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AB-1258 Electricity: hydroelectric and pumped storage facilities.(2013-2014)

As Amends the Law Today

 It is the intent of the Legislature that load serving entities maximize the use of existing hydroelectric and pumped storage facilities for energy storage and renewable energy integration.

SEC. 2.

 Section 25325 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

 (a) The commission, in consultation with the Public Utilities Commission, the Department of Water Resources, the Independent System Operator, electrical corporations, publicly owned utilities, federal power marketing authorities, and the federal Bureau of Reclamation, shall perform a technical analysis of the potential use of existing hydroelectric and pumped storage facilities to provide additional operational flexibility that could facilitate the integration of eligible renewable energy resources for the state’s electrical grid.
(b) The technical analysis shall include scenarios, based on available operation and modeling data, on the means, if any, to improve and optimize the operation of hydroelectric and pumped storage facilities in a manner that meets California’s environmental and energy goals and in a manner that could reduce costs to consumers and reduce impacts on the environment.
(c) The technical analysis required by this section shall include the following pumped storage facilities:
(1) Helms pumped storage facility.
(2) Balsam Meadow pumped storage facility.
(3) Oroville pumped storage facility.
(4) Castaic pumped storage facility.
(5) San Luis pumped storage facility.
(d) The commission shall complete its technical analysis and include its analysis in an energy policy review, made pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 25302, by November 1, 2014.
(e) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2017, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2017, deletes or extends that date.