Muni energy efficiency bill introduced

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Feb. 17, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Assemblyman Lloyd Levine (D-Van Nuys) has introduced legislation aimed at requiring the state’s municipal utilities to comply with energy efficiency requirements that currently apply to investor-owned utilities (IOUs).

AB 2020 is currently a "spot" bill with language stating the Legislature’s intent, but the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee chairman, Levine, plans to amend the bill to include language "with teeth," i.e., operative provisions that require compliance.

The California Energy Commission has established an energy efficiency (energy saving) goal of 30,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh) over the next ten years.  The IOUs fall under state jurisdiction but municipal utilities are not.

The Schwarzenegger Administration supports the notion of subjecting municipal utilities to energy efficiency policies and targets and will likely sponsor legislation to do just that, separate from Levine’s bill.

This will be a contentious issue in the Legislature and will be strongly opposed by municipal utilities which have consistently resisted any encroachment by the state into their right to self-government.  Municipal utilities are governed either by a specially elected board or the local city council.
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