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Public Utilities Code - PUC

DIVISION 4. LAWS RELATING TO UTILITY CORPORATIONS AND THEIR EMPLOYEES [7503 - 8286]

  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

CHAPTER 6. Electric Service Areas [8101 - 8108]

  ( Chapter 6 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

ARTICLE 1. Designation by Public Utilities Commission [8101 - 8108]
  ( Article 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

8101.
  

Under certain conditions the sale and distribution of electric power and energy in the same geographical area both by an electrical utility and by an irrigation district, results in duplication of service, waste of materials, increase in costs, waste of manpower and economic loss, and is detrimental to the efficiency and best interests of such districts. It is the policy of this State to induce such utilities and irrigation districts to prevent or remove such economic waste and to adopt more efficient and economic methods of distribution of electric power and energy, and to that end encourage the definition of areas to be served or not to be served by each.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

8102.
  

Any utility may petition the commission setting forth in its petition the following:

(a) That the petitioner and an irrigation district formed under the laws of this State are both engaged or propose to engage in the sale and distribution of electric power and energy in the described area or areas or in contiguous areas, or that the petitioner proposes to sell an electric distribution system in a described area, to such irrigation district.

(b) That the petitioner and irrigation district are desirous of entering into a contract in which, among other things, and as one of the considerations therefor, they consent to the limitation of areas which each are to serve or are to be excluded from serving.

(c) A copy of the contract or proposed contract.

(d) A description of the respective areas that the limitations will affect and the terms of the contract, if any, or the conditions, if any, existing in connection with such limitations or the sale or acquisition of a utility distribution system.

(e) A prayer that the commission issue its order limiting the area or areas within which the petitioner may, directly or indirectly, sell or distribute electric power or energy or define the area or areas within which the petitioner shall not sell or distribute electric power or energy as indicated in the petition and set forth in a contract or proposed contract.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

8103.
  

Thereupon, the commission shall cause an investigation to be made and may conduct such hearings in connection therewith as it considers desirable.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

8104.
  

If the commission finds that it is for the best interests of the State and of the utility, and not incompatible with any public interest that the petition be granted, it shall make and issue its order limiting the area or areas within which the utility shall have the right and authority to sell or distribute electric power or energy, directly or indirectly, or define the area or areas within which the utility shall not have the right or authority to sell or distribute electric power or energy, directly or indirectly. The commission may, in its order, approve and thereby authorize the contract or conditions, if any, in connection therewith. No limitation or definition of area or areas or statement of conditions shall be included in the order except as contained in the petition and contract.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

8106.
  

Where limitation of areas to be served or limitations or designations of areas not to be served by the utility and by an irrigation district have heretofore been approved or are hereafter approved by the commission they shall be deemed to have complied with this article.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

8107.
  

In any civil or criminal action or proceeding for violation of the Cartwright Act (Chapter 530, Statues of 1907), Part 2 of Division 7 of the Business and Professions Code, or any rule of statutory or common law against monopolies or combinations in restraint of trade, proof that the act complained of was done in compliance with this article or an order issued under it and in furtherance of the purposes and provisions of this article is a complete defense in such action or proceeding.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

8108.
  

If, in any contract submitted and approved by the commission or in any order made by the commission pursuant to application and petition as in this article provided, it is provided that the utility is not to serve or furnish electric energy in a specified area or areas, or is to furnish or serve electric energy under limited or specified circumstances only, or is to refrain from serving or furnishing electric energy in certain specified areas or under certain specified circumstances or under certain specified limitations, then, from and after the effective date of such order of the commission, it shall be unlawful for the utility to serve electric energy in any area or in any manner which the contract and order provides that service shall not be rendered, and the affected district shall be entitled, as a matter of right, to an injunction to prevent any such unlawful act on the part of the utility.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764.)

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