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ACA-18 Energy: nuclear energy.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


First—

 That Section 9 of Article XII thereof is amended to read:

SEC. 9.
 The provisions  Sections 1 to 8, inclusive,  of this article restate all related provisions of the Constitution in effect immediately prior to the effective date of this amendment  before November 5, 1974,  and make no substantive change.

Second—

 That Section 11 is added to Article XII thereof, to read:

SEC. 11.
 (a) It is the intent of the people that nuclear energy be treated as the most environmentally protective and carbon-neutral energy resource for purposes of all state-supported programs and energy program-related laws.
(b) The State’s programs relating to renewable energy and climate change shall include nuclear energy as a renewable energy resource and zero-carbon resource.
(c) (1) The State’s programs relating to renewable energy and climate change shall include electrical generating facilities that use nuclear energy as renewable electrical generation facilities, eligible renewable energy resources, and zero-carbon resources.
(2) Renewable electrical generation facilities, eligible renewable energy resources, and zero-carbon resources shall include, for licensing and certification purposes, electrical generating facilities that use nuclear energy.
(3) For purposes of this subdivision, the terms “renewable electrical generation facilities,” “eligible renewable energy resources,” and “zero-carbon resources” shall be construed as those terms are used by the Public Utilities Commission in the programs that it administers and are in operation as of January 1, 2019, and in subsequent modifications to those programs and new programs, to the extent the use of those terms by the commission remains consistent with the purposes of this section.
(d) The Legislature shall not enact any law related to energy unless the law is technology neutral. “Technology neutral” means not discriminating against any form of renewable energy or zero-carbon resource, including, but not limited to, nuclear energy, that could help the State expand its renewable energy protection or its presence in the renewable energy market.