Under existing law, a public agency, as defined, may enter into specified energy conservation contracts, including into contracts for the sale of electricity, electrical generating capacity, or thermal energy produced by the energy conservation facility at such rates and on such terms as are approved by its governing body.
Existing law defines “energy conservation facility” as alternate energy equipment, cogeneration equipment, or conservation measures located in public buildings or on land owned by public agencies. Existing law defines “alternate energy equipment” as equipment for the production or conversion of energy from alternate sources as its primary fuel source, such as solar, biomass, wind, geothermal, hydroelectricity under 30 megawatts, remote natural gas of less than one billion cubic feet estimated reserves per mile from an existing gas gathering line, natural gas containing 850 or fewer British thermal units per standard cubic foot, or any other source of energy, the efficient use of which will reduce the use of fossil or nuclear fuels.
This bill would add hydrogen to the list of examples of primary fuel sources under the definition of “alternate energy equipment.”
Committee Location: Senate Energy Committee
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Dr. Susan Talamantes Eggman was elected to the State Senate in November of 2020, serving the 5th Senate District which is comprised of San Joaquin County, a significant portion of Stanislaus County, and the Sacramento County community of Galt. Susan served in the State Assembly from December of 2012 through November of 2020. Susan joined the U.S. Army out of high school and served four years as a medic. After her service, she completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work at California State University, Stanislaus. She worked as a mental health provider and medical social worker before completing a Ph.D. at Portland State University. Prior to joining the State Assembly, Susan was a Professor of Social Work at CSU, Sacramento. Susan is a former member of Stockton’s City Council and the first Latina elected to that office. While in the Assembly, Susan authored legislation to support the rights of undocumented residents who are victims of crimes; authored legislation to increase diversion programs as an alternative to incarceration for minor drug crimes; and authored the law that established the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing Program – which will invest up to $1 billion over ten years to install solar roofs and provide electricity bill savings to residents of multifamily housing in disadvantaged communities.
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