Summary of Energy-Related Legislation
2000 Legislative Session
The following is a list of all energy-related bills in the 1999-2000 Legislative Session and final actions by the Governor.
AB 424 (Wildman) Design-Build Schools
AB 424 would have authorized school districts to enter into design-build contracts for their school construction projects that exceed $10 million. The bill would have required the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in consultation with the Energy Commission, Department of General Services (DGS), Seismic Safety Commission, and school district and industry representatives, to develop guidelines for design-build projects. The guidelines would have been required to be developed within six months after this measure is enacted. The bill would have sunset on January 1, 2006. URGENCY.
California Energy Commission: N/A. Status: Vetoed
AB 918 (Keeley) Net Metering
AB 918 revises and clarifies the method of calculating a net energy metering bill for people who generate electricity (customer-generators) through small solar and/or wind generating systems by providing that customers be paid the same amount for generating electricity as they pay for consuming energy. The bill also clarifies that electrical corporations are not obligated to provide net metering services under certain conditions.
California Energy Commission: Note changes in net metering law. Status: Chapter 1043
AB 970 (Ducheny/Batting) Expedited Siting/Energy Conservation
AB 970 establishes two expedited siting processes: a 4 month process for simple cycle facilities whose applications are deemed complete by October 31, 2000, and a 6 month process for facilities that pose no significant environmental risk. The bill also appropriates $50 million to the Energy Commission to implement an energy efficiency grant program. In addition, the bill requires the Energy Commission to update the State's energy efficiency standards and to make recommendations regarding supply and energy conservation measures necessary to ensure adequate supply and conservation in the State. The bill also establishes an expedited air permit process for peaking facilities, establishes a "green team" to provide powerplant siting informational assistance, and requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to enact demand reduction and peak-shaving measures and to identify and address constraints in the transmission and distribution grid. The bill also requires the CPUC and Electricity Oversight Board to investigate the Independent System Operator's policies to determine if they discourage cogeneration and self generation.
California Energy Commission: Implement siting processes, grant program, update efficiency standards, and make recommendations concerning supply and conservation. Consult with CPUC regarding Energy Commission grant program and CPUC demand reduction requirements. Participate on Green Team. Status: 329
AB 995 (Wright, R) Public Goods Charge Extension
AB 995 extends the existing surcharge upon electricity to fund public purpose energy efficiency, renewable technology support, and research and development programs for 10 years. In addition, the bill defines the role of electricity distribution companies.
California Energy Commission: Adopt "investment plans" for expenditure of renewable and research and development funds. Address recommendations of PIER Independent Review Panel. Status: Chapter 1051
AB 1002 (Wright, R) Non-bypassable Natural Gas Public Goods Charge
AB 1002 provides that the surcharge on natural gas usage to fund low-income assistance programs, cost-effective energy efficiency activities, and public interest research and development shall be non-bypassable, with limited exceptions. Two categories of exceptions to this surcharge include: (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) any district or municipality operating its own public purpose programs.
California Energy Commission: Note change in natural gas surcharge. California Energy Commission may wish to participate in CPUC proceeding. Status: Chapter 932
AB 2061 (Lowenthal) ZEV Grant/Alternative Diesel Fuel Incentive
AB 2061 appropriates $500,000 from the General Fund for offsetting the incremental costs of alternative diesel fuel used in heavy-duty vehicles. In addition, this bill requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB), in consultation with the Energy Commission, to develop a limited zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) grant program. The maximum amount of a grant, to be determined by CARB, is up to $3,000 per year for the first 36 months of lease or purchase of a new ZEV. Qualified vehicles have to be leased or purchased between October 1, 2000, and on or before December 31, 2002. URGENCY.
California Energy Commission: Consult with CARB regarding ZEV grant program development. Note incentive program for alternative diesel fuel. Status: Chapter 1072
AB 2076 (Shelley) California Energy Commission Fuel Reserve Study
AB 2076 requires the Energy Commission, in consultation with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), to study the feasibility of operating a strategic fuel reserve by no later than January 31, 2002. Further, the Energy Commission and CARB, in consultation with other state and local agencies, are required to develop a report for the Governor and Legislature on a California Strategy to Reduce Petroleum Dependence by no later than January 31, 2002.
California Energy Commission: Adopt reports concerning strategic fuel reserve and petroleum dependence reduction strategy by January 31, 2002. Status: Chapter 936 - Signing Message
AB 2098 (Migden) California Energy Commission Fuel Pipeline Study
AB 2098 directs the Energy Commission, in consultation with the State Fire Marshall, to study the feasibility of financing, constructing, and maintaining a new pipeline, or utilizing or expanding the capacity of existing pipelines, to transport motor vehicle fuel or its components from the Gulf Coast to California. The study is required to be conducted in conjunction with any other gasoline price studies that may be enacted during the 2000 legislative session. The study is required to be submitted to the Legislature and the Attorney General by January 31, 2002.
California Energy Commission: Adopt report concerning fuel pipeline by January 31, 2002. Status: Chapter 963
AB 2259 (Wiggins) Building Rehabilitation Council
AB 2259 would have created the California Building Rehabilitation Code Advisory Council to recommend whether the establishment of a Building Rehabilitation Code would improve the use and safety of existing buildings. A representative from the Energy Commission would have been a member of the Council.
California Energy Commission: N/A. Status: Vetoed
AB 2511 (Steinberg) Sacrament/San Joaquin Clean Air Programs
AB 2511 establishes the Sacramento Emergency Clean Air and Transportation Program, and the San Joaquin Valley Emergency Clean Air Attainment Program. These programs provide regional authority for the funding of incentives for public and private heavy-duty diesel fleets in the regions to reduce pollutant emissions through the use of alternative fuels and vehicles, engine retrofits, and engine replacements. Funding was appropriated for these programs in a budget trailer bill.
California Energy Commission: Note existence of programs. Status: Chapter 532
AB 2698 (Florez) Williamson Act Appeal Time - Pastoria Project
AB 2698 reduces the appeal time on a Williamson Act cancellation to coincide with the public review process of the Energy Commission for the siting of a specific powerplant. The appeal time reduction is limited to proposed projects located in Southern Kern County with a capacity of 700 to 800 megawatts, for which applications were accepted by the Energy Commission during January 2000. This exception sunsets December 31, 2001.
California Energy Commission: Note that the bill applies to the Pastoria project in Tejon Ranch. Status: Chapter 1045
AB 2705 (Committee on Agriculture) Agricultural Industry Energy Program
AB 2705 requires that loan repayments made from the Energy Commission's Agricultural Industry Energy Program be made into the Energy Technology Research, Development, and Demonstration Account. Up to 20% of the funds would be available, upon appropriation, for technical assistance purposes.
California Energy Commission: Ensure agriculture program loan repayments are made into the Energy Technology Research, Demonstration, and Development Account. Status: Chapter 1046
AB 2825 (Battin) Statewide Biomass Grant Program
AB 2825 expands the Central Valley biomass grant program (enacted by AB 2872, Chapter 144, Statutes of 2000) to be a statewide program. This program is administered by the Trade and Commerce Agency. URGENCY.
California Energy Commission: Note changes to program. Status: Chapter 739
SB 280 (Bowen) Energy Efficient and Green Public Buildings
SB 280 would have, commencing on January 1, 2001, required 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 have also required that all cost-effective efficiencies be incorporated into affected building systems when a State building is renovated or retrofitted. Publicly funded school buildings would have been exempt from this measure. In addition, the bill would have required 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 have required the Integrated Waste Management Board to adopt green building standards, and that those standards be employed in State office buildings constructed after July 1, 2003. Finally, this bill would have required the Department of General Services (DGS) to ensure compliance with the bill's provisions.
California Energy Commission: N/A
SB 1194 (Sher) Public Goods Charge Extension
SB 1194 extends the existing surcharge upon electricity to fund public purpose energy efficiency, renewable technology support, and research and development programs for 10 years. In addition, the would defines the role of electricity distribution companies.
California Energy Commission: Adopt "investment plans" for expenditure of renewable and research and development funds. Address recommendations of PIER Independent Review Panel.
Status: Chapter 1050
SB 1298 (Bowen and Peace) Distributed Generation Emissions Standards
SB 1298 requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to adopt a certification program and uniform emission standards for distributed generation technologies that are exempt from district permitting requirements on or before January 1, 2003.
California Energy Commission: Note new DG emission standards.
Status: Chapter 741
SB 1299 (Committee on Energy) California Energy Commission Efficiency Account Extension
SB 1299 extends both the sunset dates of the Energy Conservation Assistance Account (ECAA) and the Local Jurisdiction Account (LJA) to the year 2011. These are revolving fund loan accounts used to provide low-interest loans and technical assistance for the installation of energy efficiency measures in public schools, local governments, special districts, and non-profit hospitals. These accounts are administered by the Energy Commission. In addition, the bill makes minor changes to the Energy Commission's reporting requirements under its Public Interest Energy Research Program.
California Energy Commission: Continue existing programs funded by ECAA and LJA. Note reporting changes to PIER program: quarterly report is no a semi-annual report, and the annual report is due March 31st.
Status: Chapter 536
SB 1345 (Peace) Solar and Distributed Generation Grant Program
SB 1345 created a grant program for purchasers of solar water heating systems, storage for grid-connected solar-electric systems, and for distributed electrical generation systems. The Energy Commission is required to develop the guidelines and implement this program. The bill's provisions become operational only if an appropriation is made for the programs in the annual Budget Act (there is such an appropriation in this year's Budget Act). The program would sunset on January 1, 2006.
California Energy Commission: Develop guidelines for grant programs (APA exempt). Implement the grant programs.
Status: Chapter 537
SB 1388 (Peace) Siting Changes/Metering Pilot Study/Transmission Planning
SB 1388 removes the requirement that the Energy Commission prepare a geothermal resource sufficiency study for geothermal siting projects. The bill also requires state and local agencies to provide recommendations within 180 days of a powerplant siting application being deemed data adequate. In addition, the bill requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to conduct a pilot project to evaluate consumer response when provided with a variety of different metering options. Finally, the bill requires the CPUC and Electricity Oversight Board (EOB) to facilitate Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of utilities' cost recovery for transmission planning activities.
California Energy Commission: Note changes to powerplant siting process - revise siting regulations accordingly. Note metering pilot program and transmission planning provisions.
Status: Chapter 1040
SB 1771 (Sher) Greenhouse Gas Emissions Registry and Inventory
SB 1771 requires the Secretary of the Resources Agency to establish a nonprofit public benefit corporation, to be known as the "California Climate Action Registry," for the purpose of administering a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions registry. The Registry is authorized to charge participants a fee to cover the costs of its operation. The bill requires the Energy Commission to qualify third-party organizations to provide assistance for purposes of monitoring and reducing GHG emissions. In addition, the Energy Commission is required to develop metrics for use by the Registry and to update the State's inventory of GHG emissions by January 1, 2002.
California Energy Commission: Identify 3rd-Party technical assistance providers by 7/1/01. Update GHG emissions reporting metrics by 7/1/01. Make energy efficiency "business as usual" and transportation reporting recommendation by 7/1/03. Establish GHG measurement procedures. Establish process for qualifying reporting auditors by 7/1/02. Update statewide GHG inventory by 1/1/02. Act as information exchange for GHG reduction information. Convene interagency task force on climate change. If resources are available, establish a climate change advisory committee.
Status: Chapter 1018
SB 1962 (Costa) Petroleum Reporting
SB 1962 would authorize the Energy Commission to collect information concerning the imports and exports of refined petroleum products by type, including unbranded petroleum products by type. The bill would also remove some obsolete language from the affected sections.
California Energy Commission: Establish procedures to collect new information from petroleum market participants.
Status: Chapter 1018