2019 Introduced Bill Update


With the deadline for the Legislature to introduce bills passing last Friday, we are currently tracking approximately 210 energy, climate, and other related bills for this session.  This session marks a higher volume of introduced bills than previous sessions with a major emphasis on wildfire issues faced by the state as well as proposed changes to electricity procurement and climate actions.  The following includes bills that represent the range of issues addressed this session.  A complete list can be found on our website.


Central Buyer:

AB 56: Would authorizes the CPUC and CEC to assess options for a central statewide electricity procurement entity.

AB 1513: Would authorizes electric corporations to sell or assign all or part of an existing contract for renewable energy to a retail seller, POU, electrical cooperative, DWR, or a military facility. The CPUC would need approve the sale or transfer per a showing that it would not be detrimental to bundled customers or prevent the IOU from meeting its RPS requirement.

SB 350: Allows CPUC to consider multi-year centralized Resource Adequacy (RA) mechanism, among other options. This bill follows the CPUC’s recent approved Decision on 2/21/19 to allow multi-year local RA procurement. That proceeding remains open and will address the pushes for a final three-year central procurement mechanism framework to Q3.

Provider of Last Resort (PLR):

SB 520: Would addresses a PLR CPUC threshold authorization and use of structure/auction to determine which LSE will be the PLR.

PG&E Bankruptcy

SB 549: Would place a prohibition on the CPUC to change IOU rates or capital structures.

SB 550: Would require that a merger or sale of utility assets must increase safety.


AB 281: States the intent for legislation to mandate undergrounding of transmission and distribution in high risk fire areas.

AB 1363: Would prevent IOUs from paying excess compensation to executives. Compensation would be held in escrow for five years. If the CPUC issues a financing order for recovery bonds to finance wildfire recovery costs, then these funds would transfer from the escrow funds to pay for and recover these costs to reduce the cost of the recovery bonds.

AB 868: Would reform the Load Serving Entities (LSE) Wildfire Mitigation Plans to include impacts and notice for water and waste water utilities as priorities.

SB 584: Would address undergrounding of electrical infrastructure in wildfire risk areas.

Distributed Energy Resources :

AB 801: States the intent of legislature to remove obstacles to community solar to serve onsite load.

AB 961: Would address the use of non-energy benefit definition and calculation for electricity programs: EE, DER, SGIP, etc.

SB 288: Would require the CPUC and POU boards to create a fair tariff(s) for energy storage that export to the grid and to consider tariffs for resources that support reliability, resiliency, and emergency or outage services; require the CPUC to collaborate with the CAISO to remove barriers for energy storage; streamline interconnection and ensure fees are fair, among other things.

SB 774: States the intent to create program to deploy local clean energy generation and storage systems for resiliency and wildfire risks.

Renewable Energy, GHGs, and Climate Change

AB 1445: Would make a Climate Change Emergency Declaration and state a policy to create a zero-carbon economy.

AB 1276: Would state the intent to develop and implement a Green New Deal in California.

AB 915: Would sets the RPS at 80% out to 2038, redefines eligible renewable energy resource to include emitting resources if below a certain threshold, and, if the cost of renewable energy exceeds a specified threshold, includes hydroelectric as a eligible renewable energy resource,

SB 682: Would create a Radiative Forcing Management Climate Accounting Protocol to address climate change.

Carbon Tax:

SB 43: Would report on feasibility of replacing sales and use tax with a tax based on carbon intensity of a product.

Electric Vehicles, Zero Emission Vehicles, and Alternative Fuels:

AB 983: Would require the IOUs to work with local agencies to plan EV infrastructure deployment and authorize the CPUC to review and approve the deployment.

AB 40: Would require CARB to establish a comprehensive strategy to transition new sales of vehicles and ne light-duty trucks to fully zero-emission vehicles by 2040.

AB 1046: Would state the Charge Ahead California policy goal as putting 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030, align rebates to achieve this goal, and determine a phase down of the rebate based on cumulative sales levels.

CAISO Energy Storage Procurement:

SB 722: Would authorize a procurement of 2,000 MW- 4,000 MW recovered from LSE within the CAISO system.



About Joe Kaatz

Staff Attorney at the Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law.
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