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AB-893 California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Section 399.35 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

399.35.
 (a) No later than December 31, 2021, each retail seller shall procure a proportionate share of a statewide total of 2,500 megawatts of electricity generated by geothermal powerplants that meet the requirements of paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 399.16.
(b) No later than June 30, 2019, the commission shall determine the proportionate share of the 2,500 megawatts of electricity that each retail seller is required to procure pursuant to subdivision (a). For purposes of this section, “proportionate share” shall be based on the forecast retail sales for the year 2020.
(c) No later than December 31, 2019, each retail seller shall file with the commission a plan for complying with subdivision (a). Those plans shall require each retail seller to procure at least one-half of its proportionate share by December 31, 2020. Those plans may authorize a retail seller to aggregate its proportionate share with the proportionate share of another retail seller in order to minimize administrative and contracting costs. The commission shall, no later than June 30, 2020, review and approve, modify, or reject plans filed by retail sellers.
(d) The commission may determine whether electricity procured pursuant to this section shall count toward meeting the requirements specified in subparagraph (B) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 399.15.
(e) Projects generating electricity procured under this section shall demonstrate an environmental benefit and an economic benefit to California communities located within the boundaries of, and an environmental and an economic benefit to individuals living in, disadvantaged communities described in Section 39711 of the Health and Safety Code. Environmental benefits may include, but are not limited to, reducing air pollution from oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter 2.5 microns and smaller in size, or fugitive dust, or enabling the production of lithium. Economic benefits may include, but are not limited to, creating high-quality jobs.
(f) It is the intent of the Legislature that the procurement expenditure limitations described in subdivision (c) of Section 399.15 apply to electricity procured pursuant to this section.
SEC. 2.
 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.