Supported by The Climate Center

AB 643 (Berman) Solar and Storage interconnection timelines

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Existing law vests the Public Utilities Commission (Commission) with regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. The Commission’s Electric Rule 21 establishes a tariff that describes the interconnection, operating, and metering requirements of generation facilities to be connected to an electrical corporation’s distribution system.

This bill, sponsored by the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA), would require the Commission, on or before March 31, 2024, to commence the consideration of adopting mechanisms, as provided, for distributed renewable generation interconnections to enforce timelines, reduce administrative burden, and provide transparency and certainty to customers. The bill would require the Commission, in considering the adoption of mechanisms, to create process improvements to, and potential timelines for, Electric Rule 21 to address certain types of delays.

Committee Location: Held in the Assembly Appropriations Committee May 18 2023.

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