2021 - Assembly Bill 64 (Quirk, Bill), Long-Term Backup Electricity Supply Strategy (2-Year)
Would require the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission, and CARB, in consultation with all balancing authorities, to develop a strategy by January 1, 2024, on how to achieve the SB 100 policy of achieving the 100 percent renewable and zero-carbon resources goal by the end of 2045 in a cost-effective and environmentally beneficial manner. Specifically, the strategy must achieve a target of at least five Gigawatt-hours of “operational long-term backup electricity” by the end of 2030. The strategy must address carbon sequestration and storage of emissions from conventional power plants. The strategy must also achieve a target of at least an additional five Gigawatt-hours of operational long-term backup electricity in each subsequent year beginning 2031 through 2045. By January 1, 2024, CPUC is required to submit the strategy in a report to the Legislature and every four years thereafter through January 1, 2044 detailing the progress made on achieving the targets of the strategy. Was not heard in the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee.