TO THE HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THE ASSEMBLY: I am vetoing Assembly Bill 735. This bill requires that the Public Service Commission's biennial strategic energy assessment look forward seven years, rather than three, as required under current law. The strategic energy assessment evaluates the adequacy and reliability of the state's energy supply, including large electric generation facilities and high-voltage transmission lines for which construction is planned.
AB 735 passed the Legislature during an extraordinary session and was not subject to the full legislative process. This bill was not reviewed by the Assembly or Senate Committees on Energy and Utilities and did not receive adequate public scrutiny before passage.
Additionally, the bill limits the Public Service Commission's flexibility to determine the most appropriate time frame for the strategic energy assessment. The Public Service Commission may utilize the administrative rule-making process to gather public input and determine whether a strategic energy assessment process that includes a longer time frame supports the state's efforts to develop sound energy policies. Respectfully submitted, JIM DOYLE Governor