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AB-1132 Distributed generation: report: green workforce training programs.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 04, 2015
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 26, 2015

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1132


Introduced by Assembly Member Ting

February 27, 2015


An act to amend Section 321.7 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to energy.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1132, as amended, Ting. Distributed generation: report: green workforce training programs.
Existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission, on or before January 1, 2010, and biennially thereafter, in consultation with the Independent System Operator and the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to study, and submit a report to the Legislature and the Governor on, the impacts of distributed energy generation on the state’s distribution and transmission grid.
This bill would instead require the report to be submitted annually to the Legislature. The bill would require the commission, in consultation with the California Workforce Investment Board and the Employment Training Panel, to include in the report an evaluation of the current use of, and opportunities for, green workforce training programs relating to the deployment of distributed energy resources.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 321.7 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

321.7.
 (a) On or before January 1, 2010, and annually thereafter, the commission, in consultation with the Independent System Operator and the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, shall study, and submit a report to the Legislature and the Governor on, the impacts of distributed energy generation on the state’s distribution and transmission grid. The study shall evaluate all of the following:
(1) Reliability and transmission issues related to connecting distributed energy generation to the local distribution networks and regional grid.
(2) Issues related to grid reliability and operation, including interconnection, and the position of federal and state regulators toward distributed energy accessibility.
(3) The effect on overall grid operation of various distributed energy generation sources.
(4) Barriers affecting the connection of distributed energy to the state’s grid.
(5) Emerging technologies related to distributed energy generation interconnection.
(6) Interconnection issues that may arise for the Independent System Operator and local distribution companies.
(7) The effect on peak demand for electricity.
(b) In addition, the commission shall specifically assess the impacts of the California Solar Initiative program, specified in Section 2851 and Section 25783 of the Public Resources Code, Code and the self-generation incentive program authorized by Section 379.6, and the net energy metering pilot program authorized by Section 2827.9. 379.6.
(c) The commission shall, in consultation with the California Workforce Investment Board and the Employment Training Panel, include in the report required pursuant to subdivision (a) an evaluation of the current use of, and opportunities for, green workforce training programs relating to the deployment of distributed energy resources. The evaluation shall include, but not be limited to, the following data about distributed generation employment disaggregated by technology and region within California:
(1) The number of full-time and part-time employees and the number of contract personnel.
(2) The number of direct and indirect jobs.
(3) The inventory of distributed generation training programs available in California, focusing on construction, finance, legal, management, sales, or other employment areas within the field.
(4) The number of students enrolled in distributed generation training programs and the rate of employment for graduates from each of these training programs.