariff for the benefiting account.
This bill would require specified electrical corporations to file with the commission, by March 1, 2014, an advice letter
requesting the approval of a
begin delete Green Tariff and Shared Renewable Generation Programend delete. The bill would require the commission, by July 1, 2014, after notice and opportunity for public comment, to approve the advice letter if the commission finds that the proposed program is reasonable and consistent with specified findings.
(2) Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime.
Because the provisions of the bill would require action by the commission to implement its requirements, a violation of these provisions would impose a state-mandated local program by expanding the definition of a crime.
(3) 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:
Chapter 7.6 (commencing with Section 2832) is
2added to Part 2 of Division 1 of the Public Utilities Code, to read:
The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
8(a) The creation of renewable energy within California provides
9significant financial, health, environmental, and workforce benefits
10to the State of California.
P3 1(b) The California Solar Initiative has been extremely successful,
2resulting in over 140,000 residential and commercial onsite
3installations of solar energy systems. However, it cannot reach all
4residents and businesses that want to participate and is limited to
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6 seeks to build on this
7success by expanding access to renewable energy resources to all
8ratepayers who are currently unable to access the benefits of onsite
10(c) The Governor has proposed the Clean Energy Jobs Plan
11calling for the development of
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13 by 2020. There is widespread interest from many large institutional
14customers, including schools, colleges, universities, local
15governments, businesses, and the military, for development of
16renewable generation facilities to serve more than 33 percent of
17their energy needs.
begin delete For these reasons, the Legislature agrees that
18the Governor’s Clean Energy Jobs Plan represents a desired policy
19direction for the state. It is the intent of the Legislature that
20renewable generation that comes online as part of the Green Tariff
21and Shared Renewable Generation Program is counted toward an
22electrical corporation’s efforts to implement the Governor’s Clean
23Energy Jobs Plan.end delete
24(d) Properly designed, shared renewable energy programs can
25 provide access and long-term cost savings to underserved
26communities, such as low- to moderate-income residents, and
27residential and commercial renters, while not shifting costs to
29(e) While municipal utilities already have the authority to create
30their own shared renewable energy programs, only an act of the
31Legislature can empower the vast majority of California residents
32to be able to enjoy the significant benefits of shared renewable
33energy systems while the state benefits from avoided transmission
34and distribution upgrades, avoided line loss, and cleaner air and
37 Public institutions will benefit from
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38Shared Renewable Generation Program’send delete
40renewable energy facilities.
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P4 1significant cost pressures facing public institutions at a time when
2they have been forced to cut essential programs, increase classroom
3sizes, and lay off teachers. Schools may use the long-term savings
4for restoring funds for salaries, facility maintenance, and other
5budgetary needs.end delete
7 Renewable generation creates jobs, reduces emissions of
8greenhouse gases, and promotes energy independence.
10 Many large energy users in California have pursued onsite
11renewable energy generation, but cannot achieve their goals due
12to rooftop or land space limitations, or size limits on net metering.
13The enactment of this chapter will create a mechanism whereby
14institutional customers such as military installations, universities,
15and local governments, as well as commercial customers and
16groups of individuals, can efficiently invest in generating electricity
17from renewable generation.
19 It is the intent of the Legislature that
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22 a large, sustainable market for the purchase of an interest
23in offsite renewable generation, while fairly compensating electrical
24corporations for the services they provide.
27 It is the further intent of the Legislature to preserve a
28thriving, sustainable agricultural industry, and to ensure that the
29development of renewable energy does not remove prime farmland
30from productive use without a comprehensive public review
(a) On or before March 1, 2014, an electrical corporation
33with at least 100,000 customers shall file with the commission an
34advice letter requesting approval of a
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35Renewable Generation Programend delete
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37with the findings specified in Section 2832.
38(b) On or before July 1, 2014, the commission shall issue a
39resolution on the electrical corporation’s advice letter for a
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40Tariff and Shared Renewable Generation Programend delete
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3(c) After notice and an opportunity for public comment, the
4commission shall approve an advice letter by an electrical
5corporation for a
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7determines that the program is reasonable and consistent with the
8findings specified in Section 2832.
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10electrical corporations for a
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11Generation Program that areend delete
12 filed at the commission prior to May 1, 2013,
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13the existing authority of the commission to approve those
14applications in accordance with its existing authority under the
15Public Utilities Codeend delete
No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
23Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
24the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
25district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
26infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
27for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of
28the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within
29the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California