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AB-740 Electricity: microgrids. (2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 8371.1 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

8371.1.
 Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the commission shall ensure that the standards developed to facilitate the commercialization of microgrids pursuant to Section 8371 do not impose a size cap on a microgrid project that has both of the following characteristics:
(a) It does not use technologies operating by combustion.
(b) It is capable of continuous operation for 72 hours or longer.

SEC. 2.

 Section 8372 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

8372.
 (a) Within 180 days of the first request from a customer or developer to establish a microgrid, the governing board of a local publicly owned electric utility shall develop and make available a standardized process for the interconnection of a customer-supported microgrid, including separate electrical rates and tariffs, as necessary. The separate rates and tariffs shall not compensate a customer for the use of diesel backup or natural gas generation, except as either of those sources is used pursuant to Section 41514.1 of the Health and Safety Code, or except for natural gas generation that is a distributed energy resource.
(b) The governing board shall ensure the microgrid rates and charges do not shift costs to, or from, a microgrid customer or nonmicrogrid customer, and shall ensure each microgrid and its components comply with the local publicly owned electric utility’s applicable regulatory requirements.
(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the governing board shall ensure that the standardized process established pursuant to this section does not impose a size cap on a microgrid project that has both of the following characteristics:
(1) It does not use technologies operating by combustion.
(2) It is capable of continuous operation for 72 hours or longer.