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AB-1690 Biomass electrical generation facilities: contract extension requirements.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 03/26/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 26, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1690


Introduced by Assembly Member Flora

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Section 185012 8388 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to high-speed rail. electricity.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1690, as amended, Flora. High-speed rail. Biomass electrical generation facilities: contract extension requirements.
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations, while local publicly owned electric utilities are under the direction of their governing boards. Existing law requires electrical corporations, by December 1, 2016, to procure, through financial commitments of 5 years, their proportionate shares of 125 megawatts of cumulative rated generating capacity from bioenergy projects commencing operation prior to June 1, 2013, that each produces its generation using specified minimum percentages of certain types of forest feedstock. Pursuant to this requirement, the commission has adopted resolutions establishing fuel or feedstock procurement requirements for generation from bioenergy projects intended to reduce wildfire risks that are applicable to the state’s 3 largest electrical corporations. Existing law additionally requires local publicly owned electric utilities serving more than 100,000 customers to procure their proportionate shares of 125 megawatts of cumulative rated generating capacity from those kinds of bioenergy projects subject to terms of at least 5 years.
Existing law requires an electrical corporation, local publicly owned electric utility, or community choice aggregator with a contract to procure electricity generated from biomass pursuant to statutory requirements or commission resolutions, that is operative at any time in 2018, and expires or expired on or before December 31, 2023, to seek to amend the contract to include, or seek approval for a new contract that includes, an expiration date 5 years later than the expiration date in the contract that was operative in 2018, so long as the contract extension follows the feedstock requirements and sources fuel material in California. Existing law exempts biomass facilities located in federal severe or extreme nonattainment areas for particulate matter or ozone from these requirements.
This bill would repeal the exemption from these contract extension requirements for biomass facilities located in federal severe or extreme nonattainment areas for particulate matter or ozone.

The California High-Speed Rail Act creates the High-Speed Rail Authority to develop and implement a high-speed rail system in the state, with specified powers and duties. Existing law defines certain terms in that regard.

This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these definitions.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8388 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

8388.
 An electrical corporation, local publicly owned electric utility, or community choice aggregator with a contract to procure electricity generated from biomass pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 399.20.3, commission Resolution E-4770 (March 17, 2016), or commission Resolution E-4805 (October 13, 2016), or with a contract that is operative at any time in 2018, and expires or expired on or before December 31, 2023, shall seek to amend the contract to include, or seek approval for a new contract that includes, an expiration date five years later than the expiration date in the contract that was operative in 2018, so long as the contract extension follows the feedstock requirement of subdivision (b) of Section 399.20.3. This section shall not apply to facilities located in federal severe or extreme nonattainment areas for particulate matter or ozone.

SECTION 1.Section 185012 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:
185012.

As used in this division, unless the context requires otherwise, the following definitions apply:

(a)“Authority” means the High-Speed Rail Authority.

(b)“Department” means the Department of Transportation.

(c)“High-speed rail” means intercity passenger rail service that uses an alignment and technology that makes it capable of sustained speeds of 200 miles per hour or greater.