Amended in Assembly June 1, 2015

Amended in Assembly April 6, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 33


Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk

December 1, 2014


An act to addbegin delete Sectionsend deletebegin insert Sectionend insert 38561.5begin delete and 38561.7end delete to the Health and Safety Code, relating to greenhouse gases.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 33, as amended, Quirk. California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006:begin delete Climate Changeend deletebegin insert Energy Integrationend insert Advisory Council.

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 establishes the State Air Resources Board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases.begin delete The act requires the state board to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, as defined, to be achieved by 2020 equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions levels in 1990.end delete The act requires the state board to prepare and approve a scoping plan for achieving the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.begin insert The California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program requires the Public Utilities Commission to implement annual procurement targets for the procurement of eligible renewable energy resources for all retail sellers to achieve the targets and goals of the program. end insert

This bill would establish thebegin delete Climate Changeend deletebegin insert Energy Integrationend insert Advisory Council in state government and wouldbegin delete assignend deletebegin insert requireend insert the councilbegin delete specified duties, including, among others, developingend deletebegin insert to develop recommendations for inclusion in the scoping plan prepared by the state board, including, among others,end insert an analysis ofbegin insert theend insert various strategiesbegin delete to achieve the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit. The bill also would require the state board to establish consistent metrics to accurately quantify reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, quantify public health benefits, and measure the cost-effectiveness of the various strategies identified by the council.end deletebegin insert necessary for the energy grid to integrate specified annual procurement targets as part of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

The Legislature finds and declares all of the
2following:

3(a) Climate change is a global emissions problem.

4(b) California is responsible for approximately 1 percent of the
5world’s global greenhouse gas emissions and, thus, needs to
6address the problem of climate change with a global perspective.

7(c) Significant technological advances and major policy
8initiatives that can be deployed at scale in developed and
9developing countries will be necessary to transition away from
10fossil fuel as the primary fuel source to allow the developed and
11developing countries of the world to achieve low-carbon economic
12 growth.

13(d) It is in the best interest of the state to ensure that greenhouse
14gas emissions reduction goals are achievable by strategies that
15other states and countries could reasonably adopt.

16(e) Demonstrating effective climate change policy can increase
17the likelihood that other states and countries will follow
18California’s lead, which is necessary for the state to have a
19significant effect on the global climate change problem.

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Section 38561.5 is added to the Health and Safety
22Code
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38561.5.  

(a) Thebegin delete Climate Changeend deletebegin insert Energy Integrationend insert Advisory
24Council is hereby established in state government, and it shall
25consist of all of thebegin delete following:end deletebegin insert following members:end insert

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26(1) The chair of the state board, or his or her designee.

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P3    1(1) The chair of the State Energy Resources Conservation and
2Development Commission, or his or her designee.

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3(2) The president of the Public Utilities Commission, or his or
4her designee.

5(3) Thebegin delete chair of the governing boardend deletebegin insert presidentend insert of the California
6Independent System Operator, or his or her designee.

7(4) The chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, or
8his or her designee.

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9(5) The chair of the State Energy Resources Conservation and
10Development Commission, or his or her designee.

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11(5) The chair of the state board, or his or her designee.

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12(b) The council, as recommendations for inclusion in the scoping
13plan developed pursuant to Section 38561, shall complete all of
14the following:

15(1) Develop an analysis ofbegin insert theend insert variousbegin delete strategies to achieve the
16statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, including, but not limited
17to, all of the following:end delete

18begin delete(A)end deletebegin deleteend deletebegin deleteStrategiesend deletebegin insert strategiesend insert necessary for the energy grid to
19integrate a 40-percent, a 50-percent, and a greater than 50-percent
20standard as part of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard
21Program (Article 16 (commencing with Section 399.11) of Chapter
222.3 of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Public Utilities Code) in order
23to minimize and eliminate over-generation and the need for
24curtailment, including, but not limited to, all of the following:

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25(i)

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26begin insert(A)end insert Deepening regional coordination in the western
27interconnection.

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28(ii)

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29begin insert(B)end insert Increasing energy storage.

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30(iii)

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31begin insert(C)end insert Retrofitting existing baseload electrical generation facilities
32in order that they may perform as peaking electrical generation
33facilities.

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34(iv)

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35begin insert(D)end insert Using renewable energy generation facilities as peaking
36electrical generation facilities.

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37(v)

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38begin insert(E)end insert Allowing for verybegin delete low-carbon-fossil-fuelend deletebegin insert low-carbon fossil
39fuelend insert
peaking electrical generation facilities by deploying carbon
40capture and storage.

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P4    1(vi)

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2begin insert(F)end insert Encouraging demand response through both of the following:

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3(I)

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4begin insert(i)end insert Transitioning to time-of-use pricing for residential buildings.

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5(II)

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6begin insert(ii)end insert Increasing customer access to real-time or near-real-time
7energy usage data.

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8(B) Strategies to increase energy efficiency in both commercial
9and residential buildings, including, but not limited to, all of the
10following:

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11(i) Validating existing energy efficiency programs against actual
12energy usage data.

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13(ii) Optimizing heating and cooling systems.

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14(iii) Transitioning to the electrification of buildings.

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15(C) Strategies to advance the transportation sector, including,
16but not limited to, all of the following:

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17(i) Increasing the fuel economy of light-duty vehicles.

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18(ii) Examining strategies for reducing emissions from
19heavy-duty vehicles, such as through the use of natural gas, biogas,
20and biodiesel.

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21(iii) Increasing the market for low-carbon and very low-carbon
22fuels.

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23(iv) Building electric vehicle infrastructure and low-carbon and
24very low-carbon vehicle infrastructure.

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25(2) Develop an economic assessment using the best available
26economic models and data of the variousbegin delete greenhouse gas emissions
27reductionend delete
strategies requiredbegin delete to achieve the statewide greenhouse
28gas emissions limit.end delete
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29(3) Develop an analysis of the benefits to the health, safety, and
30welfare of state residents, worker safety, the state’s environment
31and quality of life, and any other benefits associated with the
32variousbegin delete greenhouse gas emissions reductionend delete strategiesbegin delete to achieve
33the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit.end delete
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34analyzed pursuant to paragraph (1).end insert

35(c) The information developed pursuant to subdivision (b) is
36intended to assist in establishing state policy and does not change
37any statute, regulation, or regulatory decision.

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SEC. 3.  

Section 38561.7 is added to the Health and Safety
39Code
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38561.7.  

The state board shall establish consistent metrics to
2accurately quantify reductions in greenhouse gas emissions,
3quantify public health benefits, and measure the cost-effectiveness
4of the various strategies identified by the Climate Change Advisory
5Council pursuant to Section 38561.5 in order to achieve the
6statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit.

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