BILL TRACKING SUMMARY
The 350 Bay Area Legislative Committee is tracking these bills as they make their way through the State legislature. Bills that 350BayArea.org has endorsed are so marked. For information on current bill status, follow the link from the bill number to the relevant LegInfo or LegiScan page.
* SB 100 — Updates to Renewables Portfolio Standard – 100% Clean Electricity by 2045 (Support)
SB 100 (formerly SB 584) would require that 50% of the electricity sold in California come from renewable resources by December 31 2025; by Dec 31, 2045, 100% of California’s energy would need to come from renewables.
The RPS currently requires retail sellers of electricity to provide a minimum quantity of electricity from eligible renewable energy resources. Currently, state law requires that 33% of retail electricity sales be generated by renewable sources, by December 31, 2020; 40% by December 31, 2024; 45% by December 31, 2027, and 50% by December 31, 2030.
* SB 49 — California Stands up to Federal Cuts – CA Environmental, Public Health and Workers’ Defense Act (Support)
SB 49 requires state agencies to adhere to the baseline federal standards relating to environmental protection, natural resources, or public health, regardless of any subsequent actions of Congress or the president; these federal standards fall under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and other laws that protect workers’ rights and workers’ safety laws. Under SB 49, California agencies would be able to establish rules and regulations that are more stringent than the baseline federal standards.
SB 49 is part of a package of legislative leadership bills (SB 49, *SB 50, and *SB 51) intended to defend/protect California from the Trump administration’s efforts to undo and turn back climate, environmental, health, public lands and science regulations and policies. (We are also supporting SB 50 and SB 51 in this package).
* AB 262— Let’s Buy Clean, California! (Support)
This bill would require bidders seeking state public works contracts to determine the cumulative amount of specified greenhouse gas emissions that were produced in the manufacturing of materials to be used on the project. The awarding department would then need to adjust bids by incorporating the societal cost of emissions.
SB 618— Undermine Community Choice Energy (Oppose)
SB 618 would take away the ability of local, democratically-elected officials to approve Community Choice clean energy plans. Instead, it will give the fossil fuel friendly California Public Utilities Commission veto power over local clean energy.
* SB 692—Allows distributed energy to compete on a level playing field (Support)
Electricity generated through distributed systems, such as rooftop solar, tend to remain on the local, low-voltage distributed grid, whereas electricity generated by large, centralized energy sources (power plants), often travels long distances through the transmission system before it passes to the distributed grid. There is a fee to cover the costs of owning operating, and maintaining long-distance transmission systems; currently, this Transmission Access Charge (TAC) is applied to all electricity, regardless of whether that electricity ever reaches the transmission grid. This fee makes locally generated energy more expensive than it needs to be, creating a market distortion that favors centralized electricity generation over distributed generation like home-scale solar. SB 692 would eliminate the TAC for electricity that does not travel through the transmission grid, allowing distributed energy to compete on a level playing field.
* SB 57—Moratorium on natural gas storage at Aliso Canyon (Support)
It’s been over a year since SoCalGas’ gas storage facility in Aliso Canyon experienced a massive blowout that displaced over 25,000 people for four months and release an estimated 109,000 metric tonnes of methane. This bill prohibits Southern California Gas Company from injecting natural gas into the Aliso Canyon facility until a root-cause analysis of the leak from the facility is complete. This bill also requires consideration of the feasibility of minimizing or eliminating use of Aliso Canyon, which existing statute requires, be completed by December 31, 2017 (instead of July 1, 2017 as is currently required).
* SB 150—Additional requirements for sustainable regional transportation plans (Support)
Under existing law, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are required to prepare sustainable communities strategies (SCSs) as a part of their regional transportation plans, and the state Air Resources Board (ARB) provides regional transportation planning agencies with GHG emissions reductions targets that must be included in these plans.. SB 150 requires ARB, when it updates regional GHG reduction targets, to base the targets on our statewide climate goals, including SB 32 (passed in 2016), and the Governor’s Executive Order B-30-15. It also requires ARB to monitor the planning regions’ progress toward achieving their GHG reduction targets.
Under SB 150, ARB would be required to look at vehicles miles traveled to determine if regional plans and investments are succeeding at building sustainable, equitable communities that reduce the need to drive. Finally, if the ARB finds that a planning region is not on track to meet its 2035 GHG emissions targets, that region would be required to prioritize transportation projects that will reduce vehicles miles traveled and minimize burdens on low-income communities.
* SB 775 — California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: market-based compliance mechanisms.(2017-2018)
From CalFACT: “[SB 775] will leave the existing cap and trade system in place through 2020, and then modify it beyond that to have a steadily rising floor price for emissions allowances starting at $20 in 2021 and increasing $5/year starting in 2022 plus inflation.It will also have a steadily rising price ceiling starting at $30/year in 2021 and rising at $10/year plus inflation. The program will set an steadily declining annual limit of emissions and auction those allowances at a price between the floor and ceiling price (with no free allocation of allowances). If the prices rises to the ceiling, an unlimited number of additional allowances will be offered at that price.”
* Endorsed by 350 Bay Area.