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PUBLIC RESOURCES CODE
SECTION 25740-25751



25740.  It is the intent of the Legislature in establishing this
program, to increase the amount of electricity generated from
eligible renewable energy resources per year, so that it equals at
least 20 percent of total retail sales of electricity in California
per year by December 31, 2010.



25740.5.  (a) The commission shall optimize public investment and
ensure that the most cost-effective and efficient investments in
renewable energy resources are vigorously pursued.
   (b) The commission's long-term goal shall be a fully competitive
and self-sustaining supply of electricity generated from renewable
sources.
   (c) The program objective shall be to increase, in the near term,
the quantity of California's electricity generated by in-state
renewable electricity generation facilities, while protecting system
reliability, fostering resource diversity, and obtaining the greatest
environmental benefits for California residents.
   (d) An additional objective of the program shall be to identify
and support emerging renewable technologies in distributed generation
applications that have the greatest near-term commercial promise and
that merit targeted assistance.
   (e) The Legislature recommends allocations among all of the
following:
   (1) Rebates, buydowns, or equivalent incentives for emerging
renewable technologies.
   (2) Customer education.
   (3) Production incentives for reducing fuel costs, that are
confirmed to the satisfaction of the commission, at solid fuel
biomass energy facilities in order to provide demonstrable
environmental and public benefits, including improved air quality.
   (4) Solar thermal generating resources that enhance the
environmental value or reliability of the electrical system and that
require financial assistance to remain economically viable, as
determined by the commission. The commission may require financial
disclosure from applicants for purposes of this paragraph.
   (5) Specified fuel cell technologies, if the commission makes all
of the following findings:
   (A) The specified technologies have similar or better air
pollutant characteristics than renewable technologies in the report
made pursuant to Section 25748.
   (B) The specified technologies require financial assistance to
become commercially viable by reference to wholesale generation
prices.
   (C) The specified technologies could contribute significantly to
the infrastructure development or other innovation required to meet
the long-term objective of a self-sustaining, competitive supply of
electricity generated from renewable sources.
   (6) Existing wind-generating resources, if the commission finds
that the existing wind-generating resources are a cost-effective
source of reliable energy and environmental benefits compared with
other in-state renewable electricity generation facilities, and that
the existing wind-generating resources require financial assistance
to remain economically viable. The commission may require financial
disclosure from applicants for the purposes of this paragraph.
   (f) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, moneys collected
for renewable energy pursuant to Article 15 (commencing with Section
399) of Chapter 2.3 of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Public Utilities
Code shall be transferred to the Renewable Resource Trust Fund.
Moneys collected between January 1, 2007, and January 1, 2012, shall
be used for the purposes specified in this chapter.



25741.  As used in this chapter, the following terms have the
following meaning:
   (a) "Delivered" and "delivery" mean the electricity output of an
in-state renewable electricity generation facility that is used to
serve end-use retail customers located within the state. Subject to
verification by the accounting system established by the commission
pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 399.13 of the Public Utilities
Code, electricity shall be deemed delivered if it is either
generated at a location within the state, or is scheduled for
consumption by California end-use retail customers. Subject to
criteria adopted by the commission, electricity generated by an
eligible renewable energy resource may be considered "delivered"
regardless of whether the electricity is generated at a different
time from consumption by a California end-use customer.
   (b) "In-state renewable electricity generation facility" means a
facility that meets all of the following criteria:
   (1) The facility uses biomass, solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind,
geothermal, fuel cells using renewable fuels, small hydroelectric
generation of 30 megawatts or less, digester gas, municipal solid
waste conversion, landfill gas, ocean wave, ocean thermal, or tidal
current, and any additions or enhancements to the facility using that
technology.
   (2) The facility satisfies one of the following requirements:
   (A) The facility is located in the state or near the border of the
state with the first point of connection to the transmission network
within this state and electricity produced by the facility is
delivered to an in-state location.
   (B) The facility has its first point of interconnection to the
transmission network outside the state and satisfies all of the
following requirements:
   (i) It is connected to the transmission network within the Western
Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) service territory.
   (ii) It commences initial commercial operation after January 1,
2005.
   (iii) Electricity produced by the facility is delivered to an
in-state location.
   (iv) It will not cause or contribute to any violation of a
California environmental quality standard or requirement.
   (v) If the facility is outside of the United States, it is
developed and operated in a manner that is as protective of the
environment as a similar facility located in the state.
   (vi) It participates in the accounting system to verify compliance
with the renewables portfolio standard by retail sellers, once
established by the Energy Commission pursuant to subdivision (b) of
Section 399.13 of the Public Utilities Code.
   (C) The facility meets the requirements of clauses (i), (iii),
(iv), (v), and (vi) in subparagraph (B), but does not meet the
requirements of clause (ii) because it commences initial operation
prior to January 1, 2005, if the facility satisfies either of the
following requirements:
   (i) The electricity is from incremental generation resulting from
expansion or repowering of the facility.
   (ii) The facility has been part of the existing baseline of
eligible renewable energy resources of a retail seller established
pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 399.15 of the
Public Utilities Code or has been part of the existing baseline of
eligible renewable energy resources of a local publicly owned
electric utility established pursuant to Section 387 of the Public
Utilities Code.
   (3) For the purposes of this subdivision, "solid waste conversion"
means a technology that uses a noncombustion thermal process to
convert solid waste to a clean-burning fuel for the purpose of
generating electricity, and that meets all of the following criteria:
   (A) The technology does not use air or oxygen in the conversion
process, except ambient air to maintain temperature control.
   (B) The technology produces no discharges of air contaminants or
emissions, including greenhouse gases as defined in Section 38505 of
the Health and Safety Code.
   (C) The technology produces no discharges to surface or
groundwaters of the state.
   (D) The technology produces no hazardous wastes.
   (E) To the maximum extent feasible, the technology removes all
recyclable materials and marketable green waste compostable materials
from the solid waste stream prior to the conversion process and the
owner or operator of the facility certifies that those materials will
be recycled or composted.
   (F) The facility at which the technology is used is in compliance
with all applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances.
   (G) The technology meets any other conditions established by the
commission.
   (H) The facility certifies that any local agency sending solid
waste to the facility diverted at least 30 percent of all solid waste
it collects through solid waste reduction, recycling, and
composting. For purposes of this paragraph, "local agency" means any
city, county, or special district, or subdivision thereof, which is
authorized to provide solid waste handling services.
   (c) "Procurement entity" means any person or corporation that
enters into an agreement with a retail seller to procure eligible
renewable energy resources pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section
399.14 of the Public Utilities Code.
   (d) "Renewable energy public goods charge" means that portion of
the nonbypassable system benefits charge authorized to be collected
and to be transferred to the Renewable Resource Trust Fund pursuant
to the Reliable Electric Service Investments Act (Article 15
(commencing with Section 399) of Chapter 2.3 of Part 1 of Division 1
of the Public Utilities Code).
   (e) "Report" means the report entitled "Investing in Renewable
Electricity Generation in California" (June 2001, Publication Number
P500-00-022) submitted to the Governor and the Legislature by the
commission.
   (f) "Retail seller" means a "retail seller" as defined in Section
399.12 of the Public Utilities Code.



25742.  (a) Twenty percent of the funds collected pursuant to the
renewable energy public goods charge shall be used for programs that
are designed to achieve fully competitive and self-sustaining
existing in-state renewable electricity generation facilities, and to
secure for the state the environmental, economic, and reliability
benefits that continued operation of those facilities will provide
during the 2007-2011 investment cycle. Eligibility for production
incentives under this section shall be limited to those technologies
found eligible for funds by the commission pursuant to paragraphs
(3), (4), and (6) of subdivision (e) of Section 25740.5.
   (b) Any funds used to support in-state renewable electricity
generation facilities pursuant to this section shall be expended in
accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
   (c) Facilities that are eligible to receive funding pursuant to
this section shall be registered in accordance with criteria
developed by the commission and those facilities shall not receive
payments for any electricity produced that has any of the following
characteristics:
   (1) Is sold at monthly average rates equal to, or greater than,
the applicable target price, as determined by the commission.
   (2) Is used onsite.
   (d) (1) Existing facilities generating electricity from biomass
energy shall be eligible for funding and otherwise considered an
in-state renewable electricity generation facility only if they
report to the commission the types and quantities of biomass fuels
used.
   (2) The commission shall report the types and quantities of
biomass fuels used by each facility to the Legislature in the reports
prepared pursuant to Section 25748.
   (e) Each existing facility seeking an award pursuant to this
section shall be evaluated by the commission to determine the amount
of the funds being sought, the cumulative amount of funds the
facility has received previously from the commission and other state
sources, the value of any past and current federal or state tax
credits, the facility's contract price for energy and capacity, the
prices received by similar facilities, the market value of the
facility, and the likelihood that the award will make the facility
competitive and self-sustaining within the 2007-2011 investment
cycle. The commission shall use this evaluation to determine the
value of an award to the public relative to other renewable energy
investment alternatives. The commission shall compile its findings
and report them to the Legislature in the reports prepared pursuant
to Section 25748.



25743.  (a) The commission shall terminate all production incentives
awarded from the New Renewable Resources Account prior to January 1,
2002, unless the project began generating electricity by January 1,
2007.
   (b) (1) The commission shall, by March 1, 2008, transfer to
electrical corporations serving customers subject to the renewable
energy public goods charge the remaining unencumbered funds in the
New Renewable Resources Account.
   (2) The Public Utilities Commission shall ensure that each
electrical corporation allocates funds received from the commission
pursuant to paragraph (1) in a manner that maximizes the economic
benefit to all customer classes that funded the New Renewable
Resources Account.


25744.  (a) Seventy-nine percent of the money collected pursuant to
the renewable energy public goods charge shall be used for a
multiyear, consumer-based program to foster the development of
emerging renewable technologies in distributed generation
applications.
   (b) Any funds used for emerging technologies pursuant to this
section shall be expended in accordance with this chapter, subject to
all of the following requirements:
   (1) Funding for emerging technologies shall be provided through a
competitive, market-based process that is in place for a period of
not less than five years, and is structured to allow eligible
emerging technology manufacturers and suppliers to anticipate and
plan for increased sale and installation volumes over the life of the
program.
   (2) The program shall provide monetary rebates, buydowns, or
equivalent incentives, subject to paragraph (3), to purchasers,
lessees, lessors, or sellers of eligible electricity generating
systems. Incentives shall benefit the end-use consumer of renewable
generation by directly and exclusively reducing the purchase or lease
cost of the eligible system, or the cost of electricity produced by
the eligible system. Incentives shall be issued on the basis of the
rated electrical generating capacity of the system measured in watts,
or the amount of electricity production of the system, measured in
kilowatthours. Incentives shall be limited to a maximum percentage of
the system price, as determined by the commission. The commission
may establish different incentive levels for systems based on
technology type and system size, and may provide different incentive
levels for systems used in conjunction with energy-efficiency
measures.
   (3) Eligible distributed emerging technologies are fuel cell
technologies that utilize renewable fuels, including fuel cell
technologies with an emission profile equivalent or better than the
State Air Resources Board 2007 standard, and that serve as backup
generation for emergency, safety, or telecommunications systems.
Eligible renewable fuels may include wind turbines of not more than
50 kilowatts rated electrical generating capacity per customer site
and other distributed renewable emerging technologies that meet the
emerging technology eligibility criteria established by the
commission and are not eligible for rebates, buydowns, or similar
incentives from any other commission or Public Utilities Commission
program. Eligible electricity generating systems are intended
primarily to offset part or all of the consumer's own electricity
demand, including systems that are used as backup power for
emergency, safety, or telecommunications, and shall not be owned by
local publicly owned electric utilities, nor be located at a customer
site that is not receiving distribution service from an electrical
corporation that is subject to the renewable energy public goods
charge and contributing funds to support programs under this chapter.
All eligible electricity generating system components shall be new
and unused, shall not have been previously placed in service in any
other location or for any other application, and shall have a
warranty of not less than five years to protect against defects and
undue degradation of electrical generation output. Systems and their
fuel resources shall be located on the same premises of the end-use
consumer where the consumer's own electricity demand is located, and
all eligible electricity generating systems shall be connected to the
utility grid, unless the system purpose is for backup generation
used in emergency, safety, or telecommunications in California. The
commission may require eligible electricity generating systems to
have meters in place to monitor and measure a system's performance
and generation. Only systems that will be operated in compliance with
applicable law and the rules of the Public Utilities Commission
shall be eligible for funding.
   (4) The commission shall limit the amount of funds available for a
system or project of multiple systems and reduce the level of
funding for a system or project of multiple systems that has
received, or may be eligible to receive, any government or utility
funds, incentives, or credit.
   (5) In awarding funding, the commission may provide preference to
systems that provide tangible demonstrable benefits to communities
with a plurality of minority or low-income populations.
   (6) In awarding funding, the commission shall develop and
implement eligibility criteria and a system that provides preference
to systems based upon system performance, taking into account
factors, including shading, insulation levels, and installation
orientation.
   (7) At least once annually, the commission shall publish and make
available to the public the balance of funds available for emerging
renewable energy resources for rebates, buydowns, and other
incentives for the purchase of these resources.
   (c) Notwithstanding Section 27540.5, the commission may expend,
until December 31, 2008, up to sixty million dollars ($60,000,000) of
the funding allocated to the Renewable Resources Trust Fund for the
program established in this section, subject to the repayment
requirements of subdivision (f) of Section 25751.
   (d) Any funds for photovoltaic or solar thermal electric
technologies shall be awarded in compliance with Chapter 8.8
(commencing with Section 25780), and not with this section.



25744.5.  The commission shall allocate and use funding available
for emerging renewable technologies pursuant to Section 25744 and
Section 25751 to fund photovoltaic and solar thermal electric
technologies in accordance with eligibility criteria and conditions
established pursuant to Chapter 8.8 (commencing with Section 25780).




25746.  (a) One percent of the money collected pursuant to the
renewable energy public goods charge shall be used in accordance with
this chapter to promote renewable energy and disseminate information
on renewable energy technologies, including emerging renewable
technologies, and to help develop a consumer market for renewable
energy and for small-scale emerging renewable energy technologies.
   (b) If the commission provides funding for a regional accounting
system to verify compliance with the renewable portfolio standard by
retail sellers, pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 399.13 of the
Public Utilities Code, the commission shall recover all costs from
user fees.


25747.  (a) The commission shall adopt guidelines governing the
funding programs authorized under this chapter, at a publicly noticed
meeting offering all interested parties an opportunity to comment.
Substantive changes to the guidelines may not be adopted without at
least 10 days' written notice to the public. The public notice of
meetings required by this subdivision may not be less than 30 days.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any guidelines adopted
pursuant to this chapter or Section 399.13 of the Public Utilities
Code, shall be exempt from the requirements of Chapter 3.5
(commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of
the Government Code. The Legislature declares that the changes made
to this subdivision by the act amending this section during the 2002
portion of the 2001-02 Regular Session are declaratory of, and not a
change in existing law.
   (b) Funds to further the purposes of this chapter may be committed
for multiple years.
   (c) Awards made pursuant to this chapter are grants, subject to
appeal to the commission upon a showing that factors other than those
described in the guidelines adopted by the commission were applied
in making the awards and payments. Any actions taken by an applicant
to apply for, or become or remain eligible and registered to receive,
payments or awards, including satisfying conditions specified by the
commission, shall not constitute the rendering of goods, services,
or a direct benefit to the commission.
   (d) An award made pursuant to this chapter, the amount of the
award, and the terms and conditions of the grant are public
information.



25748.  (a) The commission shall report to the Legislature on or
before November 1, 2007, and annually thereafter, regarding the
results of the mechanisms funded pursuant to this chapter. The report
shall contain all of the following:
   (1) A description of the allocation of funds among existing, new,
and emerging technologies, the allocation of funds among programs,
including consumer-side incentives, and the need for the reallocation
of money among those technologies.
   (2) The status of account transfers and repayments.
   (3) A description of the cumulative commitment of claims by
account, the relative demand for funds by account, and a forecast of
future awards.
   (4) A list identifying the types and quantities of biomass fuels
used by facilities receiving funds pursuant to Section 25742 and
their impacts on improving air quality.
   (5) A discussion of the progress being made toward achieving the
targets established under Section 25740 by each funding category
authorized pursuant to this chapter.
   (6) A description of the allocation of funds from interest on the
accounts described in this chapter, and money in the accounts
described in subdivision (b) of Section 25751.
   (7) An itemized list, including project descriptions, award
amounts, and outcomes for projects awarded funding in the prior year.
   (8) Other matters the commission determines may be of importance
to the Legislature.
   (b) Money may be reallocated without further legislative action
among existing, new, and emerging technologies and consumer-side
programs in a manner consistent with the report and with the latest
report provided to the Legislature pursuant to this section, except
that reallocations shall not increase the allocation established in
Section 25742.



25751.  (a) The Renewable Resource Trust Fund is hereby created in
the State Treasury.
   (b) The following accounts are hereby established within the
Renewable Resource Trust Fund:
   (1) Existing Renewable Resources Account.
   (2) Emerging Renewable Resources Account.
   (3) Renewable Resources Consumer Education Account.
   (c) The money in the fund may be expended, only upon appropriation
by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act, for the following
purposes:
   (1) The administration of this article by the state.
   (2) The state's expenditures associated with the accounting system
established by the commission pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section
399.13 of the Public Utilities Code.
   (d) That portion of revenues collected by electrical corporations
for the benefit of in-state operation and development of existing and
new and emerging renewable resource technologies, pursuant to
Section 399.8 of the Public Utilities Code, shall be transmitted to
the commission at least quarterly for deposit in the Renewable
Resource Trust Fund pursuant to Section 25740.5. After setting aside
in the fund money that may be needed for expenditures authorized by
the annual Budget Act in accordance with subdivision (c), the
Treasurer shall immediately deposit money received pursuant to this
section into the accounts created pursuant to subdivision (b) in
proportions designated by the commission for the current calendar
year. Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, the money
in the fund and the accounts within the fund are hereby continuously
appropriated to the commission without regard to fiscal year for the
purposes enumerated in this chapter.
   (e) Upon notification by the commission, the Controller shall pay
all awards of the money in the accounts created pursuant to
subdivision (b) for purposes enumerated in this chapter. The
eligibility of each award shall be determined solely by the
commission based on the procedures it adopts under this chapter.
Based on the eligibility of each award, the commission shall also
establish the need for a multiyear commitment to any particular award
and so advise the Department of Finance. Eligible awards submitted
by the commission to the Controller shall be accompanied by
information specifying the account from which payment should be made
and the amount of each payment; a summary description of how payment
of the award furthers the purposes enumerated in this chapter; and an
accounting of future costs associated with any award or group of
awards known to the commission to represent a portion of a multiyear
funding commitment.
   (f) The commission may transfer funds between accounts for
cashflow purposes, provided that the balance due each account is
restored and the transfer does not adversely affect any of the
accounts.
   (g) The Department of Finance shall conduct an independent audit
of the Renewable Resource Trust Fund and its related accounts
annually, and provide an audit report to the Legislature not later
than March 1 of each year for which this article is operative. The
Department of Finance's report shall include information regarding
revenues, payment of awards, reserves held for future commitments,
unencumbered cash balances, and other matters that the Director of
Finance determines may be of importance to the Legislature.


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Statutes > California > Prc > 25740-25751

PUBLIC RESOURCES CODE
SECTION 25740-25751



25740.  It is the intent of the Legislature in establishing this
program, to increase the amount of electricity generated from
eligible renewable energy resources per year, so that it equals at
least 20 percent of total retail sales of electricity in California
per year by December 31, 2010.



25740.5.  (a) The commission shall optimize public investment and
ensure that the most cost-effective and efficient investments in
renewable energy resources are vigorously pursued.
   (b) The commission's long-term goal shall be a fully competitive
and self-sustaining supply of electricity generated from renewable
sources.
   (c) The program objective shall be to increase, in the near term,
the quantity of California's electricity generated by in-state
renewable electricity generation facilities, while protecting system
reliability, fostering resource diversity, and obtaining the greatest
environmental benefits for California residents.
   (d) An additional objective of the program shall be to identify
and support emerging renewable technologies in distributed generation
applications that have the greatest near-term commercial promise and
that merit targeted assistance.
   (e) The Legislature recommends allocations among all of the
following:
   (1) Rebates, buydowns, or equivalent incentives for emerging
renewable technologies.
   (2) Customer education.
   (3) Production incentives for reducing fuel costs, that are
confirmed to the satisfaction of the commission, at solid fuel
biomass energy facilities in order to provide demonstrable
environmental and public benefits, including improved air quality.
   (4) Solar thermal generating resources that enhance the
environmental value or reliability of the electrical system and that
require financial assistance to remain economically viable, as
determined by the commission. The commission may require financial
disclosure from applicants for purposes of this paragraph.
   (5) Specified fuel cell technologies, if the commission makes all
of the following findings:
   (A) The specified technologies have similar or better air
pollutant characteristics than renewable technologies in the report
made pursuant to Section 25748.
   (B) The specified technologies require financial assistance to
become commercially viable by reference to wholesale generation
prices.
   (C) The specified technologies could contribute significantly to
the infrastructure development or other innovation required to meet
the long-term objective of a self-sustaining, competitive supply of
electricity generated from renewable sources.
   (6) Existing wind-generating resources, if the commission finds
that the existing wind-generating resources are a cost-effective
source of reliable energy and environmental benefits compared with
other in-state renewable electricity generation facilities, and that
the existing wind-generating resources require financial assistance
to remain economically viable. The commission may require financial
disclosure from applicants for the purposes of this paragraph.
   (f) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, moneys collected
for renewable energy pursuant to Article 15 (commencing with Section
399) of Chapter 2.3 of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Public Utilities
Code shall be transferred to the Renewable Resource Trust Fund.
Moneys collected between January 1, 2007, and January 1, 2012, shall
be used for the purposes specified in this chapter.



25741.  As used in this chapter, the following terms have the
following meaning:
   (a) "Delivered" and "delivery" mean the electricity output of an
in-state renewable electricity generation facility that is used to
serve end-use retail customers located within the state. Subject to
verification by the accounting system established by the commission
pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 399.13 of the Public Utilities
Code, electricity shall be deemed delivered if it is either
generated at a location within the state, or is scheduled for
consumption by California end-use retail customers. Subject to
criteria adopted by the commission, electricity generated by an
eligible renewable energy resource may be considered "delivered"
regardless of whether the electricity is generated at a different
time from consumption by a California end-use customer.
   (b) "In-state renewable electricity generation facility" means a
facility that meets all of the following criteria:
   (1) The facility uses biomass, solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind,
geothermal, fuel cells using renewable fuels, small hydroelectric
generation of 30 megawatts or less, digester gas, municipal solid
waste conversion, landfill gas, ocean wave, ocean thermal, or tidal
current, and any additions or enhancements to the facility using that
technology.
   (2) The facility satisfies one of the following requirements:
   (A) The facility is located in the state or near the border of the
state with the first point of connection to the transmission network
within this state and electricity produced by the facility is
delivered to an in-state location.
   (B) The facility has its first point of interconnection to the
transmission network outside the state and satisfies all of the
following requirements:
   (i) It is connected to the transmission network within the Western
Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) service territory.
   (ii) It commences initial commercial operation after January 1,
2005.
   (iii) Electricity produced by the facility is delivered to an
in-state location.
   (iv) It will not cause or contribute to any violation of a
California environmental quality standard or requirement.
   (v) If the facility is outside of the United States, it is
developed and operated in a manner that is as protective of the
environment as a similar facility located in the state.
   (vi) It participates in the accounting system to verify compliance
with the renewables portfolio standard by retail sellers, once
established by the Energy Commission pursuant to subdivision (b) of
Section 399.13 of the Public Utilities Code.
   (C) The facility meets the requirements of clauses (i), (iii),
(iv), (v), and (vi) in subparagraph (B), but does not meet the
requirements of clause (ii) because it commences initial operation
prior to January 1, 2005, if the facility satisfies either of the
following requirements:
   (i) The electricity is from incremental generation resulting from
expansion or repowering of the facility.
   (ii) The facility has been part of the existing baseline of
eligible renewable energy resources of a retail seller established
pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 399.15 of the
Public Utilities Code or has been part of the existing baseline of
eligible renewable energy resources of a local publicly owned
electric utility established pursuant to Section 387 of the Public
Utilities Code.
   (3) For the purposes of this subdivision, "solid waste conversion"
means a technology that uses a noncombustion thermal process to
convert solid waste to a clean-burning fuel for the purpose of
generating electricity, and that meets all of the following criteria:
   (A) The technology does not use air or oxygen in the conversion
process, except ambient air to maintain temperature control.
   (B) The technology produces no discharges of air contaminants or
emissions, including greenhouse gases as defined in Section 38505 of
the Health and Safety Code.
   (C) The technology produces no discharges to surface or
groundwaters of the state.
   (D) The technology produces no hazardous wastes.
   (E) To the maximum extent feasible, the technology removes all
recyclable materials and marketable green waste compostable materials
from the solid waste stream prior to the conversion process and the
owner or operator of the facility certifies that those materials will
be recycled or composted.
   (F) The facility at which the technology is used is in compliance
with all applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances.
   (G) The technology meets any other conditions established by the
commission.
   (H) The facility certifies that any local agency sending solid
waste to the facility diverted at least 30 percent of all solid waste
it collects through solid waste reduction, recycling, and
composting. For purposes of this paragraph, "local agency" means any
city, county, or special district, or subdivision thereof, which is
authorized to provide solid waste handling services.
   (c) "Procurement entity" means any person or corporation that
enters into an agreement with a retail seller to procure eligible
renewable energy resources pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section
399.14 of the Public Utilities Code.
   (d) "Renewable energy public goods charge" means that portion of
the nonbypassable system benefits charge authorized to be collected
and to be transferred to the Renewable Resource Trust Fund pursuant
to the Reliable Electric Service Investments Act (Article 15
(commencing with Section 399) of Chapter 2.3 of Part 1 of Division 1
of the Public Utilities Code).
   (e) "Report" means the report entitled "Investing in Renewable
Electricity Generation in California" (June 2001, Publication Number
P500-00-022) submitted to the Governor and the Legislature by the
commission.
   (f) "Retail seller" means a "retail seller" as defined in Section
399.12 of the Public Utilities Code.



25742.  (a) Twenty percent of the funds collected pursuant to the
renewable energy public goods charge shall be used for programs that
are designed to achieve fully competitive and self-sustaining
existing in-state renewable electricity generation facilities, and to
secure for the state the environmental, economic, and reliability
benefits that continued operation of those facilities will provide
during the 2007-2011 investment cycle. Eligibility for production
incentives under this section shall be limited to those technologies
found eligible for funds by the commission pursuant to paragraphs
(3), (4), and (6) of subdivision (e) of Section 25740.5.
   (b) Any funds used to support in-state renewable electricity
generation facilities pursuant to this section shall be expended in
accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
   (c) Facilities that are eligible to receive funding pursuant to
this section shall be registered in accordance with criteria
developed by the commission and those facilities shall not receive
payments for any electricity produced that has any of the following
characteristics:
   (1) Is sold at monthly average rates equal to, or greater than,
the applicable target price, as determined by the commission.
   (2) Is used onsite.
   (d) (1) Existing facilities generating electricity from biomass
energy shall be eligible for funding and otherwise considered an
in-state renewable electricity generation facility only if they
report to the commission the types and quantities of biomass fuels
used.
   (2) The commission shall report the types and quantities of
biomass fuels used by each facility to the Legislature in the reports
prepared pursuant to Section 25748.
   (e) Each existing facility seeking an award pursuant to this
section shall be evaluated by the commission to determine the amount
of the funds being sought, the cumulative amount of funds the
facility has received previously from the commission and other state
sources, the value of any past and current federal or state tax
credits, the facility's contract price for energy and capacity, the
prices received by similar facilities, the market value of the
facility, and the likelihood that the award will make the facility
competitive and self-sustaining within the 2007-2011 investment
cycle. The commission shall use this evaluation to determine the
value of an award to the public relative to other renewable energy
investment alternatives. The commission shall compile its findings
and report them to the Legislature in the reports prepared pursuant
to Section 25748.



25743.  (a) The commission shall terminate all production incentives
awarded from the New Renewable Resources Account prior to January 1,
2002, unless the project began generating electricity by January 1,
2007.
   (b) (1) The commission shall, by March 1, 2008, transfer to
electrical corporations serving customers subject to the renewable
energy public goods charge the remaining unencumbered funds in the
New Renewable Resources Account.
   (2) The Public Utilities Commission shall ensure that each
electrical corporation allocates funds received from the commission
pursuant to paragraph (1) in a manner that maximizes the economic
benefit to all customer classes that funded the New Renewable
Resources Account.


25744.  (a) Seventy-nine percent of the money collected pursuant to
the renewable energy public goods charge shall be used for a
multiyear, consumer-based program to foster the development of
emerging renewable technologies in distributed generation
applications.
   (b) Any funds used for emerging technologies pursuant to this
section shall be expended in accordance with this chapter, subject to
all of the following requirements:
   (1) Funding for emerging technologies shall be provided through a
competitive, market-based process that is in place for a period of
not less than five years, and is structured to allow eligible
emerging technology manufacturers and suppliers to anticipate and
plan for increased sale and installation volumes over the life of the
program.
   (2) The program shall provide monetary rebates, buydowns, or
equivalent incentives, subject to paragraph (3), to purchasers,
lessees, lessors, or sellers of eligible electricity generating
systems. Incentives shall benefit the end-use consumer of renewable
generation by directly and exclusively reducing the purchase or lease
cost of the eligible system, or the cost of electricity produced by
the eligible system. Incentives shall be issued on the basis of the
rated electrical generating capacity of the system measured in watts,
or the amount of electricity production of the system, measured in
kilowatthours. Incentives shall be limited to a maximum percentage of
the system price, as determined by the commission. The commission
may establish different incentive levels for systems based on
technology type and system size, and may provide different incentive
levels for systems used in conjunction with energy-efficiency
measures.
   (3) Eligible distributed emerging technologies are fuel cell
technologies that utilize renewable fuels, including fuel cell
technologies with an emission profile equivalent or better than the
State Air Resources Board 2007 standard, and that serve as backup
generation for emergency, safety, or telecommunications systems.
Eligible renewable fuels may include wind turbines of not more than
50 kilowatts rated electrical generating capacity per customer site
and other distributed renewable emerging technologies that meet the
emerging technology eligibility criteria established by the
commission and are not eligible for rebates, buydowns, or similar
incentives from any other commission or Public Utilities Commission
program. Eligible electricity generating systems are intended
primarily to offset part or all of the consumer's own electricity
demand, including systems that are used as backup power for
emergency, safety, or telecommunications, and shall not be owned by
local publicly owned electric utilities, nor be located at a customer
site that is not receiving distribution service from an electrical
corporation that is subject to the renewable energy public goods
charge and contributing funds to support programs under this chapter.
All eligible electricity generating system components shall be new
and unused, shall not have been previously placed in service in any
other location or for any other application, and shall have a
warranty of not less than five years to protect against defects and
undue degradation of electrical generation output. Systems and their
fuel resources shall be located on the same premises of the end-use
consumer where the consumer's own electricity demand is located, and
all eligible electricity generating systems shall be connected to the
utility grid, unless the system purpose is for backup generation
used in emergency, safety, or telecommunications in California. The
commission may require eligible electricity generating systems to
have meters in place to monitor and measure a system's performance
and generation. Only systems that will be operated in compliance with
applicable law and the rules of the Public Utilities Commission
shall be eligible for funding.
   (4) The commission shall limit the amount of funds available for a
system or project of multiple systems and reduce the level of
funding for a system or project of multiple systems that has
received, or may be eligible to receive, any government or utility
funds, incentives, or credit.
   (5) In awarding funding, the commission may provide preference to
systems that provide tangible demonstrable benefits to communities
with a plurality of minority or low-income populations.
   (6) In awarding funding, the commission shall develop and
implement eligibility criteria and a system that provides preference
to systems based upon system performance, taking into account
factors, including shading, insulation levels, and installation
orientation.
   (7) At least once annually, the commission shall publish and make
available to the public the balance of funds available for emerging
renewable energy resources for rebates, buydowns, and other
incentives for the purchase of these resources.
   (c) Notwithstanding Section 27540.5, the commission may expend,
until December 31, 2008, up to sixty million dollars ($60,000,000) of
the funding allocated to the Renewable Resources Trust Fund for the
program established in this section, subject to the repayment
requirements of subdivision (f) of Section 25751.
   (d) Any funds for photovoltaic or solar thermal electric
technologies shall be awarded in compliance with Chapter 8.8
(commencing with Section 25780), and not with this section.



25744.5.  The commission shall allocate and use funding available
for emerging renewable technologies pursuant to Section 25744 and
Section 25751 to fund photovoltaic and solar thermal electric
technologies in accordance with eligibility criteria and conditions
established pursuant to Chapter 8.8 (commencing with Section 25780).




25746.  (a) One percent of the money collected pursuant to the
renewable energy public goods charge shall be used in accordance with
this chapter to promote renewable energy and disseminate information
on renewable energy technologies, including emerging renewable
technologies, and to help develop a consumer market for renewable
energy and for small-scale emerging renewable energy technologies.
   (b) If the commission provides funding for a regional accounting
system to verify compliance with the renewable portfolio standard by
retail sellers, pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 399.13 of the
Public Utilities Code, the commission shall recover all costs from
user fees.


25747.  (a) The commission shall adopt guidelines governing the
funding programs authorized under this chapter, at a publicly noticed
meeting offering all interested parties an opportunity to comment.
Substantive changes to the guidelines may not be adopted without at
least 10 days' written notice to the public. The public notice of
meetings required by this subdivision may not be less than 30 days.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any guidelines adopted
pursuant to this chapter or Section 399.13 of the Public Utilities
Code, shall be exempt from the requirements of Chapter 3.5
(commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of
the Government Code. The Legislature declares that the changes made
to this subdivision by the act amending this section during the 2002
portion of the 2001-02 Regular Session are declaratory of, and not a
change in existing law.
   (b) Funds to further the purposes of this chapter may be committed
for multiple years.
   (c) Awards made pursuant to this chapter are grants, subject to
appeal to the commission upon a showing that factors other than those
described in the guidelines adopted by the commission were applied
in making the awards and payments. Any actions taken by an applicant
to apply for, or become or remain eligible and registered to receive,
payments or awards, including satisfying conditions specified by the
commission, shall not constitute the rendering of goods, services,
or a direct benefit to the commission.
   (d) An award made pursuant to this chapter, the amount of the
award, and the terms and conditions of the grant are public
information.



25748.  (a) The commission shall report to the Legislature on or
before November 1, 2007, and annually thereafter, regarding the
results of the mechanisms funded pursuant to this chapter. The report
shall contain all of the following:
   (1) A description of the allocation of funds among existing, new,
and emerging technologies, the allocation of funds among programs,
including consumer-side incentives, and the need for the reallocation
of money among those technologies.
   (2) The status of account transfers and repayments.
   (3) A description of the cumulative commitment of claims by
account, the relative demand for funds by account, and a forecast of
future awards.
   (4) A list identifying the types and quantities of biomass fuels
used by facilities receiving funds pursuant to Section 25742 and
their impacts on improving air quality.
   (5) A discussion of the progress being made toward achieving the
targets established under Section 25740 by each funding category
authorized pursuant to this chapter.
   (6) A description of the allocation of funds from interest on the
accounts described in this chapter, and money in the accounts
described in subdivision (b) of Section 25751.
   (7) An itemized list, including project descriptions, award
amounts, and outcomes for projects awarded funding in the prior year.
   (8) Other matters the commission determines may be of importance
to the Legislature.
   (b) Money may be reallocated without further legislative action
among existing, new, and emerging technologies and consumer-side
programs in a manner consistent with the report and with the latest
report provided to the Legislature pursuant to this section, except
that reallocations shall not increase the allocation established in
Section 25742.



25751.  (a) The Renewable Resource Trust Fund is hereby created in
the State Treasury.
   (b) The following accounts are hereby established within the
Renewable Resource Trust Fund:
   (1) Existing Renewable Resources Account.
   (2) Emerging Renewable Resources Account.
   (3) Renewable Resources Consumer Education Account.
   (c) The money in the fund may be expended, only upon appropriation
by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act, for the following
purposes:
   (1) The administration of this article by the state.
   (2) The state's expenditures associated with the accounting system
established by the commission pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section
399.13 of the Public Utilities Code.
   (d) That portion of revenues collected by electrical corporations
for the benefit of in-state operation and development of existing and
new and emerging renewable resource technologies, pursuant to
Section 399.8 of the Public Utilities Code, shall be transmitted to
the commission at least quarterly for deposit in the Renewable
Resource Trust Fund pursuant to Section 25740.5. After setting aside
in the fund money that may be needed for expenditures authorized by
the annual Budget Act in accordance with subdivision (c), the
Treasurer shall immediately deposit money received pursuant to this
section into the accounts created pursuant to subdivision (b) in
proportions designated by the commission for the current calendar
year. Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, the money
in the fund and the accounts within the fund are hereby continuously
appropriated to the commission without regard to fiscal year for the
purposes enumerated in this chapter.
   (e) Upon notification by the commission, the Controller shall pay
all awards of the money in the accounts created pursuant to
subdivision (b) for purposes enumerated in this chapter. The
eligibility of each award shall be determined solely by the
commission based on the procedures it adopts under this chapter.
Based on the eligibility of each award, the commission shall also
establish the need for a multiyear commitment to any particular award
and so advise the Department of Finance. Eligible awards submitted
by the commission to the Controller shall be accompanied by
information specifying the account from which payment should be made
and the amount of each payment; a summary description of how payment
of the award furthers the purposes enumerated in this chapter; and an
accounting of future costs associated with any award or group of
awards known to the commission to represent a portion of a multiyear
funding commitment.
   (f) The commission may transfer funds between accounts for
cashflow purposes, provided that the balance due each account is
restored and the transfer does not adversely affect any of the
accounts.
   (g) The Department of Finance shall conduct an independent audit
of the Renewable Resource Trust Fund and its related accounts
annually, and provide an audit report to the Legislature not later
than March 1 of each year for which this article is operative. The
Department of Finance's report shall include information regarding
revenues, payment of awards, reserves held for future commitments,
unencumbered cash balances, and other matters that the Director of
Finance determines may be of importance to the Legislature.



State Codes and Statutes

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Statutes > California > Prc > 25740-25751

PUBLIC RESOURCES CODE
SECTION 25740-25751



25740.  It is the intent of the Legislature in establishing this
program, to increase the amount of electricity generated from
eligible renewable energy resources per year, so that it equals at
least 20 percent of total retail sales of electricity in California
per year by December 31, 2010.



25740.5.  (a) The commission shall optimize public investment and
ensure that the most cost-effective and efficient investments in
renewable energy resources are vigorously pursued.
   (b) The commission's long-term goal shall be a fully competitive
and self-sustaining supply of electricity generated from renewable
sources.
   (c) The program objective shall be to increase, in the near term,
the quantity of California's electricity generated by in-state
renewable electricity generation facilities, while protecting system
reliability, fostering resource diversity, and obtaining the greatest
environmental benefits for California residents.
   (d) An additional objective of the program shall be to identify
and support emerging renewable technologies in distributed generation
applications that have the greatest near-term commercial promise and
that merit targeted assistance.
   (e) The Legislature recommends allocations among all of the
following:
   (1) Rebates, buydowns, or equivalent incentives for emerging
renewable technologies.
   (2) Customer education.
   (3) Production incentives for reducing fuel costs, that are
confirmed to the satisfaction of the commission, at solid fuel
biomass energy facilities in order to provide demonstrable
environmental and public benefits, including improved air quality.
   (4) Solar thermal generating resources that enhance the
environmental value or reliability of the electrical system and that
require financial assistance to remain economically viable, as
determined by the commission. The commission may require financial
disclosure from applicants for purposes of this paragraph.
   (5) Specified fuel cell technologies, if the commission makes all
of the following findings:
   (A) The specified technologies have similar or better air
pollutant characteristics than renewable technologies in the report
made pursuant to Section 25748.
   (B) The specified technologies require financial assistance to
become commercially viable by reference to wholesale generation
prices.
   (C) The specified technologies could contribute significantly to
the infrastructure development or other innovation required to meet
the long-term objective of a self-sustaining, competitive supply of
electricity generated from renewable sources.
   (6) Existing wind-generating resources, if the commission finds
that the existing wind-generating resources are a cost-effective
source of reliable energy and environmental benefits compared with
other in-state renewable electricity generation facilities, and that
the existing wind-generating resources require financial assistance
to remain economically viable. The commission may require financial
disclosure from applicants for the purposes of this paragraph.
   (f) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, moneys collected
for renewable energy pursuant to Article 15 (commencing with Section
399) of Chapter 2.3 of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Public Utilities
Code shall be transferred to the Renewable Resource Trust Fund.
Moneys collected between January 1, 2007, and January 1, 2012, shall
be used for the purposes specified in this chapter.



25741.  As used in this chapter, the following terms have the
following meaning:
   (a) "Delivered" and "delivery" mean the electricity output of an
in-state renewable electricity generation facility that is used to
serve end-use retail customers located within the state. Subject to
verification by the accounting system established by the commission
pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 399.13 of the Public Utilities
Code, electricity shall be deemed delivered if it is either
generated at a location within the state, or is scheduled for
consumption by California end-use retail customers. Subject to
criteria adopted by the commission, electricity generated by an
eligible renewable energy resource may be considered "delivered"
regardless of whether the electricity is generated at a different
time from consumption by a California end-use customer.
   (b) "In-state renewable electricity generation facility" means a
facility that meets all of the following criteria:
   (1) The facility uses biomass, solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind,
geothermal, fuel cells using renewable fuels, small hydroelectric
generation of 30 megawatts or less, digester gas, municipal solid
waste conversion, landfill gas, ocean wave, ocean thermal, or tidal
current, and any additions or enhancements to the facility using that
technology.
   (2) The facility satisfies one of the following requirements:
   (A) The facility is located in the state or near the border of the
state with the first point of connection to the transmission network
within this state and electricity produced by the facility is
delivered to an in-state location.
   (B) The facility has its first point of interconnection to the
transmission network outside the state and satisfies all of the
following requirements:
   (i) It is connected to the transmission network within the Western
Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) service territory.
   (ii) It commences initial commercial operation after January 1,
2005.
   (iii) Electricity produced by the facility is delivered to an
in-state location.
   (iv) It will not cause or contribute to any violation of a
California environmental quality standard or requirement.
   (v) If the facility is outside of the United States, it is
developed and operated in a manner that is as protective of the
environment as a similar facility located in the state.
   (vi) It participates in the accounting system to verify compliance
with the renewables portfolio standard by retail sellers, once
established by the Energy Commission pursuant to subdivision (b) of
Section 399.13 of the Public Utilities Code.
   (C) The facility meets the requirements of clauses (i), (iii),
(iv), (v), and (vi) in subparagraph (B), but does not meet the
requirements of clause (ii) because it commences initial operation
prior to January 1, 2005, if the facility satisfies either of the
following requirements:
   (i) The electricity is from incremental generation resulting from
expansion or repowering of the facility.
   (ii) The facility has been part of the existing baseline of
eligible renewable energy resources of a retail seller established
pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 399.15 of the
Public Utilities Code or has been part of the existing baseline of
eligible renewable energy resources of a local publicly owned
electric utility established pursuant to Section 387 of the Public
Utilities Code.
   (3) For the purposes of this subdivision, "solid waste conversion"
means a technology that uses a noncombustion thermal process to
convert solid waste to a clean-burning fuel for the purpose of
generating electricity, and that meets all of the following criteria:
   (A) The technology does not use air or oxygen in the conversion
process, except ambient air to maintain temperature control.
   (B) The technology produces no discharges of air contaminants or
emissions, including greenhouse gases as defined in Section 38505 of
the Health and Safety Code.
   (C) The technology produces no discharges to surface or
groundwaters of the state.
   (D) The technology produces no hazardous wastes.
   (E) To the maximum extent feasible, the technology removes all
recyclable materials and marketable green waste compostable materials
from the solid waste stream prior to the conversion process and the
owner or operator of the facility certifies that those materials will
be recycled or composted.
   (F) The facility at which the technology is used is in compliance
with all applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances.
   (G) The technology meets any other conditions established by the
commission.
   (H) The facility certifies that any local agency sending solid
waste to the facility diverted at least 30 percent of all solid waste
it collects through solid waste reduction, recycling, and
composting. For purposes of this paragraph, "local agency" means any
city, county, or special district, or subdivision thereof, which is
authorized to provide solid waste handling services.
   (c) "Procurement entity" means any person or corporation that
enters into an agreement with a retail seller to procure eligible
renewable energy resources pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section
399.14 of the Public Utilities Code.
   (d) "Renewable energy public goods charge" means that portion of
the nonbypassable system benefits charge authorized to be collected
and to be transferred to the Renewable Resource Trust Fund pursuant
to the Reliable Electric Service Investments Act (Article 15
(commencing with Section 399) of Chapter 2.3 of Part 1 of Division 1
of the Public Utilities Code).
   (e) "Report" means the report entitled "Investing in Renewable
Electricity Generation in California" (June 2001, Publication Number
P500-00-022) submitted to the Governor and the Legislature by the
commission.
   (f) "Retail seller" means a "retail seller" as defined in Section
399.12 of the Public Utilities Code.



25742.  (a) Twenty percent of the funds collected pursuant to the
renewable energy public goods charge shall be used for programs that
are designed to achieve fully competitive and self-sustaining
existing in-state renewable electricity generation facilities, and to
secure for the state the environmental, economic, and reliability
benefits that continued operation of those facilities will provide
during the 2007-2011 investment cycle. Eligibility for production
incentives under this section shall be limited to those technologies
found eligible for funds by the commission pursuant to paragraphs
(3), (4), and (6) of subdivision (e) of Section 25740.5.
   (b) Any funds used to support in-state renewable electricity
generation facilities pursuant to this section shall be expended in
accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
   (c) Facilities that are eligible to receive funding pursuant to
this section shall be registered in accordance with criteria
developed by the commission and those facilities shall not receive
payments for any electricity produced that has any of the following
characteristics:
   (1) Is sold at monthly average rates equal to, or greater than,
the applicable target price, as determined by the commission.
   (2) Is used onsite.
   (d) (1) Existing facilities generating electricity from biomass
energy shall be eligible for funding and otherwise considered an
in-state renewable electricity generation facility only if they
report to the commission the types and quantities of biomass fuels
used.
   (2) The commission shall report the types and quantities of
biomass fuels used by each facility to the Legislature in the reports
prepared pursuant to Section 25748.
   (e) Each existing facility seeking an award pursuant to this
section shall be evaluated by the commission to determine the amount
of the funds being sought, the cumulative amount of funds the
facility has received previously from the commission and other state
sources, the value of any past and current federal or state tax
credits, the facility's contract price for energy and capacity, the
prices received by similar facilities, the market value of the
facility, and the likelihood that the award will make the facility
competitive and self-sustaining within the 2007-2011 investment
cycle. The commission shall use this evaluation to determine the
value of an award to the public relative to other renewable energy
investment alternatives. The commission shall compile its findings
and report them to the Legislature in the reports prepared pursuant
to Section 25748.



25743.  (a) The commission shall terminate all production incentives
awarded from the New Renewable Resources Account prior to January 1,
2002, unless the project began generating electricity by January 1,
2007.
   (b) (1) The commission shall, by March 1, 2008, transfer to
electrical corporations serving customers subject to the renewable
energy public goods charge the remaining unencumbered funds in the
New Renewable Resources Account.
   (2) The Public Utilities Commission shall ensure that each
electrical corporation allocates funds received from the commission
pursuant to paragraph (1) in a manner that maximizes the economic
benefit to all customer classes that funded the New Renewable
Resources Account.


25744.  (a) Seventy-nine percent of the money collected pursuant to
the renewable energy public goods charge shall be used for a
multiyear, consumer-based program to foster the development of
emerging renewable technologies in distributed generation
applications.
   (b) Any funds used for emerging technologies pursuant to this
section shall be expended in accordance with this chapter, subject to
all of the following requirements:
   (1) Funding for emerging technologies shall be provided through a
competitive, market-based process that is in place for a period of
not less than five years, and is structured to allow eligible
emerging technology manufacturers and suppliers to anticipate and
plan for increased sale and installation volumes over the life of the
program.
   (2) The program shall provide monetary rebates, buydowns, or
equivalent incentives, subject to paragraph (3), to purchasers,
lessees, lessors, or sellers of eligible electricity generating
systems. Incentives shall benefit the end-use consumer of renewable
generation by directly and exclusively reducing the purchase or lease
cost of the eligible system, or the cost of electricity produced by
the eligible system. Incentives shall be issued on the basis of the
rated electrical generating capacity of the system measured in watts,
or the amount of electricity production of the system, measured in
kilowatthours. Incentives shall be limited to a maximum percentage of
the system price, as determined by the commission. The commission
may establish different incentive levels for systems based on
technology type and system size, and may provide different incentive
levels for systems used in conjunction with energy-efficiency
measures.
   (3) Eligible distributed emerging technologies are fuel cell
technologies that utilize renewable fuels, including fuel cell
technologies with an emission profile equivalent or better than the
State Air Resources Board 2007 standard, and that serve as backup
generation for emergency, safety, or telecommunications systems.
Eligible renewable fuels may include wind turbines of not more than
50 kilowatts rated electrical generating capacity per customer site
and other distributed renewable emerging technologies that meet the
emerging technology eligibility criteria established by the
commission and are not eligible for rebates, buydowns, or similar
incentives from any other commission or Public Utilities Commission
program. Eligible electricity generating systems are intended
primarily to offset part or all of the consumer's own electricity
demand, including systems that are used as backup power for
emergency, safety, or telecommunications, and shall not be owned by
local publicly owned electric utilities, nor be located at a customer
site that is not receiving distribution service from an electrical
corporation that is subject to the renewable energy public goods
charge and contributing funds to support programs under this chapter.
All eligible electricity generating system components shall be new
and unused, shall not have been previously placed in service in any
other location or for any other application, and shall have a
warranty of not less than five years to protect against defects and
undue degradation of electrical generation output. Systems and their
fuel resources shall be located on the same premises of the end-use
consumer where the consumer's own electricity demand is located, and
all eligible electricity generating systems shall be connected to the
utility grid, unless the system purpose is for backup generation
used in emergency, safety, or telecommunications in California. The
commission may require eligible electricity generating systems to
have meters in place to monitor and measure a system's performance
and generation. Only systems that will be operated in compliance with
applicable law and the rules of the Public Utilities Commission
shall be eligible for funding.
   (4) The commission shall limit the amount of funds available for a
system or project of multiple systems and reduce the level of
funding for a system or project of multiple systems that has
received, or may be eligible to receive, any government or utility
funds, incentives, or credit.
   (5) In awarding funding, the commission may provide preference to
systems that provide tangible demonstrable benefits to communities
with a plurality of minority or low-income populations.
   (6) In awarding funding, the commission shall develop and
implement eligibility criteria and a system that provides preference
to systems based upon system performance, taking into account
factors, including shading, insulation levels, and installation
orientation.
   (7) At least once annually, the commission shall publish and make
available to the public the balance of funds available for emerging
renewable energy resources for rebates, buydowns, and other
incentives for the purchase of these resources.
   (c) Notwithstanding Section 27540.5, the commission may expend,
until December 31, 2008, up to sixty million dollars ($60,000,000) of
the funding allocated to the Renewable Resources Trust Fund for the
program established in this section, subject to the repayment
requirements of subdivision (f) of Section 25751.
   (d) Any funds for photovoltaic or solar thermal electric
technologies shall be awarded in compliance with Chapter 8.8
(commencing with Section 25780), and not with this section.



25744.5.  The commission shall allocate and use funding available
for emerging renewable technologies pursuant to Section 25744 and
Section 25751 to fund photovoltaic and solar thermal electric
technologies in accordance with eligibility criteria and conditions
established pursuant to Chapter 8.8 (commencing with Section 25780).




25746.  (a) One percent of the money collected pursuant to the
renewable energy public goods charge shall be used in accordance with
this chapter to promote renewable energy and disseminate information
on renewable energy technologies, including emerging renewable
technologies, and to help develop a consumer market for renewable
energy and for small-scale emerging renewable energy technologies.
   (b) If the commission provides funding for a regional accounting
system to verify compliance with the renewable portfolio standard by
retail sellers, pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 399.13 of the
Public Utilities Code, the commission shall recover all costs from
user fees.


25747.  (a) The commission shall adopt guidelines governing the
funding programs authorized under this chapter, at a publicly noticed
meeting offering all interested parties an opportunity to comment.
Substantive changes to the guidelines may not be adopted without at
least 10 days' written notice to the public. The public notice of
meetings required by this subdivision may not be less than 30 days.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any guidelines adopted
pursuant to this chapter or Section 399.13 of the Public Utilities
Code, shall be exempt from the requirements of Chapter 3.5
(commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of
the Government Code. The Legislature declares that the changes made
to this subdivision by the act amending this section during the 2002
portion of the 2001-02 Regular Session are declaratory of, and not a
change in existing law.
   (b) Funds to further the purposes of this chapter may be committed
for multiple years.
   (c) Awards made pursuant to this chapter are grants, subject to
appeal to the commission upon a showing that factors other than those
described in the guidelines adopted by the commission were applied
in making the awards and payments. Any actions taken by an applicant
to apply for, or become or remain eligible and registered to receive,
payments or awards, including satisfying conditions specified by the
commission, shall not constitute the rendering of goods, services,
or a direct benefit to the commission.
   (d) An award made pursuant to this chapter, the amount of the
award, and the terms and conditions of the grant are public
information.



25748.  (a) The commission shall report to the Legislature on or
before November 1, 2007, and annually thereafter, regarding the
results of the mechanisms funded pursuant to this chapter. The report
shall contain all of the following:
   (1) A description of the allocation of funds among existing, new,
and emerging technologies, the allocation of funds among programs,
including consumer-side incentives, and the need for the reallocation
of money among those technologies.
   (2) The status of account transfers and repayments.
   (3) A description of the cumulative commitment of claims by
account, the relative demand for funds by account, and a forecast of
future awards.
   (4) A list identifying the types and quantities of biomass fuels
used by facilities receiving funds pursuant to Section 25742 and
their impacts on improving air quality.
   (5) A discussion of the progress being made toward achieving the
targets established under Section 25740 by each funding category
authorized pursuant to this chapter.
   (6) A description of the allocation of funds from interest on the
accounts described in this chapter, and money in the accounts
described in subdivision (b) of Section 25751.
   (7) An itemized list, including project descriptions, award
amounts, and outcomes for projects awarded funding in the prior year.
   (8) Other matters the commission determines may be of importance
to the Legislature.
   (b) Money may be reallocated without further legislative action
among existing, new, and emerging technologies and consumer-side
programs in a manner consistent with the report and with the latest
report provided to the Legislature pursuant to this section, except
that reallocations shall not increase the allocation established in
Section 25742.



25751.  (a) The Renewable Resource Trust Fund is hereby created in
the State Treasury.
   (b) The following accounts are hereby established within the
Renewable Resource Trust Fund:
   (1) Existing Renewable Resources Account.
   (2) Emerging Renewable Resources Account.
   (3) Renewable Resources Consumer Education Account.
   (c) The money in the fund may be expended, only upon appropriation
by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act, for the following
purposes:
   (1) The administration of this article by the state.
   (2) The state's expenditures associated with the accounting system
established by the commission pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section
399.13 of the Public Utilities Code.
   (d) That portion of revenues collected by electrical corporations
for the benefit of in-state operation and development of existing and
new and emerging renewable resource technologies, pursuant to
Section 399.8 of the Public Utilities Code, shall be transmitted to
the commission at least quarterly for deposit in the Renewable
Resource Trust Fund pursuant to Section 25740.5. After setting aside
in the fund money that may be needed for expenditures authorized by
the annual Budget Act in accordance with subdivision (c), the
Treasurer shall immediately deposit money received pursuant to this
section into the accounts created pursuant to subdivision (b) in
proportions designated by the commission for the current calendar
year. Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, the money
in the fund and the accounts within the fund are hereby continuously
appropriated to the commission without regard to fiscal year for the
purposes enumerated in this chapter.
   (e) Upon notification by the commission, the Controller shall pay
all awards of the money in the accounts created pursuant to
subdivision (b) for purposes enumerated in this chapter. The
eligibility of each award shall be determined solely by the
commission based on the procedures it adopts under this chapter.
Based on the eligibility of each award, the commission shall also
establish the need for a multiyear commitment to any particular award
and so advise the Department of Finance. Eligible awards submitted
by the commission to the Controller shall be accompanied by
information specifying the account from which payment should be made
and the amount of each payment; a summary description of how payment
of the award furthers the purposes enumerated in this chapter; and an
accounting of future costs associated with any award or group of
awards known to the commission to represent a portion of a multiyear
funding commitment.
   (f) The commission may transfer funds between accounts for
cashflow purposes, provided that the balance due each account is
restored and the transfer does not adversely affect any of the
accounts.
   (g) The Department of Finance shall conduct an independent audit
of the Renewable Resource Trust Fund and its related accounts
annually, and provide an audit report to the Legislature not later
than March 1 of each year for which this article is operative. The
Department of Finance's report shall include information regarding
revenues, payment of awards, reserves held for future commitments,
unencumbered cash balances, and other matters that the Director of
Finance determines may be of importance to the Legislature.


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