Amended in Assembly May 14, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 568


Introduced by Assembly Member Dodd

February 24, 2015


An act tobegin delete amendend deletebegin insert amend, repeal, and addend insert Section 50906 of the Water Code, relating to reclamation districts.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 568, as amended, Dodd. Reclamation District No. 108: hydroelectric power.

Existing law authorizes the formation of reclamation districts by owners of swamp and overflowed lands, salt-marsh, or tidelands, or other lands subject to flood or overflow and by owners of land already reclaimed, or in progress of reclamation, and not included in a reclamation district. Existing law authorizes Reclamation District No. 1004, in conjunction with the County of Colusa, to construct, maintain, and operate a plant, transmission lines, and other necessary or appropriate facilities for the generation of hydroelectric power, as prescribed. Existing law requires proceeds from the sale of electricity to be utilized to retire any time warrants issued for construction of the facilities and otherwise for the powers and purposes for which the district was formed.

This bill would grant the above-described hydroelectric power authority to Reclamation District No. 108begin insert until January 1, 2021end insert.

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

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

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SECTION 1.  

Section 50906 of the Water Code is amended to
2read:

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50906.  

(a) A reclamation district specified in subdivision (d)
4may construct, maintain, and operate a plant for the generation of
5hydroelectric power, together with transmission lines for the
6conveyance thereof and with other facilities that may be necessary
7or appropriate for the construction, maintenance, and operation of
8that plant. Construction of the plant and transmission lines may
9be financed by the issuance of time warrants pursuant to Article
103 (commencing with Section 53040) of Chapter 1 of Part 9 to pay
11the cost of construction of the plant, transmission lines, and related
12facilities, except that the board may, by resolution, provide for the
13payment of those time warrants solely from the proceeds derived
14from the operation of the hydroelectric powerplant, in lieu of the
15assessment described in Section 53040, and may, in that event,
16pledge the plant, transmission lines, and related facilities and the
17revenues from the operation of the hydroelectric plant as the sole
18security for the payment of the time warrants.

19(b) The hydroelectric plant, transmission lines, and related
20facilities constructed pursuant to this section may be leased for
21operation to, or the power generated may be sold to, a public utility
22or public agency engaged in the distribution, use, or sale of
23electricity, but shall not be offered for sale directly by the district
24to customers other than a public utility or public agency.

25(c) Proceeds from the sale of electricity shall be utilized to retire
26any time warrants issued for construction of the facilities and
27otherwise for the powers and purposes for which the district was
28formed.

29(d) This section applies only to the following reclamation
30districts:

31(1) Reclamation District No. 1004 acting in conjunction with
32the County of Colusa.

33(2) Reclamation District No. 108.

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34(e) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2021,
35and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that
36is enacted before January 1, 2021, deletes or extends that date.

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begin insertSection 50906 is added to the end insertbegin insertWater Codeend insertbegin insert, to read:end insert

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(a) A reclamation district specified in subdivision (d)
2may construct, maintain, and operate a plant for the generation
3of hydroelectric power, together with transmission lines for the
4conveyance thereof and with other facilities that may be necessary
5or appropriate for the construction, maintenance, and operation
6of that plant. Construction of the plant and transmission lines may
7be financed by the issuance of time warrants pursuant to Article
83 (commencing with Section 53040) of Chapter 1 of Part 9 to pay
9the cost of construction of the plant, transmission lines, and related
10facilities, except that the board may, by resolution, provide for the
11payment of those time warrants solely from the proceeds derived
12from the operation of the hydroelectric powerplant, in lieu of the
13assessment described in Section 53040, and may, in that event,
14pledge the plant, transmission lines, and related facilities and the
15revenues from the operation of the hydroelectric plant as the sole
16security for the payment of the time warrants.

17(b) The hydroelectric plant, transmission lines, and related
18facilities constructed pursuant to this section may be leased for
19operation to, or the power generated may be sold to, a public utility
20or public agency engaged in the distribution, use, or sale of
21electricity, but shall not be offered for sale directly by the district
22to customers other than a public utility or public agency.

23(c) Proceeds from the sale of electricity shall be utilized to retire
24any time warrants issued for construction of the facilities and
25otherwise for the powers and purposes for which the district was
26formed.

27(d) This section applies only to Reclamation District No. 1004
28acting in conjunction with the County of Colusa.

29(e) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2021.

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