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          Date of Hearing:  May 20, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          361 (Achadjian) - As Amended April 29, 2015


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          |             |Utilities and Commerce         |     |15 - 0       |
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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill extends the sunset date for the Nuclear Planning  
          Assessment Special Account from July 1, 2019 to July 1, 2025, to  
          continue funding emergency service programs and planning  
          activities for the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo  
          County. 


          FISCAL EFFECT:








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          The Nuclear Planning Assessment Special Account had expenditures  
          of approximately $5.5 million per year since FY 2011-12, funded  
          entirely through regulatory fees.


          COMMENTS:


          Purpose.  According to the author, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)  
          pays into the Nuclear Planning Assessment Special Account under  
          the Office of Emergency Services.  PG&E is currently scheduled  
          to stop paying into the account on July 1, 2019, which is before  
          its license to operate the Diablo Canyon facility, the state's  
          only operating nuclear power plant, expires in July 2024.  As a  
          result, the Diablo Canyon facility could remain in operation  
          without having to contribute the costs of emergency planning.   
          AB 316 addresses this issue by extending the sunset date of the  
          account, ensuring emergency programs remain funded throughout  
          the duration of the Diablo Canyon facility license.


          Utilities do not ultimately pay the fees associated with this  
          fund, but rather are authorized by the Public Utilities  
          Commission to pass them along to customers.








          Analysis Prepared by:Joel Tashjian / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081











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