BILL NUMBER: AB 793	CHAPTERED
	BILL TEXT

	CHAPTER  589
	FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE  OCTOBER 8, 2015
	APPROVED BY GOVERNOR  OCTOBER 8, 2015
	PASSED THE SENATE  SEPTEMBER 2, 2015
	PASSED THE ASSEMBLY  SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 31, 2015
	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 18, 2015
	AMENDED IN SENATE  JULY 7, 2015
	AMENDED IN SENATE  JUNE 9, 2015
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 16, 2015

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Quirk

                        FEBRUARY 25, 2015

   An act to amend Section 2790 of, and to add Section 717 to, the
Public Utilities Code, relating to public utilities.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 793, Quirk. Energy efficiency.
   (1) Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has
regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical
corporations and gas corporations, as defined. Existing law requires
the commission to require an electrical or gas corporation to perform
home weatherization services for low-income customers if the
commission determines that a significant need for those services
exists in the corporation's service territory. For these purposes,
existing law authorizes weatherization, where feasible, to include
certain measures for a dwelling unit. Existing law also authorizes
weatherization, for these purposes, to include other measures
determined by the commission to be feasible, taking into
consideration the cost-effectiveness of the measures as a whole and
the policy of reducing energy-related hardships facing low-income
households.
   This bill would authorize weatherization, for the above-specified
purposes, to include energy management technology determined by the
commission to be feasible, taking into consideration the
above-described factors.
    (2) Existing law requires the commission, by July 1, 2010, and in
consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and
Development Commission, the Independent System Operator, and other
key stakeholders, to determine the requirements for a smart grid
deployment plan consistent with specified policies and federal law.
Existing law requires each electrical corporation, by July 1, 2011,
to develop and submit a smart grid deployment plan to the commission
for approval.
   This bill would require the commission to require an electrical or
gas corporation to develop a program to provide incentives to a
residential or small or medium business customer to acquire energy
management technology for use in the customer's home or place of
business. The bill would require the commission to require an
electrical or gas corporation to develop a plan to educate
residential customers and small and medium business customers about
the incentive program. The bill would require the commission to
require the electrical or gas corporation to annually report to the
commission on actual customer savings resulting from the incentive
program.
   The bill would require the commission to evaluate all electrical
or gas corporation energy savings claims achieved pursuant to the
incentive program described above in a manner consistent with
commission-adopted evaluation protocols.
   (3) Because a violation of any part of any order, decision, rule,
direction, demand, or requirement of the Public Utilities Commission
is a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
   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.


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

  SECTION 1.  Section 717 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to
read:
   717.  (a) The commission shall require an electrical or gas
corporation to do all of the following:
   (1) Develop a program no later than January 1, 2017, within the
electrical or gas corporation's demand-side management programs
authorized by the commission, to provide incentives to a residential
or small or medium business customer to acquire energy management
technology for use in the customer's home or place of business. The
electrical or gas corporation may allow third parties or local
governments to apply for incentives on behalf of customers. The
electrical or gas corporation shall work with third parties, local
governments, and other interested parties in developing the program.
The electrical or gas corporation shall establish incentive amounts
based on savings estimation and baseline policies adopted by the
commission.
   (2) Develop a plan by September 30, 2016, to educate residential
customers and small and medium business customers about the incentive
program developed pursuant to paragraph (1). The commission may
require that the plan be integrated into, or coordinated with, any
education campaign required by the commission.
   (3) Annually report to the commission on actual customer savings
resulting from the incentive program established pursuant to this
section. The commission shall evaluate all electrical or gas
corporation energy savings claims achieved pursuant to the incentive
program in a manner consistent with commission-adopted evaluation
protocols and determine if the program shall continue or be modified.

   (b) For purposes of this section, "energy management technology"
may include a product, service, or software that allows a customer to
better understand and manage electricity or gas use in the customer'
s home or place of business.
   (c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to amend or limit
the ability of a community choice aggregator to apply to administer
an energy efficiency or conservation program or a demand-side
management program as set forth in Section 381.1.
  SEC. 2.  Section 2790 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to
read:
   2790.  (a) The commission shall require an electrical or gas
corporation to perform home weatherization services for low-income
customers, as determined by the commission under Section 739, if the
commission determines that a significant need for those services
exists in the corporation's service territory, taking into
consideration both the cost-effectiveness of the services and the
policy of reducing the hardships facing low-income households.
   (b) (1) For purposes of this section, "weatherization" may
include, where feasible, any of the following measures for any
dwelling unit:
   (A) Attic insulation.
   (B) Caulking.
   (C) Weatherstripping.
   (D) Low flow showerhead.
   (E) Waterheater blanket.
   (F) Door and building envelope repairs that reduce air
infiltration.
   (2) The commission shall direct any electrical or gas corporation
to provide as many of these measures as are feasible for each
eligible low-income dwelling unit.
   (c) "Weatherization" may also include other building conservation
measures, energy management technology, energy-efficient appliances,
and energy education programs determined by the commission to be
feasible, taking into consideration for all measures both the
cost-effectiveness of the measures as a whole and the policy of
reducing energy-related hardships facing low-income households.
   (d) Weatherization programs shall use the needs assessment
pursuant to Section 382.1 to maximize efficiency of delivery.
   (e) For purposes of this section, "energy management technology"
may include a product, service, or software that allows a customer to
better understand and manage electricity or gas use in the customer'
s home.
  SEC. 3.  No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the
Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the
meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
Constitution.