Bill Text: CA AB1503 | 2019-2020 | Regular Session | Amended


Bill Title: Distributed energy and microgrids: policies: report.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-04-12 - From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. Read second time and amended. [AB1503 Detail]

Download: California-2019-AB1503-Amended.html

Amended  IN  Assembly  April 12, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 11, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 28, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1503


Introduced by Assembly Member Burke

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Section 913.2 of, and to add Section 913.13 to, of the Public Utilities Code, relating to electricity.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1503, as amended, Burke. Distributed energy and microgrids: policies: reports. report.

(1)Existing

Existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), by February 1 of each year, to report to the Governor and the Legislature on 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.
This bill would require in the report due on February 1, 2022, that the PUC also describe workforce opportunities in the areas of distributed energy and microgrids, including emerging energy jobs and professions and the costs and benefits to the ratepayers. The bill would require the PUC to collaborate with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency in the development of this section of the report.

(2)Existing law also requires the PUC, on or before February 1, 2010, and biennially thereafter, in consultation with the Independent System Operator and the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), to 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 that evaluates, among other things, issues related to grid reliability and operation, including interconnection, the position of federal and state regulators toward distributed energy accessibility, and emerging technologies related to distributed energy generation interconnection.

This bill would require the PUC, in consultation with the Energy Commission, the Independent System Operator, and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, to examine the existing deployment of distributed energy resources and microgrids and submit a report to the Legislature, no later than January 1, 2022, outlining recommendations on policies to support local energy, resiliency, and electrification needs, foster the integration of a reliable and resilient carbon-neutral electrical grid, and expand workforce opportunities in emerging energy jobs and professions, including, but not limited to, for hard-to-employ persons.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 913.2 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

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. In the report due on February 1, 2022, the commission shall also describe workforce opportunities in the areas of distributed energy and microgrids, including emerging energy jobs and professions and the costs and benefits to the ratepayers. The commission shall collaborate with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency in the development of this section of the report.

SEC. 2.Section 913.13 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:
913.13.

The Commission, in consultation with the Energy Commission, the Independent System Operator, and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, shall examine the existing deployment of distributed energy resources and microgrids and submit a report to the Legislature, no later than January 1, 2022, outlining recommendations on policies to support local energy, resiliency, and electrification needs, foster the integration of a reliable and resilient carbon-neutral electrical grid, and expand workforce opportunities in emerging energy jobs and professions, including, but not limited to, for hard-to-employ persons.

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