Bill Text: CA SB597 | 2019-2020 | Regular Session | Introduced

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Bill Title: Pumped hydropower system: pilot project.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-09-06 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on RLS. [SB597 Detail]

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 597


Introduced by Senator Hueso

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Sections 454.55, 454.56, 913.10, and 913.11 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to energy.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 597, as introduced, Hueso. Energy efficiency and demand reduction: reporting.
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations and gas corporations. Existing law requires each electrical and gas corporation, by July 1, 2018, and every 4 years thereafter, to report on its progress toward achieving certain energy efficiency and demand reduction targets established for electrical and gas corporations by the PUC, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission).
This bill would require that the reports be submitted every 3 years.
Existing law requires the PUC to report to the Legislature by July 1, 2019, and every 4 years thereafter, on the progress made by electrical and gas corporations toward achieving the energy efficiency and demand reduction targets established for those corporations.
This bill would require the PUC to submit the reports every 3 years.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 454.55 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

454.55.
 (a) (1) The commission, in consultation with the Energy Commission, shall identify all potentially achievable cost-effective electricity efficiency savings and establish efficiency targets for an electrical corporation to achieve, pursuant to Section 454.5, consistent with the targets established pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 25310 of the Public Resources Code.
(2) By July 1, 2018, and every four three years thereafter, each electrical corporation shall report on its progress toward achieving the targets established pursuant to paragraph (1).
(b) (1) By December 31, 2023, the commission shall, in a new or existing proceeding, undertake a comprehensive review of the feasibility, costs, barriers, and benefits of achieving a cumulative doubling of energy efficiency savings and demand reduction by 2030 pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 25310 of the Public Resources Code.
(2) Notwithstanding subdivision (c) of Section 25310 of the Public Resources Code, if the commission concludes the targets established for electrical corporations to achieve pursuant to subdivision (a) are not cost effective, feasible, or pose potential adverse impacts to public health and safety, the commission shall revise the targets to the level that optimizes the amount of energy efficiency savings and demand reduction and shall modify, revise, or update its policies as needed to address barriers preventing achievement of those targets.
(c) The commission shall ensure that there are sufficient moneys available to electrical corporations to meet the efficiency targets established pursuant to subdivision (a). This subdivision shall not be construed to authorize the commission to impose or increase any tax.

SEC. 2.

 Section 454.56 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

454.56.
 (a) The commission, in consultation with the Energy Commission, shall identify all potentially achievable cost-effective natural gas efficiency savings and establish efficiency targets for the gas corporation to achieve, consistent with the targets established pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 25310 of the Public Resources Code.
(b) A gas corporation shall first meet its unmet resource needs through all available natural gas efficiency and demand reduction resources that are cost effective, reliable, and feasible.
(c) By July 1, 2018, and every four three years thereafter, each gas corporation shall report on its progress toward achieving the targets established pursuant to subdivision (a).
(d) Notwithstanding subdivision (c) of Section 25310 of the Public Resources Code, if the commission concludes in its review pursuant to paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 454.55 that the targets established for gas corporations to achieve pursuant to subdivision (a) are not cost effective, feasible, or pose potential adverse impacts to public health and safety, the commission shall revise the targets to the level that maximizes the amount of energy efficiency savings and demand reduction and shall modify, revise, or update its policies as needed to address barriers preventing achievement of those targets.
(e) The commission shall ensure that there are sufficient moneys available to gas corporations to meet the efficiency targets established pursuant to subdivision (a). This subdivision shall not be construed to authorize the commission to impose or increase any tax.

SEC. 3.

 Section 913.10 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

913.10.
 By July 1, 2019, and every four three 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.

SEC. 4.

 Section 913.11 of the Public Utilities Code is amended to read:

913.11.
 By July 1, 2019, and every four three 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.

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