Summary of Energy-Related Legislation
1997 Legislative Session

The following is a list of all energy-related bills in the 1997-1998 Legislative Session.

Key
*2-year Bill
+Chaptered Bill

Biomass

Customer Service/Rates

Fuels

Miscellaneous

Petroleum Violation Escrow Account

Renewables

Restructuring

Transportation

 



ASSEMBLY MEASURES

AB 120 (Kuykendall) As Amended May 6, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would indefinitely extend the sales tax exemption for bunker fuel.
Location: Assembly Committee On Appropriations

AB 161 (Pacheco) As Amended April 24, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would appropriate an unspecified amount of PVEA funds to the Department of Transportation for a grant to the University of California Riverside to construct a track and tested to evaluate intelligent transportation technologies.
Location: Assembly Committee On Appropriations

AB 170 (Papan) Chapter 360, statutes of 1997
Specifies that interest penalty fee provisions of contracts entered into as of January 1, 1998, between state agencies and a person or business may not be waived, altered, or limited by the contracting parties.

AB 206 (Hertzberg) Chapter 416, Statutes of 1997.
Requires all state agencies to make a complaint form available on their website by July 1, 1998.

AB 251 (Firestone) As Introduced (2-Year Bill)
Would appropriate an unspecified amount of PVEA funds to the Energy Commission to make loans for the purchase and installation of solar energy technologies in schools and other public facilities.
Location: Assembly Committee On Appropriations

AB 277 (Ortiz) As Amended April 28, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would appropriate an unspecified amount of PVEA funds to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for grants to nonprofit organizations for the planting and purchasing of trees for energy conservation.
Location: Assembly Committee On Appropriations

AB 306 (Kaloogian) Introduced (2-Year Bill)
Exempts microcogeneration from the Competition Transition Charge.
Location: Assembly Appropriations

AB 360 (Kuykendall) As Amended July 25, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would increase the flexibility for the issuance of rate reduction bonds. Would extend consumer protection provisions indefinitely. Establishes a comprehensive set of residential and small commercial protections for electric service. Requires the Office of Ratepayer Advocacy within the PUC to prepare information guides and tools to help customers evaluate competing service options. Requires the PUC to provide potential customers with a standard disclosure of the estimated total monthly bill for standard usages.
Location: Assembly Appropriations

AB 375 (Firestone) As Amended May 27, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would impose a fee of $2 per vehicle for new vehicles sold in California for waste tire programs. Funds would be used to promote waste tire energy recovery and recycling. The bill would become inoperative on June 30, 2002.
Location: Assembly Appropriations

AB 388 (Runner) Chapter 84l, Statutes of 1997
Authorizes the Castaic Lake Water Agency to serve as an aggregator to facilitate direct transactions within the boundaries of the agency.

AB 415 (Torlakson) As Amended April 28, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would appropriate an unspecified amount of PVEA funds to the Department of Transportation for a grant to the East Bay Regional Park District for the construction of a trail segment.
Location: Assembly Committee On Appropriations

AB 443 (Baca) As Amended April 23, 1997 (2-Year Bill) URGENCY
Would require the California Public Utilities Commission to implement various measures prior to authorizing the unbundling of any distribution service.
Location: Assembly Committee On Utilities and Commerce

AB 578 (Martinez) Chapter 261, Statutes of 1997
Renames the Oversight Board the Electricity Oversight Board and makes other provisions relating to board hearings.

AB 579 (Martinez) As Introduced (2-Year Bill) URGENCY
Would require the California Public Utilities Commission to require that all electricity distribution services to the end user be unbundled no later than January 1, 1998.
Location: Assembly Committee On Utilities and Commerce

AB 581 (Martinez) As Amended May 1, 1997
Would extend indefinitely consumer protection measures of AB 1890 (Ch. 854, Stats. '96) and require the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to adopt standards of conduct for registered electrical corporations. Would additionally require the CPUC to regularly update information on competitive market options for consumers and issue public alerts about unauthorized and fraudulent electrical companies doing business in the state.
Location: Senate Committee On Energy, Utilities and Communications

AB 637 (Alby) Chapter 175, Statutes 1997
States that provisions of existing law do not apply to advertising for purposes of economic development that benefits ratepayers, marketing competitive services and commodities, or promoting electrotechnologies that enhance productivity or provide environmental benefits.

AB 873 (Takasugi) As Introduced (2-Year Bill)
Would allow for a tax credit equal to various specified percentages for the acquisition and installation costs of solar energy systems and energy conservation measures.
Location: Assembly Committee On Revenue and Taxation

AB 930 (Thomson) As Amended April 24, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would appropriate an unspecified amount of PVEA funds to the Solano Transportation Authority for planning and development of the Dixon-Davis Bike Route.
Location: Assembly Committee On Appropriations

AB 1019 (Machado) As Amended June 19, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would authorize an income tax credit in an amount equal to an unspecified percentage of the amount paid for liquefied petroleum gas that is delivered to a residence with a storage capacity of 30 or more gallons.
Location: Assembly Committee On Revenue and Taxation

AB 1071 (Cardoza) Chapter 645, Statutes of 1997.
Makes technical changes to the Building Standards Code and allows for a graduated compliance schedule for buildings when converting from military to non-military use, with respect to building and fire safety regulations.

AB 1096 (Martinez) As Amended May 30, 1997
Would move the Office of Consumer Advocate from the PUC to the Attorney General's Office to represent the interests of electricity customers and subscribers.
Location: Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications

AB 1097 (Brown) Chapter 52, Statutes of 1997
Deletes the repeal date in existing law that otherwise would have repealed the authorization for state agencies to hold open or closed meetings by teleconference.

AB 1154 (Martinez) As Introduced (2-Year Bill)
Would permit the finding of imprudent or unreasonable acts by an electrical corporation, if the failure to amend the contract is likely to result in a reduction of costs to the customers of the electrical corporation, with no risk to the shareholders of the corporation.
Location: Assembly Committee On Utilities and Commerce

AB 1158 (Martinez) As Introduced
Would require the California Public Utilities Commission to report to the Legislature on the extent to which the transition to a competitive market has impacted the quality of service provided by the utilities.
Location: Senate Committee On Energy, Utilities and Communications

AB 1368 (Kopp) 2-Year Bill
Would establish the California Air Quality and Energy Efficiency Joint Powers Agency in order to award grants for the purchase of new low-emission heavy-duty diesel engines, to replace or retrofit existing engines, and for research and development projects. Would impose a 6 cents/gal air quality impact mitigation fee on non-complying diesel fuels used in the state.
Location: Senate Transportation Committee

AB 1387 (Kopp) 2-Year Bill
Would create the Solar Electric Power Systems Financing Program to assist Californians in purchasing and installing solar electric systems through qualified loans. The bill would sunset on January 1, 2003.
Location: Senate Committee on Appropriations

AB 1513 (Cardoza) As Amended July 23, 1997
Would state the intent of the Legislature to develop and implement methods of providing financial assistance to the biomass power industry.
Location: Senate Committee on Appropriations

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SENATE MEASURES

SB 52 (Kopp) As amended May 23, 1997 (2 year bill)
Would require the Energy Commission to report every six months on the percentage of fuel sold through outlets owned by refiners versus those owned independently. Would freeze this percentage in place until January 1, 2001, if the percentage of refiner-owned outlets increases by more than 5% from the highest monthly level between May 1996 through April 1997. Also, would prohibit discrimination against alternative fuels.
Location: Senate Committee on Appropriations

SB 90 (Sher) Chapter 905, Statutes of 1997
Provides the administrative and expenditure criteria necessary to implement the renewables support and public interest RD&D provisions for AB 1890. Additionally, the bill exempts microcogeneration from standby charges and allows the Lower Tule River Irrigation District to be eligible for a CTC exemption.

SB 95 (Ayala) Chapter 949, Statutes of 1997
Makes numerous changes to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting At. Notable changes include requiring public meeting agendas of a state body to include a description of the items to be transacted or discussed in closed session and authorizing state bodies to convene a special meeting with at least 48 hours notice under certain circumstances.

SB 116 (Peace) As Amended May 28, 1997
Would require the California Public Utilities Commission to implement a program to administer one-time grants for up to 25% of the cost of a solar energy system, up to $1,000. The program would be funded from voluntary contributions through utility bill payments. The bill would sunset on January 1, 2008.
Location: Assembly Appropriations

SB 211 (Kelley) As Introduced (2-Year Bill)
Would establish a 5-year pilot project authorizing the Cochella Valley Association of Governments or the Sunline Joint Powers Transit Agency to establish a neighborhood electric vehicle plan.
Location: Senate Committee On Transportation

SB 216 (Brulte) As Amended May 20, 1997
Would make technical changes to provisions relating to the restructuring of the electricity market.
Location: Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce

SB 252 (Kelley) Chapter 479, Statutes of 1997
Requires the Energy Commission to report, by July 1, 1998, to the Regional Council of Rural Counties and to the Chairs of the Legislative energy committees with an assessment of the options for electrical load aggregation in small rural counties. The report additionally is required to identify legislative changes which may be necessary to achieve any identified potential net economic benefits of electrical load aggregation.

SB 286 (Mountjoy) As Amended June 10, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would authorize master-meter customers that provide electric service to mobilehome parks or manufactured housing communities to engage in direct transactions with electricity suppliers.
Location: Senate Committee On Energy, Utilities and Communications

SB 313 (Ayala) As Introduced (2-Year Bill)
Would appropriate $900,000 in PVEA funds to the Energy Commission for a grant to Southern California Edison's Distributed Generation Research Program.
Location: Senate Committee On Energy, Utilities, And Communications

SB 332 (Johannessen) As Amended April 1, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would make the following PVEA appropriations: $500,000 to the City of Redding for construction of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge, and $50,000 to the University of California for research and development of a hybrid electric vehicle.
Location: Senate Committee On Energy, Utilities and Communications

SB 368 (Peace) Chapter 659, Statutes of 1997.
Appropriates 32.6 million in PVEA funds for various energy projects. The CEC is the administering agency for 10l projects totaling $18.2 million.

SB 404 (Peace) As Amended May 12, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would allow gasoline franchisees to purchase blended gasoline from any location or through any vendor in the franchiser's wholesale network.
Location: Failed Passage

SB 477 (Peace) Chapter 275, Statutes 1997 URGENCY
Makes technical changes to facilitate the issuance of the AB 1890 Rate Reduction Bonds. Establishes various consumer protection measures, including stricter registration standards, distribution of informational materials, disclosure of electric server provider pricing and terms, standard billing formats, and telemarketing limitations.

SB 504 (Johnston) Chapter 192, Statutes of 1997
Provides that any person submitting material to be presented at a quasi-judicial hearing of a state agency clearly indicate on the communication any person who paid to have the communication produced. State agencies are granted authority to refuse such a submittal unless this requirement is fulfilled.

SB 521 (Mountjoy) Chapter 816, Statutes of 1997
Would require the University of California to conduct a human health and environmental risk study on methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) to be submitted to the Director of Health Services by January 1, 1999. Would additionally require the Air Resources Board to list MTBE as a toxic air contaminant.

SB 523 (Polanco) As Amended April 9, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would express the intent of the Legislature with regard to the objectives for metering and billing in the restructured electricity industry.
Location: Senate Committee On Energy, Utilities and Communications

SB 558 (Leslie) Chapter 823, Statutes of 1997
Increases the percentage of federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funds used by the Department of Community Services and Development and local service providers for assistance to low-income households.

SB 606 (Sher) As Introduced (2-Year Bill)
Would express the intent of the Legislature that electric bills disclose the charges allocated for metering, billing, and information services.
Location: Senate Committee On Energy, Utilities and Communications

SB 656 (O'Connell) As Introduced (2-Year Bill)
Would make a technical change in provisions related to the intent of the Legislature with regard to the assessment of a competition transition charge in the restructured electricity industry.
Location: Senate Committee On Rules

SB 714 (Solis) As Amended July 1, 1997 (2-Year Bill) URGENCY
Would extend the deadline for the Independent System Operator (ISO) to adopt standards for transmission facilities from March 31, 1997, to January 1, 1998. Would require the adoption of both performance and prescriptive standards..
Location: Senate Committee On Appropriations

SB 800 (Lewis) As Introduced (2-Year Bill)
Would abolish the Energy Commission and transfer its functions to the California Public Utilities Commission.
Location: Senate Committee On Energy, Utilities, And Communications

SB 840 (Karnette) As Introduced (2-Year Bill)
Would appropriate $300,000 in PVEA funds to the Energy Commission for a grant to partially support the establishment of an Oil and Natural Gas Technology and Information Center.
Location: Senate Committee On Energy, Utilities, And Communications

SB 962 (Hughes) As Amended May 6, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would provide that, with regard to funds to be spent to support renewable resource technologies in the restructured electricity market, an in-state renewable resources technology provider includes a geothermal resource facility located within the former service territory of a California utility and, as of January 1, 1997, is only served with power generated from a California utility.
Location: Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities, And Communications

SB 1055 (Monteith) As Introduced (2-Year Bill)
Would make a technical change in provisions related to the intent of the Legislature with regard to the assessment of a competition transition charge in the restructured electricity industry.
Location: Senate Committee On Rules

SB 1096 (Brulte) As Amended May 28, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would express the intent of the Legislature to provide financial assistance for the research, development, and deployment of new lower emission heavy-duty vehicles.
Location: Senate Committee On Appropriations

SB 1172 (Burton) As Amended April 3, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would make a technical change to the requirement that the California Public Utilities Commission provide rate discounts to industries located within an enterprise zone, recycling market development zone, economic incentive area, or to facilities located on a federal military base designated for closure.
Location: Senate Committee On Energy, Utilities and Communications

SB 1189 (Hayden) Chapter 815, Statutes of 1997.
Enacts provisions designed to identify, monitor, and prevent MTBE contamination of drinking water wells.

SB 1216 (Costa) As Amended May 28, 1997 (2-Year Bill)
Would state the intent of the Legislature to develop and implement methods of providing financial assistance to the biomass power industry.
Location: Senate Committee On Appropriations

SB 1250 (Kopp) As Introduced (2-Year Bill)
Would appropriate all available PVEA funds into the Smog Check Repair Assistance Account, created by the bill, for the purpose of providing up to 80% of the amount necessary (up to $400) to repair a high polluting vehicle for qualified low-income vehicle owners.
Location: Senate Committee On Transportation

SB 1273 (Hurtt) Chapter 687, Statutes of 1997
Provides that any requirement that a state agency send material, information, notices, correspondence, or other communication through US mail be deemed to include the authority to send such information by electronic mail. Additionally provides that direct costs incurred by the state agency may be paid by the requester of the information.

SB 1305 (Sher) Chapter 796, statutes of 1997.
Requires retail suppliers, with some limited exceptions, to disclose to their customers the fuel source(s) of the electricity provided or offered for sale. Requires electricity generators to provide fuel source and electricity generation information to system operators. Provides that the Energy Commission would have access to this data and requires the Commission to annually report on the comparison of information disclosed to consumers with actual generation. Authorizes the Energy Commission to verify environmental claims made by retail suppliers and to report on the air emission effects of electric utility restructuring.

SCR 15 (Peace) As Amended February 20, 1997
Would create the Joint Oversight Committee on Electricity Restructuring and Reform to oversee the implementation of AB 1890, SB 960, and SB 1322 from 1996. The Committee would terminate on June 30, 1998.
Location: Assembly Committee On Rules


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