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AB-2077 Electricity: local government renewable energy self-generation program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/01/2018 09:00 PM
AB2077:v96#DOCUMENT

Amended  IN  Assembly  May 01, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 03, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2077


Introduced by Assembly Member Limón

February 07, 2018


An act to add Section 2830.5 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to electricity.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2077, as amended, Limón. Electricity: local government renewable energy self-generation program.
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. The local government renewable energy self-generation program authorizes a local government to receive a bill credit to be applied to a designated benefiting account for electricity exported to the electrical grid by an eligible renewable generating facility, as defined, and requires the commission to adopt a rate tariff for the benefiting account.
If a local government in the County of Santa Barbara has committed to a policy of supplying all of its demand for electricity from generation that qualifies as an eligible renewable energy resource pursuant to the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program, this bill would require an electrical corporation to negotiate in good faith with the local government on offering mutually agreeable rates and other terms that enable the local government to construct and operate eligible renewable generating facilities sufficient to meet the local government’s 100% renewables commitment. The bill would require that any mutually agreed upon rates and terms be submitted to the commission and would require the commission to approve the rates and terms if the commission determines them to be just and reasonable. reasonable, and if the rates and other terms of the agreement, upon implementation, would not negatively affect reliability or safety, would not result in costshifting to other customers, and would not result in an increase in emissions of greenhouse gases.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 2830.5 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

2830.5.
 (a) If a local government in the County of Santa Barbara has committed to a policy of supplying all of its demand for electricity from generation sources that qualify as eligible renewable energy resource pursuant to the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program (Article 16 (commencing with Section 399.11) of Chapter 2.3 of Part 1), the electrical corporation shall negotiate in good faith with the local government on offering mutually agreeable rates and other terms that enable the local government to construct and operate eligible renewable generating facilities sufficient to meet the local government’s 100 percent renewables commitment.
(b) Any rates and other terms mutually agreed upon between a local government in the County of Santa Barbara and an electrical corporation pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted to the commission for approval, and the commission shall approve the agreement if the commission determines that the rates and other terms are just and reasonable. reasonable, and if the rates and other terms of the agreement, upon implementation, would not negatively affect reliability or safety, would not result in costshifting to other customers, and would not result in an increase in emissions of greenhouse gases.