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DIVISION 15. ENERGY CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT [25000 - 25990]

  ( Division 15 added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 276. )

CHAPTER 1. Title and General Provisions [25000 - 25009]
  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 276. )

25000.
  

This division shall be known and may be cited as the Warren-Alquist State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Act.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 276.)

25000.1.
  

(a) The Legislature further finds and declares that, in addition to their other ratepayer protection objectives, a principal goal of electric and natural gas utilities’ resource planning and investment shall be to minimize the cost to society of the reliable energy services that are provided by natural gas and electricity, and to improve the environment and to encourage the diversity of energy sources through improvements in energy efficiency and development of renewable energy resources, such as wind, solar, and geothermal energy.

(b) The Legislature further finds and declares that, in addition to any appropriate investments in energy production, electrical and natural gas utilities should seek to exploit all practicable and cost-effective conservation and improvements in the efficiency of energy use and distribution that offer equivalent or better system reliability, and which are not being exploited by any other entity.

(c) In calculating the cost effectiveness of energy resources, including conservation and load management options, the commission shall include a value for any costs and benefits to the environment, including air quality. The commission shall ensure that any values it develops pursuant to this section are consistent with values developed by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to Section 701.1 of the Public Utilities Code. However, if the commission determines that a value developed pursuant to this subdivision is not consistent with a value developed by the Public Utilities Commission pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 701.1 of the Public Utilities Code, the commission may nonetheless use this value if, in the appropriate record of its proceedings, it states its reasons for using the value it has selected.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 1475, Sec. 1.)

25000.5.
  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares that overdependence on the production, marketing, and consumption of petroleum based fuels as an energy resource in the transportation sector is a threat to the energy security of the state due to continuing market and supply uncertainties. In addition, petroleum use as an energy resource contributes substantially to the following public health and environmental problems: air pollution, acid rain, global warming, and the degradation of California’s marine environment and fisheries.

(b) Therefore, it is the policy of this state to fully evaluate the economic and environmental costs of petroleum use, and the economic and environmental costs of other transportation fuels, including the costs and values of environmental impacts, and to establish a state transportation energy policy that results in the least environmental and economic cost to the state. In pursuing the “least environmental and economic cost” strategy, it is the policy of the state to exploit all practicable and cost-effective conservation and improvements in the efficiency of energy use and distribution, and to achieve energy security, diversity of supply sources, and competitiveness of transportation energy markets based on the least environmental and economic cost.

(c) It is also the policy of this state to minimize the economic and environmental costs due to the use of petroleum-based and other transportation fuels by state agencies. In implementing a least-cost economic and environmental strategy for state fleets, it is the policy of the state to implement practicable and cost-effective measures, including, but not necessarily limited to, the purchase of the cleanest and most efficient automobiles and replacement tires, the use of alternative fuels in its fleets, and other conservation measures.

(d) For the purposes of this section, “petroleum based fuels” means fuels derived from liquid unrefined crude oil, including natural gas liquids, liquefied petroleum gas, or the energy fraction of methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) or other ethers that is not attributed to natural gas.

(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 912, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2002.)

25001.
  

The Legislature hereby finds and declares that electrical energy is essential to the health, safety and welfare of the people of this state and to the state economy, and that it is the responsibility of state government to ensure that a reliable supply of electrical energy is maintained at a level consistent with the need for such energy for protection of public health and safety, for promotion of the general welfare, and for environmental quality protection.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 276.)

25002.
  

The Legislature further finds and declares that the present rapid rate of growth in demand for electric energy is in part due to wasteful, uneconomic, inefficient, and unnecessary uses of power and a continuation of this trend will result in serious depletion or irreversible commitment of energy, land and water resources, and potential threats to the state’s environmental quality.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 276.)

25003.
  

The Legislature further finds and declares that in planning for future electrical generating and related transmission facilities state, regional, and local plans for land use, urban expansion, transportation systems, environmental protection, and economic development should be considered.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 276.)

25004.
  

The Legislature further finds and declares that there is a pressing need to accelerate research and development into alternative sources of energy and into improved technology of design and siting of power facilities.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 276.)

25004.2.
  

The Legislature further finds that cogeneration technology is a potential energy resource and should be an important element of the state’s energy supply mix. The Legislature further finds that cogeneration technology can assist meeting the state’s energy needs while reducing the long-term use of conventional fuels, is readily available for immediate application, and reduces negative environmental impacts. The Legislature further finds that cogeneration technology is important with respect to the providing of a reliable and clean source of energy within the state and that cogeneration technology should receive immediate support and commitment from state government.

(Added by Stats. 1978, Ch. 1009.)

25004.3.
  

The Legislature further finds and declares all of the following:

(a) Advanced transportation technologies hold the promise of conserving energy, reducing pollution, lowering traffic congestion, and promoting economic development and jobs in California.

(b) There is a pressing need to provide business assistance to California companies engaged in producing and commercializing advanced transportation technologies.

(c) It is the policy of the state to provide financial assistance to California companies, particularly small businesses, that are engaged in commercial efforts in the field of advanced transportation technologies.

(Added by Stats. 1994, Ch. 1218, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1995.)

25005.
  

The Legislature further finds and declares that prevention of delays and interruptions in the orderly provision of electrical energy, protection of environmental values, and conservation of energy resources require expanded authority and technical capability within state government.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 276.)

25005.5.
  

The Legislature further finds and declares that information should be acquired and analyzed by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission in order to ascertain future energy problems and uncertainties, including, but not limited to:

(a) The state’s role in production of oil from domestic reserves, especially within Petroleum Administration for Defense District V.

(b) The production of Alaskan North Slope oil and its projected use in the state.

(c) Plans of the federal government for development of oil in the Outer Continental Shelf adjacent to the state.

(d) Impacts of petroleum price increases and projected conservation measures on the demand for energy and indirect effects on the need for offshore oil development and Alaskan oil delivery into the state.

(e) Potential shipment of Alaskan oil through the state.

(f) Proposals for processing petroleum outside the state to supply the needs within the state.

(g) The impact on the state of national energy policies, including Project Independence.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 1195.)

25006.
  

It is the policy of the state and the intent of the Legislature to establish and consolidate the state’s responsibility for energy resources, for encouraging, developing, and coordinating research and development into energy supply and demand problems, and for regulating electrical generating and related transmission facilities.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 276.)

25007.
  

It is further the policy of the state and the intent of the Legislature to employ a range of measures to reduce wasteful, uneconomical, and unnecessary uses of energy, thereby reducing the rate of growth of energy consumption, prudently conserve energy resources, and assure statewide environmental, public safety, and land use goals.

(Added by Stats. 1974, Ch. 276.)

25008.
  

It is further the policy of the state and the intent of the Legislature to promote all feasible means of energy and water conservation and all feasible uses of alternative energy and water supply sources.

The Legislature finds and declares that the State of California has extensive physical and natural resources available to it at state-owned sites and facilities which can be substituted for traditional energy supplies or which lend themselves readily to the production of electricity or water. Due to increases in energy and water costs, the state’s expenditures for energy and water have also increased, adding to the burden on California taxpayers and reducing the amount of funds available for other public purposes.

It is in the best interest of the state to use these resources when it can be demonstrated that long-term cost, water, and energy use reduction will result, and where increased independence from other fuel and water sources and development of additional revenues for the state may be obtained.

Therefore, in recognition of recent and projected increases in the cost of energy and water from traditional sources, it is the policy of the state to use available resources at state facilities which can substitute for traditional energy and water supplies or produce electricity or water at its facilities when use or production will reduce long-term energy or water expenditures. Criteria used in analysis of proposed actions shall include lifecycle cost evaluation, benefit to taxpayers, reduced fossil fuel or reduced water consumption depending on the application, and improved efficiency. Energy or water facilities at state-owned sites shall be scaled to produce optimal system efficiency and best economic advantage to the state. Energy or water produced may be reserved by the state to meet state facility needs or may be sold to state or nonstate purchasers.

Resources and processes which may be used to substitute for traditional energy and water supplies and for the purpose of electrical generation at state facilities include, but are not limited to, cogeneration, biomass, wind, geothermal, vapor compression, water reclamation, and solar technologies.

It is the intent of the Legislature that no policy in this section, expressed or implied, be in conflict with existing state or federal regulations regarding the production or sale of electricity or water, and that this policy be just and reasonable to utility ratepayers.

(Amended by Stats. 1991, Ch. 1142, Sec. 7. Effective October 14, 1991.)

25009.
  

The Legislature finds and declares that Chapter 854 of the Statutes of 1996 restructured the California electricity industry and created a competitive electricity generation market. In a competitive generation market, the recovery by powerplant owners of their private investment and operating costs is at risk and no longer guaranteed through regulated rates. Before the California electricity industry was restructured, the regulated cost recovery framework for powerplants justified requiring the commission to determine the need for new generation, and site only powerplants for which need was established. Now that powerplant owners are at risk to recover their investments, it is no longer appropriate to make this determination. It is necessary that California both protect environmental quality and site new powerplants to ensure electricity reliability, improve the environmental performance of the current electricity industry and reduce consumer costs. The success of California’s restructured electricity industry depends upon the willingness of private capital to invest in new powerplants. Therefore, it is necessary to modify the need for determination requirements of the state’s powerplant siting and licensing process to reflect the economics of the restructured electricity industry and ensure the timely construction of new electricity generation capacity.

(Added by Stats. 1999, Ch. 581, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2000.)

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