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AB 643 (Berman) Solar and Storage interconnection timelines

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Existing law vests the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) with regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations and requires the CPUC to make various reports to the Legislature, including a report on the progress made toward modernizing the State’s distribution and transmission grid and the impacts of distributed energy resources on the State’s distribution and transmission grid.

This bill, sponsored by the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA), would require the CPUC, on or before June 1 of each year, to submit a report to the Legislature on timelines for the interconnection of customer-sited energy generation and storage resources. The bill would require the CPUC to consider the negligent exceedance of an interconnection timeline by an electrical corporation to be a failure to comply with a rule of the CPUC and subject to a penalty. The bill would require an electrical corporation to provide a substantial response to any queries from an interconnection applicant related to the completeness of the application and the submission of supporting information to pending applications within 3 business days.

Committee Location: Assembly Energy Committee; hearing set for March 22

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