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|October 16, 2019|
New laws enhance wildfire mitigation, clean energy goals
SACRAMENTO – (INT) - A series of bills aimed at improving California’s wildfire prevention, mitigation and response efforts and continuing progress toward our clean energy goals have received Governor Newsom’s signature.
The bills cover various areas for a comprehensive approach to those issues.
• AB 38 by Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) provides mechanisms to develop best practices for community-wide resilience against wildfires through home hardening, defensible space, and other measures.
• SB 190 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) includes a specific requirement to develop best models for defensible space and additional standards for home hardening and construction materials to increase the resilience of communities.
• SB 70 by Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) requires IOUs to include information about consideration of undergrounding utility lines in their Wildfire Mitigation Plans (WMPs).
• SB 167 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) requires IOUs to improve their WMPs by including specified requirements to mitigate the impacts of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS).
• SB 247 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) requires increased oversight of the IOUs' WMPs, enhances requirements for fair wages and improves safety by ensuring a skilled and trained workforce.
• SB 209 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) requires establishment of a new weather technology center modeled after the state's intelligence fusion centers.
• AB 836 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) establishes a program for retrofits of air ventilation systems to create community clean air centers, prioritizing areas with high cumulative smoke exposure burden.
• AB 661 by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) requires the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District to prepare a wildfire smoke air pollution emergency plan to serve as an informational source for local agencies and the public during an air pollution emergency caused by wildfire smoke.
• SB 560 by Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) will mitigate impacts of PSPS.
• SB 160 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) will improve engagement with culturally diverse communities for local emergency planning.
• SB 670 by Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) will improve the coordination of emergency communication systems during 9-1-1 outages.
• SB 632 by Senator Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) sets a deadline for completion of CAL FIRE’s vegetation management environmental review.
AB 1823 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) which facilitates fuel reduction and other forest health projects
Other bills are aimed at clean energy goals.
• SB 520 by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) establishes requirements for an energy provider of last resort given the increasing number of customers receiving power from entities other than IOUs.
• SB 255 by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) requires additional reporting to the CPUC of efforts of community choice aggregators to comply with contracting diversity guidelines, and encourages other load-serving entities to participate.
• SB 155 by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) improves CPUC oversight of renewable procurement and long-term energy supply contracts.
• AB 1144 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) requires use of a portion of the Self-Generation Incentive Program, which provides incentives for battery storage, to provide additional benefits for community resiliency.
• AB 1584 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) supports load-serving entities' decisions to take actions that benefit the grid and recognizes resources that serve overall needs.
Story Date: October 9, 2019