Summary of Energy-Related Legislation
1999 Legislative Session
The following is a list of all energy-related bills in the 1998-1999 Legislative Session and final actions by the Governor.
- AB 470 Design-Build
- AB 1551 School District Audits
- AB 1626 Building Standards
- SB 280 State Buildings
- AB 71 HOV Lanes: Low Emission Vehicles
- AB 1571 Carl Moyer Program
- SB 98 Vehicle Fees
- SB 1253 Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- AB 1002 Natural Gas Surcharge
- AB 1421 Utility Service Distribution
- SB 123 Unfair Practice
- SB 1131 Gas Prices Investigation: Mergers
- AB 1105 Transition and Operational Plan Reports
- AB 1393 Low Income: Utility Customers
- AB 1663 Loans and Grants
- SB 767 Appropriation: Kern County: LED
- SB 1194 Nonprofits
- SB 1298 PVEA
- SB 1299 Low Income: Weatherization
- AB 811 PX Energy Credit
- AB 995 Transmission Grid
- SB 96 ISO, PX, and EOB: Duties
- SB 110 Siting
- SB 282 Agriculture Rate Study
- SB 177 Eminent Domain
- SB 735 Reliability Study
- SB 1153 Natural Gas Public Purpose Programs
AB 71 (Cunneen) -- As Enacted, 07/14/99
Requires, commencing on July 1, 2000, the Department of Transportation to extend the use of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes or access ramps to inherently low-emission vehicles (ILEVs), regardless of vehicle occupancy or ownership, until December 31, 2003. Commencing on January 1, 2004, this authorization will only apply to super ultra-low emission vehicles (SULEVs) until December 31, 2007. Owners of these types of vehicles will be required to purchase distinctive decals, labels, or other identifiers to distinguish them from other vehicles for the purpose of enforcing HOV lane or ramp use. In addition, this measure will authorize the Governor to remove individual HOV lanes or portions of HOV lanes from low-emission vehicle access during periods of peak congestion under specified conditions.
Status: Chaptered - No. 330
AB 470 (Wildman) -- Last Amended, 09/01/99
Would have authorized school districts to enter into design-build contracts for their school construction projects. The bill would have also required the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in consultation with the Energy Commission, Department of General Services (DGS), school district and industry representatives, to develop a school district owner's checklist for design-build projects. The checklist would have been required to be developed by June 30, 2000. Further, this bill would have required each agency granted design-build authority to provide a specified report on design-build projects (completed on or after December 31, 1996) to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee before December 31, 2001. Finally, this measure would have prohibited the withholding of contract retention proceeds by school districts and would instead authorize the withholding of subcontractor retention proceeds in the design-build process. AB 470 would have sunset on January 1, 2005.
Status: Vetoed by Governor
AB 995 (Wright) -- Last Amended, 04/14/99
Would require the Independent System Operator (ISO) to coordinate with transmission owners to implement policies regarding the reliability and operation of the transmission grid.
Status: Pending in Senate Energy Committee
AB 1002 (Wright) -- Last Amended, 08/17/99
Would require the California Public Utilities Commission to establish a surcharge on natural gas usage to fund low-income assistance programs, public interest research and cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation activities. Two categories of exceptions to this surcharge are included: (1) those customers that use natural gas to generate electricity for sale, gas used in cogeneration facilities to generate electricity, and gas sold for resale to customers, and (2) districts or municipalities operating their own public purpose programs, if approved by the CPUC. In addition, the bill would modify the residual load service (RLS) tariff.
Status: Pending in Senate Energy Committee
AB 1105 (Jackson) -- As Enacted, 06/15/99
Requires the Energy Commission to prepare two legislative reports: (1) a transition plan for the transfer of the public goods energy efficiency programs from the Public Utilities Commission to the Energy Commission and (2) an operational plan that recommends a post-transition administrative structure for the programs.
Status: Chaptered - No. 67
AB 1393 (Wright) -- As Enacted, 09/03/99
Provides for the continuation of energy efficiency programs targeted to low-income gas and electricity customers. The programs will be administered by the state's investor-owned utilities.
Status: Chaptered - No. 700
AB 1421 (Wright) -- As Enacted, 08/18/99
Requires gas corporations to provide bundled gas service unless a customer chooses to purchase gas from another entity. Only when a customer purchases natural gas from another provider could basic services be obtained from anyone other than the utility. The measure also requires that the distribution rate for gas service will continue to include after-meter services.
Status: Chaptered - No. 909
AB 1551 (Pescetti) -- As Enacted, 09/02/99
Authorizes applicant school districts to certify that an energy audit was completed when submitting final drawings to the State Architect. The audit will be required to demonstrate that the building as designed would exceed minimum building efficiency standards. The bill will allow the costs of these audits and money received from the Public Goods Charge programs, to qualify as part of a district's matching fund requirements under the School Facilities Program. In addition, AB 1551 extends the sunset date to January 1, 2005, for revenue bond authority for the State Public Works Board (SPWB) to finance energy and conservation projects at State-owned sites. Further, the measure clarifies that the total amount of revenue bonds issued by the SPWB may not exceed a total amount of $500,000,000.
Status: Chaptered - No. 981
AB 1571 (Villaraigosa) -- As Enacted, 09/02/99 -- Urgency
Creates the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program and Trust Fund, which provides incentives for the replacement or retrofit of heavy-duty diesel engines with lower emission models. The Energy Commission is responsible for implementing infrastructure demonstration and development, and advanced technology research and development programs. The bill also requires that all funds be encumbered prior to January 1, 2002. In addition, this measure establishes an advisory board to assess the implementation of the program. Finally, this bill requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB), in cooperation with participating districts, to provide a report to: (1) the Legislature on the program's status by March 1, 2001, and annually thereafter through 2003 and (2) the Governor, Legislature, and the advisory board on the program's implementation of the diesel emissions incentives program funded under the State Budget Act of 1998, by January 15, 2000.
Status: Chaptered - No. 923
AB 1663 (Utilities and Commerce Committee) -- Last Amended, 08/17/99
Would have extended the sunset dates of both the Energy Conservation Assistance Account (ECAA) and the Local Jurisdiction Account (LJA) to the year 2011, would have made several technical changes to improve consistency between the accounts, and would have addressed issues raised by the recent restructuring of the electricity industry. In addition, AB 1663 would have extended the sunset date to January 1, 2005, for revenue bond authority for the State Public Works Board (SPWB) to finance energy and conservation projects at State-owned sites. Further, the measure would have clarified that the total amount of revenue bonds issued by the SPWB may not exceed a total amount of $500,000,000.
Status: Vetoed by Governor
ACR 48 (Battin) -- Last Amended, 07/15/99
Would request the California Air Resources Board (CARB), in conjunction, with the Energy Commission, to report to the Legislature the costs and benefits of requiring Californians to use only California reformulated gasoline, on or before January 1, 2000.
Status: Pending in the Assembly
SB 96 (Peace) -- As Enacted, 06/14/99
Revises provisions relating to the governing structures of the Independent System Operator and the Power Exchange, and the duties of the Electricity Oversight Board.
Status: Chaptered - No. 510
SB 98 (Alarcon) -- As Enacted, 04/14/99 -- Urgency
Extends the imposition of a $1 vehicle license fee (VLF) surcharge on motor vehicle registration in the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to January 1, 2005. The fee supports the District's clean fuels program. In addition, the bill requires SCAQMD to establish an Office of Technology Advancement to administer the clean-burning fuels program and to establish an advisory group to make recommendations regarding the program, technology advancement and pollution reduction; and submit a detailed report to the Legislative Analyst and certain legislative committees regarding the program.
Status: Chaptered - No. 36
SB 110 (Peace) -- As Enacted, 08/26/99f
Eliminates reference to the integrated assessment of need (IAN) from the Energy Commission's Electricity Report and the requirement that proposed powerplants and transmission lines must be in conformance with the IAN as a basis for certification. The bill also extends the exemption from the notice of intention (NOI) process to all natural gas-fired powerplants. In addition, the bill requires the Energy Commission to report to the Governor and Legislature by March 31, 2000, concerning potential improvements to the powerplant siting process, reporting requirements, and data collection requirements related to electricity industry restructuring. The bill also requires the Energy Commission to conduct a biennial environmental assessment concerning restructuring, beginning July 1, 2001. Finally, the bill requires the Resources Agency to review its certification of the Energy Commission's powerplant siting process.
Status: Chaptered - No. 581
SB 123 (Peace) -- Last Amended, 05/18/99
Would provide that refiners, distributors, manufacturers, or transporters of petroleum products may not prevent a branded gasoline franchisee from purchasing the franchisor's branded petroleum products from any location or through any vendor in the franchisor's wholesale network.
Status: Pending in Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee
SB 177 (Peace) -- As Enacted, 09/07/99
Eliminates the ability of public utilities offering competitive services to condemn property for the purpose of competing with other utilities. It additionally establishes a public hearing process to be conducted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in the local jurisdiction of the pertaining site, for determining if the public interest would be served through an eminent domain action.
Status: Chaptered - No. 774
SB 192 (Perata) -- Last Amended, 09/03/99
Would require the Energy Commission to submit quarterly reports to the Legislature that contain information on the amount of MTBE used by each refiner during the previous quarter, beginning on April 1, 2000. This bill would also prohibit the sale of gasoline containing MTBE on and after January 1, 2003.
Status: Pending on the Assembly Floor
SB 280 (Bowen) -- Last Amended, 09/07/99
Would, commencing on January 1, 2000, require new and existing State buildings to be designed, constructed, and equipped to exceed the minimum building energy efficiency standards as mandated under existing law. This bill would also require that all cost-effective efficiencies be incorporated into affected building systems when a State building is renovated or retrofitted. Publicly funded school buildings would be exempt from this measure. However, the bill would encourage University of California (UC) Regents to comply with its provisions. In addition, the bill would require that specific methodologies be employed when designing all public buildings and that a post-construction process be employed to ensure that those buildings function as intended. Further, this bill would require the Integrated Waste Management Board to adopt green building standards, and that those standards be employed in State office buildings constructed after October 1, 2001. Finally, this bill would require the Department of General Services (DGS) to ensure compliance with the bill's provisions.
Status: Pending on the Senate Floor for concurrence
SB 282 (Kelley) -- As Enacted, 06/29/99
Requires the Energy Commission to report on the causes of high rates for electrical service to agricultural customers, including a comparison of rates with other customer classes and other states. The Commission may recommend in the report strategies for agricultural customers to reduce their electric service costs and identify factors that may affect their rate structure. The report is due to the Legislature by September 1, 2000. In addition, the bill requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to identify activities the CPUC proposes to reduce energy costs and rates for rural and agricultural customers. The CPUC is also required to report on its achievements in reducing those costs and rates.
Status: Chaptered - No. 322
SB 482 (Baca) -- As Enacted, 04/08/99
Extends the sunset on the program by which the State Trade & Commerce Agency is able to provide loans to persons to upgrade, replace or remove petroleum underground storage tanks to meet environmental rules designed to prevent leakage of fuel into groundwater. (This loan program is referred to as the RUST program.) The sunset is extended from December 22, 1999, to January 1, 2002.
Status: Chaptered - No. 516
SB 529 (Bowen) -- Last Amended, 09/08/99
Requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to subject any proposed motor vehicle fuel regulations to a multimedia evaluation. The California Environmental Policy Council (CEPC), as a result of the evaluation, will be required to review all potentially beneficial and adverse environmental impacts of any motor vehicle fuel specifications adopted by the California Air Resources Board on or after January 1, 2000.
Status: Chaptered - No. 813
SB 655 (Peace) -- Last Amended, 08/16/99f
Would have created grant programs for the purchase of solar water heating systems, storage for grid-connected solar-electric systems, and for specified distributed electrical generation systems. The Energy Commission would have been required to develop the guidelines and implement these programs. The grant programs would have become operative upon receiving funding from the Budget Act. The grant programs would have sunset on July 1, 2005. In addition, the Public Utilities Commission would have been required to develop interconnection requirements, operation standards, and standby rates for distributed generation systems.
Status: Vetoed by the Governor
SB 735 (Budget Committee) -- As Enacted, 09/09/99 -- Urgency
Augments and restores several appropriations from the Budget Act of 1999. The bill also establishes the scope of a report on electric system reliability. The report will examine efficiency, distributed generation, and time-of-use metering. The report is due March 1, 2000.
Status: Chaptered - No. 1021
SB 767 (Budget Committee) -- As Enacted, 07/15/99
Makes numerous appropriations affecting a variety of state agencies. As it relates to the Energy Commission, this bill appropriates $392,000 from the General Fund to the California Energy Commission for an assistance program in Kern County. The program will fund a project to convert a pedestrian traffic light system to energy-efficient light emitting diodes (LED).
Status: Chaptered - No. 1003
SB 989 (Sher) -- As Enacted, 09/07/99
Primarily codifies Executive Order D-5-99, which, among other things, requires the Energy Commission, in consultation with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), to develop a timetable for the removal of MTBE from gasoline at the earliest possible date. The bill also requires the Commission to provide a reassessment report to the Legislature and the Governor pursuant to the MTBE phase-out ban on or before July 1, 2000. Further, other state agencies will be required to take various actions related to the phase-out and underground fuel storage tanks. Finally, the bill enacts several other provisions to prevent MTBE from contaminating certain sources of water and requires multimedia evaluations on new fuel specifications.
Status: Chaptered - No. 812
SB 1001 (Burton) -- As Enacted, 09/10/99
Requires the Energy Commission to submit quarterly reports to the Legislature regarding the amount of MTBE that was used by each refiner during the previous quarter, beginning on April 1, 2000.
Status: Chaptered - No. 814
SB 1131 (Burton) -- As Enacted, 09/03/99 -- Urgency
Appropriates $1 million from the State General Fund to allow the Attorney General (AG) to conduct an investigation into gasoline pricing practices and to review pending oil company mergers and their potential impact on California consumers. However, the Governor "blue-penciled" the $1 million appropriation and instead asked the Attorney General to implement the provisions of the bill within existing resources.
Status: Chaptered - No. 956 (line-item veto)
SB 1153 (Brulte) -- As Enacted, 07/14/99
Requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to determine the most efficient and cost-effective way to provide natural gas public purpose programs in a consistent manner among public utility gas corporation service territories, and to develop and implement efficient and cost-effective programs on or before July 1, 2001. The bill authorizes the CPUC to conduct compliance and financial audits for purposes of the programs.
Status: Pending in Assembly Utilities Committee
SB 1186 (Ortiz) -- As Enacted, 09/03/99
Requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB), in consultation with the Department of Food and Agriculture, and in cooperation with the Energy Commission and the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), to prepare and submit to the Legislature recommendations for ensuring the consistency and predictability of the supply of rice straw for cost-effective off-field uses on or before January 1, 2001.
Status: Chaptered - No. 640
SB 1194 (Sher) -- Last Amended, 04/20/99
Would require the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to study the feasibility of having a nonprofit public benefit corporation administer energy efficiency and conservation programs established pursuant to the restructuring of the electricity industry. The study would be required to be done before January 1, 2002.
Status: Vetoed by Governor
SB 1253 (Sher) -- Last Amended, 08/16/99
Would have directed the Energy Commission, in consultation with numerous state agencies, to update the inventory of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from sources identified in the Commission's 1998 inventory on or before January 1, 2001. In addition, the bill would have required the Energy Commission, in consultation with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), to provide state, regional and local agencies, and other interests with information regarding cost-effective and technically feasible methods for reducing or mitigating those emissions. The Commission would have also been required to update the inventory every five years using current scientific methods. Further, this bill would have established a climate change advisory committee, to which the Energy Commission would designate one of its commissioners as chair, to make recommendations regarding the most equitable and efficient methods to implement international and national climate change requirements and standards.
Status: Vetoed by Governor
SB 1299 (Peace) -- As Introduced, 03/01/99
Would eliminate the requirement that publicly-owned utilities provide a report on their low-income weatherization program to the Energy Commission and that the Energy Commission submit such information to the Legislature in its biennial conservation report.
Status: Died in the Assembly