Today's Law As Amended


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AB-877 Energy: solar energy and energy storage systems.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 The heading of Chapter 5.1 (commencing with Section 25406) of Division 15 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

CHAPTER  5.1. Solar, Photovoltaic, and Battery Systems

SEC. 2.

 Section 25407 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

25407.
 The commission, in consultation with the Public Utilities Commission, electrical corporations, and local publicly owned electric utilities, may establish minimum requirements and develop rating standards for the performance and safety of a solar energy system that is not receiving ratepayer funded incentives and that is interconnected to the electrical distribution system of an electrical corporation or local publicly owned electric utility.

SEC. 3.

 Section 25408 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

25408.
 (a) The commission, in consultation with the Public Utilities Commission, electrical corporations, and local publicly owned electric utilities, may establish minimum requirements, including relevant definitions, and develop rating standards for the performance and safety of a battery storage unit or system intended to provide storage for energy generated by a solar energy system that is interconnected to the electrical distribution system of an electrical corporation or local publicly owned electric utility and that is used directly by a consumer to store energy at the generation site.
(b) (1) A manufacturer of a battery storage unit or system may request the commission to determine that its unit or system meets the minimum requirements and rating standards established pursuant to subdivision (a). Upon making that determination, the commission shall place the unit or system on a list of battery storage units and systems found to meet those requirements and standards. The commission shall continuously update the list and make it publicly available on its internet website.
(2) The commission may charge and collect a reasonable fee from those manufacturers of battery storage units and systems that make requests pursuant to paragraph (1) to cover the costs incurred by the commission pursuant to this section.
(c) (1) There is hereby established in the Energy Resources Programs Account the Energy Commission Equipment List Subaccount.
(2) The commission shall deposit all moneys received pursuant to this section into the subaccount. Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code and Section 40182 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, and without regards to fiscal year, moneys in the subaccount are continuously appropriated to the commission for purposes of this section.