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AB-893 California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/26/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  April 26, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 11, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 01, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 27, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 893


Introduced by Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
(Principal coauthor: Senator Hueso)

February 16, 2017


An act to add Section 127805 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to public health. An act to add Section 399.35 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to energy.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 893, as amended, Eduardo Garcia. Public health: graduate medical education. California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program.
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. The Public Utilities Act imposes various duties and responsibilities on the commission with respect to the purchase of electricity and requires the commission to review and adopt a renewable energy procurement plan for each electrical corporation pursuant to the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program. The California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program requires a retail seller, as defined, to purchase specified minimum quantities of electricity products from eligible renewable energy resources, as defined, for specified compliance periods. A violation of the Public Utilities Act is a crime.
This bill would require, no later than December 31, 2021, each retail seller of electricity to procure a proportionate share, as determined by the commission, of a statewide total of 2,500 megawatts of electricity generated by geothermal powerplants, as specified. The bill would require, no later than December 31, 2019, each retail seller to file with the commission a plan for complying with this procurement requirement. The bill would authorize the commission to determine whether the electricity procured by retail sellers from these geothermal powerplants shall count toward meeting their obligations under the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program to purchase specified minimum quantities of electricity products from eligible renewable energy resources. The bill would require projects generating electricity procured pursuant to the bill’s requirements to demonstrate an environmental benefit and an economic benefit to disadvantaged communities, as defined, in California. Because a violation of these provisions would be a crime under the Public Utilities Act, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.

Existing law establishes the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, which is vested with all the duties, powers, responsibilities, and jurisdiction of the State Department of Public Health relating to health planning and research development. Existing law requires the office to work with the Employment Development Department’s Labor Market Information Division, state licensing boards, and state higher education entities to collect data regarding, among other things, the current supply of health care workers, the geographical distribution of health care workers, and the current and forecasted demand for health care workers.

This bill would authorize local public health agencies and others to send data to the office regarding the number of graduate medical education slots necessary to meet the current and future physician and surgeon needs of the County of Imperial and similar medically underserved counties, as defined, from local public health or health planning agencies, entities engaged in the provision of health care services in those areas, and professional and educational associations, as specified.

This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the County of Imperial and similar medically underserved counties.

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

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 399.35 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

399.35.
 (a) No later than December 31, 2021, each retail seller shall procure a proportionate share of a statewide total of 2,500 megawatts of electricity generated by geothermal powerplants that meet the requirements of paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 399.16.
(b) No later than June 30, 2019, the commission shall determine the proportionate share of the 2,500 megawatts of electricity that each retail seller is required to procure pursuant to subdivision (a). For purposes of this section, “proportionate share” shall be based on the forecast retail sales for the year 2020.
(c) No later than December 31, 2019, each retail seller shall file with the commission a plan for complying with subdivision (a). Those plans shall require each retail seller to procure at least one-half of its proportionate share by December 31, 2020. Those plans may authorize a retail seller to aggregate its proportionate share with the proportionate share of another retail seller in order to minimize administrative and contracting costs. The commission shall, no later than June 30, 2020, review and approve, modify, or reject plans filed by retail sellers.
(d) The commission may determine whether electricity procured pursuant to this section shall count toward meeting the requirements specified in subparagraph (B) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 399.15.
(e) Projects generating electricity procured under this section shall demonstrate an environmental benefit and an economic benefit to California communities located within the boundaries of, and an environmental and an economic benefit to individuals living in, disadvantaged communities described in Section 39711 of the Health and Safety Code. Environmental benefits may include, but are not limited to, reducing air pollution from oxides of nitrogen, particulate matter 2.5 microns and smaller in size, or fugitive dust, or enabling the production of lithium. Economic benefits may include, but are not limited to, creating high-quality jobs.
(f) It is the intent of the Legislature that the procurement expenditure limitations described in subdivision (c) of Section 399.15 apply to electricity procured pursuant to this section.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.
SECTION 1.Section 127805 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:
127805.

(a)The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development may receive data regarding the number of graduate medical education slots necessary to meet the current and future physician and surgeon needs of the County of Imperial and similar medically underserved counties from the following entities:

(1)Local public health or health planning agencies.

(2)Entities engaged in the provision of health care services in those areas, including, but not limited to, hospitals and physician groups.

(3)Professional and educational associations, such as the American Medical Association, the American Health Planning Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American College of Physicians, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

(b)For purposes of this section, “similar medically underserved counties” means counties that contain medically underserved areas and populations as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

SEC. 2.

The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique need to gather data necessary to determine current and future physician and surgeon needs in the County of Imperial and similar medically underserved counties.