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AB-1789 Electrical corporations: high firethreat areas: electrical grid monitoring equipment.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 768.2 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

 (a) By December 31, 2020, each electrical corporation shall install monitoring equipment on transmission and distribution lines in high fire threat areas as designated by the commission. The monitoring equipment shall be installed between each set of poles or towers and shall generate raw data on line temperature, ambient temperature, electrical current, line movement, and barometric pressure. The monitoring technology shall access satellite communication for connectivity and be noninvasive at point of installation.
(b) Monitoring equipment installed pursuant to this section shall be installed and maintained by the utility workforce, or by workers who are paid the prevailing wage for all installation- and maintenance-related work. The Director of Industrial Relations shall determine the prevailing wage in accordance with the standards set forth in Article 2 (commencing with Section 1770) of Chapter 1 of Part 7 of Division 2 of the Labor Code. A nonutility enterprise installing or maintaining monitoring equipment shall submit wage schedules to the commission as a condition for recovery of expenses and shall make all payroll records available to the commission for enforcement purposes pursuant to this part. Certified payrolls submitted to the commission shall be public records.
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.