AB 2045 (Rendon D) Energy Improvements: Financing.

Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to implement a program to provide financial assistance for energy efficiency projects. This bill would enact the Nonresidential Real Property Energy Retrofit Financing Act of 2014 and would require the commission to establish the Nonresidential Real Property Energy Retrofit Financing Program. The program would provide financial assistance, through authorizing the issuance of, among other things, revenue bonds, to owners of eligible real properties, as defined, for implementing energy improvements for their properties. The bill would require that the bonds be secured by the recording of an energy remittance repayment agreement lien, as defined, on the eligible real property for which the improvements are performed. The bill would require a loan servicer to collect installment payments from owners of eligible real properties whose applications have been approved by the commission.

AB 1594 (Williams D) Solid Waste: Recycling: Diversion: Green Material.

The existing California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, which is administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, establishes an integrated waste management program. Existing law requires each city, county, and regional agency, if any, to develop a source reduction and recycling element of an integrated waste management plan. The act requires the source reduction and recycling element to divert from disposal 50% of all solid waste subject to the element through source reduction, recycling, and composting activities, with specified exceptions. Under the act, the use of solid waste for beneficial reuse in the construction and operation of a solid waste landfill, including the use of alternative daily cover, constitutes diversion through recycling and is not considered disposal. This bill would authorize the department, if the department makes a specified determination, to adopt regulations to provide that the use of green material as alternative daily cover or alternative intermediate cover does not constitute diversion through recycling and would be considered disposal for purposes of the act.

AB 2017 (Muratsuchi D) Energy: Financing: Rental Properties.

Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations and gas corporations, as defined. Existing law authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to fix the rates and charges for every public utility and requires that those rates and charges be just and reasonable. This bill would authorize the commission to require an electrical or gas corporation with 250,000 or more service connections to develop and implement an on-bill repayment program providing financial assistance for energy efficiency, renewable energy, distributed generation, energy storage, or demand response improvements for rental properties by allowing for the repayment of the financial assistance to be included in the utility customer’s utility bill. Because a violation of any part of any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the Public Utilities Commission is a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

AB 2137 (Quirk D) Small Business Energy Efficiency Incentive Program.

Existing law declares that energy and water conservation efforts, including the promotion of energy efficiency improvements to residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, or other real property are necessary to address the issue of global climate change. Existing law authorizes the legislative body of any public agency, as defined, to determine that it would be convenient and advantageous to designate an area within which authorized city officials and free and willing property owners may enter into contractual assessments and make arrangements to finance the installation of distributed generation renewable energy sources or energy efficiency improvements that are permanently fixed to real property, as specified. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would establish the Small Business Energy Efficiency Incentive Program to provide small businesses with incentives to update or replace their high energy use equipment by providing financing options for these purposes.


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