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Public Utilities Code - PUC

DIVISION 1. REGULATION OF PUBLIC UTILITIES [201 - 3297]

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

PART 2. SPECIFIC PUBLIC UTILITIES [2701 - 2897]

  ( Part 2 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

CHAPTER 7. Private Energy Producers [2801 - 2829]

  ( Heading of Chapter 7 renumbered from Chapter 4.5 (as added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 915) by Stats. 1977, Ch. 579. )

ARTICLE 2. Interconnection of Facilities [2811 - 2816]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 915. )

2811.
  

In order to promote the more efficient use and distribution of natural gas or electric energy and eliminate the necessity for construction of transmission facilities for gas or electricity produced by a private energy producer separate from those which may already exist to serve the same area and are owned and operated by a public utility subject to the jurisdiction and control of the Public Utilities Commission, the commission shall authorize the construction of an interconnection by a private energy producer upon application of such producer if the commission makes the findings required by Sections 2812 and 2812.5. The commission shall render its decision on any application filed pursuant to this chapter within 180 days of receipt of the application or at such later time as may be mutually agreed upon by the commission, the applicant, and the interconnecting public utility.

(Amended by Stats. 1980, Ch. 987, Sec. 2.)

2812.
  

Upon application of a private energy producer, and after notice to any affected public utility and hearing thereon, the commission shall authorize such producer to construct an interconnection for the purpose of transporting natural gas, if the commission finds: (1) that such interconnection is in the public interest and for the general public benefit, (2) involves natural gas located within this state in the service area of the public utility, ultimately consumed within this state, and which would otherwise be undeveloped because a public utility is unable or unwilling to purchase it at a price the commission finds to be reasonable, (3) would not cause energy which would likely otherwise be made available to the general public to be diverted to the private energy producer, and (4) that the energy has substantially the equivalent quality and characteristics as the energy in the utility’s transmission system with which the interconnection would be made. The commission shall prescribe such reasonable terms, conditions, and requirements as it deems appropriate.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 915.)

2812.5.
  

Upon application of a private energy producer, and after notice to any affected public utility and hearing thereon, the commission shall authorize such producer to construct an interconnection for the purpose of transmitting electricity, if the commission finds:

(1) That no uncompensated burden will be placed upon the utility or utilities furnishing the transmission service.

(2) That furnishing the transmission service will not result in any added costs or any other adverse consequences for the customers of the electrical corporation.

(3) That the facilities proposed in the application will be used to transmit power from other than a conventional power source for generating electrical power.

The commission shall prescribe such reasonable terms, conditions, and requirements as it deems appropriate.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 915.)

2813.
  

The private energy producer shall be required to provide and to pay the total cost of the interconnection as well as any costs associated with providing a transmission capacity sufficient to handle that portion of the energy generated by the private energy producer that is over and above the capacity otherwise required by the public utility to service its utility customers and meet other authorized commitments. The public utility shall not be required to construct any additional electric or gas facilities on its system or to acquire any real property by eminent domain or otherwise for such facilities, in order to perform the service contemplated by this chapter unless the cost of such additional facilities or acquisitions are to be borne by the private energy producer.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 915.)

2815.
  

Nothing in this chapter shall require that any private energy producer perform any service or deliver any commodity to the public or any portion thereof, for compensation or otherwise, except as provided in this article.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 915.)

2816.
  

Every public utility shall keep accurate records of transactions with a private energy producer, and of the use of the public utility’s facilities by the private energy producer, pursuant to an interconnection ordered or approved by the commission and shall render such reports thereon to the commission as the commission may from time to time require. The commission may disapprove any such transaction or use if, after hearing, it finds such transaction or use to be inconsistent with this chapter or any rule, regulation, or order of the commission.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 915.)

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