YearBill No.
Author
Bill NameSummary of DirectivesImplementation Status
2023AB 1373
Garcia
EnergyThe CPUC must establish rebuttable presumption of need for specified transmission projects.Self-executing and currently in effect
2023AB 585
Rivas
Climate change: Infrastructure and clean energy projects: assessmentsGO-Biz, in consultation with the CARB, CEC and CPUC, must assess the barriers, challenges, and impediments limiting the deployment of clean energy projects.Assessment due January 2026
2023AB 585
Rivas
Climate change: Infrastructure and clean energy projects: assessmentsCCST may assess the infrastructure project types, scale, and pace necessary to achieve the state’s energy, climate change, and air quality goals.Assessment every three years, at CCST discretion
2023AB 149
Caballero
California Environmental Quality Act: administrative and judicial procedures: record of proceedings: judicial streamlining

Expedites judicial review to no longer than 270 days for infrastructure projects designated by the Governor as environmental leadership projects through January 1, 2032. 

Clarifies contents of the administrative record for all CEQA proceedings to ensure only substantive communications are included, consistent with existing law, to be narrowly construed to ensure CEQA transparency is maximized.

Implemented
2023SB 319
McGuire
Electricity: transmission planning and permittingThe CEC, CPUC, and California ISO must jointly develop, on or before July 1, 2025, a transmission infrastructure development guidebook that describes the transmission planning and permitting processes.Guidebook due July 1, 2025
2023SB 319
McGuire
Electricity: transmission planning and permittingThe CPUC, in consultation with California balancing authorities, on or before December 1, 2024, and biennially thereafter, to submit a report to the Legislature that includes specified information related to electrical transmission projects.Due December 1, 2024, and biennially thereafter
2023SB 319
McGuire
Electricity: transmission planning and permittingThe CEC, CPUC, and California ISO must review the MOU regarding Transmission and Resource Planning and Implementation.Review every five years
2023SB 49
Becker
Renewable energy: Department of Transportation: evaluationCaltrans in coordination with the CEC and CPUC must evaluate impediments to the development of renewable energy generation facilities, energy storage facilities, and electrical transmission and distribution facilities, as specified on Caltrans rights-of-ways, on or before December 31, 2025.Due December 31, 2025
2022SB 205
Budget Bill
EnergyEstablishes an Opt-In certifications process at the CEC through June 30, 2029, for clean energy projects, as specified, and any transmission from the facility to the first point of interconnection to the transmission system. The CEC is the lead agency under CEQA and must take final action on an Opt-In application within 270 day of being deemed complete.Implemented
2022SB 1174
Hertzberg
Electricity: eligible renewable energy or energy storage resources: transmission and interconnectionRequires that investor-owned utilities report to the CPUC on changes to previously reported in-service dates of transmission and interconnection facilities and the reasons for any changes to the status of in-service dates.

Requires that the CPUC’s annual report on the Renewables Portfolio Standard program include a systemwide assessment of delays to interconnection or transmission approvals for eligible renewable energy resources or energy storage resources.
Annual report
2022SB 529
Hertzberg
Electricity: electrical transmission facilitiesRequires the CPUC to update General Order (GO 131 D) to authorize each electrical corporation to use the permit-to-construct process or claim an exemption to seek approval to construct an extension, expansion, upgrade, or other modification to its existing electrical transmission facilities.Implemented

Further review in progress in CPUC proceeding R2305018
2022SB 887Electricity: transmission facility planningExpands the CEC electricity demand and CPUC resource portfolios to 15 years forecasts to inform California ISO transmission plans and requires the CPUC to request that the California ISO identify high priority transmission projects for delivering renewable and zero-carbon resources into load centers.Implemented

Contact

Siting, Transmission, and Environmental Protection Division
stepinfo@energy.ca.gov