SB 585 - An Act to Amend Section 2851 Of, and to Add Section 2851.1 To, the Public Utilities Code, Relating to Solar Energy, and Declaring the Urgency Thereof, to Take Effect Immediately.

Energy: solar energy systems: funding. 2011-2012 Legislature. View bill details
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Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. Decisions of the PUC adopted the California Solar Initiative. Existing law requires the PUC, in implementing the California Solar Initiative, to ensure that the total cost over the duration of the program does not exceed $3,350,800,000, and imposes monetary… More
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. Decisions of the PUC adopted the California Solar Initiative. Existing law requires the PUC, in implementing the California Solar Initiative, to ensure that the total cost over the duration of the program does not exceed $3,350,800,000, and imposes monetary limits on programs funded by charges collected from customers of the state’s 3 largest electrical corporations and on programs adopted, implemented, and financed by charges collected by local publicly owned electrical utilities.

This bill would increase the cost limit to $3,550,800,000, and make a corresponding increase in a monetary limit imposed on programs funded by charges collected from customers of the state’s 3 largest electrical corporations. The bill would require the commission, before collecting additional ratepayer funds to fund certain program shortfalls, to first allocate interest accumulated from customer collections and, for the remainder of the shortfall, to increase collections from customers of the state’s 3 largest electrical corporations for specified programs. The bill, except as specified, would set the discount rate for interest at 4%. The bill would require the commission, within 90 days of the enactment of the bill, to establish and impose project cost caps for residential and nonresidential projects under the California Solar Initiative, based on national and state installed cost data.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute. Hide
 
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Senate Vote: On Passage

PASSED on September 1, 2011.

voted YES: 29 voted NO: 8
3 voted present/not voting

An Act to Amend Section 2851 Of, and to Add Section 2851.1 To, the Public Utilities Code, Relating to Solar Energy, and Declaring the Urgency Thereof, to Take Effect Immediately.

SB 585 — 2011-2012 Legislature

Summary
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. Decisions of the PUC adopted the California Solar Initiative. Existing law requires the PUC, in implementing the California Solar Initiative, to ensure that the total cost over the duration of the program does not exceed $3,350,800,000, and imposes monetary limits on programs funded by charges collected from customers of the state’s 3 largest electrical corporations and on programs adopted, implemented, and financed by charges collected by local publicly owned electrical utilities.

This bill would increase the cost limit to $3,550,800,000, and make a corresponding increase in a monetary limit imposed on programs funded by charges collected from customers of the state’s 3 largest electrical corporations. The bill would require the commission, before collecting additional ratepayer funds to fund certain program shortfalls, to first allocate interest accumulated from customer collections and, for the remainder of the shortfall, to increase collections from customers of the state’s 3 largest electrical corporations for specified… More
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. Decisions of the PUC adopted the California Solar Initiative. Existing law requires the PUC, in implementing the California Solar Initiative, to ensure that the total cost over the duration of the program does not exceed $3,350,800,000, and imposes monetary limits on programs funded by charges collected from customers of the state’s 3 largest electrical corporations and on programs adopted, implemented, and financed by charges collected by local publicly owned electrical utilities.

This bill would increase the cost limit to $3,550,800,000, and make a corresponding increase in a monetary limit imposed on programs funded by charges collected from customers of the state’s 3 largest electrical corporations. The bill would require the commission, before collecting additional ratepayer funds to fund certain program shortfalls, to first allocate interest accumulated from customer collections and, for the remainder of the shortfall, to increase collections from customers of the state’s 3 largest electrical corporations for specified programs. The bill, except as specified, would set the discount rate for interest at 4%. The bill would require the commission, within 90 days of the enactment of the bill, to establish and impose project cost caps for residential and nonresidential projects under the California Solar Initiative, based on national and state installed cost data.

This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute. Hide
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Title
An Act to Amend Section 2851 Of, and to Add Section 2851.1 To, the Public Utilities Code, Relating to Solar Energy, and Declaring the Urgency Thereof, to Take Effect Immediately.
Author(s)
Christine Kehoe
Co-Authors
    Subjects
    • Energy: solar energy systems: funding
    Major Actions
    Introduced2/17/2011
    Referred to Committee
    Passed Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications4/05/2011
    Passed Senate Committee on Appropriations5/02/2011
    Passed Senate Committee on Appropriations5/26/2011
    Passed Senate6/02/2011
    Passed Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce6/27/2011
    Passed Assembly Committee on Appropriations7/13/2011
    Passed Assembly8/25/2011
    Passed Senate9/01/2011
    Presented to the governor (enrolled)9/09/2011
    Became law (chaptered).9/22/2011
    Bill History
    Chamber/CommitteeMotionDateResult
    select this voteSenate Committee on Energy, Utilities and CommunicationsDo pass, but re-refer to the Committee on Appropriations.4/05/2011This motion PASSED the Senate Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications
    10 voted YES 1 voted NO 0 voted present/not voting
    select this voteSenate Committee on AppropriationsPlaced on Appropriations Suspense file.5/02/2011This motion PASSED the Senate Committee on Appropriations
    9 voted YES 0 voted NO 0 voted present/not voting
    select this voteSenate Committee on AppropriationsDo pass as amended.5/26/2011This motion PASSED the Senate Committee on Appropriations
    6 voted YES 2 voted NO 1 voted present/not voting
    select this voteSenateSenate 3rd Reading SB585 Kehoe Urgency Clause6/02/2011This bill PASSED the Senate
    28 voted YES 11 voted NO 1 voted present/not voting
    select this voteAssembly Committee on Utilities and CommerceDo pass as amended and be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.6/27/2011This motion PASSED the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce
    11 voted YES 2 voted NO 2 voted present/not voting
    select this voteAssembly Committee on AppropriationsDo pass.7/13/2011This motion PASSED the Assembly Committee on Appropriations
    11 voted YES 5 voted NO 1 voted present/not voting
    select this voteAssemblySB 585 Kehoe Third Reading Urgency By PEREA8/25/2011This bill PASSED the Assembly
    55 voted YES 19 voted NO 6 voted present/not voting
    currently selectedSenateUnfinished Business SB585 Kehoe Urgency Clause9/01/2011This bill PASSED the Senate
    29 voted YES 8 voted NO 3 voted present/not voting
    ActionDateDescription
    Introduced2/17/2011
    2/17/2011Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
    2/18/2011From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 20.
    3/03/2011Referred to Com. on E., U., & C.
    3/15/2011Set for hearing April 5.
    3/29/2011From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on E., U., & C.
    4/05/2011From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 1. Page 542.) (April 5). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
    select this voteVote4/05/2011Do pass, but re-refer to the Committee on Appropriations.
    4/13/2011Set for hearing May 2.
    5/02/2011Placed on APPR. suspense file.
    select this voteVote5/02/2011Placed on Appropriations Suspense file.
    5/20/2011Set for hearing May 26.
    select this voteVote5/26/2011Do pass as amended.
    5/27/2011From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 6. Noes 2. Page 1119.) (May 26).
    5/31/2011Read second time and amended. Ordered to third reading.
    6/02/2011Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. (Ayes 28. Noes 11. Page 1272.) Ordered to the Assembly.
    6/02/2011In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
    select this voteSenate Vote on Passage6/02/2011Senate 3rd Reading SB585 Kehoe Urgency Clause
    6/16/2011Referred to Com. on U. & C.
    select this voteVote6/27/2011Do pass as amended and be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
    7/01/2011From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 11. Noes 2.) (June 27).
    7/05/2011Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
    7/13/2011From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 11. Noes 5.) (July 13).
    select this voteVote7/13/2011Do pass.
    7/14/2011Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
    8/18/2011Read third time and amended. (Page 2449.) Ordered to third reading.
    8/25/2011Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. (Ayes 55. Noes 19. Page 2574.) Ordered to the Senate.
    8/25/2011In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.
    select this voteAssembly Vote on Passage8/25/2011SB 585 Kehoe Third Reading Urgency By PEREA
    9/01/2011Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 29. Noes 8. Page 2252.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
    currently selectedSenate Vote on Passage9/01/2011Unfinished Business SB585 Kehoe Urgency Clause
    9/09/2011Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 9:45 a.m.
    9/22/2011Approved by the Governor.
    9/22/2011Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 312, Statutes of 2011.

    Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

    supported this bill

    Alternate energy production & services$205,150
    Education$159,320
    Environmental policy$35,409
    Pro-business organizations$31,102
    Public school teachers, administrators & officials$18,372
    Business services$16,350
    Fabricated metal products$0
    $465,702

    opposed this bill

    Chambers of commerce$88,900
    Consumer groups$0
    $88,900

    Interest groups that supported this bill gave 5.2 times as much as interest groups that opposed this bill

    22 Organizations Supported and 2 Opposed; See Which Ones

    Organizations that took a position on
    An Act to Amend Section 2851 Of, and to Add Section 2851.1 To, the Public Utilities Code, Relating to Solar Energy, and Declaring the Urgency Thereof, to Take Effect Immediately.: Unfinished Business SB585 Kehoe Urgency Clause

    22 organizations supported this bill

    Aee Solar, Inc.
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Applied Metals
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    California Association of School Business Officials
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    California Solar Energy Industries Association
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Clean Tech San Diego
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Clean Water Action
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Clovis Unified School District
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Coalition for Adequate School Housing
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Fowler Unified School District
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Kings Canyon Unified School District
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    KyotoUSA
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Mainstream Energy
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    REC Solar, Inc.
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    School Innovations & Advocacy
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Sharp Solar Electricity
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Silicon Valley Leadership Group
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Solar Alliance
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    SolarCity
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Solaria
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    SPG Solar Inc.
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    TerraVerde Renewable Partners
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    Vote Solar
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.

    2 organizations opposed this bill

    California Chamber of Commerce
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.
    The Utility Reform Network
    Senate Rules Committee (2011, August 26). Senate Floor Analysis. Retrieved September 23, 2011, from Leginfo: Bill Analysis.

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    Includes reported contributions to campaigns of Senators in office on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2012.
    Contributions data source: FollowTheMoney.org

    Contributions by Legislator

    Namesort iconPartyDistrict$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Vote
    Elaine AlquistDCA-13$0$0
    Joel AndersonRCA-36$8,700$4,500
    Tom BerryhillRCA-14$21,150$9,800
    Sam BlakesleeRCA-15$0$0
    Ron CalderonDCA-30$5,500$5,400
    Anthony CannellaRCA-12$9,500$6,400
    Ellen CorbettDCA-10$2,000$0
    Lou CorreaDCA-34$10,000$3,000
    Kevin De LeonDCA-22$15,450$100
    Mark DeSaulnierDCA-7$2,310$0
    Bob DuttonRCA-31$6,750$2,150
    Bill EmmersonRCA-37$19,300$4,950
    Noreen EvansDCA-2$8,109$0
    Jean FullerRCA-18$25,050$1,000
    Ted GainesRCA-1$0$1,500
    Loni HancockDCA-9$11,900$0
    Tom HarmanRCA-35$3,050$2,000
    Ed HernandezDCA-24$13,114$0
    Bob HuffRCA-29$12,598$15,100
    Christine KehoeDCA-39$6,900$0
    Doug La MalfaRCA-4$150$2,000
    Mark LenoDCA-3$4,100$0
    Ted LieuDCA-28$69,721$0
    Carol LiuDCA-21$6,500$0
    Alan LowenthalDCA-27$0$0
    Gloria Negrete McLeodDCA-32$7,775$1,000
    Alex PadillaDCA-20$35,950$0
    Fran PavleyDCA-23$36,250$0
    Curren PriceDCA-26$12,500$1,000
    Michael RubioDCA-16$18,000$7,800
    Sharon RunnerRCA-17$0$0
    Joe SimitianDCA-11$10,900$0
    Darrell SteinbergDCA-6$20,500$0
    Tony StricklandRCA-19$11,000$4,500
    Juan VargasDCA-40$13,600$4,900
    Mimi WaltersRCA-33$4,500$2,000
    Lois WolkDCA-5$3,950$0
    Rod WrightDCA-25$14,427$4,800
    Mark WylandRCA-38$10,799$1,000
    Leland YeeDCA-8$3,700$4,000

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    NamePartyDistrict$ From Interest Groups
    That Supported
    $ From Interest Groups
    That Opposed
    Vote
    Elaine AlquistDCA-13$0$0
    Joel AndersonRCA-36$8,700$4,500
    Tom BerryhillRCA-14$21,150$9,800
    Sam BlakesleeRCA-15$0$0
    Ron CalderonDCA-30$5,500$5,400
    Anthony CannellaRCA-12$9,500$6,400
    Ellen CorbettDCA-10$2,000$0
    Lou CorreaDCA-34$10,000$3,000
    Kevin De LeonDCA-22$15,450$100
    Mark DeSaulnierDCA-7$2,310$0
    Bob DuttonRCA-31$6,750$2,150
    Bill EmmersonRCA-37$19,300$4,950
    Noreen EvansDCA-2$8,109$0
    Jean FullerRCA-18$25,050$1,000
    Ted GainesRCA-1$0$1,500
    Loni HancockDCA-9$11,900$0
    Tom HarmanRCA-35$3,050$2,000
    Ed HernandezDCA-24$13,114$0
    Bob HuffRCA-29$12,598$15,100
    Christine KehoeDCA-39$6,900$0
    Doug La MalfaRCA-4$150$2,000
    Mark LenoDCA-3$4,100$0
    Ted LieuDCA-28$69,721$0
    Carol LiuDCA-21$6,500$0
    Alan LowenthalDCA-27$0$0
    Gloria Negrete McLeodDCA-32$7,775$1,000
    Alex PadillaDCA-20$35,950$0
    Fran PavleyDCA-23$36,250$0
    Curren PriceDCA-26$12,500$1,000
    Michael RubioDCA-16$18,000$7,800
    Sharon RunnerRCA-17$0$0
    Joe SimitianDCA-11$10,900$0
    Darrell SteinbergDCA-6$20,500$0
    Tony StricklandRCA-19$11,000$4,500
    Juan VargasDCA-40$13,600$4,900
    Mimi WaltersRCA-33$4,500$2,000
    Lois WolkDCA-5$3,950$0
    Rod WrightDCA-25$14,427$4,800
    Mark WylandRCA-38$10,799$1,000
    Leland YeeDCA-8$3,700$4,000

    Interest Groups that supported this bill

    $ Donated
    Alternate energy production & services$205,150
    Education$159,320
    Environmental policy$35,409
    Pro-business organizations$31,102
    Public school teachers, administrators & officials$18,372
    Business services$16,350
    Fabricated metal products$0

    Interest Groups that opposed this bill

    $ Donated
    Chambers of commerce$88,900
    Consumer groups$0
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