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          Date of Hearing:  May 20, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          1132 (Ting) - As Amended May 4, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to  
          submit an annual report to the Legislature on distributed  
          generation (DG), including an evaluation of the current use of  
          green workforce training programs related to DG.  This bill  








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          requires the report to be developed in consultation with the  
          California Workforce Investment Board (CWIB) and the Employment  
          Training Panel (ETP), and include the following:  


          1)An evaluation of the current use of, and opportunities for  
            green workforce training programs relating to the deployment  
            of distributed energy resources.
          2)Data regarding DG employment disaggregated by technology and  
            region within California including, but not limited to:





             a)   The number of full-time and part-time employees and the  
               number of contract personnel.
             b)   The number of direct and indirect jobs.


             c)   The inventory of distributed generation training  
               programs in California.


             d)   The number of students enrolled in training programs and  
               the employment rate for graduates.





          FISCAL EFFECT:


          1)Increased annual costs of approximately $225,000 (Utilities  
            Reimbursement Account) for PUC to expand the scope of the  
            existing DG report and produce it annually.










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          2)Onetime increased costs of $350,000 (GF or special fund) for  
            CWIB and ETP to develop the required data sets.  Ongoing  
            annual costs of $200,000 (GF or special fund).


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose.  According to the author, as the state works to  
            advance greater renewable portfolio standards (RPS) goals,  
            increasing the amount of renewable DG will be an important  
            part of this strategy.  It is also critical to ensure our  
            workforce is adequately trained to install and maintain this  
            new clean energy infrastructure.
            


            The PUC currently publishes a biennial report on the impacts  
            of DG on the state's distribution and transmission grid but  
            does not include job and job training information.  





            According to the author, by requiring work force data to be  
            annually collected and published annually, this bill will help  
            inform public policy decisions and ensure green training  
            programs are helping to meet our needs.


          2)Background.   The Legislature enacted AB 327 (Perea, Chapter  
            611, Statutes of 2013) to require electrical corporations  
            regulated by the PUC are to file distribution resource plans  
            by July 1, 2015, and identify optimal locations for the  
            deployment of distributed resources.  The PUC is required to  
            review and modify or approve the plans in a manner that  
            minimizes overall system cost, and maximizes ratepayer benefit  
            from investments in distributed resources.  The PUC is then  








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            authorized to approve proposed spending if it concludes that  
            ratepayers would realize net benefits and the associated costs  
            are just and reasonable. 

            The PUC currently has an open proceeding to implement the  
            provisions of AB 327.  



          Analysis Prepared by:Jennifer Galehouse / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081