BILL NUMBER: AB 2761	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER  299
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  AUGUST 25, 2014
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  AUGUST 25, 2014
	PASSED THE SENATE  AUGUST 7, 2014
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  AUGUST 11, 2014
	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 4, 2014

INTRODUCED BY   Committee on Utilities and Commerce (Bradford
(Chair), Bonilla, Buchanan, Garcia, Roger Hernández, Mullin, Quirk,
and Rendon)

                        MARCH 24, 2014

   An act to amend Sections 910 and 911 of the Public Utilities Code,
relating to the Public Utilities Commission.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 2761, Committee on Utilities and Commerce. Public Utilities
Commission: report: renewable energy resources.
   Existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission, by February
1 of each year, to prepare and submit to the policy and fiscal
committees of the Legislature a report on specified topics generally
relating to the fiscal impact of renewable energy programs on
electrical corporations.
   This bill would instead require the commission to submit the
report to the policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature by May
1 of each year. The bill would make other nonsubstantive clarifying
revisions to this reporting requirement.
   Existing law requires the commission by no later than February 1,
2012, and annually thereafter, to release to the Legislature the
costs of all electricity procurement contracts for eligible renewable
energy resources and all costs for utility-owned generation approved
by the commission, as specified.
   This bill would require that the commission release this
information to the Legislature by May 1 of each year.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 910 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to
read:
   910.  (a) By May 1 of each year, the commission shall prepare and
submit to the policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature a
written report summarizing the following information:
   (1) All electrical corporation revenue requirement increases
associated with meeting the renewables portfolio standard, as defined
in Section 399.12, including direct procurement costs for eligible
renewable energy resources and renewable energy credits,
administrative expenses for procurement, expenses incurred to ensure
a reliable supply of electricity, and expenses for upgrades to the
electrical transmission and distribution grid necessary to the
delivery of electricity from eligible renewable energy resources to
load.
   (2) All cost savings experienced, or costs avoided, by electrical
corporations as a result of meeting the renewables portfolio
standard.
   (3) All costs incurred by electrical corporations for incentives
for distributed and renewable generation, including the
self-generation incentive program, the California Solar Initiative,
and net energy metering.
   (4) All cost savings experienced, or costs avoided, by electrical
corporations as a result of incentives for distributed and renewable
generation.
   (5) All pending requests by an electrical corporation seeking
recovery in rates for renewable, fossil fuel, and nuclear procurement
costs, research, study, or pilot program costs.
   (6) The decision number for each decision of the commission
authorizing recovery in rates of costs incurred by an electrical
corporation since the preceding report.
   (7) Any change in the electrical load serviced by an electrical
corporation since the preceding report.
   (8) The efforts each electrical corporation is taking to recruit
and train employees to ensure an adequately trained and available
workforce, including the number of new employees hired by the
electrical corporation for purposes of implementing the requirements
of Article 16 (commencing with Section 399.11) of Chapter 2.3, the
goals adopted by the electrical corporation for increasing women,
minority, and disabled veterans trained or hired for purposes of
implementing the requirements of Article 16 (commencing with Section
399.11) of Chapter 2.3, and, to the extent information is available,
the number of new employees hired and the number of women, minority,
and disabled veterans trained or hired by persons or corporations
owning or operating eligible renewable energy resources under
contract with an electrical corporation. This paragraph does not
provide the commission with authority to engage in, regulate, or
expand its authority to include, workforce recruitment or training.
   (b) The commission may combine the information required by this
section with the reports prepared pursuant to Article 16 (commencing
with Section 399.11) of Chapter 2.3.
  SEC. 2.  Section 911 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to
read:
   911.  (a) Notwithstanding subdivision (g) of Section 454.5 and
Section 583, no later than May 1 of each year, the commission shall
release to the Legislature the costs of all electricity procurement
contracts for eligible renewable energy resources, including
unbundled renewable energy credits, and all costs for utility-owned
generation approved by the commission. The first report shall include
all costs commencing January 1, 2003. Subsequent reports shall
include only costs for the preceding calendar year.
   (1) For power purchase contracts, the commission shall release
costs in an aggregated form categorized according to the year the
procurement transaction was approved by the commission, the eligible
renewable energy resource type, including bundled renewable energy
credits, the average executed contract price, and average actual
recorded costs for each kilowatthour of production. Within each
renewable energy resource type, the commission shall provide
aggregated costs for different project size thresholds.
   (2) For each utility-owned renewable generation project, the
commission shall release the costs forecast by the electrical
corporation at the time of initial approval and the actual recorded
costs for each kilowatthour of production during the preceding
calendar year.
   (b) This section does not require the release of the terms of any
individual electricity procurement contracts for eligible renewable
energy resources, including unbundled renewable energy credits,
approved by the commission. The commission shall aggregate data to
the extent required to ensure protection of the confidentiality of
individual contract costs even if this aggregation requires grouping
contracts of different energy resource type. The commission shall not
be required to release the data in any year when there are fewer
than three contracts approved.
   (c) The commission may combine the information required by this
section with the report prepared pursuant to Section 910, as added by
Chapter 1 of the First Extraordinary Session of the Statutes of
2011.