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AB-1431 Energy efficiency: renewable energy resources: energy affordability.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Section 25229 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

25229.
 (a) On or before January 1, 2019, the commission shall organize a working group with the Public Utilities Commission, the Department of Community Services and Development, the State Department of Social Services, energy utilities, third-party administrators, and representatives of community-based organizations or other entities involved in outreach for, or implementation of, the various state and state-supervised programs that are targeted toward low-income consumers and disadvantaged communities to promote energy efficiency, including weatherization, programs to promote utilization of renewable energy resources, and rate assistance programs. If the commission determines that any additional state entity administers or supervises programs that are targeted toward low-income consumers and disadvantaged communities to promote energy efficiency, promote utilization of renewable energy resources, or provide rate assistance, the commission shall invite that entity to participate in the working group. The commission shall be the lead agency in organizing the working group and scheduling meetings of the working group.
(b) Commencing July 1, 2019, the working group shall, on an ongoing basis, evaluate the effectiveness of programs that are targeted toward low-income consumers and disadvantaged communities to promote energy efficiency, including weatherization, programs to promote utilization of renewable energy resources, and rate assistance programs. The working group shall hold at least two meetings per year at which stakeholders and interested members of the public may comment on proposed improvements to any program. If the working group determines that legislative action is desirable to improve access to, or participation in, any program, or to improve the effectiveness of any program in any other aspect, the working group shall make recommendations to the Legislature for changes to improve the program.
(c) For purposes of this section, “energy utility,” “rate assistance program,” and “third-party administrator” have the same meanings as defined in Section 25328.

SEC. 2.

 Section 25328 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

25328.
 (a) For purposes of this section and Section 25229, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) Providing “electric vehicle charging infrastructure” means providing for the installation, operation, and maintenance of equipment for charging vehicles powered by electricity and any alterations or improvement to the electrical grid necessary to accommodate the equipment.
(2) “Energy utility” means an “electrical corporation” as defined in Section 218 of the Public Utilities Code, a “gas corporation” as defined in Section 222 of the Public Utilities Code, a “local publicly owned electric utility” as defined in Section 224.3 of the Public Utilities Code, and a local publicly owned gas utility.
(3) “Rate assistance program” means the California Alternate Rates for Energy program, the Family Electric Rate Assistance Program, the State Utility Assistance Subsidy program, or any other program that results in a ratepayer paying a lower amount for electricity or gas consumed by the ratepayer based upon that ratepayer’s income.
(4) “Third-party administrator” means a community choice aggregator or other entity, other than an electrical corporation or gas corporation, approved by the Public Utilities Commission to administer programs providing energy efficiency-related services or incentives for eligible solar energy systems to end users using moneys collected by an electrical corporation or gas corporation from ratepayers or moneys made available pursuant to Section 748.5 of the Public Utilities Code.
(b) Each energy utility and third-party administrator shall provide the commission with that information requested by the commission concerning their respective programs that are targeted toward low-income consumers and disadvantaged communities to promote energy efficiency, promote utilization of renewable energy resources, provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure, or provide rate assistance. The commission shall require an energy utility and third-party administrator to, at least annually, provide the commission with the following information for each program using standardized reporting metrics:
(1) The number of customers that qualify for the program, an explanation as to how that number was determined, and the number of customers receiving benefits pursuant to the program.
(2) The activities undertaken or benefits provided.
(3) The moneys expended, with a breakdown for activity or benefits costs and administrative or transaction costs. For these purposes, transaction costs are those costs that are not for goods or services to or for those receiving benefits under the program.
(4) Where applicable, the number of businesses that received benefits.
(5) How many single-family residences received benefits.
(6) How many multifamily residences received benefits and the number of residential units in those residences.
(7) Where applicable, those disadvantaged communities targeted and the number of businesses, single-family residences, and multifamily residences receiving benefits.
(8) The results of the activities undertaken and benefits provided, including a measure of any energy savings or self-generation.
(9) Any additional information that the commission determines is necessary or useful to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs that are targeted toward low-income consumers and disadvantaged communities to promote energy efficiency, promote utilization of renewable energy resources, provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure, or provide rate affordability.
(c) The commission shall include a summary of the information provided by energy utilities and third-party administrators pursuant to subdivision (b) in the integrated energy policy report prepared pursuant to Section 25302.
(d) The commission, the Department of Community Services and Development, and the State Department of Social Services, in consultation with the Public Utilities Commission, shall jointly develop standardized data reporting requirements for state-administered energy programs that are targeted toward low-income consumers and disadvantaged communities, including programs to promote energy efficiency, including weatherization, programs to promote utilization of renewable energy resources, programs to provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and rate assistance programs. The data shall be reported to the commission. The data shall include, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(1) The state entity administering the program.
(2) The identity of the program or project.
(3) The identity of any community-based organization or other entity involved in outreach or implementation of the program or project.
(4) A description of the program or project.
(5) The operative period of a program.
(6) The length of time for completion of a project.
(7) The number of projects funded by a program.
(8) The location of each project funded.
(9) Program expenditures during the reporting period and cumulative since the program’s start.
(10) Costs associated with each project, with a breakdown for activity or benefit costs and administrative or transaction costs.
(11) The form of financing, for example, grants, rebates, or loans.
(12) For energy efficiency projects, the anticipated energy savings and, if information is available, the actual energy savings.
(13) For programs promoting renewable energy resources, the anticipated generation and, if information is available, the actual generation and the portion of generation used onsite or exported through the electrical grid.
(14) The number of persons or customers that qualify for a program, an explanation as to how that number was determined, and the number of persons or customers receiving benefits pursuant to the program.
(e) The commission shall develop a database of the aggregate data reported pursuant to subdivisions (b) and (d) broken down by ZIP Code or other available organizational means, make the database available on its Internet Web site, and include a summary of the data in the integrated energy policy report prepared pursuant to Section 25302. The database shall enable the commission to respond accurately to the public as to the results of programs, as regards low-income consumers and disadvantaged communities, to promote energy efficiency, promote utilization of renewable energy resources, provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure, or provide rate assistance.
SEC. 3.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because a local agency or school district has the authority to levy service charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code.