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SB-1090 Nuclear powerplant decommissioning.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/12/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1090


Introduced by Senator Monning
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Cunningham)

February 12, 2018


An act to add Section 713 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to electricity.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1090, as introduced, Monning. Nuclear powerplant decommissioning.
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. The Diablo Canyon nuclear powerplant, composed of reactor Units 1 and 2, is operated by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) in the County of San Luis Obispo. The Nuclear Facility Decommissioning Act of 1985 requires each electrical corporation owning or operating nuclear facilities to establish an externally managed, segregated fund for payment of decommissioning costs of those facilities, establishes requirements for collection of moneys for decommisioning costs in the utility’s rates and charges, and requires that the expenses associated with decommissioning of nuclear facilities be paid from those funds. Pursuant to the act, the commission ordered 2 nuclear decommissioning funds be established for the Diablo Canyon Units 1 and 2 powerplant. Existing law requires the commission to cause an assessment to be completed by no later than July 1, 2018, conducted by an independent 3rd party, selected as specified, of the adverse and beneficial economic impacts and net economic effects that could occur, and of potential ways for the state and local jurisdictions to mitigate the adverse economic impact, if the Diablo Canyon Units 1 and 2 powerplant were to temporarily or permanently shut down before the powerplant’s current operating licenses expire or when PG&E closes the powerplant upon the expiration of its current licenses. Existing law requires the commission to approve the withdrawal of $400,000 from the nuclear decommissioning funds established for the Diablo Canyon Units 1 and 2 powerplant for use by the commission for additional staffing to urgently effectuate the 3rd-party assessment. Pursuant to existing law, PG&E has filed an application with the commission seeking the commission’s approval for the retirement of the Diablo Canyon nuclear powerplant.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation providing direction and authorization to the commission with respect to the decommissioning of the Diablo Canyon Units 1 and 2 nuclear powerplant so as to minimize the economic dislocation that might otherwise occur as a result of that decommissioning.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 713 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

713.
 It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation providing direction and authorization to the commission with respect to the decommissioning of the Diablo Canyon Units 1 and 2 nuclear powerplant so as to minimize the economic dislocation that might otherwise occur as a result of that decommissioning.