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Updated 7/2/2020


The legislature is continuing the 2020 session in a modified version pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-25-20. The legislature has released revised schedules for the remainder of the session. For the Assembly schedule, click HERE. For the Senate schedule, click HERE


Please click here for information about the California State Budget. Also, see this recent LA Times article for some details.


Below are several, but not all of the key bills that we are tracking, including bills that The Climate Center has taken a public position on. They are arranged in numerically in categories that mirror our program activities as closely as possible. The heading of each category is hyperlinked to that program’s page. Each bill is hyperlinked to the state’s legislative information page for more info on each bill. For a complete list of the 131 bills we are currently tracking in 2020, click HERE. Due to the disruption of the schedule, it is unlikely that many of these bills will be enacted this session. Our next update will be published on this page on June 4. Please send updates, suggestions, corrections to woody@theclimatecenter.org


Highlighted Bill: AB 345

AB 345 (Muratsuchi) SUPPORT – Read The Climate Center’s Letter of Support. This bill was voted out of the Assembly early in the year and will now be heard in the Senate. The expectation is that it will be up first in the Senate Natural Resources Committee. We urge you to support it and urge your state representatives to support it. This bill will, if enacted, establish regulations to protect public health and safety near oil and gas extraction facilities, including a minimum setback distance between oil and gas activities and sensitive receptors such as schools, childcare facilities, playgrounds, residences, hospitals, and health clinics. STATUS: In the Senate Rules Committee for assignment to a policy committee. For a factsheet on AB 345, click HERE.


Climate Policy 

AB 78 (Multiple co-authors) This is a bill that establishes a “climate catalyst revolving loan fund.  STATUS: Signed by the Governor.

AB 1839 (Bonta, et al) This bill would enact the California Green New Deal and make a series of legislative findings and declarations pertaining to various environmental, social, and economic conditions in the State, including an enumeration of specified rights that all residents of the state have. If you would like to see what those findings, declarations and rights are, click HERE. STATUS: On May 11 the bill was amended and re-referred to the Asm. Natural Resources Committee.

AB 2621 (Mullin) SUPPORT. This bill would require the Strategic Growth Council, by June 1, 2021, to establish guidelines for the development of regional climate adaptation plans by regional collaboratives. The bill would require the Council, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to develop a grant program to assist the development of qualified regional climate adaptation plans. STATUS: On June 2 placed in the Asm. Appropriations Committee suspense file.

AB 2954 (R. Rivas) SUPPORT. This bill would require the State to identify by July 1, 2021, an overall climate goal for the State’s natural and working lands, as defined, to sequester carbon and reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions. STATUS: Over to the Senate side, in the Rules committee waiting for an assignment.

AB 3256 (Eduardo Garcia, Bloom, Bonta, Friedman, Cristina Garcia, Mullin, Reyes, and Wood, and Coauthors: Assemblymembers Eggman and Robert Rivas) SUPPORT. This bill would place a General Obligation Bond on the November 2020 ballot. This bill would enact the Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $6,980,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance projects for a wildfire prevention, safe drinking water, drought preparation, and flood protection program. STATUS: In Asm Rules Committee, waiting on assignment.

SB 1191 (B. Dahle) OPPOSE. Read the Letter of Opposition that The Climate Center is a signatory to. This bill would allow waivers for requirements of existing law and would significantly undermine the spirit and letter of SB 1383 (Lara), enacted in 2016 to address short-lived yet intense greenhouse gases, primarily methane. STATUS: In the Environmental Quality Committee. No hearing date set.

SB 1258 (Stern) SUPPORT – Read The Climate Center’s Letter of Support. Titled the California Climate Technology and Infrastructure Financing Act, this bill would require the California Infrastructure Bank (IBank) to administer the Climate Catalyst Revolving Fund, which the bill would establish to provide financial assistance to eligible climate catalyst projects. STATUS: Set for a June 9 hearing in the Asm Appropriations Committee.


Climate Justice

AB 345 (Muratsuchi) SUPPORT – Read The Climate Center’s Letter of Support. This bill will, if enacted, establish regulations to protect public health and safety near oil and gas extraction facilities, including a minimum setback distance between oil and gas activities and sensitive receptors such as schools, childcare facilities, playgrounds, residences, hospitals, and health clinics. STATUS: In the Senate Rules Committee for assignment to a policy committee.

AB 3214 (Limón) – SUPPORT. Read coalition Letter of Support that The Climate Center’s signed on to. This bill increases existing fines for oil spills. STATUS: Now on Senate side in Rules, waiting on a committee assignment.


Community Choice Energy 

AB 3014 (Muratsuchi) SUPPORT – This bill aims to improve the reliability of California electric supply by reforming the State’s resource adequacy (RA) program. Specifically, this bill creates the Central Reliability Authority (CRA), a non-profit public benefit corporation, to purchase residual RA needed to meet state requirements while still allowing load-serving entities (LSEs), such as Community Choice Agencies (CCAs), to maintain their procurement autonomy. The newly created CRA also reduces costly RA purchases currently undertaken by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) and greatly enhances the RA market. The California Community Choice Association is a sponsor of this bill. STATUS: Amended on May 4 in the Asm Utilities & Energy Committee. Re-referred to that committee. No hearing date set.


Clean Mobility

AB 2145 (Ting) SUPPORT – This bill would require the CPUC to direct electrical corporations to file applications for programs and investments to accelerate widespread transportation electrification to meet the goal of installing at least 1,000,000 electric vehicle charging ports by December 31, 2030. The bill would require the statewide assessment prepared by the Energy Commission to include as a goal the installation of at least 1,000,000 electric vehicle charging ports by December 31, 2030. STATUS: In the Asm Utilities & Energy Committee. Heard on May 4 and re-referred to Asm U&E. No hearing date set.


Sequestration 

Working lands (farms, etc.)

AB 1071 (Limón) Sponsor: CalCAN  – SUPPORT. This bill would create a grant program for agricultural sector climate adaptation. It would require the Strategic Growth Council to provide guidance in the development of, and to coordinate the activities of member agencies of the council for, a grant program, known as the Agricultural Climate Adaptation Tools Program to provide funding for activities that include development of specified planning tools for adapting to climate change and developing resiliency strategies in the agricultural sector. Relevant article.  STATUS: In Senate Rules Committee suspense file.

Protecting Natural landscapes sequestering carbon

AB 3030 (Kalra) SUPPORT. The Climate Center registered its formal support for this bill in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on May 13. This bill would declare it to be the goal of the state to conserve at least 30 percent of the land and 30 percent of the ocean within the state by 2030. Read the May 21, 2020 article by Sammy Roth of the LA Times about this bill. STATUS: On June 3:  Voted out of committee: Amended, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 13. Noes 5.) It is not clear where this bill will be heard next.


Community Energy Resilience

SB 1215 (Stern) SUPPORT – Read The Climate Center’s Letter of Support. SB 1215, the “California Emergency Services Act” establishes the Office of Emergency Services in the office of the Governor and provides that the office is responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies. STATUS: Heard in Sen Approps committee June 2; Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Comm. on Appropriations. Set for a hearing on June 9.

AB 3021 (Ting) SUPPORT – Read The Climate Center’s SUPPORT LETTER. It appears that this bill is dead, but if not, this bill would appropriate $300M per fiscal year in the 2020–21, 2021–22, and 2022–23 fiscal years from the General Fund to the California Energy Commission to administer a program to provide resiliency grant funding and technical assistance to local educational agencies for the installation of energy storage systems. STATUS: Double-referred to Education and Natural Resources committees. No hearing date set.

SB 45 (Allen, et al) SUPPORT – Dubbed the “Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020.” This is a proposed $5.51 billion general obligation bond to be placed on the November 3, 2020 statewide general election. Due to the Covid crisis, it is unlikely that it will be enacted in its original form. STATUS: Passed out of Senate, in the Assembly, held at the desk.

AB 2789 (Kamlager) WATCH – This bill would appropriate $1.5M to require the CPUC, in consultation with the CA Energy Commission, to request the California Council on Science and Technology to undertake and complete a study relative to electrical grid outages and cost avoidance resulting from deployment of eligible renewable energy resources, battery storage systems, and demand response technologies. STATUS: Awaiting a hearing in the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee.

AB 3251 (Bauer-Kahan) WATCH – This bill would require that charging of energy storage systems be treated as load in calculations for demand response programs, and that capacity from energy storage systems installed on the customer side of the meter be allowed to be aggregated for purposes of determining resource adequacy capacity; and electricity exported to the grid from the customer side of the meter be allowed to count toward the capacity obligations of load-serving entities. STATUS: Awaiting a hearing in the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee.

 


Click HERE for the complete list of bills we monitored in 2019

Click HERE for the complete list of bills we monitored in the 2018 legislative session.

Click HERE for the complete list of bills we monitored in the 2017 legislative session.

Click HERE for the complete list of bills we monitored in the 2015-16 legislative session.


Keeping track of Legislation

In any given legislative year there are bills that either directly relate to the climate crisis, energy, resilience, decarbonization clean cars, and Community Choice Energy. Here are a few tips on how to keep track.

Legislative Calendars:
Bill Tracking:

The official California legislation tracking website is: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ This is where you can find out about the status of any bill and subscribe to updates on specific bills. Bills can be searched in several different ways including by author, topic, bill number, etc.

Another excellent tool is the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker that can be used to find energy-related bills in California, other states, and at the federal level.

Open meetings law:

All State-level governing bodies are subject to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. In order to understand the rules around advance notice of meetings, posting of agendas, requirements for public comment, etc., it would be a good idea to review the Act.

Additional tips and resources:
  • To find out who your California representatives are visit this handy site: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
  • Having a hard time understanding the lingo? Try this glossary of common legislative terms.
  • When nothing else works, you can always try the FAQs!

 


Past bills we have supported

Price on carbon

HR 763: Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 is a bill in the United States House of Representatives that proposes a fee on carbon at the point of extraction to encourage market-driven innovation of clean energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Center supports this bill. Click here to read an assessment of this bill by Dr. Noah Kaufman, John Larsen, Peter Marsters, Hannah Kolus and Shashank Mohan of Columbia University. Related: How to Cut U.S. Carbon Pollution by Nearly 40 Percent in 10 Years by Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, November 13, 2017 SB 775 – Cap and Dividend Authors: Senator Bob Wieckowski and Senator Pro Tem Kevin de León The Climate Center endorses this bill. SB 775 enacts into law a post-2020 cap and trade program as an update to California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which put a cap (limit) on carbon emissions, and allowed businesses to purchase permits to pollute, and to trade those permits in an open market. The number of permits declines over time, giving businesses time to reduce their emissions as the whole economy shifts to clean energy. The revenues created from the sale of the permits go back to the people of California in the form of dividends to help offset the rising costs of energy use. Revenues also go toward investments in renewable energy.


SB 100 – 100% carbon-free renewable energy by 2045 Author: Kevin de León SB 100, the California Clean Energy Act of 2017 does all of the following:

  1. Establishes an overall state target of 100% clean energy for California by 2045 by directing the CA Public Utilities Commission, CA Energy Commission, and Air Resources Board to adopt policies and requirements to achieve total reliance on renewable energy and zero-carbon resources by that date.
  2. Accelerates SB 350’s 50% mandate for clean renewable energy from 2030 to 2026 and establishes a new RPS benchmark of 60% by 2030 to ensure more clean energy in the California grid sooner.

Link to bill text and status: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB100 In the Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/24/california-100-percent-renewable-energy-future-may-hit-roadblocks/


SB 71 – Solar Roofs Author: Scott Weiner Requires installation of solar panels on any new residential or commercial construction subject to the “solar ready” requirements of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, generally single family homes, low-rise multi-family buildings and commercial buildings of 10 stories or less. Requires the CEC to consider requiring the installation of a cost-effective rooftop solar electric or solar thermal energy generation system on all new buildings. This bill requires the CEC to make its consideration byJanuary 1, 2020, for new residential buildings and by January 1, 2023, for new nonresidential buildings. Link to bill text and status: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB71


SB 700 — Solar Energy Storage Initiative Author: Scott Wiener Creates the Energy Storage Initiative to provide rebates to electricity customers for the installation of home and business energy storage systems, which allow solar energy to be stored and used throughout the day and night. This initiative is modeled on the 10-year California Solar Initiative, which is widely regarded as having been successful. It will be a similar, 10-year incentive program, this time for storage. Link to bill text and status: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB700


AB 262 the “Buy Clean” bill Authors: Rob Bonta and Susan Eggman This bill requires the California Department of General Services (DGS) to establish standards used in the bid process related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when certain eligible materials are used in state public works projects. Link to bill text and status: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB262 News Stories about AB 262 on Buy Clean California’s website: http://www.buycleancalifornia.org/news-and-media/


Community Choice Energy Law

The two pieces  of legislation that make Community Choice possible in California are AB 117 (Migden, 2002) and SB 790 (Leno, 2011). AB 117 established Community Choice and SB 790 strengthened it by creating a “code of conduct” that the incumbent utilities must adhere to in their activities relative to Community Choice.

Community Choice law, Assembly Bill 117 (Migden), enacted in 2002, can be found in the California Public Utilities Code sections 331.1,381.1707 and Code Sections 360 through 380.5. Scroll down to code section 366.2, where the main body of information describing Community Choice can be found. Community Choice law was conceived as a way to salvage a good part of the deregulation experiment of the late 1990s and early 2000s, choice.