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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 1. PUBLIC UTILITIES ACT [201 - 2120]

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

CHAPTER 8.7. School Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program [1600 - 1640]

  ( Chapter 8.7 added by Stats. 2020, Ch. 372, Sec. 5. )

ARTICLE 1. General Provisions and Definitions [1600 - 1601]
  ( Article 1 added by Stats. 2020, Ch. 372, Sec. 5. )

1600.
  

The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(a) The School Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program, established pursuant to Section 1610, is intended to save energy, create jobs in a time of economic crisis, and provide direct support to schools and school children in underserved communities.

(b) The combined extraordinary crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic recession require mustering all possible state resources to protect our most vulnerable populations while also bolstering the economy as a whole.

(c) There is no program in California dedicated to improving ventilation and energy efficiency in California schools at the scale required to safely prepare schools for operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is vitally needed to protect the health, safety, and ability to learn for California’s school children and the health of California’s teachers.

(d) There is no program in California dedicated to replacing old, inefficient plumbing fixtures that waste potable water (and the energy needed to treat and convey that water) and that have high lead content that can leach into student’s drinking water. This program is needed to replace inefficient fixtures and appliances in schools, which would save approximately 6 billion gallons of water a year and protect student health.

(e) It is the intent of the Legislature to advance high-quality jobs in underserved communities by increasing demand for skilled workers to implement this work.

(f) The School Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program is an urgent energy efficiency measure. This program will reduce energy use in schools that otherwise would result from repairs and upgrades to school ventilation systems that are necessary to meet current classroom ventilation requirements and applicable COVID-19 school reopening guidance. This program will also replace old, out-of-date fixtures and hot-water appliances that waste significant amounts of water and energy compared to the standards required for current fixtures and appliances. All ratepayers will benefit from the reduction in system load resulting from this program.

(Added by Stats. 2020, Ch. 372, Sec. 5. (AB 841) Effective January 1, 2021. Repealed as of January 1, 2027, pursuant to Section 1640.)

1601.
  

For purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:

(a) “Local educational agency” means a school district as defined in Section 41302.5 of the Education Code or a charter school that has been granted a charter pursuant to Part 26.8 (commencing with Section 47600) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Education Code.

(b) “SRVEVR Program” means the School Reopening Ventilation and Energy Efficiency Verification and Repair Program as specified in Article 3 (commencing with Section 1620).

(c) “Skilled and trained workforce” has the same meaning as set forth in Section 2601 of the Public Contract Code.

(d) “SNPFA Program” means the School Noncompliant Plumbing Fixture and Appliance Program as specified in Article 4 (commencing with Section 1630).

(e) “Underserved community” means a community that meets one of the following criteria:

(1) Is a “disadvantaged community” as defined by subdivision (g) of Section 75005 of the Public Resources Code.

(2) Is included within the definition of “low-income communities” as defined by paragraph (2) of subdivision (d) of Section 39713 of Health and Safety Code.

(3) Is within an area identified as among the most disadvantaged 25 percent in the state according to the California Environmental Protection Agency and based on the most recent California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool, also known as CalEnviroScreen.

(4) Is a community in which at least 75 percent of public school students in the project area are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program.

(5) Is a community located on lands belonging to a federally recognized California Indian tribe.

(f) “Utility” or “utilities” means both of the following:

(1) An electrical corporation with 250,000 or more customer accounts within the state.

(2) A gas corporation with 400,000 or more customer accounts within the state.

(Added by Stats. 2020, Ch. 372, Sec. 5. (AB 841) Effective January 1, 2021. Repealed as of January 1, 2027, pursuant to Section 1640.)

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