as amended, Rendon.
begin deleteElectrical transmission: certificates of public convenience and necessity. end delete
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations, as defined. The Public Utilities Act prohibits any electrical corporation from beginning the construction of, among other things, a line, plant, or system, or of any extension thereof, without having first obtained from the commission a certificate that the present or future public convenience and necessity require or will require that construction (certificate of public convenience and necessity). Existing law requires the commission to issue a decision on an application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity within 18 months of the filing of a completed application if the application is for a certificate for building or upgrading an electrical transmission line that the commission finds necessary to provide transmission to load centers for electricity generated in a high-priority renewable energy zone or is reasonably necessary to facilitate achievement of the renewables portfolio standard established pursuant to the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program and the commission considers specified matter. The matter that the commission is required to consider includes the availability of cost-effective alternatives to transmission, such as energy efficiency measures and distributed generation.end delete
This bill would require the commission to consider the availability of cost-effective alternatives to transmission, such as energy efficiency or demand response measures and distributed generation.end delete
Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program:
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The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 1005.1 of the Public Utilities Code is
11amended to read:
(a) The commission shall issue a decision on an
13application for a certificate within 18 months of the date of filing
14of the completed application, when all of the following are true:
15(1) The application is for a certificate for building or upgrading
16an electrical transmission line that the commission finds necessary
17to provide transmission to load centers for electricity generated in
18a high priority renewable energy zone or is reasonably necessary
19to facilitate achievement of the renewables portfolio standard
20established in Article 16 (commencing with Section 399.11) of
22(2) The commission has considered all of the following:
23(A) The utilization of rights-of-way by upgrading existing
24transmission facilities instead of building new transmission
25facilities, where technically and economically justifiable.
26(B) The expansion of existing rights-of-way, if technically and
27economically feasible, when construction of new transmission
28lines is required.
29(C) The creation of new rights-of-way when justified by
30environmental, technical, and economic reasons.
31(D) The availability of cost-effective alternatives to transmission,
32such as energy efficiency or demand response measures and
34(3) The commission has not expressly found any of the
36(A) That the investment is not reasonable and necessary to
37maintain or enhance reliability of the transmission grid.
38(B) That the building or upgrading of the electrical transmission
39line will not maintain or enhance efficient use of the transmission
P5 1(C) That the transmission line fails to meet other applicable
2standards and requirements for approval and construction.
3(b) An extension of time may be granted by the commission if
4it finds the extension is necessary for completion of review
5pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (Division
613 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources