In 2015, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 350. This bill, in part, increases California’s renewable electricity goal from 33 percent by 2020 to 50 percent by 2030.
The legislation also includes a requirement for California’s utilities to prepare and provide to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) an Integrated Resource Plan that identifies the entity’s energy procurement program including: energy efficiency and demand response resources; energy storage requirements; transportation electrification; a diversified procurement portfolio consisting of both short-term and long-term electricity, electricity-related and demand response products.
The legislation acknowledges this requirement on Publicly Owned Electric Utilities (POUs) and recognizes the potential burdensome nature that this detailed planning and reporting requirement places on smaller POU staff and rate payers. Accordingly, the legislation applied this requirement only to those POUs with an annual electrical demand exceeding 700 giga watt hours.
In early March, Anza Electric’s General Manager, Kevin Short & Government Liaison, Jennifer Miller traveled to Sacramento to gain support of Assembly Bill 759 (AB759 ).
This bill was authored by Assemblyman Brian Dahle in support of California State Electric Cooperatives that, once signed into law, would exempt co-ops who have less than 700 GWs of annual sales from the Integrated Resource Planning portion of SB 350.