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AB-1293 Public Utilities Commission: reports.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/22/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 22, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1293


Introduced by Assembly Member Levine

February 21, 2019


An act to amend Sections 311.5 and 913 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to the Public Utilities Commission.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1293, as amended, Levine. Public Utilities Commission: reports.
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations and gas corporations. Existing law requires the commission to annually prepare a written report on the costs of programs and activities conducted by certain electrical corporations and gas corporations. Existing law requires the report to identify specified information including each program mandated by statute or by the commission and its annual cost to ratepayers. Existing law requires the commission, before the commencement of certain meetings, to make copies of a meeting agenda available to the public public.
This bill would require the report to also identify the average cost to gas corporation or electrical corporation ratepayers, provided separately for residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial ratepayers, per therm or per kilowatthour, as applicable, of each program mandated by statute during the preceding year and over the lifetime of the program, and would require that information to be included as an attachment to the agenda for each commission meeting.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 311.5 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

311.5.
 (a) (1) Before the commencement of any meeting at which commissioners vote on items on the public agenda, the commission shall make available to the public copies of the agenda and, upon request, any agenda item documents that are proposed to be considered by the commission for action or decision at a commission meeting.
(2) As an attachment to the agenda for each meeting, the commission shall include the information described in paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) of Section 913.
(3) In addition, the commission shall publish the agenda, agenda item documents, and adopted decisions in a manner that makes copies of them easily available to the public, including publishing those documents on the internet. Publication of the agenda and agenda item documents shall occur on the internet at the same time as the written agenda and agenda item documents are made available to the public.
(b) The commission shall publish and maintain the following documents on the internet:
(1) Each of the commission’s proposed and alternate proposed decisions and resolutions, until the decision or resolution is adopted and published.
(2) Each of the commission’s adopted decisions and resolutions. The publication shall occur within 10 days of the adoption of each decision or resolution by the commission.
(3) The then-current version of the commission’s general orders and Rules of Practice and Procedure.
(4) Each of the commission’s rulings. The commission shall maintain those rulings on its internet website until final disposition, including disposition of any judicial appeals, of the respective proceedings in which the rulings were issued.
(5) A docket card that lists, by title and date of filing or issuance, all documents filed and all decisions or rulings issued in those proceedings, including the public versions of all prepared oral and written testimony and advice letter filings, protests, and responses. The commission shall maintain the docket card until final disposition, including disposition of any judicial appeals, of the corresponding proceedings.
(c) The commission shall make the following information available on the internet:
(1) Information on how members of the public and ratepayers can gain access to the commission’s ratemaking process and information regarding the specific matters to be decided.
(2) Information on the operation of the office of the public advisor established in Section 321 and how the public advisor can connect members of the public to persons responsible for specific cases and matters to be decided.

SEC. 2.

 Section 913 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

913.
 (a) The reporting requirements of this section apply to electrical corporations with at least 1,000,000 retail customers in California and gas corporations with at least 500,000 retail customers in California.
(b) The commission shall prepare a written report on the costs of programs and activities conducted by each electrical corporation and gas corporation that is subject to this section, including activities conducted to comply with their duty to serve. The report shall be completed on an annual basis before April 1 of each year, and shall identify, clearly and concisely, all of the following:
(1) Each program mandated by statute and its annual cost to ratepayers.
(2) Each program mandated by the commission and its annual cost to ratepayers.
(3) The average cost to gas corporation or electrical corporation ratepayers per therm or per kilowatthour, as applicable, of each program described in paragraph (1) during the preceding year and over the lifetime of the program. The average cost to ratepayers shall be provided separately for residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial ratepayers.
(4) Energy purchase contract costs and bond-related costs incurred pursuant to Division 27 (commencing with Section 80000) of the Water Code.
(5) All other aggregated categories of costs currently recovered in retail rates as determined by the commission.
(c) The report required by subdivision (b) shall be submitted to the Governor and the Legislature no later than April 1 of each year.
(d) The commission shall post the report required by subdivision (b) in a conspicuous area of its internet website.