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AB-3187 Biomethane: gas corporations: rates: interconnection.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/11/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 11, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 19, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 3187


Introduced by Assembly Member Grayson

February 16, 2018


An act to add Section 44013 to the Public Resources Code, and to add Section 751 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to biomethane. An act to add Section 752 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to gas corporations.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 3187, as amended, Grayson. Biomethane: solid waste facility permits: gas corporations: rates: interconnection.

Existing law requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to identify and recommend actions to address permitting and siting challenges associated with composting and anaerobic digestion and to encourage the continued viability of the state’s organic waste processing and recycling infrastructure, in partnership with the California Environmental Protection Agency and other specified state and regional agencies.

This bill would require the department to streamline the permitting process for anaerobic digestion facilities to allow holders of solid waste facility permits to modify those permits to include anaerobic digestion facilities.

Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including gas corporations. 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 to adopt policies and programs that promote the in-state production and distribution of biomethane, as defined, and that facilitate the development of a variety of sources of in-state biomethane.

This bill would authorize gas corporations to include in their rate bases all reasonable costs incurred to interconnect biomass conversion facilities and anaerobic digestion facilities to their common carrier pipelines.

This bill would require the commission to approve, or modify and approve, a gas corporation’s application to include in its rate base the just and reasonable investments required to interconnect biomethane production to the existing pipeline system.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 752 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

752.
 The commission shall approve, or modify and approve, a gas corporation’s application to include in its rate base the just and reasonable investments required to interconnect biomethane production to the existing pipeline system, including just and reasonable investments for the point of receipt and for any downstream facilities required to facilitate the receipt of biomethane, with full cost recovery from the gas corporation’s customers, including both core and noncore customers.

SECTION 1.Section 44013 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:
44013.

The board shall streamline the permitting process for an anaerobic digestion facility to allow a holder of a solid waste facility permit to modify that permit to include an anaerobic digestion facility.

SEC. 2.Section 751 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:
751.

The commission shall authorize a gas corporation to include in its rate base all reasonable costs incurred to interconnect a biomass conversion facility or anaerobic digestion facility to its common carrier pipeline.