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CSAC Requests Comments on Two AENR Bills

April 8, 2021

The CSAC Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources policy team request comments on two bills of importance to counties.

SB 612 (Portantino) – Community Choice Aggregators

Under current law, when a customer leaves an Investor-Owned Utility (IOU) to join a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) they are still charged some amount by the IOU. This power charge indifference adjustment (PCIA) is essentially to pay for the resources the IOU already budgeted for that customer for the upcoming year, despite the fact that the customer will not be using those resources. SB 612 (Portantino) would require that each year, beginning in 2022, the IOUs would instead need to offer to sell the resources directly to CCAs to purchase to provide power, instead of charging the customer directly. This bill would also require IOUs to provide specified information to CCAs purchasing their power, in an effort to increase transparency in contract negotiations.

CCAs are programs that allow local governments to obtain electricity on behalf of their residents from an alternative supplier while still receiving transmission and distribution service from their existing utility provider. There are seven states that allow CCAs, and within California, CCAs have been established in more than 200 cities, towns and counties.

As SB 612 moves through the Legislature, CSAC would like to hear from counties about their questions, concerns, or thoughts on the bill. Please send feedback to Catherine Freeman (cfreeman@counties.org) and Ada Waelder (awaelder@counties.org).

AB 781 (Daly) – Orange County Flood Risk Management Subvention

AB 781 (Daly) would authorize the state to provide subvention funds to Orange County for the Westminster, East Garden Grove, California Flood Risk Management project. The bill will require Orange County to establish an agreement between the County and the state absolving the state of liability for damages. The Department of Water Resources will determine the amount of funding needed, and make a recommendation to the Legislature to appropriate. AB 781 is scheduled for a hearing on April 22 in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee. As AB 781 moves through the Legislature, CSAC would like to hear from counties about their questions, concerns, or thoughts on the bill. Please send feedback to Catherine Freeman (cfreeman@counties.org) and Ada Waelder (awaelder@counties.org).

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