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AB-2695 Self-generation incentive program: energy storage systems.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/11/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 11, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 22, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2695


Introduced by Assembly Member Ting

February 15, 2018


An act to amend Section 379.6 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to energy storage.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2695, as amended, Ting. Self-generation incentive program: energy storage systems.
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. Existing law requires the commission to require the administration, until January 1, 2021, of a self-generation incentive program to increase the development of distributed generation resources and energy storage technologies. technologies, and authorizes the annual collection of moneys for the program, through December 31, 2019, not to exceed double the amount authorized for the program in the 2008 calendar year. Existing law requires the commission, on January 1, 2021, to provide for repayment of all unallocated funds collected to pay for the program to reduce ratepayer costs.
This bill would, beginning January 1, 2019, require the commission to reserve not less than 40% of self-generation incentive program energy storage funds in addition to the moneys already authorized to be collected to pay for the self-generation incentive program, authorize an additional annual collection of not more than $140,000,000 by the 3 largest electrical corporations to provide for energy storage systems, as specified. The bill would, beginning January 1, 2019, require that the commission direct those corporations to reserve not less than 40% of the additional moneys collected for the 3 largest electrical those corporations to develop, own, and operate energy storage system projects located within, and benefiting customers in, low-income communities, low-income households, or multifamily residences. The bill would require the commission to direct those corporations to reserve the remaining 60% of self-generation incentive program energy storage funds the additional moneys collected for projects located within, and benefiting customers in, census tracts with median household incomes at or below an unspecified percent of the statewide median income. The bill would require the commission to optimize the value for customers and the electrical system by requiring customers receiving or benefiting from incentives to be on a time-of-use rate and by directing electrical corporations to operate storage so as to minimize the bills of customers and overall system costs by considering periods of high solar generation system ramping demands.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 379.6 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

379.6.
 (a) (1) (A) It is the intent of the Legislature that the self-generation incentive program increase deployment of distributed generation and energy storage systems to facilitate the integration of those resources into the electrical grid, improve efficiency and reliability of the distribution and transmission system, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, peak demand, and ratepayer costs. It is the further intent of the Legislature that the commission, in future proceedings, provide for an equitable distribution of the costs and benefits of the program.
(B) It is also the intent of the Legislature that, beginning January 1, 2019, the program focus on substantially increasing the number of energy storage systems in communities that are disproportionately affected by air pollution and economic hardship to ensure that these communities benefit from clean energy programs with improved air quality and increased economic and workforce development opportunities.
(2) The commission, in consultation with the Energy Commission, may authorize the annual collection of not more than double the amount authorized for the self-generation incentive program in the 2008 calendar year, through December 31, 2019. The commission shall require the administration of the program for distributed energy resources originally established pursuant to Chapter 329 of the Statutes of 2000 until January 1, 2021. On January 1, 2021, the commission shall provide repayment of all unallocated funds collected pursuant to this section to reduce ratepayer costs.
(3) The commission shall administer solar technologies separately, pursuant to the California Solar Initiative adopted by the commission in Decisions 05-12-044 and 06-01-024, as modified by Article 1 (commencing with Section 2851) of Chapter 9 of Part 2 of Division 1 of this code and Chapter 8.8 (commencing with Section 25780) of Division 15 of the Public Resources Code.
(b) (1) Eligibility for incentives under the self-generation incentive program shall be limited to distributed energy resources that the commission, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board, determines will achieve reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) of the Health and Safety Code).
(2) On or before July 1, 2015, the commission shall update the factor for avoided greenhouse gas emissions based on the most recent data available to the State Air Resources Board for greenhouse gas emissions from electricity sales in the self-generation incentive program administrators’ service areas as well as current estimates of greenhouse gas emissions over the useful life of the distributed energy resource, including consideration of the effects of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard.
(c) (1) Beginning In addition to the moneys authorized to be collected pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (a), the commission, in consultation with the Energy Commission, may authorize an additional annual collection of not more than one hundred forty million dollars ($140,000,000) in aggregate by the three largest electrical corporations to provide for energy storage systems pursuant to this subdivision.
(2) Beginning January 1, 2019, the commission shall direct the three largest electrical corporations to each reserve not less than 40 percent of self-generation incentive program energy storage funds the funds collected pursuant to this subdivision for the three largest electrical those corporations to develop, own, and operate energy storage system projects located within, and benefiting customers in, low-income communities, low-income households, or multifamily residences. The commission shall direct those electrical corporations to reserve the remaining 60 percent of self-generation incentive program energy storage these funds for energy storage system projects located within, and benefiting customers in, census tracts with median household incomes at or below ____ percent of the statewide median income.

(2)

(3) Funds allocated pursuant to paragraph (1) (2) shall not affect the program’s energy storage equity budget funds.

(3)

(4) The commission shall optimize the value for customers and the electrical system by requiring customers receiving or benefiting from incentives to be on a time-of-use rate and by directing electrical corporations to operate storage so as to minimize the bills of customers and overall system costs by considering periods of high solar generation system ramping demands.

(4)

(5) For purposes of this subdivision, the following terms have the following meanings:
(A) “Low-income communities” are census tracts with median household incomes at or below 80 percent of the statewide median income or with median household incomes at or below the threshold designated as low income by the Department of Housing and Community Development’s list of state income limits adopted pursuant to Section 50093 of the Health and Safety Code.
(B) “Low-income households” are those with household incomes at or below 80 percent of the statewide median income or with household incomes at or below the threshold designated as low income by the Department of Housing and Community Development’s list of state income limits adopted pursuant to Section 50093 of the Health and Safety Code.
(d) Eligibility for the funding of any combustion-operated distributed generation projects using fossil fuel is subject to all of the following conditions:
(1) An oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions rate standard of 0.07 pounds per megawatthour and a minimum efficiency of 60 percent, or any other NOx emissions rate and minimum efficiency standard adopted by the State Air Resources Board. A minimum efficiency of 60 percent shall be measured as useful energy output divided by fuel input. The efficiency determination shall be based on 100 percent load.
(2) Combined heat and power units that meet the 60-percent efficiency standard may take a credit to meet the applicable NOx emissions standard of 0.07 pounds per megawatthour. Credit shall be at the rate of one megawatthour for each 3,400,000 British thermal units (Btus) of heat recovered.
(3) The customer receiving incentives shall adequately maintain and service the combined heat and power units so that during operation the system continues to meet or exceed the efficiency and emissions standards established pursuant to paragraphs (1) and (2).
(4) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a project that does not meet the applicable NOx emissions standard is eligible if it meets both of the following requirements:
(A) The project operates solely on waste gas. The commission shall require a customer that applies for an incentive pursuant to this paragraph to provide an affidavit or other form of proof that specifies that the project shall be operated solely on waste gas. Incentives awarded pursuant to this paragraph shall be subject to refund and shall be refunded by the recipient to the extent the project does not operate on waste gas. As used in this paragraph, “waste gas” means natural gas that is generated as a byproduct of petroleum production operations and is not eligible for delivery to the utility pipeline system.
(B) The air quality management district or air pollution control district, in issuing a permit to operate the project, determines that operation of the project will produce an onsite net air emissions benefit compared to permitted onsite emissions if the project does not operate. The commission shall require the customer to secure the permit prior to receiving incentives.
(e) In determining the eligibility for the self-generation incentive program, minimum system efficiency shall be determined either by calculating electrical and process heat efficiency as set forth in Section 216.6, or by calculating overall electrical efficiency.
(f) Eligibility for incentives under the program shall be limited to distributed energy resource technologies that the commission determines meet all of the following requirements:
(1) The distributed energy resource technology shifts onsite energy use to off-peak time periods or reduces demand from the grid by offsetting some or all of the customer’s onsite energy load, including, but not limited to, peak electric load.
(2) The distributed energy resource technology is commercially available.
(3) The distributed energy resource technology safely utilizes the existing transmission and distribution system.
(4) The distributed energy resource technology improves air quality by reducing criteria air pollutants.
(g) Recipients of the self-generation incentive program funds shall provide relevant data to the commission and the State Air Resources Board, upon request, and shall be subject to onsite inspection to verify equipment operation and performance, including capacity, thermal output, and usage to verify criteria air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions performance.
(h) In administering the self-generation incentive program, the commission shall determine a capacity factor for each distributed generation system energy resource technology in the program.
(i) (1) In administering the self-generation incentive program, the commission may adjust the amount of rebates and evaluate other public policy interests, including, but not limited to, ratepayers, energy efficiency, peak load reduction, load management, and environmental interests.
(2) The commission shall consider the relative amount and the cost of greenhouse gas emissions reductions, peak demand reductions, system reliability benefits, and other measurable factors when allocating program funds between eligible technologies.
(j) The commission shall ensure that distributed generation resources are made available in the program for all ratepayers.
(k) In administering the self-generation incentive program, the commission shall provide an additional incentive of 20 percent from existing program funds for the installation of eligible distributed generation resources manufactured in California.
(l) The costs of the program adopted and implemented pursuant to this section shall not be recovered from customers participating in the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program.
(m) The commission shall evaluate the overall success and impact of the self-generation incentive program based on the following performance measures:
(1) The amount of reductions of emissions of greenhouse gases.
(2) The amount of reductions of emissions of criteria air pollutants measured in terms of avoided emissions and reductions of criteria air pollutants represented by emissions credits secured for project approval.
(3) The amount of energy reductions measured in energy value.
(4) The amount of reductions of customer peak demand.
(5) The ratio of the electricity generated by distributed energy resource generation projects receiving incentives from the program to the electricity capable of being produced by those projects, commonly known as a capacity factor.
(6) The value to the electrical transmission and distribution system measured in avoided costs of transmission and distribution upgrades and replacement.
(7) The ability to improve onsite electricity reliability as compared to onsite electricity reliability before the self-generation incentive program technology was placed in service.