CA Pub Util Code Section 840

For the purposes of this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:


“Bank” means the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank.


“Financing entity” means the bank, any special purpose trust, as defined in Section 63010 of the Government Code, that is authorized by the bank to issue rate reduction bonds or acquire transition property, or any other entity authorized by the bank to issue rate reduction bonds or acquire transition property, or both. The bank may authorize an entity other than a special purpose trust, as defined in Section 63010 of the Government Code, to issue rate reduction bonds only if all of the following conditions are met:


The bank by resolution has determined that allowing another entity to issue rate reduction bonds would produce greater overall ratepayer savings, taking into account all relevant considerations including, but not limited to, the exclusion of interest on rate reduction bonds issued by the bank from investors’ gross income for California or federal income tax purposes, or both, earnings on funds collected and held by the electrical corporation prior to deposit in a fund or account for the benefit of holders of rate reduction bonds, and all costs of issuance and other transaction costs.


The bank submits to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee a certified copy of the bank’s resolution, together with a report setting forth the basis for the bank’s determination that a financing entity other than the bank or a special purpose trust will produce greater ratepayer savings and at least 30 days have elapsed from the date of submission.


“Financing order” shall mean an order of the commission adopted in accordance with this article, which shall include, without limitation, a procedure to require the expeditious approval by the commission of periodic adjustments to fixed transition amounts included therein to ensure recovery of all transition costs and the costs of capital associated with the proposed provision, recovery, financing, or refinancing thereof, including the costs of issuing, servicing, and retiring the rate reduction bonds contemplated by the financing order. These adjustments shall not impose fixed transition amounts upon classes of customers who were not subject to the fixed transition amounts in the pertinent financing order.


“Fixed transition amounts” means those nonbypassable rates and other charges, including, but not limited to, distribution, connection, disconnection, and termination rates and charges, that are authorized by the commission in a financing order to recover (1) transition costs, and (2) the costs of providing, recovering, financing, or refinancing the transition costs through a plan approved by the commission in the financing order, including the costs of issuing, servicing, and retiring rate reduction bonds. If requested by the electrical corporation in its application for a financing order, fixed transition amounts shall include nonbypassable rates and other charges to recover federal and state taxes whose recovery period is modified by the transactions approved in the financing order.


“Rate reduction bonds” means bonds, notes, certificates of participation or beneficial interest, or other evidences of indebtedness or ownership, issued pursuant to an executed indenture or other agreement of a financing entity, the proceeds of which are used, directly or indirectly, to provide, recover, finance, or refinance transition costs, and that are directly or indirectly secured by, or payable from, transition property.


“Transition costs” means the costs, and categories of costs, of an electrical corporation for generation-related assets and obligations, consisting of generation facilities, generation-related regulatory assets, nuclear settlements, and power purchase contracts, including, but not limited to, voluntary restructuring, renegotiations, or terminations thereof approved by the commission, that were being collected in commission-approved rates on December 20, 1995, and that may become uneconomic as a result of a competitive generation market in that those costs may not be recoverable in market prices in a competitive market, and appropriate costs incurred after December 20, 1995, for capital additions to generating facilities existing as of December 20, 1995, that the commission determines are reasonable and should be recovered, provided that these costs are necessary to maintain the facilities through December 31, 2001. Transition costs shall also include the costs of refinancing or retiring of debt or equity capital of the electrical corporation, and associated federal and state tax liabilities.


(1)“Transition property” means the property right created pursuant to this article including, without limitation, the right, title, and interest of an electrical corporation or its transferee:


In and to the tariff established pursuant to a financing order, as adjusted from time to time in accordance with subdivision (c) of Section 841 and the financing order.


To be paid the amount that is determined in a financing order to be the amount that the electrical corporation or its transferee is lawfully entitled to receive pursuant to the provision of this article and the proceeds thereof, and in and to all revenues, collections, claims, payments, money, or proceeds of or arising from the tariff or constituting fixed transition amounts that are the subject of a financing order including those nonbypassable rates and other charges referred to in subdivision (d).


In and to all rights to obtain adjustments to the tariff pursuant to the terms of subdivision (c) of Section 841 and the financing order.


“Transition property” shall constitute a current property right notwithstanding the fact that the value of the property right will depend on consumers using electricity or, in those instances where consumers are customers of a particular electrical corporation, the electrical corporation performing certain services.


For purposes of Sections 63010 and 63025.1 of the Government Code, “transition property” also shall mean certificates representing primarily interests in the property rights described in paragraphs (1) and (2).
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

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