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AB-33 Natural gas.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 12/07/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 33


Introduced by Assembly Member Ting
(Principal coauthor: Senator Becker)
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Chiu)

December 07, 2020


An act to add Section 17280.2 to the Education Code, to amend Section 15814.30 of the Government Code, and to add Sections 385.5, 455.6, and 2774.7 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to natural gas.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 33, as introduced, Ting. Natural gas.
Existing law vests the Department of General Services with the authority to supervise the design and construction of a school building or the reconstruction or alteration of or addition to a school building to ensure that plans and specifications comply with applicable rules and regulations and building standards, and to ensure that the work of construction has been performed in accordance with the approved plans and specifications, for the protection of life and property.
This bill would prohibit the department from approving or providing funding from the construction on new school buildings that have natural gas connections.
Existing law requires all new public buildings, as defined, to be models of energy efficiency and designed, constructed, and equipped with all energy efficiency measures, materials, and devices that are feasible and cost-effective over the life of the building or the life of the energy efficiency measures, whichever is less.
This bill would prohibit new public buildings for which construction begins on or after January 1, 2022, to have natural gas connections.
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. Existing law authorizes the commission to fix the rates and charges for every public utility and requires that those rates and charges be just and reasonable.
This bill would require the commission to require each electrical corporation to file a schedule of rates and charges for the provision of electric service to all-electric homes, as defined. The bill would require local publicly owned electric utilities to file a schedule of rates and charges for the provision of electric service to all-electric homes. By imposing additional duties on local publicly owned electric utilities, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
Under existing law, the commission has the responsibility to enforce the rules governing the extension of service by gas corporations to new residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial customers.
This bill would prohibit the commission from authorizing a gas corporation to provide service extension allowances or line installation allowances to its customers. The bill would prohibit a local publicly owned gas utility from providing service extension allowances or line installation allowances to its customers.
Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or an order or direction of the commission is a crime.
Because the provisions of this bill would be codified in the Public Utilities Act and would require action by the commission to implement its requirements, a violation of these provisions by a load-serving entity would impose a state-mandated local program by creating a new crime.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for specified reasons.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 17280.2 is added to the Education Code, to read:

17280.2.
 On or after January 1, 2022, the Department of General Services shall not approve or provide funding for the construction of a new school building that has natural gas connections.

SEC. 2.

 Section 15814.30 of the Government Code is amended to read:

15814.30.
 (a) (1) All new public buildings for which construction begins after January 1, 1993, shall be models of energy efficiency and shall be designed, constructed, and equipped with all energy efficiency measures, materials, and devices that are feasible and cost-effective over the life of the building or the life of the energy efficiency measure, whichever is less.

(b)

(2) In determining which energy efficiency measures, materials, and devices are feasible and cost-effective over the life of the building, the State Architect and the Department of General Services shall consult with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.
(b) All new public buildings for which construction begins on or after January 1, 2022, shall not have any natural gas connections.
(c) For purposes of this section, “cost-effective” means that savings generated over the life of the building or the life of the energy efficiency measure, whichever is less, shall exceed the cost of purchasing and installing the energy efficiency measures, materials, or devices by not less than 10 percent.

SEC. 3.

 Section 385.5 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

385.5.
 (a) For purposes of this section, “all-electric home” means a residential building with electric service only.
(b) Each local publicly owned electric utility shall establish a schedule of rates and charges for the provision of electric service to all-electric homes.

SEC. 4.

 Section 455.6 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

455.6.
 (a) For purposes of this section, “all-electric home” means a residential building with electric service only.
(b) The commission shall require each electrical corporation to file a schedule of rates and charges for the provision of electric service to all-electric homes.

SEC. 5.

 Section 2774.7 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

2774.7.
 (a) On or after January 1, 2022, the commission shall not authorize a gas corporation to provide a service extension allowance or a line installation allowance to its customers.
(b) On and after January 1, 2022, local publicly owned gas utility shall not provide a service extension allowance or a line installation allowance to its customers.

SEC. 6.

 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.