Bill Text: CA SB360 | 2015-2016 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Biomethane.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2015-03-05 - Referred to Com. on E., U., & C. [SB360 Detail]

Download: California-2015-SB360-Introduced.html
BILL NUMBER: SB 360	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Senator Cannella

                        FEBRUARY 24, 2015

   An act to add Section 784.5 to the Public Utilities Code, relating
to energy.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 360, as introduced, Cannella. Biomethane.
   Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory
authority over public utilities, including gas corporations.
Existing law requires the commission to adopt policies and programs
that promote the in-state production and distribution of biomethane,
as defined, and that facilitate the development of a variety of
sources of in-state biomethane. Existing law requires the commission
to adopt pipeline access rules that ensure that each gas corporation
provides nondiscriminatory open access to its gas pipeline system to
any party for the purposes of physically interconnecting with the gas
pipeline system and effectuating the delivery of gas.
   This bill would authorize the commission to consider providing the
option to all gas corporations to engage in competitive bidding and
direct investment in ratepayer financed biomethane collection
equipment and would require that any ratepayer financed processes
authorized by the commission take into account the value of the
collected biomethane delivered to ratepayers and seek to return
equivalent value to ratepayers over the life of any authorized
project.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 784.5 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to
read:
   784.5.  In recognition of the fact that many sources of methane in
California's agricultural sector remain uncontrolled, the commission
may consider providing the option to all gas corporations to engage
in competitive bidding and direct investment in ratepayer financed
biomethane collection equipment in California. Any ratepayer financed
processes authorized by the commission shall take into account the
value of the collected biomethane delivered to ratepayers and shall
seek to return equivalent value to ratepayers over the life of any
authorized project.
                        
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