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AB-2271 Electricity: research programs: peer review.(2015-2016)

As Amends the Law Today


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

 (a) For purposes of this section, “research programs” means programs for the development of novel and innovative processes that are proposed by electrical corporations for approval by the commission and that would be funded through the rates of ratepayers of the electrical corporations. Research programs do not include programs that are funded pursuant to the Public Interest Energy Research, Demonstration, and Development Program (Chapter 7.1 (commencing with Section 25620) of Division 15 of the Public Resources Code) or the Electric Program Investment Charge program developed pursuant to Section 25711.5 of the Public Resources Code.
(b) The commission shall establish a procedure for the independent peer review of a research program proposed by an electrical corporation, to be followed if the research program will cost one million dollars ($1,000,000) or more. The independent peer review shall be conducted in accordance with the procedure upon the commission’s receipt of the proposed research program.
(c) This section does not apply to a research program that is directly reviewed and approved by the commission.
(d) The commission shall make available to the public on its Internet Web site the results of the review upon the approval of the research program.