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AB-2789 State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission: distributed energy resources: study.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Blackouts and natural disasters require increased attention to energy resiliency and electrical grid reliability, and the push to electrify transportation and building end-uses creates an added challenge for local energy capacity.
(b) The Legislature and state agencies need rigorous, objective data that they can depend on to make critical decisions about investments in electrical grid infrastructure.
(c) Current analyses from state agencies on electrical system planning do not involve the creation of scenarios using power flow modeling.

SEC. 2.

 Section 25405.7 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

 (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Distributed energy resources” means load management technologies and renewable electricity generation and energy storage systems interconnected to the electric distribution system.
(2) “Public safety power shutoff” means an intentional deenergization of electrical infrastructure for the purpose of avoiding hazardous conditions on the electrical grid.
(b) By January 1, 2022, the commission shall determine all of the following related to the electric transmission and distribution systems:
(1) The potential to rely on distributed energy resources to maintain electric service for circuits or substations at risk of a public safety power shutoff.
(2) The net cost or savings of relying on distributed energy resources instead of traditional upgrades to the transmission and distribution systems to mitigate the risk of igniting wildfires while maintaining reliable service. In calculating the net cost or savings, the commission shall consider the energy, capacity, and ancillary service benefits of the distributed energy resources, the cost of the distributed energy resources, and the cost of traditional transmission and distribution upgrades.
(3) Using grid planning modeling tools, the total value of electric transmission and distribution infrastructure that is not necessary because of installed capacity of behind-the-meter distributed energy resources in existence at the time of the study.
(4) Using grid planning modeling tools, the estimated value of electric transmission and distribution infrastructure that may not be necessary because of behind-the-meter distributed energy resources, battery energy storage systems, and demand response technologies between 2020 and 2040 under various transportation and building end-use electrification scenarios.
(5) For an electrical corporation serving more than 5,000,000 electrical service customer accounts that is also a gas corporation, a grid needs assessment that considers transmission and distribution system upgrade needs for the following five years.
(c) An electrical corporation shall make available to the commission and any consultant with whom the commission contracts for purposes of this section all data necessary to plan for transmission and distribution system maintenance and expansion.
(d) The commission shall make its findings pursuant to subdivision (b) available for all relevant regulatory proceedings.
(e) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2026, and as of that date is repealed.