Governor Brown signs two more bills to make California Greener! Good for planet, people and pockets!

SB 43, Wolk. Electricity: Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program. SB 459, Pavley. Vehicle retirement: low-income motor vehicle owners.

[Approved by Governor September 28, 2013. Filed with Secretary of State September 28, 2013.]

This bill would enact the Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program. The program would require a participating utility, defined as being an electrical corporation with 100,000 or more customers in California, to file with the commission an application requesting approval of a green tariff shared renewables program to implement a program enabling ratepayers to participate directly in offsite electrical generation facilities that use eligible renewable energy resources, consistent with certain legislative findings and statements of intent. The bill would require the commission, by July 1, 2014, to issue a decision concerning the participating utility’s application, determining whether to approve or disapprove the application, with or without modifications. The bill would require the commission, after notice and opportunity for public comment, to approve the application if the commission determines that the proposed program is reasonable and consistent with the legislative findings and statements of intent. The bill would require the commission to require that a participating utility’s green tariff shared renewables program be administered in accordance with specified provisions. The bill would repeal the program on January 1, 2019.

SB 43    http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=sb_43&sess=CUR&house=B&search_type=email

HISTORY http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0001-0050/sb_43_bill_20130928_history.html

 

SB 459, Pavley. Vehicle retirement: low-income motor vehicle owners.

[Approved by Governor September 30, 2013. Filed with Secretary of State September 30, 2013.]

This bill would require instead a motor vehicle to have been registered without substantial lapse, as determined by the department, in the state for at least 2 years prior to vehicle retirement and to have failed any type of smog check inspection lawfully performed in the state to qualify to receive a specified vehicle retirement payment. The bill would authorize, rather than require, the department to permit vehicle retirement for any motor vehicle that has been registered without substantial lapse in the state for at least 2 years prior to vehicle retirement and that fails any type of smog check inspection lawfully performed in the state.

This bill would require the state board, in consultation with the bureau and no later than June 30, 2015, to update the guidelines for the enhanced fleet modernization program to include specified elements and to study and consider specified elements. The bill would make various findings and declarations. The bill, in addition, would establish compensation for replacement vehicles for low-income vehicle owners at not less than $2,500, would make replacement an option for all motor vehicle owners, and would make this compensation available to an owner in addition to the compensation for a retired vehicle. The bill would prohibit this compensation for all other motor vehicle owners from exceeding the compensation for low-income motor vehicle owners. The bill would authorize instead an increase in the compensation under these programs for either retired or replacement vehicles for only low-income motor vehicle owners as necessary to balance maximizing air quality benefits of the program while ensuring participation by low-income motor vehicle owners, as specified.

 
SB 459   http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/postquery?bill_number=sb_459&sess=CUR&house=B&search_type=email

HISTORY http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0451-0500/sb_459_bill_20130930_history.html