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AB-723 Energy: public goods charge.(2011-2012)



SECTION 1.

 Chapter 8.1 (commencing with Section 25710) of Division 15 of the Public Resources Code is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 25740.5 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

25740.5.
 Notwithstanding any other law, moneys collected for renewable energy pursuant to Article 15 (commencing with Section 399) of Chapter 2.3 of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Public Utilities Code shall be transferred to the Renewable Resource Trust Fund. Moneys collected between January 1, 2007, and January 1, 2012, 2020,  shall be used for the purposes specified in this chapter.

SEC. 3.

 Section 25744.6 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

25744.6.
 (a) The commission shall implement the Clean Energy Investment Program to support the achievement of the state’s renewable energy goals, including the growth of distributed generation, and seek creative solutions to barriers to development and deployment of technologies to achieve those goals. The program shall provide technical assistance, tools, and resources to support industry, local government, economic, and workforce development leaders in efforts to overcome these barriers.
(b) Activities eligible for investment pursuant to this section include, but are not limited to, technology demonstration and deployment and market facilitation for clean energy technologies, which will maximize job creation and economic growth through the deployment and commercialization of renewable energy, grid integration, and energy storage technologies.
(c) (1) The commission shall, in consultation with the advisory body established pursuant to subdivision (d), develop and adopt an annual investment plan to establish priority activities for the program to achieve the goals of this section and describe how funding will complement but not duplicate existing public and private investments, including existing state programs that further the goals of this section.
(2) On or before March 15, 2013, and annually thereafter, the commission shall submit a draft of a multiyear investment plan, in accordance with paragraph (1) and including the upcoming fiscal year to all relevant policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature. In enacting this paragraph, it is the intent of the Legislature to ensure legislative oversight of the program and provide to the Legislature all of the information necessary to fully understand the manner in which funds are to be allocated and prioritized within the program.
(3) The commission shall, at a minimum, hold at least two annual public hearings on the advisory body’s recommendations on the commission’s proposed investment plan prior to the commission’s consideration and approval of the investment plan.
(d) (1) The commission shall establish an advisory body with membership that includes, but is not limited to, representatives of investor-owned utilities, the Public Utilities Commission and the Independent System Operator, clean energy businesses and investors, local governments, building industries, labor organizations, environmental groups, environmental justice groups, ratepayer groups, business associations, and research and technical experts.
(2) The advisory body shall work with the commission in developing the investment plan pursuant to subdivision (c).
(3) The advisory body shall meet at least twice annually to provide strategic and technical guidance.
(4) The advisory body shall be subject to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Article 9 (commencing with Section 11120) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code).
(f) The commission shall submit an annual report to the Legislature that highlights and explains the rationale for any year-to-year changes to the commission’s activity strategy and priorities, particularly with respect to specific demonstration programs or policy initiatives.
(g) It is the intent of the Legislature that submission of the draft investment plan, along with timely notification of modifications to the investment plan thereafter, as reported in the commission’s annual reports to the Legislature, will ensure legislative oversight of the program and provide the Legislature with all of the necessary information to fully understand how and why funds are to be allocated and prioritized within the program.
(h) The commission may make a single source or sole source award pursuant to this section. The same requirements of subdivision (f) of Section 25620.5 shall apply to awards made on a single source basis or a sole source basis pursuant to this subdivision.
(i) Reports required pursuant to this section shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(j) (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, moneys collected for renewable energy pursuant to Article 15 (commencing with Section 399) of Chapter 2.3 of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Public Utilities Code shall be transferred to the Renewable Resource Trust Fund.
(2) Moneys collected on and after January 1, 2012, and before January 1, 2020, shall be used for the purposes specified in this chapter.

SEC. 4.

 Section 25744.7 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

25744.7.
 (a) The commission shall adopt guidelines governing the funding of the Clean Energy Investment Program established pursuant to Section 25744.6.
(b) Funds to further the purposes of this section and Section 25744.6 may be committed for multiple years.
(c) The commission may award funding under this section and Section 25744.6 in the form of contracts, grants and loans, and other funding or financing mechanisms identified by the commission. Any actions taken by an applicant to apply for, or to become or remain eligible to receive, grant or loan payments or awards shall not constitute the rendering of goods, services, or a direct benefit to the commission.
(d) An award made pursuant to this section and Section 25744.6, the amount of the award, and the terms and conditions of the award are public information.
(e) The commission shall, pursuant to Section 9795 of the Government Code, report to the Legislature on or before July 31, 2013, and annually thereafter, regarding the results of the mechanisms funded pursuant to this section and Section 25744.6. The report shall contain all of the following:
(1) A description of the allocation of funds.
(2) The status of any repayments.
(3) A description of the cumulative commitment of awards, the relative demand for funds, and a forecast of future awards.
(4) A discussion of the progress being made toward achieving the targets established under Section 25740 through funding provided pursuant to this section and Section 25744.6.
(5) A description of the allocation of funds from interest earnings.
(6) An itemized list, including project descriptions, award amounts, and outcomes for projects awarded funding in the prior year.
(f) That portion of revenues collected by electrical corporations for the benefit of renewable energy, pursuant to Section 399.8 of the Public Utilities Code, shall be transmitted to the commission at least quarterly for deposit in the Renewable Resource Trust Fund established pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 25751 for the purposes specified in Section 25744.6. After setting aside in the fund money that may be needed for expenditures authorized by the annual Budget Act pursuant to this section, the Treasurer shall immediately deposit money received pursuant to this section into the Renewable Resource Trust Fund.
(g) The money in the Renewable Resource Trust Fund may be expended, only upon appropriation by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act, for the purposes of this section.

SEC. 5.

 Section 25751 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

25751.
 (a) The Renewable Resource Trust Fund is hereby created in the State Treasury.
(b) The Emerging Renewable Resources Account is hereby established within the Renewable Resources Trust Fund. Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, the moneys in the account are hereby continuously appropriated to the commission without regard to fiscal years for the following purposes:
(1) To close out the award of incentives for emerging technologies in accordance with former Section 25744, as this law existed prior to the enactment of the Budget Act of 2012, for which applications had been approved before the enactment of the Budget Act of 2012.
(2) To close out consumer education activities in accordance with former Section 25746, as this law existed prior to the enactment of the Budget Act of 2012.
(3) To provide funding for the New Solar Homes Partnership pursuant to paragraph (3) of subdivision (e) of Section 2851 of the Public Utilities Code.
(c) The Controller shall provide to the commission funds pursuant to the continuous appropriation in, and for purposes specified in, subdivision (b).
(d) The Controller shall provide to the commission moneys from the fund sufficient to satisfy all contract and grant awards that were made by the commission pursuant to former Sections 25744 and 25746, and Chapter 8.8 (commencing with Section 25780), as these laws existed prior to the enactment of the Budget Act of 2012.
(e) If the Public Utilities Commission determines that the commission should be the third-party administrator for the New Solar Homes Partnership Program pursuant to subparagraph (A) of paragraph (3) of subdivision (e) of Section 2851 of the Public Utilities Code, any moneys made available to fund the New Solar Homes Partnership Program shall be deposited into the Emerging Renewable Resources Account of the Renewable Resource Trust Fund and used for this purpose. Moneys in the fund shall, upon appropriation by the Legislature, be expended by the commission for all of the following: 
(1) The New Solar Homes Partnership administered by the commission.
(2) The allocation of grants by the commission to qualified counties pursuant to Section 25619.
(3) The allocation of funds to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for grants to school districts pursuant to Section 54699 of the Education Code.
(4) The implementation of the Clean Energy Investment Program established pursuant to Section 25744.6.

SECTION 1.SEC. 6.

 Section 399.8 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

399.8.
 (a) In order to ensure that the citizens of this state continue to receive safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally sustainable electric service, it is the policy of this state and the intent of the Legislature that prudent investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and research, development and demonstration shall continue to be made.
(b) (1) Every customer of an electrical corporation shall pay a nonbypassable system benefits charge authorized pursuant to this article. The system benefits charge shall fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, and research, development and demonstration.
(2) Local publicly owned electric utilities shall continue to collect and administer system benefits charges pursuant to Section 385.
(c) (1) The commission shall require each electrical corporation to identify a separate rate component to collect revenues to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, and research, development and demonstration programs authorized pursuant to this section beginning January 1, 2002, and ending January 1, 2012. 2020.  The rate component shall be a nonbypassable element of the local distribution service and collected on the basis of usage.
(2) This rate component may shall  not exceed, for any tariff schedule, the level of the rate component that was used to recover funds authorized pursuant to Section 381 on January 1, 2000. If the amounts specified in paragraph (1) of subdivision (d) are not recovered fully in any year, the commission shall reset the rate component to restore the unrecovered balance, provided that the rate component may shall  not exceed, for any tariff schedule, the level of the rate component that was used to recover funds authorized pursuant to Section 381 on January 1, 2000. Pending restoration, any annual shortfalls shall be allocated pro rata among the three funding categories in the proportions established in paragraph (1) of subdivision (d).
(d) The commission shall order San Diego Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company to collect these funds commencing on January 1, 2002, as follows:
(1) Two hundred twenty-eight million dollars ($228,000,000) per year in total for energy efficiency and conservation activities, sixty-five million five hundred thousand dollars ($65,500,000) in total per year for renewable energy, and sixty-two million five hundred thousand dollars ($62,500,000) in total per year for research, development and demonstration. The funds for energy efficiency and conservation activities shall continue to be allocated in proportions established for the year 2000 as set forth in paragraph (1) of subdivision (c) of Section 381. 2000. 
(2) The amounts shall be adjusted annually at a rate equal to the lesser of the annual growth in electric commodity sales or inflation, as defined by the gross domestic product deflator.
(e) The commission shall ensure that each electrical corporation allocates funds transferred by the Energy Commission pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 25743 in a manner that maximizes the economic benefit to all customer classes that funded the New Renewable Resources Account.
(f) (e)  The commission and the Energy Commission shall retain and continue their oversight responsibilities as set forth in Sections 381 and 383, 384,  and Chapter 7.1 (commencing with Section 25620) and Chapter 8.6 (commencing with Section 25740) of Division 15 of the Public Resources Code.
(g) (f)  An applicant for the Large Nonresidential Standard Performance Contract Program funded pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) and an electrical corporation shall promptly attempt to resolve disputes that arise related to the program’s guidelines and parameters prior to entering into a program agreement. The applicant shall provide the electrical corporation with written notice of any dispute. Within 10 business days after receipt of the notice, the parties shall meet to resolve the dispute. If the dispute is not resolved within 10 business days after the date of the meeting, the electrical corporation shall notify the applicant of his or her right to file a complaint with the commission, which complaint shall describe the grounds for the complaint, injury, and relief sought. The commission shall issue its findings in response to a filed complaint within 30 business days of the date of receipt of the complaint. Prior to issuance of its findings, the commission shall provide a copy of the complaint to the electrical corporation, which shall provide a response to the complaint to the commission within five business days of the date of receipt. During the dispute period, the amount of estimated financial incentives shall be held in reserve until the dispute is resolved.
SEC. 7.
 (a) The funds collected pursuant to the surcharge instituted by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Decision 11-12-035 for renewable energy programs shall be transferred to the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission for deposit in the Renewable Resources Trust Fund established pursuant to Section 25751 of the Public Resources Code. Any money deposited into the former Electric Program Investment Charge Fund established pursuant to former Section 25711 of the Public Resources Code shall be transferred to the Renewable Resources Trust Fund.
(b) On and after the effective date of this act, the surcharge imposed by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Decision 11-12-035 shall be superseded by the collection of the nonbypassable rate component pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 399.8 of the Public Utilities Code.
SEC. 8.
 This act shall not become operative unless Senate Bill 870 of the 2011-2012 Regular Session of the Legislature is enacted on or before January 1, 2013.
SEC. 9.
 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.
SEC. 10.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to prevent interruption of the funding and administration of programs funded through the public goods charge and to reform administration of those programs to better serve the needs of ratepayers and the persons participating in those programs, it is necessary for this act to take effect immediately.