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SB-1339 Electricity: microgrids: tariffs.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 08/06/2018 02:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  August 06, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  July 05, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  June 11, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  April 26, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  April 10, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 1339


Introduced by Senator Stern

February 16, 2018


An act to add Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 8370) to Division 4.1 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to electricity.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1339, as amended, Stern. Electricity: microgrids: tariffs.
(1) Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations, while local publicly owned electric utilities, as defined, are under the direction of their governing boards. Existing law authorizes the commission to fix the rates and charges for every public utility and requires that those rates and charges be just and reasonable.
This bill would require the PUC, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and the Independent System Operator, to take specified actions by January 1, 2020, to facilitate the commercialization of microgrids for distribution customers of electrical corporations. The bill would prohibit the PUC from permitting a microgrid that uses diesel backup or gas-combustion generation. The bill would require a local publicly owned electric utility that serves more than 700,000 customers to develop a process for interconnection of customer-supported microgrids and to make this process available by January 1, 2020. The bill would prohibit these local publicly owned electric utilities from permitting a microgrid that uses diesel backup or gas-combustion generation. require the governing board of a local publicly owned electric utility to develop and make available a standardized process for the interconnection of a customer-supported microgrid, including separate electrical rates and tariffs as necessary, as specified. The bill would prohibit an electrical corporation and local publicly owned electric utility from prohibiting or otherwise preventing the installation or operation of a microgrid, or component thereof.
Under existing law, a violation of any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime.
Because the provisions of this bill would require an order or other action of the commission to implement, and a violation of that order or action would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
In addition, by placing requirements upon local publicly owned electric utilities, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(2) 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 specified reasons.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Many electricity customers are seeing the potential benefits of investing in their own distributed energy resources as part of microgrids, both to ensure their own level of reliability and to better manage their own usage.
(b) Allowing the electricity customer to manage itself according to its needs, and then to act as an aggregated single entity to the distribution system operator, allows for a number of innovations and custom operations.
(c) Key issues facing commercializing microgrids that must be addressed include all the following:
(1) How microgrids operate and their value.
(2) Improving the electrical grid with microgrids.
(3) How microgrids can play a role in implementing policy goals.
(4) How microgrids can support California’s policies to integrate a high concentration of distributed energy resources on the electrical grid.
(5) How microgrids operate in the current California regulatory framework.
(6) Microgrid technical challenges.
(d) The Public Utilities Commission, Independent System Operator, and State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission must take action to help transition the microgrid from its current status as a promising emerging technology solution to a successful commercial product that helps California meet its future energy goals and provides end-use electricity customers new ways to manage their individual energy needs.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 8370) is added to Division 4.1 of the Public Utilities Code, to read:
CHAPTER  4.5. Microgrids

8370.
 For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply:
(a) “Customer” means a customer of a local publicly owned electric utility or an electrical corporation. A person or entity is a customer of an electrical corporation if the customer is physically located within the service territory of the electrical corporation and receives bundled service, distribution service, or transmission service from the electrical corporation.
(b) “Distributed energy resource” means an electric generation or storage technology that complies with the emissions standards adopted by the State Air Resources Board pursuant to the distributed generation certification program requirements of Section 94203 of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations, or any successor regulation.
(c) “Grid islanding capacity” means the capability of a microgrid to continue to provide electricity within its electrical boundary when the electrical grid is not providing the microgrid with electricity.

(d)“Large local publicly owned electric utility” means a local publicly owned electric utility as defined in Section 224.3 that serves more than 700,000 customers.

(e)

(d) “Microgrid” means an interconnected system of loads and energy resources, including, but not limited to, distributed energy resources, energy storage, demand response tools, and or other management, forecasting, and analytical tools, appropriately sized to meet customer needs, within a clearly defined electrical boundary that can act as a single, controllable entity, and can connect to, disconnect from, or run in parallel with, larger portions of the electrical grid, or can be managed and isolated to withstand larger disturbances and maintain electrical supply to connected critical infrastructure.

8371.
 (a)The commission, in consultation with the Energy Commission and the Independent System Operator, shall take all of the following actions by January 1, 2020, to facilitate the commercialization of microgrids for distribution customers of electrical corporations:

(1)

(a) Develop microgrid service standards necessary to meet state and local permitting requirements.

(2)

(b) Without shifting costs to ratepayers, develop methods to reduce cost barriers for microgrid interconnection requirements.

(3)

(c) Develop guidelines that determine what impact studies are required for microgrids to connect to the electrical corporation grid.

(4)

(d) Develop separate electrical corporation rates and tariffs, as necessary, to support microgrids. The separate rates and tariffs shall not compensate a customer for the use of diesel backup or gas-combustion generation.

(5)

(e) Form a working group to codify standards and protocols needed to meet California electrical corporation and Independent System Operator microgrid requirements.

(6)

(f) Develop a standard for direct current metering in Electric Rule 21 to streamline the interconnection process and lower interconnection costs for direct current microgrid applications.

(b)The commission shall not permit a microgrid that uses diesel backup or gas-combustion generation.

8372.

(a)Each large local publicly owned electric utility shall develop a process for interconnection of customer-supported microgrids. The process for interconnection shall be made available by January 1, 2020.

(b)A large local publicly owned electric utility shall not permit a microgrid that uses diesel backup or gas-combustion generation.

8372.
 (a) Within 180 days of the first request from a customer or developer to establish a microgrid, the governing board of a local publicly owned electric utility shall develop and make available a standardized process for the interconnection of a customer-supported microgrid, including separate electrical rates and tariffs as necessary. The separate rates and tariffs shall not compensate a customer for the use of diesel backup or gas-combustion generation.
(b) In establishing a tariff pursuant to subdivision (a), the governing board shall ensure the rates and charges paid by a microgrid customer are reasonable and do not shift costs to, or from, a microgrid customer or nonmicrogrid customer, and shall ensure that system, public, and worker safety are of the highest priority.

8373.
 An electrical corporation or local publicly owned electric utility shall not prohibit or otherwise prevent the installation or operation of a microgrid, or component thereof.

SEC. 3.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because a local agency or school district has the authority to levy service charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act or because 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.