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SB-1434 Transportation electrification: electricity rate design.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 will require widespread transportation electrification, including of California’s transit bus fleet.
(2) Zero-emission transit buses are needed to reduce fossil fuel use, to meet air quality standards, to improve public health, to prove the viability of zero-emission heavy-duty technologies, and to achieve the state’s goals for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.
(3) More predictable electricity rates should support and accelerate increased deployment of zero-emission transit buses by providing access to a fuel that is cleaner and less costly than gasoline or other fossil fuels.
(4) According to the State Alternative Fuels Plan analysis by the Energy Commission and the State Air Resources Board, light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle electrification results in approximately 70 percent less of greenhouse gases emitted, over 85 percent less of ozone-forming air pollutants emitted, and 100 percent less petroleum used. These reductions will become larger as renewable generation increases.
(b) It is the policy of the state and the intent of the Legislature to encourage electrification of California’s transit bus fleet as a means to achieve ambient air quality standards and the state’s climate goals. Agencies designing and implementing regulations, guidelines, plans, and funding programs to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases shall take the findings described in subdivision (a) into account.

SEC. 2.

 Section 740.17 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

740.17.
 (a) (1) On or before July 1, 2019, the commission shall direct an electrical corporation with more than 100,000 service connections in California that does not have an approved or proposed rate tariff that meets the goals of this section as of that date to file a rate design application that supports and accelerates the deployment of zero-emission transit buses to reduce dependence on petroleum, meet air quality standards, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
(2) An electrical corporation with 100,000 or fewer service connections in California may file a rate design application that supports and accelerates the deployment of zero-emission transit buses to reduce dependence on petroleum, meet air quality standards, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
(3) A rate design proposed by an electrical corporation pursuant to this subdivision shall seek to minimize overall costs and maximize overall benefits. The commission shall approve, or modify and approve, a rate design application if it is consistent with this section and is revenue neutral to the relevant customer class, and shall otherwise reject the application.
(b) This section applies to an application to the commission for rate design if one of the following conditions is met:
(1) The application is filed on or after January 1, 2019.
(2) The application is filed before January 1, 2019, but has an evidentiary hearing scheduled on or after July 1, 2019.
SEC. 3.
 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.