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Public Utilities Code - PUC

DIVISION 1. REGULATION OF PUBLIC UTILITIES [201 - 3260]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

PART 1. PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT [201 - 2120]

  ( Part 1 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

CHAPTER 4. Regulation of Public Utilities [701 - 922]

  ( Chapter 4 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

ARTICLE 11. Reports to the Legislature [910 - 920]
  ( Heading of Article 11 amended by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 26. )

910.
  

(a) The commission shall develop, publish, and annually update a report that contains all of the following information:

(1) A workplan that describes in clear detail the scheduled proceedings and other decisions that may be considered by the commission during the calendar year.

(2) Performance criteria for the commission and the executive director, and an evaluation of the performance of the executive director during the previous year based on criteria established in the prior year’s workplan.

(3) An accounting of the commission’s transactions and proceedings from the prior year, together with other facts, suggestions, and recommendations that the commission deems of value to the people of the state. The accounting shall include the activities that the commission has taken, and plans to take, to reduce the costs of, and the rates for, water and energy, including electricity, to improve the competitiveness of the state’s industries, including agriculture, and, to the extent possible, shall include suggestions and recommendations for the reduction of those costs and rates.

(4) A description of activities taken and processes instituted to both solicit the input of customers from diverse regions of the state in ratesetting and quasi-legislative proceedings and to process that input in a way that makes it usable in commission decisionmaking. The report shall describe the successes and challenges of these processes, the effect of resource constraints, and efforts to be made during the calendar year to further the goal of increased public participation.

(5) A list of the public meetings held outside San Francisco in the previous year, and a schedule of meetings anticipated to be held outside San Francisco during the coming year.

(b) (1) The commission shall submit the report required pursuant to subdivision (a) to the Governor and the Legislature, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, no later than February 1 of each year.

(2) The commission shall post the report in a conspicuous area of its Internet Web site and shall have a program to disseminate the information in the report using computer mailing lists to provide regular updates on the information to those members of the public and organizations that request that information.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 808, Sec. 4. (SB 512) Effective January 1, 2017.)

910.1.
  

The commission shall annually submit a report to the Legislature on the commission’s timeliness in resolving cases, information on the disposition of applications for rehearings, and the days that commissioners presided in hearings. The report shall include the number of scoping memos issued in each proceeding and the number of orders issued extending the statutory deadlines pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 1701.2, for all adjudication cases, and pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 1701.5, for all ratesetting or quasi-legislative cases.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 808, Sec. 5. (SB 512) Effective January 1, 2017.)

910.2.
  

(a) The commission shall report to the Legislature the collections from each class of utility and expenditures, both direct and indirect, for regulatory and other authorized commission activities affecting each class. Where expenditures are for overhead, allocations of services common to several classes, or for commission-wide activities, the methods used to calculate the expenditures attributed to the class shall be described in reasonable detail.

(b) The report shall be furnished to the Legislature within 60 days after the end of the fiscal year, and shall be subject to audit. The commission shall maintain information and reports necessary to perform an audit pursuant to this section.

(Added by renumbering Section 432.5 by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 14. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

910.3.
  

(a) The commission shall provide a report to the Legislature on September 1 of each year, on the progress of activities undertaken by each electrical, gas, water, wireless telecommunications service provider, and telephone corporation with gross annual revenues exceeding twenty-five million dollars ($25,000,000), in the implementation of women, minority, disabled veteran, and LGBT business enterprise development programs pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with Section 8281) of Chapter 7 of Division 4. The report shall include information about which procurements are made with women, minority, disabled veteran, and LGBT business enterprises with at least a majority of the enterprise’s workforce in California, to the extent that information is readily accessible. The commission shall recommend a program for carrying out the policy declared in Article 5 (commencing with Section 8281) of Chapter 7 of Division 4, together with recommendations for legislation that it deems necessary or desirable to further that policy. The commission shall make the report available on its Internet Web site.

(b) In regard to disabled veteran business enterprises, the commission shall ensure that the programs and legislation recommended pursuant to subdivision (a) are consistent with the disabled veteran business enterprise certification eligibility requirements imposed by the Department of General Services and that the recommendations include only those disabled veteran business enterprises certified by the Department of General Services.

(c) The commission shall include the information about LGBT business enterprises required by subdivision (a) beginning with the report due on September 1, 2016.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 30. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

910.4.
  

By February 1 of each year, the commission shall report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and appropriate fiscal and policy committees of the Legislature, on all sources and amounts of funding and actual and proposed expenditures, both in the two prior fiscal years and for the proposed fiscal year, including any costs to ratepayers, related to both of the following:

(a) Entities or programs established by the commission by order, decision, motion, settlement, or other action, including, but not limited to, the California Clean Energy Fund, the California Emerging Technology Fund, and the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council. The report shall contain descriptions of relevant issues, including, but not limited to, all of the following:

(1) Any governance structure established for an entity or program.

(2) Any staff or employees hired by or for the entity or program and their salaries and expenses.

(3) Any staff or employees transferred or loaned internally or interdepartmentally for the entity or program and their salaries and expenses.

(4) Any contracts entered into by the entity or program, the funding sources for those contracts, and the legislative authority under which the commission entered into the contract.

(5) The public process and oversight governing the entity or program’s activities.

(b) Entities or programs established by the commission, other than those expressly authorized by statute, under the following sections:

(1) Section 379.6.

(2) Section 399.8.

(3) Section 739.1.

(4) Section 2790.

(5) Section 2851.

(6) Section 921.1.

(7) Section 922.

(Amended by Stats. 2018, Ch. 378, Sec. 3. (SB 1477) Effective January 1, 2019.)

910.5.
  

(a) The commission shall submit a report by April 1 of each year to the Legislature on residential and household gas and electric service disconnections that includes the following information for each community choice aggregator and each of the four electrical and gas corporations that have the greatest number of customers:

(1) For the most recent five years, the total annual number of residential disconnections for nonpayment, reconnections following disconnection for nonpayment, and disconnections for nonpayment that did not result in a reconnection within 30 days.

(2) For the most recent five years, the total annual number of households disconnected for nonpayment, households reconnected following disconnection for nonpayment, and households not reconnected within 30 days of being disconnected for nonpayment. A household disconnected more than once in a calendar year shall be counted only once for purposes of this reporting requirement.

(b) The commission shall disaggregate the information specified in subdivision (a) to provide that information for each of the following populations:

(1) Customers enrolled in the California Alternate Rates for Energy or CARE program.

(2) Customers enrolled in a Family Electric Rate Assistance program.

(3) Customers receiving a medical baseline allowance.

(4) Customers both enrolled in the CARE program and receiving a medical baseline allowance.

(5) Customers receiving assistance or a benefit under the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (42 U.S.C. Sec. 8621 et seq.).

(6) Customers of a community choice aggregator who, after disconnection, are reconnected to service provided by an electrical corporation.

(c) For each of the customer categories listed in subdivision (b), the commission shall further disaggregate the information for individual customers as follows:

(1) Disconnected one time.

(2) Disconnected two times.

(3) Disconnected three or more times.

(4) Reconnected one time.

(5) Reconnected two times.

(6) Reconnected three or more times.

(d) For a corporation included in the report pursuant to subdivision (a) that provides both gas and electric service to customers, the commission shall provide the information separately.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 362, Sec. 4. (SB 598) Effective January 1, 2018.)

910.6.
  

The commission shall annually submit a report to the Legislature on the commission’s advocacy efforts to keep transmission rates low for ratepayers through its participation in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rate cases and the Independent System Operator’s transmission planning processes. The report shall include all of the following:

(a) The number of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rate cases in which the commission participated.

(b) The amount of ratepayer moneys saved through the commission’s participation in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rate cases.

(c) The nature of the commission’s participation in each rate case, including a description of each issue analyzed in the rate case, such as return on equity, taxes, depreciation, cost-of-service ratemaking, and assumptions for justifying project needs.

(Added by Stats. 2018, Ch. 51, Sec. 44. (SB 854) Effective June 27, 2018.)

910.7.
  

The commission shall annually provide the Legislature with an update on the status of its review of public utilities’ balancing accounts pursuant to Section 792.5. The commission shall provide this update as part of its annual report published pursuant to Section 910 or by posting it in a conspicuous area of its Internet Web site, or both.

(Added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 805, Sec. 5. (AB 2168) Effective January 1, 2017.)

911.
  

(a) Beginning February 1, 2016, the commission shall annually publish a report that includes all investigations into gas or electric service safety incidents reported, pursuant to commission requirements, by any gas corporation or electrical corporation. The report shall succinctly describe each safety investigation concluded during the prior calendar year and each investigation that remains open. The categories within the description shall include the month of the safety incident, the reason for the investigation, the facility type involved, and the owner of the facility.

(b) The commission shall include in its report required pursuant to Section 910, a summary of the staff safety investigations concluded during the prior calendar year and the staff safety investigations that remain open for any gas corporation or electrical corporation, with a link to the Internet Web site with the report that contains the information required pursuant to subdivision (a).

(Added by renumbering Section 915 by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 49. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

911.1.
  

An action taken by the commission on a safety recommendation letter or advisory bulletin concerning gas pipeline safety issued by the federal National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) shall be reported annually, in detail, to the Legislature with the report required by Section 910. Correspondence from the NTSB that indicates that a recommendation of the NTSB has been closed following an action that the NTSB finds unacceptable shall be noted in the report required by Section 910.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 33. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

911.2.
  

The commission shall report the findings of any risk assessment required by Section 1103 to the Legislature.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 425, Sec. 6. (SB 385) Effective January 1, 2018.)

912.
  

A summary of the audits conducted by the commission pursuant to Section 314.5 shall be provided annually to the Legislature. The commission may provide this information as part of its annual report delivered pursuant to Section 910.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 34. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

912.1.
  

The Public Utilities Commission shall conduct an audit of the expenditures of the funds received pursuant to Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 5001) of Division 2 each fiscal year. The results of this audit shall be reported in writing, on or before February 15th of each year thereafter, with respect to the audit for the fiscal year ending on the previous June 30th, to the appropriate policy and budget committees of the respective houses of the Legislature.

(Added by renumbering Section 5012 by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 61. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

912.2.
  

(a) The commission shall conduct an interim financial audit and a final financial audit and an interim performance audit and a final performance audit of the implementation and effectiveness of the California Advanced Services Fund to ensure that funds have been expended in accordance with the approved terms of the grant awards and loan agreements pursuant to Section 281. The commission shall report its interim findings to the Legislature by April 1, 2020. The commission shall report its final findings to the Legislature by April 1, 2023. The reports shall also include an update to the maps in the final report of the California Broadband Task Force and data on the types and numbers of jobs created as a result of the program administered by the commission pursuant to Section 281.

(b) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section is repealed on January 1, 2027.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 851, Sec. 4. (AB 1665) Effective October 15, 2017. Repealed as of January 1, 2027, by its own provisions.)

912.3.
  

Immediately upon completion of an audit of any entity or program created by any order, decision, motion, settlement, or other action by the commission conducted pursuant to Section 314.6, the commission shall transmit a copy of the audit report to the Legislature, including to the appropriate policy and fiscal committees or subcommittees of the Legislature, and to the Governor. The audit report shall be submitted to the Legislature in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 421, Sec. 20. (SB 19) Effective January 1, 2018.)

913.
  

(a) The reporting requirements of this section apply to electrical corporations with at least 1,000,000 retail customers in California and gas corporations with at least 500,000 retail customers in California.

(b) The commission shall prepare a written report on the costs of programs and activities conducted by each electrical corporation and gas corporation that is subject to this section, including activities conducted to comply with their duty to serve. The report shall be completed on an annual basis before April 1 of each year, and shall identify, clearly and concisely, all of the following:

(1) Each program mandated by statute and its annual cost to ratepayers.

(2) Each program mandated by the commission and its annual cost to ratepayers.

(3) Energy purchase contract costs and bond-related costs incurred pursuant to Division 27 (commencing with Section 80000) of the Water Code.

(4) All other aggregated categories of costs currently recovered in retail rates as determined by the commission.

(c) The report required by subdivision (b) shall be submitted to the Governor and the Legislature no later than April 1 of each year.

(d) The commission shall post the report required by subdivision (b) in a conspicuous area of its Internet Web site.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 36. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

913.1.
  

(a) The commission, by May 1, 2010, and by each May 1 thereafter, shall prepare and submit a written report, separate from and in addition to the report required by Section 913, to the Governor and Legislature that contains the commission’s recommendations for actions that can be undertaken during the succeeding 12 months to limit utility cost and rate increases, consistent with the state’s energy and environmental goals, including goals for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases.

(b) In preparing the report required by subdivision (a), the commission shall require electrical corporations with 1,000,000 or more retail customers in California, and gas corporations with 500,000 or more retail customers in California, to study and report on measures the corporation recommends be undertaken to limit costs and rate increases.

(c) The commission shall post the report required by subdivision (a) in a conspicuous area of its Internet Web site.

(Added by renumbering Section 748 by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 20. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

913.2.
  

By February 1 of each year, the commission shall report to the Governor and the Legislature on the commission’s recommendations for a smart grid, the plans and deployment of smart grid technologies by the state’s electrical corporations, and the costs and benefits to ratepayers.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 842, Sec. 21. (SB 1222) Effective January 1, 2017.)

913.3.
  

(a) Notwithstanding subdivision (g) of Section 454.5 and Section 583, no later than May 1 of each year, the commission shall release to the Legislature for the preceding calendar year the costs of all electricity procurement contracts for eligible renewable energy resources, including unbundled renewable energy credits, and all costs for utility-owned generation approved by the commission.

(1) For power purchase contracts, the commission shall release costs in an aggregated form categorized according to the year the procurement transaction was approved by the commission, the eligible renewable energy resource type, including bundled renewable energy credits, the average executed contract price, and average actual recorded costs for each kilowatthour of production. Within each renewable energy resource type, the commission shall provide aggregated costs for different project size thresholds.

(2) For each utility-owned renewable generation project, the commission shall release the costs forecast by the electrical corporation at the time of initial approval and the actual recorded costs for each kilowatthour of production during the preceding calendar year.

(b) The commission shall report all electrical corporation revenue requirement increases associated with meeting the renewables portfolio standard, as defined in Section 399.12, including direct procurement costs for eligible renewable energy resources and renewable energy credits.

(c) The commission shall report all cost savings experienced, or costs avoided, by electrical corporations as a result of meeting the renewables portfolio standard.

(d) This section does not require the release of the terms of any individual electricity procurement contracts for eligible renewable energy resources, including unbundled renewable energy credits, approved by the commission. The commission shall aggregate data to the extent required to ensure protection of the confidentiality of individual contract costs even if this aggregation requires grouping contracts of different energy resource type. The commission shall not be required to release the data in any year when there are fewer than three contracts approved.

(Added by renumbering Section 913.4 by Stats. 2016, Ch. 842, Sec. 23. (SB 1222) Effective January 1, 2017.)

913.4.
  

In order to evaluate the progress of the state’s electrical corporations in complying with the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program (Article 16 (commencing with Section 399.11) of Chapter 2.3), the commission shall report to the Legislature no later than November 1 of each year on all of the following:

(a) The progress and status of procurement activities by each retail seller pursuant to the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program.

(b) For each electrical corporation, an implementation schedule to achieve the renewables portfolio standard procurement requirements, including all substantive actions that have been taken or will be taken to achieve the program procurement requirements.

(c) The projected ability of each electrical corporation to meet the renewables portfolio standard procurement requirements under the cost limitations in subdivisions (c) and (d) of Section 399.15 and any recommendations for revisions of those cost limitations.

(d) Any renewable energy procurement plan approved by the commission pursuant to Section 399.13, and a schedule and status report for all substantive procurement, transmission development, and other activities that the commission has approved to be undertaken by an electrical corporation to achieve the procurement requirements of the renewables portfolio standard.

(e) Any barriers to, and policy recommendations for, achieving the renewables portfolio standard pursuant to the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program.

(f) The efforts each electrical corporation is taking to recruit and train employees to ensure an adequately trained and available workforce, including the number of new employees hired by the electrical corporation for purposes of implementing the requirements of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program, the goals adopted by the electrical corporation for increasing women, minority, and disabled veterans trained or hired for purposes of implementing the requirements of that program, and, to the extent information is available, the number of new employees hired and the number of women, minority, and disabled veterans trained or hired by persons or corporations owning or operating eligible renewable energy resources under contract with an electrical corporation. This subdivision does not provide the commission with authority to engage in or regulate, or expand its authority to include, workforce recruitment or training.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 561, Sec. 213. (AB 1516) Effective January 1, 2018.)

913.5.
  

The commission shall submit a report to the Legislature by July 15, 2009, and triennially thereafter, on the energy efficiency and conservation programs it oversees. The report shall include information regarding authorized utility budgets and expenditures and projected and actual energy savings over the program cycle.

(Added by renumbering Section 913.7 by Stats. 2016, Ch. 842, Sec. 26. (SB 1222) Effective January 1, 2017.)

913.6.
  

(a) On or before February 1, 2010, and biennially thereafter, the commission, in consultation with the Independent System Operator and the Energy Commission, shall study and submit a report to the Legislature and the Governor on the impacts of distributed energy generation on the state’s distribution and transmission grid. The study shall evaluate all of the following:

(1) Reliability and transmission issues related to connecting distributed energy generation to the local distribution networks and regional grid.

(2) Issues related to grid reliability and operation, including interconnection, and the position of federal and state regulators toward distributed energy accessibility.

(3) The effect on overall grid operation of various distributed energy generation sources.

(4) Barriers affecting the connection of distributed energy to the state’s grid.

(5) Emerging technologies related to distributed energy generation interconnection.

(6) Interconnection issues that may arise for the Independent System Operator and local distribution companies.

(7) The effect on peak demand for electricity.

(b) In addition, the commission shall specifically assess the impacts of the California Solar Initiative program, specified in Section 2851 and Section 25783 of the Public Resources Code, the self-generation incentive program authorized by Section 379.6, and the net energy metering program specified in Sections 2827 and 2827.1.

(Added by renumbering Section 913.10 by Stats. 2016, Ch. 842, Sec. 29. (SB 1222) Effective January 1, 2017.)

913.7.
  

On or before June 30 of each year, the commission shall submit to the Legislature an assessment of the success of the California Solar Initiative program. That assessment shall include the number of residential and commercial sites that have installed solar thermal devices for which an award was made pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 2851 and the dollar value of the award, the number of residential and commercial sites that have installed solar energy systems, the electrical generating capacity of the installed solar energy systems, the cost of the program, total electrical system benefits, including the effect on electrical service rates, environmental benefits, how the program affects the operation and reliability of the electrical grid, how the program has affected peak demand for electricity, the progress made toward reaching the goals of the program, whether the program is on schedule to meet the program goals, and recommendations for improving the program to meet its goals. If the commission allocates additional moneys to research, development, and demonstration that explores solar technologies and other distributed generation technologies pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (c) of Section 2851, the commission shall include in the assessment submitted to the Legislature, a description of the program, a summary of each award made or project funded pursuant to the program, including the intended purposes to be achieved by the particular award or project, and the results of each award or project.

(Added by renumbering Section 913.12 by Stats. 2016, Ch. 842, Sec. 33. (SB 1222) Effective January 1, 2017.)

913.8.
  

On or before July 30, 2020, and by July 30 of every third year thereafter through 2029, the commission shall submit to the Legislature an assessment of the Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Roofs Program (Chapter 9.5 (commencing with Section 2870) of Part 2). That assessment shall include the number of qualified multifamily affordable housing property sites that have a qualifying solar energy system for which an award was made pursuant to that program and, for each, the dollar value of the award and the electrical generating capacity of the qualifying renewable energy system, the bill reduction outcomes of the program for the participants, the cost of the program, the total electrical system benefits, the environmental benefits, the progress made toward reaching the goals of the program, the program’s impact on the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program budget, and the recommendations for improving the program to meet its goals. The report shall include an analysis of pending program commitments, reservations, obligations, and projected demands for the program to determine whether future ongoing funding allocations for the program are substantiated. The report shall also include a summary of the other programs intended to benefit disadvantaged communities, including, but not limited to, the Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes Program established by the commission in Decision 07-11-045, the Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing Program established by the commission in Decision 08-10-036, and the Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program (Chapter 7.6 (commencing with Section 2831) of Part 2).

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 561, Sec. 214. (AB 1516) Effective January 1, 2018.)

913.9.
  

On or before December 31, 2018, and biennially thereafter, the commission shall, in its annual report prepared pursuant to Section 913, identify and report to the Legislature on electrical and gas corporation ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs that are similar to programs administered by the Energy Commission, the State Air Resources Board, and the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority, and on those programs revised pursuant to Section 381.4.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 425, Sec. 7. (SB 385) Effective January 1, 2018.)

913.10.
  

By July 1, 2019, and every four years thereafter, the commission shall report to the Legislature on the progress toward achieving the targets established pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 454.55. The commission shall include specific strategies for, and an update on, progress toward maximizing the contribution of electricity efficiency savings in disadvantaged communities identified pursuant to Section 39711 of the Health and Safety Code.

(Added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 842, Sec. 30. (SB 1222) Effective January 1, 2017.)

913.11.
  

By July 1, 2019, and every four years thereafter, the commission shall report to the Legislature on the progress toward achieving the targets established pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 454.56. The commission shall include specific strategies for, and an update on, progress toward maximizing the contribution of energy efficiency savings in disadvantaged communities identified pursuant to Section 39711 of the Health and Safety Code.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 842, Sec. 32. (SB 1222) Effective January 1, 2017.)

913.12.
  

(a) The commission shall require each participating electrical corporation to prepare and submit to the commission, by 60 days following the conclusion of all research and development projects, a joint report summarizing the outcome of all projects funded pursuant to Section 740.5, including an accounting of expenditures by the project managers and grant recipients on administrative and overhead costs and whether the project resulted in any technological advancements or breakthroughs in promoting cyber security and grid integration. The commission shall, within 30 days of receiving the joint report, determine whether the report is sufficient or requires revision and, upon determining that the report is sufficient, submit the report to the Legislature.

(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2023, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2023, deletes or extends that date.

(Added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 842, Sec. 34. (SB 1222) Effective January 1, 2017. Repealed as of January 1, 2023, by its own provisions.)

914.
  

The commission shall annually report the information required to be reported by public utilities pursuant to Section 7912, to the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications, or their successor committees, and within a reasonable time thereafter, shall make the information available to the public on its Internet Web site.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 41. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

914.1.
  

The commission shall annually report to the Legislature, in a document that can be made public, information relative to the actions undertaken by the commission implementing the lifeline telecommunications universal service program pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 873.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 42. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

914.2.
  

The commission, in its annual report prepared pursuant to Section 914.1, shall assess whether having telephone corporations provide the name and address of its lifeline customers to other public utilities for the purpose of low-income ratepayer assistance outreach efforts has been helpful in the low-income ratepayer assistance outreach efforts.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 43. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

914.3.
  

By December 31 of each year, the commission shall submit to the Governor and the Legislature a report that includes, based on yearend data, on an aggregated basis, the information submitted by holders pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 5960. All information reported by the commission pursuant to this section shall be disclosed to the public only as provided for pursuant to Section 583. No individually identifiable customer or subscriber information shall be subject to public disclosure.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 842, Sec. 36. (SB 1222) Effective January 1, 2017.)

914.4.
  

The commission shall annually report the information required to be reported by holders of state franchises pursuant to Section 5920, to the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications, or their successor committees, and within a reasonable time thereafter, shall make the information available to the public on its Internet Web site.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 45. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

914.5.
  

(a) The commission shall prepare and submit to the Legislature, on or before March 1 of each year, a report on the fiscal status of the programs established and funded pursuant to Sections 2881, 2881.1, and 2881.2. The report shall include a statement of the surcharge level established pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 2881 and revenues produced by the surcharge, an accounting of program expenses, and an evaluation of options for controlling those expenses and increasing program efficiency, including, but not limited to, all of the following proposals:

(1) The establishment of a means test for persons to qualify for program equipment or free or reduced charges for the use of telecommunication services.

(2) If and to the extent not prohibited under Section 401 of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336), as amended (47 U.S.C. Sec. 225), the imposition of limits or other restrictions on maximum usage levels for the relay service, which shall include the development of a program to provide basic communications requirements to all relay users at discounted rates, including discounted toll-call rates, and, for usage in excess of those basic requirements, at rates that recover the full costs of service.

(3) More efficient means for obtaining and distributing equipment to qualified subscribers.

(4) The establishment of quality standards for increasing the efficiency of the relay system.

(5) Any modification to the program in order to maximize participation and funding opportunity under similar federal programs.

(b) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section is repealed on January 1, 2021.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 46. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, by its own provisions.)

914.6.
  

The commission shall report to the Legislature and the Governor annually on the effectiveness of the program administered pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 280.5.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 47. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

914.7.
  

(a) By April 1, 2019, and by April 1 of each year thereafter, until April 1, 2023, the commission shall provide a report to the Legislature that includes all of the following information:

(1) The remaining unserved areas in the state.

(2) The amount of funds expended from the California Advanced Services Fund in the prior year.

(3) The recipients of funds expended from the California Advanced Services Fund in the prior year.

(4) The geographic regions of the state affected by funds expended from the California Advanced Services Fund in the prior year, including information by county.

(5) The expected benefits to be derived from the fund expended from the California Advanced Services Fund in the prior year.

(6) Details on the status of each project funded through the California Advanced Services Fund and whether the project has been completed or the expected completion date of the project.

(7) Actual broadband adoption levels from funds expended from the California Advanced Services Fund in the prior year.

(8) The cost per household for each project.

(9) The number of formerly unserved households subscribing to broadband service in areas covered by projects funded by the California Advanced Services Fund.

(10) The number of subscriptions resulting from the broadband adoption program funded by the California Advanced Services Fund.

(11) An update on the expenditures from the California Advanced Services Fund, broadband adoption levels, the progress in achieving the goals of the program, and an accounting of the remaining unserved households in each region of the state as of December 31 of the immediately preceding year.

(12) The amount of funds expended from the California Advanced Services Fund to match federal funds.

(13) Addition details on efforts to leverage non-California Advanced Services Fund moneys.

(14) The status of the California Advanced Services Fund balance and the projected amount to be collected in each year through 2022 to fund approved projects.

(b) This section is repealed on January 1, 2024, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before January 1, 2024, deletes or extends that date.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 851, Sec. 5. (AB 1665) Effective October 15, 2017. Repealed as of January 1, 2024, by its own provisions.)

915.
  

(a) By July 1, 2020, the commission, in consultation with the Low-Income Oversight Board established pursuant to Section 382.1, shall submit to the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications a report on the pilot programs operated by water corporations pursuant to Section 755.5 that includes an assessment of the use of credit cards by low-income customers to avoid service disconnections, an assessment of the impact of the use of credit cards for customer bills on household debt burden, and an assessment of data, considered on an aggregated basis, regarding customer utilization and the cost-effectiveness of the bill payment options. Based on these assessments and an assessment of the customers’ interests served by providing these bill payment options, the report shall evaluate the usefulness of the individual customer transaction fee required by Section 755, and include a recommendation regarding individual customer transaction fees for credit card, debit card, and prepaid card payments accepted by water corporations.

(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2024, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2024, deletes or extends that date.

(Added by Stats. 2016, Ch. 254, Sec. 2. (AB 1180) Effective January 1, 2017. Repealed as of January 1, 2024, by its own provisions.)

916.
  

On or before November 30 of each year, the commission shall report to the Legislature on its rail safety activities.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 50. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

916.1.
  

The commission shall annually report the results of its investigation pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 7661 relative to any incident that results in a notification required pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 7661, including its findings concerning the cause or causes of the incident and any action undertaken by the commission in response to those findings. The commission may include the information required to be reported pursuant to this section in its report to the Legislature pursuant to Section 916.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 51. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

916.2.
  

The commission shall annually report to the Legislature, on or before July 1, on sites on railroad lines in the state it finds to be hazardous. The report shall include, but not be limited to, information on all of the following:

(a) A list of all railroad derailment accident sites in the state on which accidents have occurred within at least the previous five years. The list shall describe the nature and probable causes of the accidents, if known, and shall indicate whether the accidents occurred at or near sites that the commission has determined, pursuant to subdivision (b), pose a local safety hazard.

(b) A list of all railroad sites in the state that the commission determines, pursuant to Section 20106 of Title 49 of the United States Code, pose a local safety hazard. The commission may submit in the annual report the list of railroad sites submitted in the immediate prior year annual report, and may amend or revise that list from the immediate prior year as necessary. Factors that the commission shall consider in determining a local safety hazard may include, but need not be limited to, all of the following:

(1) The severity of grade and curve of track.

(2) The value of special skills of train operators in negotiating the particular segment of railroad line.

(3) The value of special railroad equipment in negotiating the particular segment of railroad line.

(4) The types of commodities transported on or near the particular segment of railroad line.

(5) The hazard posed by the release of the commodity into the environment.

(6) The value of special railroad equipment in the process of safely loading, transporting, storing, or unloading potentially hazardous commodities.

(7) The proximity of railroad activity to human activity or sensitive environmental areas.

(8) A list of the root causes and significant contributing factors of all train accidents or derailments investigated.

(c) In determining which railroad sites pose a local safety hazard pursuant to subdivision (b), the commission shall consider the history of accidents at or near the sites. The commission shall not limit its determination to sites at which accidents have already occurred, but shall identify potentially hazardous sites based on the criteria enumerated in subdivision (b) and all other criteria that the commission determines influence railroad safety. The commission shall also consider whether any local safety hazards at railroad sites have been eliminated or sufficiently remediated to warrant removal of the site from the list required under subdivision (b).

(d) The commission may combine the information required to be reported by this section with the report prepared pursuant to Section 916.

(Added by renumbering Section 7711 by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 67. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

916.3.
  

(a) The commission shall annually report to the Legislature on or before November 30 of each year on its compliance with the requirements of Section 765.5. The annual report shall include a determination by the commission of the impact on competition, if any, of the regulatory fees assessed railroad corporations and motor carriers for the support of the commission’s activities.

(b) The commission may combine the information required by this section with the report prepared pursuant to Section 916.

(Added by renumbering Section 765.6 by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 22. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

916.4.
  

An action taken by the commission on a safety recommendation letter or safety advisory pursuant to Section 765 shall be reported annually, in detail, to the Legislature with the report required by Section 910. Correspondence from the federal National Transportation Safety Board indicating that a recommendation has been closed following an action that the federal National Transportation Safety Board finds unacceptable shall be noted in the report required by Section 910.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 52. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

916.5.
  

By January 1 of each year, the commission shall submit to the Legislature a detailed budget for the expenditure of railroad corporation fees for the ensuing budget year, consistent with Section 421.

(Added by Stats. 2017, Ch. 425, Sec. 8. (SB 385) Effective January 1, 2018.)

918.
  

The commission shall, within 30 days prior to commencement of the regular session of the Legislature, submit to the Governor a full and true report of transactions under Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 5001) of Division 2 during the preceding biennium, including a complete statement of receipts and expenditures during the period.

(Added by renumbering Section 5006 by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 60. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

918.1.
  

(a) The commission shall hire an independent entity for not more than two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) to, in consultation with carrier trade associations for industries under the jurisdiction of the commission, assess the capabilities of the commission’s Transportation Enforcement Branch to carry out the activities specified in subdivision (b) of Section 5102 and subdivision (b) of Section 5352. The commission shall report to the Legislature no later than February 1, 2017, on licensing matters and no later than July 1, 2017, on enforcement matters. The report shall contain an analysis of current capabilities and deficiencies, and recommendations to overcome any deficiencies identified.

(b) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2021, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2021, deletes or extends that date.

(Amended by Stats. 2016, Ch. 842, Sec. 37. (SB 1222) Effective January 1, 2017. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, by its own provisions.)

918.2.
  

The commission and the Department of Insurance shall collaborate on a study of transportation network company insurance to assess whether coverage requirements are appropriate to the risk of transportation network company services in order to promote data-driven decisions on insurance requirements, and shall report the findings of this study to the Legislature no later than December 31, 2017.

(Added by renumbering Section 5436 by Stats. 2016, Ch. 842, Sec. 53. (SB 1222) Effective January 1, 2017.)

920.
  

(a) (1) Unless expressly directed otherwise, a report to be submitted to the Legislature pursuant to this article is to be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, except that an electronic copy may be submitted to the Secretary of the Senate, unless specifically requested to submit a printed copy of the report, with an electronic copy submitted to Legislative Counsel in compliance with subdivision (c) of Section 10242.5 of the Government Code.

(2) Any report that is expressly directed to be submitted to a committee of the Legislature shall be submitted as an electronic copy, unless specifically requested to submit a printed copy by chair of that committee, with an electronic copy submitted to Legislative Counsel in compliance with subdivision (c) of Section 10242.5 of the Government Code.

(b) Any report required to be submitted to the Governor pursuant to this article shall be submitted as an electronic copy unless specifically requested to submit a printed copy of the report by the Governor.

(Added by Stats. 2015, Ch. 612, Sec. 54. (SB 697) Effective January 1, 2016.)

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