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AB-1846 Electricity: low-income ratepayers: smart thermostat device purchases: instant rebates.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 8367 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

8367.
 (a) Each electrical corporation shall offer to low-income ratepayers in its service territory, including those enrolled in a community choice aggregation program, instant rebates for smart thermostat device purchases. The instant rebate shall enable a ratepayer to either purchase the device directly from the electrical corporation at a predetermined discounted price, or use a coupon obtained from the electrical corporation to purchase the device from the electrical corporation or a third party at a predetermined discounted price. The instant rebate shall not require the ratepayer to pay full price for the device at the time of purchase.
(b) The commission shall ensure that the requirements of this section do not shift costs between ratepayers enrolled in a community choice aggregation program and other ratepayers.
(c) For purposes of this section, “low-income” has the same meaning as the term is used in Section 739.1 for purposes of the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8367.5 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

8367.5.
 (a) Each local publicly owned electric utility shall offer to low-income ratepayers in its service territory instant rebates for smart thermostat device purchases. The instant rebate shall enable ratepayers to either purchase the device directly from the local publicly owned electric utility at a predetermined discounted price, or use a coupon obtained from the local publicly owned electric utility to purchase the device from the local publicly owned electric utility or a third party at a predetermined discounted price. The instant rebate shall not require the ratepayer to pay full price for the device at the time of purchase.
(b) Each local publicly owned electric utility shall define “low-income” for purposes of this section in a manner consistent with its existing programs for low-income ratepayers.
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.