Nunez Authors Resource Adequacy Bill

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Feb. 18, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Following through on his pledge to author a bill on resource adequacy in the new legislative session, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) has introduced AB 380, a measure that is drastically-scaled back from last year’s AB 2006 (Nunez), which was vetoed by the Governor.

Unlike AB 2006, which dealt with an array of issues, including utility procurement, cost recovery, and direct access, the new bill is narrowly focused on resource adequacy.

Most of the bill’s provisions are already being implemented by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) as part of its resource adequacy and procurement proceedings. AB 380 provides statutory direction to the CPUC on these issues and, more significantly, statutory authority to impose resource adequacy requirements on municipal utilities. Under current law, the CPUC’s authority with regard to resource adequacy applies to investor-owned utilities but not municipal utilities. This part of the bill will face strong opposition by the state’s munis, which strongly oppose oversight by the CPUC.
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