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AB-1039 Advanced energy storage: applications.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/21/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1039


Introduced by Assembly Member Muratsuchi

February 21, 2019


An act to amend Section 65850.8 of the Government Code, relating to local government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1039, as introduced, Muratsuchi. Advanced energy storage: applications.
Existing law requires a city or county to make all documentation and forms associated with the permitting of advanced energy storage, as defined, available on a publicly accessible internet website, if the city or county has an internet website. Existing law requires a city or county to allow for the electronic submittal of a permit application for advanced energy storage and associated documentation through email, the internet, or facsimile.
This bill would remove facsimile from the list of potential electronic submittal methods.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 65850.8 of the Government Code is amended to read:

65850.8.
 (a) (1) On or before September 30, 2018, every city, including a charter city, county, or city and county with a population of 200,000 or more residents, and on or before January 31, 2019, every city, including a charter city, county, or city and county with a population of less than 200,000 residents, shall make all documentation and forms associated with the permitting of advanced energy storage available on a publicly accessible Internet Web site, internet website, if the city, county, or city and county has an Internet Web site. internet website.
(2) The city, county, or city and county shall allow for electronic submission submittal of a permit application and associated documentation. The city, county, or city and county shall also authorize the electronic signature on all forms, applications, and other documentation in lieu of a wet signature by an applicant, unless the city, county, or city and county determines that it is unable to accept an electronic signature on all forms, applications, and other documents and makes a finding that states the reasons for that inability.
(b) The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research may, in consultation with local building officials, the State Fire Marshal, the storage industry, labor representatives from the utility and construction industries, licensed electrical contractors, electrical corporations, publicly owned utilities, the Public Utilities Commission, and other stakeholders, provide guidance on energy storage permitting, including streamlining, best practices, and potential factors for consideration by local government in establishing fees for permitting and inspection.
(c) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Advanced energy storage” means an energy storage system, as defined in Section 2835 of the Public Utilities Code, as well as an energy storage system that is designed to provide backup energy services in the event of a grid outage, that is limited to both of the following:
(A) Electrochemical energy storage in nonventing packages.
(B) Customer-sited installations.
(2) “Customer sited” means the system is interconnected to the electrical grid through an existing retail customer interconnection.
(3) “Electronic submittal” means the utilization of one or more both of the following:
(A) Email.
(B) The Internet.

(C)Facsimile.