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AB-2163 Net energy metering: Imperial Irrigation District.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Senate  August 19, 2016
Amended  IN  Senate  June 22, 2016

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2163


Introduced by Assembly Member Low Williams

February 17, 2016


An act to add Section 89500.3 to the Education Code, relating to the California State University. An act to add Section 2827.5 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to electricity, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2163, as amended, Low Williams. California State University: appointment of campus presidents. Net energy metering: Imperial Irrigation District.
Existing law requires every electric utility, defined to include an electrical corporation, local publicly owned electric utility, or an electrical cooperative, to develop a standard contract or tariff providing for net energy metering, as defined, and to make this contract or tariff available to eligible customer-generators upon request for generation by a renewable electrical generation facility. An electric utility, upon request, is required to make available to eligible customer-generators contracts or tariffs for net energy metering, on a first-come-first-served basis until the time that the total rated generating capacity used by eligible customer-generators exceeds 5% of the electric utility’s aggregate customer peak demand. Existing law provides that an electric utility that is not a large electrical corporation is not obligated to provide net energy metering to customers in its service area once the above level is reached.
The bill would require the Imperial Irrigation District to provide net metering service to eligible customer-generators that meet certain requirements, as specified. Because this bill would increase the level of service provided by a local publicly owned utility, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Imperial Irrigation District.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisioresidents, to require a person appointed as president of a campus of the California State University to participate in at least one public forum on that campus within 15 working days after the trustees make that appointment.

Vote: MAJORITY2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NOYES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 2827.5 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

2827.5.
 (a) Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (4) of subdivision (c) of Section 2827, for the Imperial Irrigation District, net energy metering pursuant to Section 2827 shall be made available, continuously and without interruption, to an eligible customer-generator, as defined in Section 2827, who performed any of the following acts prior to July 19, 2016:
(1) Submitted a complete net energy metering application to, or applied for a solar rebate from, the district.
(2) Executed a contract for a renewable electrical generation facility to be located within the district’s service territory.
(3) Contracted to purchase a new solar home located or to be located in the district’s service territory.
(b) Notwithstanding the net energy metering program limit of paragraphs (1) and (4) of subdivision (c) of Section 2827 or any other law, net energy metering pursuant to Section 2827 shall be made available and without interruption to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as an eligible customer-generator pursuant to subparagraph (B) of paragraph (4) of subdivision (b) of Section 2827 for facilities within the service territory of the Imperial Irrigation District for eligible renewable electric generation facilities developed pursuant to bids awarded on or before July 19, 2016.
(c) (1) Eligible customer-generators taking service under a net energy metering tariff or contract required by this section and Section 2827 with the Imperial Irrigation District shall be eligible to continue service under the net energy metering tariff under the same terms and conditions as eligible customer-generators who enrolled in net energy metering pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (c) of Section 2827.
(2) The Imperial Irrigation District shall develop a contract or tariff for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, as an eligible customer-generator pursuant to subparagraph (B) of paragraph (4) of subdivision (b) of Section 2827, consistent with the requirements of Section 2827.
(d) The Imperial Irrigation District shall send written notification to all customers eligible for net energy metering or net surplus compensation pursuant to subdivision (a) or (b) and shall make available all forms required by subdivision (d) of Section 2827 within 15 days of the effective date of this section. Enrollment in net energy metering and interconnection of an eligible customer-generator who has submitted a complete net energy metering application on or before July 19, 2016, shall occur consistent with the requirements of subdivision (e) of Section 2827 but shall occur no later than 60 days from the date the Imperial Irrigation District receives the completed application form or the effective date of this section, whichever is later.
(e) This section does not require Imperial Irrigation District to interconnect an eligible customer-generator unless that eligible customer-generator is the owner or occupant of the premises served by a renewable electrical generation facility.

SEC. 2.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special law is necessary and that a general law cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique circumstances of the Imperial Irrigation District.

SEC. 3.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because a local agency or school district has the authority to levy service charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code.

SEC. 4.

 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
To ensure that eligible customer-generators described in subdivision (a) or (b) of Section 2827.5 of the Public Utilities Code located in the service territory of the Imperial Irrigation District are provided with net energy metering service in an expeditious manner, it is necessary for this measure to take effect immediately.
SECTION 1.Section 89500.3 is added to the Education Code, to read:
89500.3.

In exercising its authority to appoint campus presidents, the trustees shall require a person appointed as president of a campus of the California State University to participate in at least one public forum on that campus within 15 working days after the trustees make that appointment.