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SB-1185 Emergency backup generators: operation during deenergization events.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 41713 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

41713.
 (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Deenergization event” means the proactive interruption of electrical service for the purpose of mitigating or avoiding the risk of causing a wildfire.
(2) “Federally compliant” means a device used for the generation of electricity that complies with the federal standards of performance for stationary spark ignition internal combustion engines (Subpart JJJJ (commencing with Section 60.4230) of Part 60 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations) and burns only natural gas for operation during the deenergization event, or, if the generator is located in an area that does not have natural gas service, burns only propane during the deenergization event.
(b) Consistent with federal law, a district may adopt, or revise, a rule to specify that hours for usage due to the loss of normal electrical service during a deenergization event by a permitted natural-gas-powered emergency backup generator that is either federally compliant or state board designated shall not count toward that permit’s conditions for usage.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8385 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

8385.
 (a) For purposes of this chapter, the following shall apply:
(1) “Compliance period” means a period of approximately one year.
(2) “Deenergization event” means the proactive interruption of electrical service for the purpose of mitigating or avoiding the risk of causing a wildfire.
(2) (3)  “Electrical cooperative” has the same meaning as defined in Section 2776.
(b) The commission shall supervise an electrical corporation’s compliance with the requirements of this chapter pursuant to the Public Utilities Act (Part 1 (commencing with Section 201) of Division 1). Nothing in this chapter affects the commission’s authority or jurisdiction over an electrical cooperative or local publicly owned electrical corporation. electric utility. 

SEC. 3.

 Section 8388.5 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

8388.5.
 If an electrical corporation, electrical cooperative, or local publicly owned electric utility has undertaken a deenergization event during a calendar year, the electrical utility shall submit a report, by January 30 of the following calendar year, to the State Air Resources Board and to each air pollution control and air quality management district affected by the deenergization event. The report shall include both of the following:
(a) A description of the area affected by the deenergization event.
(b) A description of when the deenergization event began and when reliable electrical service was restored.
SEC. 4.
 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.