SB-1221

This bill would require each gas corporation, by July 1, 2025, to annually file a map containing certain information, including the location of all potential gas distribution line replacement projects identified in its distribution integrity management plan and other foreseeable gas distribution pipeline replacements. The bill would require the CPUC, by January 1, 2026, to do various things, including the establishment of criteria and methodology for determining the cost-effectiveness of zero-emission alternatives, as defined, the determination of the appropriate rate of return and recovery period that a gas corporation is eligible to receive their costs to implement zero-emission alternatives, the designation of priority neighborhood decarbonization zones taking into consideration certain factors, and the adoption of a long-term gas distribution system planning process to evaluate and implement zero-emission alternatives for gas distribution line replacement projects and other capital investments in the gas distribution system. It would authorize a gas corporation to cease providing service if adequate substitute energy service is reasonably available to support the energy end use of the affected gas corporation customers. It would also require the CPUC, by January 1, 2026, to direct each electrical corporation to offer incremental discounts or other rate adjustments, if needed, to enable the adoption of building electrification technologies by participants in the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program or the Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program, as provided.