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File #: 2021-316    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Consent Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 4/15/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 4/20/2021 Final action:
Title: CONSIDERATION OF SUBMITTING A LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR SB 533 (ELECTRICAL CORPORATIONS: WILDFIRE MITIGATION PLANS: DEENERGIZATION EVENTS: MICROGRIDS (CITY COUNCIL)
Attachments: 1. Exhibit No. 1 - SB 533 Support Letter
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Report to Mayor and City Council
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Consent


SUBJECT:
Title
CONSIDERATION OF SUBMITTING A LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR SB 533 (ELECTRICAL CORPORATIONS: WILDFIRE MITIGATION PLANS: DEENERGIZATION EVENTS: MICROGRIDS (CITY COUNCIL)

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I. SUMMARY

SB 533 requires the state's investor owned utilities (IOU) to repair their infrastructure to prevent reoccurring public safety power shutoff (PSPS) outages. The bill also requires the state to create a database of critical circuits and infrastructure to help prioritize locations for microgrid development in Tier 2 and 3 high fire threat districts. IOUs will also be required to collaborate with local governments and community choice aggregators (CCAs) to identify critical circuits for microgrid projects.
Although the City of Carson does not reside in a high fire threat district and is not as vulnerable to PSPS events, this bill also supports efforts to strengthen the power grid and make more resilient to all risks through microgrid development, which would benefit Carson residents, businesses, and industries. A draft letter of support is attached for City Council consideration. (Exhibit No. 1)


II. RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation

APPROVE the City of Carson's support position on SB 533 in the 2021/2022 legislative session.


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III. ALTERNATIVES

1. DO NOT TAKE a support position for SB 533.
2. TAKE another action the City Council deems appropriate.


IV. BACKGROUND


The growing effects of climate change have resulted in large portions of the state becoming so susceptible to wildfires they are categorized as Fire Threat Severity Zones or High Fire Threat Areas. Both areas are prone to wildfires, caused by electric utility wires and poles that are not fire hardened or properly maintained. As a public safety precaution, the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) allows IOUs to shut off power under specified weather conditions.
Problem
California's energy grid is not reliable or resilient dur...

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