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SB-1441 Natural gas: methane emissions.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  August 19, 2016
Amended  IN  Assembly  August 16, 2016
Amended  IN  Assembly  August 03, 2016
Amended  IN  Senate  May 31, 2016
Amended  IN  Senate  April 25, 2016
Amended  IN  Senate  April 07, 2016
Amended  IN  Senate  March 28, 2016

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1441


Introduced by Senators Leno and Pavley

February 19, 2016


An act to amend Section 977 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to natural gas.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1441, as amended, Leno. Natural gas: methane emissions.
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including gas corporations, as defined. Existing law authorizes the commission to fix the rates and charges for every public utility and requires that those rates and charges be just and reasonable. Existing law requires the commission, in order to achieve transparency and accountability for rate revenues and best value for ratepayers, to consider, among other things, providing revenues for all activities identified and required by certain rules and procedures governing the operation, maintenance, repair, and replacement of commission-regulated gas pipeline facilities, including any adjustment of allowance for lost and unaccounted for gas related to actual leakage volumes.
This bill would prohibit the commission, bill, on or after January 1, 2019, when establishing rates for a gas corporation, to the extent feasible and in appropriate proceedings, as determined by the commission, would prohibit the commission from allowing a gas corporation to seek or receive recovery from ratepayers for the value of natural gas lost to the atmosphere from certain natural gas facilities under the control of the gas corporation, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 977 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

977.
 (a) In order to achieve transparency and accountability for rate revenues and best value for ratepayers, and consistent with the commission’s existing ratemaking procedures and authority to establish just and reasonable rates, the commission shall consider all of the following:
(1) Providing an adequate workforce to achieve the objectives of reducing hazards and emissions from leaks, including leak avoidance, reduction, and repair.
(2) Providing revenues for all activities identified and required pursuant to Section 975, including any adjustment of allowance for lost and unaccounted for gas related to actual leakage volumes.
(3) Providing guidance for treatment of expenditures as being either an item of expense or a capital investment.
(4) The impact on affordability of gas service for vulnerable customers as a result of the incremental costs of compliance with the adopted rules and procedures.
(b) (1) To On or after January 1, 2019, to the extent feasible and in appropriate proceedings, as determined by the commission, on or after January 1, 2019, when establishing rates for a gas corporation in an individual rulemaking proceeding or in a general rate case, the commission shall not allow the gas corporation to seek or receive recovery from ratepayers for the value of natural gas lost to the atmosphere from any of the following natural gas facilities under the control of the gas corporation:
(A) Commission-regulated gas pipeline facilities as defined in Section 975.
(B) Above-ground storage facilities.
(C) Underground storage facilities.
(D) Processing facilities.
(E) Facilities used for the transportation of natural gas.
(F) Facilities used for the delivery of natural gas.
(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to natural gas lost to the atmosphere resulting from an act of God.