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Chapter 1. California Alternative Energy And Advanced Transportation Financing Authority

Article 1. General Provisions And Definitions

Ca Codes (prc:26000-26003) Public Resources Code Section 26000-26003



26000. This division shall be known, and may be cited, as the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority Act.

26001. The Legislature hereby finds and declares all of the following: (a) It is essential that the state, in cooperation with the federal government, use all practical and commercially feasible means to promote the prompt and efficient development of energy sources which are renewable or which more efficiently utilize and conserve scarce energy resources. (b) The promotion of energy sources which reduce the degradation of the environment and which protect the health, welfare, and safety of the people of this state is in the public interest and serves a public purpose. (c) It is essential that the state, in cooperation with the federal government, use all practical and commercially feasible means to promote the development and commercialization of advanced transportation technologies to conserve energy, reduce air pollution, promote economic development and jobs, and protect the health, welfare, and safety of the people of the state.


26001.5. (a) It is the intent of the Legislature, in enacting Senate Bill 1754 of the 2008-09 Regular Session, to only provide authority for the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority to use bonds to finance power purchase agreement arrangements, and not to alter or supersede other provisions of law addressing criteria associated with energy generation or advanced transportation technologies, such as direct-access, the use, size, or statewide caps, or the net-metering or feed-in tariff provisions. (b) When the authority uses bonds to finance the power purchase agreements, the construction, alteration, demolition, installation, repair, and maintenance work on the projects financed by the arrangements are subject to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 1720) of Part 7 of Division 2 of the Labor Code and the authority shall incorporate reference to that provision in its agreements with participating parties.


26002. (a) It is the purpose of this division to carry out and make effective the findings of the Legislature pursuant to Sections 25004, 25004.2, 25004.3, 25007, and 26001, and to that end to provide industry within this state with an alternative method of financing in providing and promoting the establishment of both of the following: (1) Facilities utilizing alternative methods and sources of energy. (2) Facilities needed for the development and commercialization of advanced transportation technologies. (b) The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the facilities specified in subdivision (a) are necessary to meet the energy and transportation needs of this state and to guarantee the health and welfare of the citizens of this state.


26002.5. This division is necessary for the welfare of the state and its inhabitants, and shall be liberally construed to effect its purposes.

26003. As used in this division, unless the context otherwise requires: (a) "Authority" means the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority established pursuant to Section 26004, and any board, commission, department, or officer succeeding to the functions of the authority, or to which the powers conferred upon the authority by this division shall be given. (b) "Cost" as applied to a project or portion of the project financed under this division means all or part of the cost of construction and acquisition of all lands, structures, real or personal property or an interest in the real or personal property, rights, rights-of-way, franchises, easements, and interests acquired or used for a project; the cost of demolishing or removing any buildings or structures on land so acquired, including the cost of acquiring any lands to which those buildings or structures may be moved; the cost of all machinery, equipment, and furnishings, financing charges, interest prior to, during, and for a period after, completion of construction as determined by the authority; the cost of the purchase or sale of energy derived from an alternative source pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 26011; provisions for working capital; reserves for principal and interest and for extensions, enlargements, additions, replacements, renovations, and improvements; the cost of architectural, engineering, financial, accounting, auditing and legal services, plans, specifications, estimates, administrative expenses, and other expenses necessary or incident to determining the feasibility of constructing any project or incident to the construction, acquisition, or financing of a project. (c) (1) "Alternative sources" means the application of cogeneration technology, as defined in Section 25134; the conservation of energy; or the use of solar, biomass, wind, geothermal, hydroelectricity under 30 megawatts, or any other source of energy, the efficient use of which will reduce the use of fossil and nuclear fuels. (2) "Alternative sources" does not include a hydroelectric facility that does not meet state laws pertaining to the control, appropriation, use, and distribution of water, including, but not limited to, the obtaining of applicable licenses and permits. (d) "Advanced transportation technologies" means emerging commercially competitive transportation-related technologies identified by the authority as capable of creating long-term, high value-added jobs for Californians while enhancing the state's commitment to energy conservation, pollution reduction, and transportation efficiency. Those technologies may include, but are not limited to, any of the following: (1) Intelligent vehicle highway systems. (2) Advanced telecommunications for transportation. (3) Command, control, and communications for public transit vehicles and systems. (4) Electric vehicles and ultralow-emission vehicles. (5) High-speed rail and magnetic levitation passenger systems. (6) Fuel cells. (e) "Financial assistance" includes, but is not limited to, either, or any combination, of the following: (1) Loans, loan loss reserves, interest rate reductions, proceeds of bonds issued by the authority, insurance, guarantees or other credit enhancements or liquidity facilities, contributions of money, property, labor, or other items of value, or any combination thereof, as determined by, and approved by the resolution of, the board. (2) Any other type of assistance the authority determines is appropriate. (f) "Participating party" means either of the following: (1) A person or an entity or group of entities engaged in business or operations in the state, whether organized for profit or not for profit, that does either of the following: (A) Applies for financial assistance from the authority for the purpose of implementing a project in a manner prescribed by the authority. (B) Participates in the purchase or sale of energy derived from an alternative source pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 26011. (2) A public agency or nonprofit corporation that does either of the following: (A) Applies for financial assistance from the authority for the purpose of implementing a project in a manner prescribed by the authority. (B) Participates in the purchase or sale of energy derived from an alternative source pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 26011. (g) (1) "Project" means a land, building, improvement to the land or building, rehabilitation, work, property, or structure, real or personal, stationary or mobile, including, but not limited to, machinery and equipment, whether or not in existence or under construction, that utilizes, or is designed to utilize, an alternative source, or that is utilized for the design, technology transfer, manufacture, production, assembly, distribution, or service of advanced transportation technologies, or an arrangement for the purchase, including prepayment, or sale of energy derived from an alternative source pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 26011. (2) "Project," for the purposes of Section 26011.8, means any tangible personal property that is utilized for the design, manufacture, production, or assembly of advanced transportation technologies or alternative source products, components, or systems. (h) "Public agency" means a federal or state agency, department, board, authority, state or community college, university, or commission, or a county, city and county, city, regional agency, public district, school district, or other political entity. (i) (1) "Renewable energy" means a device or technology that conserves or produces heat, processes heat, space heating, water heating, steam, space cooling, refrigeration, mechanical energy, electricity, or energy in any form convertible to these uses, that does not expend or use conventional energy fuels, and that uses any of the following electrical generation technologies: (A) Biomass. (B) Solar thermal. (C) Photovoltaic. (D) Wind. (E) Geothermal. (2) For purposes of this subdivision, "conventional energy fuel" means any fuel derived from petroleum deposits, including, but not limited to, oil, heating oil, gasoline, fuel oil, or natural gas, including liquefied natural gas, or nuclear fissionable materials. (3) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), for purposes of this section, "renewable energy" also means ultralow-emission equipment for energy generation based on thermal energy systems such as natural gas turbines and fuel cells. (j) "Revenue" means all rents, receipts, purchase payments, loan repayments, and all other income or receipts derived by the authority from a project, or the sale, lease, or other disposition of alternative source or advanced transportation technology facilities, or the making of loans to finance alternative source or advanced transportation technology facilities, and any income or revenue derived from the investment of money in any fund or account of the authority.


Article 2. Organization Of Authority And General Powers And Duties Thereof

Ca Codes (prc:26004-26017) Public Resources Code Section 26004-26017



26004. (a) There is in the state government the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority. The authority constitutes a public instrumentality and the exercise by the authority of powers conferred by this division is the performance of an essential public function. (b) The authority shall consist of five members, as follows: (1) The Director of Finance. (2) The Chairperson of the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission. (3) The President of the Public Utilities Commission. (4) The Controller. (5) The Treasurer, who shall serve as the chairperson of the authority. (c) The members listed in paragraphs (1) to (5), inclusive, of subdivision (b) may each designate a deputy or clerk in his or her agency to act for and represent the member at all meetings of the authority. (d) The first meeting of the authority shall be convened by the Treasurer.

26005. All members of the authority shall serve thereon without compensation as members of the authority.


26006. The provisions of this division shall be administered by the authority which shall have and is hereby vested with all powers reasonably necessary to carry out the powers and responsibilities expressly granted or imposed upon it under this division.


26007. The authority shall maintain an office in the City of Sacramento.

26008. The authority may employ an executive director and any other persons as are necessary to enable it properly to perform the duties imposed upon it by this division. The executive director shall serve at the pleasure of the authority and shall receive such compensation as shall be fixed by the authority. The authority may, by resolution, delegate to one or more of its members, its executive director, or any other official or employee of the authority any powers and duties that it may deem proper, including, but not limited to, the power to enter into contracts on behalf of the authority.


26009. (a) The authority shall, in accordance with Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, adopt all necessary rules and regulations to carry out this division. (b) The authority may call upon any board or department of the state government for aid and assistance in the preparation of plans and specifications and in the development of technology necessary to effectively promote the development and utilization of alternative energy sources and the development and commercialization of advanced transportation technologies.


26010. (a) The Attorney General shall be the legal counsel for the authority, but with the approval of the Attorney General, the authority may employ such legal counsel as in its judgment is necessary or advisable to enable it to carry out the duties and functions imposed upon it by this division, including the employment of such bond counsel as may be deemed advisable in connection with the issuance and sale of bonds. (b) The Director of Finance shall be the treasurer of the authority.


26011. The authority is authorized and empowered: (a) To adopt an official seal. (b) To sue and be sued in its own name. (c) To issue bonds, notes, bond anticipation notes, and other obligations of the authority, including, at the option of the authority, obligations bearing interest that is taxable for purposes of federal income taxation, for any of its purposes and to fund or refund the same, all as provided in this division. (d) To determine the location and character of a project to be financed under the provisions of this division, to lend financial assistance to a participating party, to enter into loan agreements with a participating party for the financing of a project including creating a lien or security interest in the property, to construct, reconstruct, renovate, replace, lease, as lessor or lessee, and regulate the same, and to enter into contracts for the sale of a project, including installment sales or sales under conditional sales contracts. (e) To fix fees and charges for projects, and interest rates with respect to loans for projects, and to revise from time to time the fees and charges and interest rates, and to collect rates, rents, fees, and charges for the use of, and for a facility or service furnished, or to be furnished, by a project or part of the project and to contract with a person, partnership, association, corporation, or public agency with respect to the project, and to fix the terms and conditions upon which a project may be sold or disposed of, whether upon installment sales contracts or otherwise. (f) To employ and fix the compensation of bond counsel, financial consultants, and advisers as may be necessary in its judgment in connection with the issuance and sale of any bonds, notes, bond anticipation notes, or other obligations of the authority; to contract for engineering, architectural, accounting, or other services of appropriate state agencies as may be necessary in the judgment of the authority for the successful development of a project; and to pay the reasonable costs of consulting engineers, architects, accountants, and construction experts employed by a participating party if, in the judgment of the authority, the services are necessary to the successful development of a project, and the services are not obtainable from a state agency. (g) To purchase alternative source energy or projects from a person or entity for sale to a participating party, or to make a loan to a participating party to purchase alternative source energy or projects, or to purchase from a person or entity that has contracted to sell alternative source energy to a participating party the right to receive purchase payments and related rights under that contract or any related contracts. Notwithstanding any other applicable law, the authority and a public agency, for purposes of a program or financing, shall have the power to enter into contractual arrangements and related agreements or instruments, including, without limitation, a prepayment purchase contract, lease, loan, construction, security, operation and maintenance, or other agreement or instrument, with the authority or with a participating party, upon the terms and subject to the conditions that may be necessary or convenient to accomplish the purposes of this subdivision. The authority shall only enter into a prepayment contract with a participating party for energy derived from an alternative source to the extent the prepayment is for energy intended to primarily offset part or all of the authority's or a participating party's own electrical requirements. (h) To purchase, with proceeds of its bonds or its revenue, bonds issued by a public agency described in paragraph (2) of subdivision (f) of Section 26003 at a public or negotiated sale. Bonds purchased pursuant to this subdivision may be held by the authority or sold to public or private purchasers at public or negotiated sales, in whole or in part, separately or together with other bonds issued by the authority. (i) To do all things generally necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes of this division.


26011.5. The authority, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, shall establish criteria for the selection of projects to receive financing assistance from the authority. In the selection of projects, the authority shall, in accordance with the legislative intent, provide financial assistance under this division in a manner consistent with sound financial practice. In developing project selection criteria, the authority shall consider, but not be limited to, all of the following: (a) The technological feasibility of the projects. (b) The economic soundness of the projects and a realistic expectation that all financial obligations can and will be met by the participating parties. (c) The contribution that the projects can make to a reduction or more efficient use of fossil fuels. (d) The contribution that the project can make toward diversifying California's energy resources by fostering renewable energy systems that can substitute, or preferably eliminate, the demand for conventional energy fuels. (e) Any other such factors that the authority finds significant in achieving the purposes and objectives of this division.


26011.6. (a) The authority shall establish a renewable energy program to provide financial assistance to public power entities, independent generators, utilities, or businesses manufacturing components or systems, or both, to generate new and renewable energy sources, develop clean and efficient distributed generation, and demonstrate the economic feasibility of new technologies, such as solar, photovoltaic, wind, and ultralow-emission equipment. The authority shall give preference to utility-scale projects that can be rapidly deployed to provide a significant contribution as a renewable energy supply. The program established pursuant to this subdivision shall include financial assistance provided pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 26011. (b) The authority shall make every effort to expedite the operation of renewable energy systems, and shall adopt regulations for purposes of this section and Section 26011.5 as emergency regulations in accordance with Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. For purposes of that Chapter 3.5, including Section 11349.6 of the Government Code, the adoption of the regulations shall be considered by the Office of Administrative Law to be necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, and general welfare. Notwithstanding the 120-day limitation specified in subdivision (e) of Section 11346.1 of the Government Code, the regulations shall be repealed 180 days after their effective date, unless the authority complies with Sections 11346.2 to 11347.3, inclusive, as provided in subdivision (e) of Section 11346.1 of the Government Code. (c) The authority shall consult with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission regarding the financing of projects to avoid duplication of other renewable energy projects. (d) The authority shall ensure that any financed project shall offer its power within California on a long-term contract basis. (e) The authority shall ensure that a financed project is limited to resources that the authority determines support the state's goals for the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) of the Health and Safety Code).


26011.8. (a) The purpose of this section is to promote the creation of California-based manufacturing, California-based jobs, the reduction of greenhouse gases, or reductions in air and water pollution or energy consumption. In furtherance of this purpose, the authority may approve a project for financial assistance in the form of the sales and use tax exclusion established in Section 6010.8 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. (b) (1) For purposes of this section, "project" means a project as defined in paragraph (2) of subdivision (g) of Section 26003. (2) For purposes of this section, "alternative sources" also includes advanced electric distributive generation technology as defined in Section 379.8 of the Public Utilities Code or energy storage technologies and their component materials. (c) The authority shall publish notice of the availability of project applications and deadlines for submission of project applications to the authority. (d) The authority shall evaluate project applications based upon all of the following criteria: (1) The extent to which the project develops manufacturing facilities, or purchases equipment for manufacturing facilities, located in California. (2) The extent to which the anticipated benefit to the state from the project equals or exceeds the projected benefit to the participating party from the sales and use tax exclusion. (3) The extent to which the project will create new, permanent jobs in California. (4) To the extent feasible, the extent to which the project, or the product produced by the project, results in a reduction of greenhouse gases, a reduction in air or water pollution, an increase in energy efficiency, or a reduction in energy consumption, beyond what is required by any federal or state law or regulation. (5) The extent of unemployment in the area in which the project is proposed to be located. (6) Any other factors the authority deems appropriate in accordance with this section. (e) At a duly noticed public hearing, the authority shall approve, by resolution, project applications for financial assistance. (f) Notwithstanding subdivision (j), and without regard to the actual date of any transaction between a participating party and the authority, any project as defined in subdivision (g) of Section 26003 approved by the authority by resolution for the sales and use tax exclusion pursuant to Section 6010.8 of the Revenue and Taxation Code prior to the effective date of this section, shall not be subject to this section. (g) The Legislative Analyst's Office shall report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee on the effectiveness of this program, on or before January 1, 2019, by evaluating factors, including, but not limited to, the following: (1) The number of jobs created by the program in California. (2) The number of businesses that have remained in California or relocated to California as a result of this program. (3) The amount of state and local revenue and economic activity generated by the program. (4) The amount of reduction in greenhouse gases, air pollution, water pollution, or energy consumption. (h) Once the exclusions granted pursuant to Section 6010.8 of the Revenue and Taxation Code for projects approved by the authority pursuant to this section exceed one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) annually, the authority shall provide a 20-day notice to the Legislature prior to making additional approvals pursuant to this section. (i) The authority shall make every effort to expedite the operation of this section, and shall adopt regulations for purposes of implementing the section as emergency regulations in accordance with Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code. For purposes of that Chapter 3.5, including Section 11349.6 of the Government Code, the adoption of the regulations shall be considered by the Office of Administrative Law to be necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, and general welfare. (j) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2021, and as of that date is repealed. The sale or purchase of tangible personal property of a project approved prior to January 1, 2021, shall continue to be excluded from sales and use taxes pursuant to Section 6010.8 of the Revenue and Taxation Code for the period of time set forth in the authority's resolution approving the project pursuant to this section.


26012. All expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of this division shall be payable solely from funds provided under the authority of this division and no liability or obligation shall be imposed upon the State of California and, except as provided in Section 26027, none shall be incurred by the authority beyond the extent to which moneys shall have been provided under the provisions of this division. Under no circumstances shall the authority create any debt, liability, or obligation on the part of the State of California payable from any source whatsoever other than the moneys provided under the provisions of this division.


26013. (a) All projects shall be constructed or completed subject to the rules and regulations of the authority. (b) In addition to the requirements of subdivision (a), all projects involving construction or completion of hydroelectric facilities shall comply with all state laws pertaining to the control, appropriation, use, and distribution of water, including, but not limited to, the obtaining of applicable licenses and permits, as a condition of receiving any financing under this division. For these purposes, no financial assistance shall be provided by the authority for construction or completion of hydroelectric facilities unless the participating party provides proof of either of the following: (1) Certification from the State Water Resources Control Board that a water right permit has been issued for the operation of the hydroelectric facility. No certification shall be issued unless, in applying for the certification, the applicant agrees in writing to comply with all terms and conditions of the permit. (2) Certification from the State Water Resources Control Board that, in the opinion of the board, the private energy producer possesses riparian rights or other water rights which authorize the operation of the hydroelectric facility. (c) The authority may acquire, by deed, purchase, lease, contract, gift, devise, or otherwise, any real or personal property, structures, rights, rights-of-way, franchises, easements, and other interests in lands located within this state necessary or convenient for the construction or operation of a project, upon terms and conditions it deems advisable, and to lease, sell, or dispose of any property or interest in any manner necessary or desirable to carry out this division. The authority may not exercise the power of eminent domain under this division or any other provision of law.


26014. When the principal of and interest on bonds of the authority issued to finance the cost of a particular project for a participating party, including any refunding bonds issued to refund and refinance such bonds, shall have been fully paid and retired or when adequate provision shall have been made for the payment and retirement of the same, and all other conditions of the resolution, indenture, or agreement authorizing and securing the same shall have been satisfied and the lien of such resolution, indenture, or agreement shall have been released in accordance with the provisions thereof, the authority is authorized, upon such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by the authority, to execute such deeds and conveyances as are necessary or required to convey title to such project to such participating party.


26015. (a) The authority, or the executive secretary of the authority, if authorized to do so by resolution of the authority, shall take official action towards the issuance of bonds with respect to any participating party at the next meeting of the authority occurring more than 30 days following receipt of such application or if by the executive secretary within 45 days of such receipt. The executive secretary may be authorized to take such action in a resolution of general authority. Official action towards the issuance of bonds may reserve the right of the authority to further review an application for financing and to consider the terms thereof prior to the issuance of bonds therefor. (b) The authority shall take final action to approve or disapprove of the issuance of bonds or notes to lend financial assistance to participating parties within 60 days of the receipt by the authority of a request from such participating party for such action. Any such request by a participating party for such final action shall be accompanied by evidence of fulfillment of any and all conditions to the issuance of such bonds or notes imposed at the time the first action towards the issuance thereof was taken by the authority and by copies of forms of all principal legal documents to be approved by the authority. (c) The authority may give final approval for the issuance of such bonds or notes upon such terms as it reasonably deems necessary or desirable. (d) Any action under this section shall be at the sole discretion of the authority.


26016. The authority shall provide maximum opportunity for use of its financing by individuals and small businesses or corporations by providing information, assistance, and coordination to facilitate financing for small projects. Small projects under one million dollars ($1,000,000) cost or one megawatt size or both such cost and size may be grouped together and qualify as one bond sale. In the event that a small business entity applying for funding under this section is not approved by the authority, the authority shall assist the small business entity to locate a favorable funding source through a corporation qualified under the Business and Industrial Development Corporations Law (commencing with Section 31000 of the Financial Code), or through any federal, state, or private funding source.


26016.5. (a) The Legislature finds and declares that small businesses have had difficulty establishing adequate security for bonds issued by the authority in their behalf, and that establishing common reserve funds will help to provide reasonable security for such bonds and will help to make the authority's services available to various small businesses which are presently unable to use them. (b) For the purpose of establishing and maintaining such common reserve funds as it deems necessary or desirable to secure its bonds or any issuance thereof, the authority, pursuant to its contracts with participating parties, may levy fees or other charges on, or require deposits from, participating parties receiving financing for projects under this division. Prior to levying any such fees or charges or requiring such deposits, the authority shall adopt regulations for the operation of the common reserve funds and governing the amounts and any payment schedule for such fees, charges, or deposits. (c) Subject to any prior contractual obligations to any of its bondholders, the authority may establish one or more common reserve funds for any or all of its bonds. The liability of any such common reserve fund, with respect to any single issue of bonds of the authority, may not exceed 25 percent of the sum of the bonds of such issue. (d) Each common reserve fund established pursuant to this section shall be deposited in a special account which shall be established by the Controller. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, all interest or other increment earned by investment or deposit of moneys in such an account pursuant to any provision of Part 2 (commencing with Section 16300) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code or pursuant to any other provision of law shall be credited to, and deposited in, the account.


26017. The authority, no later than March 1 of each year, shall submit to the Legislature a report of its activities for the preceding calendar year ended December 31. Such report shall include (1) a listing of the applications received, (2) a listing of the applications accepted for financing, (3) a specification of bonds sold, interest rates thereon, and whether bond sales were pursuant to public bid or were negotiated, (4) a specification of the amount of bonds authorized but currently unsold, (5) a projection of the authority's needs and requirements for the coming year, and (6) a report of revenues and expenditures for the preceding fiscal year.


Article 3. Bonds And Notes

Ca Codes (prc:26020-26027) Public Resources Code Section 26020-26027



26020. (a) The authority may incur indebtedness and issue and renew negotiable bonds, notes, debentures, or other securities of any kind or class. All indebtedness, however evidenced, shall be payable solely from revenues of the authority and the proceeds of its negotiable bonds, notes, debentures, or other securities, and shall not exceed the sum of one billion dollars ($1,000,000,000) of total debt outstanding. (b) As used in this section, "total debt outstanding" does not include either of the following: (1) A bond for which provisions have been made for prepayment through irrevocable escrow or other means, so that the bond is not considered outstanding under its authorizing document. (2) Indebtedness that is incurred to refund existing debts, except to the extent that the indebtedness exceeds the amount of those debts.

26021. The Legislature may, by statute, authorize the authority to issue bonds, as defined in Section 26022, in excess of the amount provided in Section 26020.


26022. (a) The authority is authorized from time to time to issue its negotiable bonds, notes, debentures, or other securities (hereinafter collectively called "bonds") for any of its purposes. The bonds may be authorized, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, to finance a single project for a single participating party, a series of projects for a single participating party, a single project for several participating parties, or several projects for several participating parties, or the purchase and sale of alternative source energy or projects pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 26011. In anticipation of the sale of bonds as authorized by Section 26020, or as may be authorized pursuant to Section 26021, the authority may issue negotiable bond anticipation notes and may renew the notes from time to time. The bond anticipation notes may be paid from the proceeds of sale of the bonds of the authority in anticipation of which they were issued. Notes and agreements relating to the notes and bond anticipation notes, collectively called notes, and the resolution or resolutions authorizing the notes may contain any provisions, conditions or limitations that a bond, agreement relating to the bond, and bond resolution of the authority may contain. However, a note or renewal of the note shall mature at a time not exceeding two years from the date of issue of the original note. (b) Except as may otherwise be expressly provided by the authority, every issue of its bonds, notes, or other obligations shall be general obligations of the authority payable from any revenues or moneys of the authority available for these purposes and not otherwise pledged, subject only to any agreements with the holders of particular bonds, notes, or other obligations pledging any particular revenues or moneys and subject to any agreements with any participating party. Notwithstanding that the bonds, notes, or other obligations may be payable from a special fund, they are for all purposes negotiable instruments, subject only to the provisions of the bonds, notes, or other obligations for registration. (c) Subject to the limitations in Sections 26020 and 26021, the bonds may be issued as serial bonds or as term bonds, or the authority, in its discretion, may issue bonds of both types. The bonds shall be authorized by resolution of the authority and shall bear the date or dates, mature at the time or times, not exceeding 50 years from their respective dates, bear interest at the rate or rates, be payable at the time or times, be in the denominations, be in the form, either coupon or registered, carry the registration privileges, be executed in a manner, be payable in lawful money of the United States of America at a place or places, and be subject to terms of redemption, as the resolution or resolutions may provide. The bonds or notes shall be sold by the Treasurer within 60 days of receipt of a certified copy of the authority's resolution authorizing the sale of the bonds. However, the authority, at its discretion, may adopt a resolution extending the 60-day period. The sales may be a public or private sale, and for the price or prices and on the terms and conditions, as the authority shall determine after giving due consideration to the recommendations of any participating party to be assisted from the proceeds of the bonds or notes. Pending preparation of the definitive bonds, the Treasurer may issue interim receipts, certificates, or temporary bonds that shall be exchanged for the definitive bonds. The Treasurer may sell bonds, notes, or other evidence of indebtedness at a price below their par value. However, the discount on a security sold pursuant to this section shall not exceed 6 percent of the par value. (d) A resolution or resolutions authorizing bonds or an issue of bonds may contain provisions that shall be a part of the contract with the holders of the bonds to be authorized, as to all of the following: (1) Pledging the full faith and credit of the authority or pledging all or part of the revenues of a project or a revenue-producing contract or contracts made by the authority with an individual, partnership, corporation, or association or other body, public or private, or other moneys of the authority, to secure the payment of the bonds or of any particular issue of bonds, subject to the agreements with bondholders as may then exist. (2) The rentals, fees, purchase payments, loan repayments, and other charges to be charged, and the amounts to be raised in each year by the charges, and the use and disposition of the revenues. (3) The setting aside of reserves or sinking funds, and the regulation and disposition of the reserves or sinking funds. (4) Limitations on the right of the authority or its agent to restrict and regulate the use of the project or projects to be financed out of the proceeds of the bonds or any particular issue of bonds. (5) Limitations on the purpose to which the proceeds of sale of an issue of bonds then or thereafter to be issued may be applied and pledging those proceeds to secure the payment of the bonds or the issue of the bonds. (6) Limitations on the issuance of additional bonds, the terms upon which additional bonds may be issued and secured, and the refunding of outstanding bonds. (7) The procedure, if any, by which the terms of a contract with bondholders may be amended or abrogated, the amount of bonds the holders of which must consent to the amendment or abrogation, and the manner in which that consent may be given. (8) Limitations on expenditures for operating, administrative, or other expenses of the authority. (9) Defining the acts or omissions to act that constitute a default in the duties of the authority to holders of its obligations and providing the rights and remedies of the holders in the event of a default. (10) The mortgaging of a project and the site of the project for the purpose of securing the bondholders. (11) The mortgaging of land, improvements, or other assets owned by a participating party for the purpose of securing the bondholders. (12) Procedures for the selection of projects to be financed with the proceeds of the bonds authorized by the resolution, if the bonds are to be sold in advance of the designation of the projects and participating parties to receive the financing. (e) Neither the members of the authority nor a person executing the bonds or notes shall be liable personally on the bonds or notes or be subject to personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance of the bond or note. (f) The authority shall have power out of any funds available for these purposes to purchase its bonds or notes. The authority may hold, pledge, cancel, or resell those bonds, subject to and in accordance with agreements with bondholders.


26023. In the discretion of the authority, any bonds issued under the provisions of this division may be secured by a trust agreement by and between the authority and a corporate trustee or trustees, which may be the State Treasurer or any trust company or bank having the powers of a trust company within or without the state. Such trust agreement or the resolution providing for the issuance of such bonds may pledge or assign the revenues to be received or proceeds of any contract or contracts pledged and may convey or mortgage the project or projects, or any portion thereof, to be financed out of the proceeds of such bonds. Such trust agreement or resolution providing for the issuance of such bonds may contain such provisions for protecting and enforcing the rights and remedies of the bondholders as may be reasonable and proper and not in violation of law, including particularly such provisions as have hereinabove been specifically authorized to be included in any resolution or resolutions of the authority authorizing bonds thereof. Any bank or trust company doing business under the laws of this state which may act as depositary of the proceeds of bonds or of revenues or other moneys may furnish such indemnifying bonds or pledge such securities as may be required by the authority. Any such trust agreement may set forth the rights and remedies of the bondholders and of the trustee or trustees, and may restrict the individual right of action by bondholders. In addition to the foregoing, any such trust agreement or resolution may contain such other provisions as the authority may deem reasonable and proper for the security of the bondholders. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the State Treasurer shall not be deemed to have a conflict of interest by reason of acting as trustee pursuant to this division. All expenses incurred in carrying out the provisions of such trust agreement or resolution may be treated as a part of the cost of the operation of a project.


26024. Bonds issued under the provisions of this division shall not be deemed to constitute a debt or liability of the state or of any political subdivision thereof, other than the authority, or a pledge of the faith and credit of the state or of any such political subdivision, other than the authority, but shall be payable solely from the funds herein provided therefor. All such bonds shall contain on the face thereof a statement to the following effect: "Neither the faith and credit nor the taxing power of the State of California is pledged to the payment of the principal of or interest on this bond." The issuance of bonds under the provisions of this division shall not directly or indirectly or contingently obligate the state or any political subdivision thereof to levy or to pledge any form of taxation whatever therefor or to make any appropriation for their payment. Nothing contained in this section shall prevent nor be construed to prevent the authority from pledging its full faith and credit to the payment of bonds or issue of bonds authorized pursuant to this division.

26025. (a) The authority is hereby authorized to provide for the issuance of bonds of the authority for the purpose of refunding any bonds, notes, or other securities of the authority then outstanding, including the payment of any redemption premium thereon and any interest accrued or to accrue to the earliest or subsequent date of redemption, purchase, or maturity of such bonds, and, if deemed advisable by the authority, for the additional purpose of paying all or any part of the cost of constructing and acquiring additions, improvements, extensions, or enlargements of a project or any portion thereof. (b) The proceeds of any such bonds issued for the purpose of refunding outstanding bonds, notes, or other securities may, in the discretion of the authority, be applied to the purchase or retirement at maturity or redemption of such outstanding bonds either on their earliest or any subsequent redemption date or upon the purchase or retirement at the maturity thereof and may, pending such application, be placed in escrow to be applied to such purchase or retirement at maturity or redemption on such date as may be determined by the authority. (c) Pending such use, any such escrowed proceeds may be invested and reinvested by the State Treasurer in obligations of, or guaranteed by, the United States of America, or in certificates of deposit or time deposits secured by obligations of, or guaranteed by, the United States of America, maturing at such time or times as shall be appropriate to assure the prompt payment, as to principal, interest, and redemption premium, if any, of the outstanding bonds to be so refunded. The interest, income, and profits, if any, earned or realized on any such investment may also be applied to the payment of the outstanding bonds to be so refunded. After the terms of the escrow have been fully satisfied and carried out, any balance of such proceeds and interest, income, and profits, if any, earned or realized on the investments thereof may be returned to the authority for use by it in any lawful manner. (d) The portion of the proceeds of any such bonds issued for the additional purpose of paying all or any part of the cost of constructing and acquiring additions, improvements, extensions, or enlargements of a project may be invested and reinvested by the State Treasurer in obligations of, or guaranteed by, the United States of America, or in certificates of deposit or time deposits secured by obligations of, or guaranteed by, the United States of America, maturing not later than the time or times when such proceeds will be needed for the purpose of paying all or any part of such cost. The interest, income and profits, if any, earned or realized on such investment may be applied to the payment of all or any part of such cost or may be used by the authority in any lawful manner. (e) All such bonds shall be subject to the provisions of this division in the same manner and to the same extent as other bonds issued pursuant to this division.

26026. Bonds issued by the authority are legal investments for all trust funds, the funds of all insurance companies, banks, both commercial and savings, trust companies, savings and loan associations, and investment companies, for executors, administrators, trustees, and other fiduciaries, for state school funds, and for any funds which may be invested in county, municipal, or school district bonds, and such bonds are securities which may properly and legally be deposited with, and received by, any state or municipal officer or agency or political subdivision of the state for any purpose for which the deposit of bonds or obligations of the state, is now, or may hereafter be, authorized by law, including deposits to secure public funds if, and only to the extent that, evidence of indebtedness or debt securities of the participating party receiving financing through the issuance of such bonds qualify or are eligible for such purposes and uses.

26027. No liability shall be incurred by the authority beyond the extent to which moneys have been provided under this division; except that for the purposes of meeting the necessary expenses of initial organization and operation until such date as the authority derives revenues or proceeds from bonds or notes as provided under this division, the authority may borrow money as needed for such expenses from the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Special Account in the General Fund in the State Treasury. Such borrowed moneys shall be repaid with interest within a reasonable time after the authority receives revenues or proceeds from bonds or notes as provided under this division.


Article 3.5. Supplemental Bond Provisions

Ca Codes (prc:26029-26029.8) Public Resources Code Section 26029-26029.8



26029. The authority shall not be required to pay any property taxes or assessments upon, or in respect to, a project or any property acquired by or for the authority under the provisions of this division or upon the income therefrom, so long as the authority holds title to such project or the property or facilities comprised in the project. The exemption of the authority from taxation of any project herein provided shall cease forthwith when title to such property is transferred from the authority to any participating party. The provisions of this section shall not exempt any participating party from taxation including, but not limited to, taxation upon a possessory interest, with respect to any project, or the property or facilities comprised in any project, which may otherwise be applicable to such participating party.


26029.4. Subject to Section 26029.6, the existence of the authority may be terminated at any time by the Legislature. Upon dissolution of the authority, the title to all properties owned by it shall, subject to the interests of any participating parties therein, vest in and become the property of the State of California and shall not inure to the benefit of any private party.


26029.5. This division shall be deemed to provide a complete, additional, and alternative method for the doing of the things authorized thereby, and shall be regarded as supplemental and additional to powers conferred by other laws, except that the issuance of bonds and refunding bonds under the provisions of this division need not comply with the requirements of any other law applicable to the issuance of bonds, and provided that, in the construction and acquisition of a project pursuant hereto, the authority need not comply with the requirements of any other law applicable to the construction or acquisition of public works except as specifically provided in this division.


26029.6. The State of California does hereby pledge to and agree with the holders of any obligations issued under this division, and with those parties who may enter into contracts with the authority pursuant to the provisions of this division, that the state will not limit or alter the rights hereby vested in the authority until such obligations, together with the interest thereon, are fully met and discharged and such contracts are fully performed on the part of the authority; provided, however, nothing herein contained shall preclude such limitation or alteration if and when adequate provision shall be made by law for the protection of the holders of such obligations of the authority or those entering into such contracts with the authority. The authority as agent for the state is authorized to include this pledge and undertaking for the state in such obligations or contracts.


26029.8. The powers granted to the authority by this division may be exercised without regard or reference to any department or agency of the state. All other general or special laws, or parts thereof, inconsistent with this division are hereby declared to be inapplicable to the provisions of this division. Nothing contained in this division shall be interpreted to exempt the construction or acquisition of any project by any participating party from compliance with all applicable local, state, or federal laws and regulations.


Article 4. Construction And Leases Of Facilities

Ca Codes (prc:26030-26037) Public Resources Code Section 26030-26037



26030. The authority may contract with any participating party for the construction of a project by such participating party. All such contracts for the construction of a project by a participating party shall provide that the participating party shall be responsible for the architectural and engineering design and for the construction and completion thereof, subject to such standards for architectural and engineering design as may be established, and subject to such supervision as the authority deems necessary. The authority may agree to pay the cost of such project constructed by any participating party and to advance such costs from time to time in installments or otherwise as required by the contract for the construction thereof. Title to all such projects shall be vested in the authority subject to the terms of any lease thereof to the participating party or the rights of a participating party under any contract for the purchase of such project including the payment of the purchase price under installment sales contracts.


26031. (a) The authority may, as lessor or lessee, enter into leases and agreements with any participating party relating to the acquisition, construction, and installation of any project, including real property, buildings, machinery, furnishings, equipment, and alternative sources and advanced transportation technology facilities of any kind or character. (b) The terms and conditions of those leases may be as mutually agreed upon. The lease may provide the means or methods by which title shall vest in a participating party upon the termination of the lease and shall contain any other terms and conditions as the authority may determine. (c) The authority may fix, revise, charge, and collect rates, rents, fees, and charges for each project. Those rates, rents, fees, and charges shall be fixed and adjusted with respect to the aggregate of rates, rents, fees, and charges from all projects so as to provide funds sufficient with other revenues and moneys available therefor, if any, to do all of the following: (1) Pay the principal of and the interest on outstanding bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness of the authority issued with respect to the project as they shall become due and payable. (2) Create and maintain reserves required or provided for in any resolution authorizing, or trust agreement securing, those bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness. A sufficient amount of the revenues derived from a project may be set aside at regular intervals as may be provided in that resolution or trust agreement in a sinking or other similar fund which is hereby pledged to, and charged with, the payment of the principal of and interest on those bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness as they shall become due, and the redemption price or the purchase price of bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness retired by call or purchase as therein provided. That pledge shall be valid and binding from the time the pledge is made; the rates, rents, fees, and charges and other revenues or other moneys so pledged and thereafter received by the authority shall immediately be subject to the lien of that pledge without any physical delivery thereof or further act, and the lien of any such pledge shall be valid and binding as against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the authority, irrespective of whether the parties have notice thereof. Neither the resolution nor any trust agreement nor any other agreement nor any lease by which a pledge is created need be filed or recorded except in the records of the authority. The use and disposition of money to the credit of a sinking or other similar fund shall be subject to the provisions of the resolution authorizing the issuance of those bonds or of that trust agreement. The sinking or other similar fund may be a fund for all bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness of the authority issued to finance projects of a particular participating party without distinction or priority of one over another. However, the authority, in the resolution or trust agreement, may provide that the sinking or other similar fund shall be the fund for a particular project or projects and for the bonds issued to finance a particular project or projects and may, additionally, permit and provide for the issuance of bonds having a subordinate lien in respect of the security herein authorized to other bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness of the authority, and, in that case, the authority may create separate sinking or other similar funds in respect of those subordinate lien bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness. (3) Pay operating and administrative costs of the authority.


26032. The authority may enter into contracts of sale with any participating party covering any project financed by the authority. The purchase price pursuant to the contract of sale shall be treated in substantially the same manner and shall be at least sufficient to provide funds for all the purposes provided in Section 26031 and may be paid in installments, together with interest on the unpaid balance, or otherwise, as may be mutually agreed and set forth in the contract of sale. All payments received by the authority under any installment sales or conditional sales contract shall be applied by the authority substantially in the same manner as provided in Section 26031 in the case of lease payments or rental charges received by the authority.


26032.5. As an alternative to leasing or selling a project to a participating party, the authority may finance the acquisition, construction, or installation of a project by means of a loan to the participating party. The principal amount of the participating party' s obligation as borrower shall be sufficient to provide funds for all the purposes specified in subdivisions (a), (b), and (c) of Section 26031 and may be paid in installments, together with interest on the unpaid balance, or otherwise as may be mutually agreed by the authority and the participating party and set forth in the loan agreement. Loans made pursuant to this section may be secured or unsecured in the discretion of the authority. The provisions of Section 26030 shall not be applicable to projects constructed with moneys loaned pursuant to this section.


26033. All moneys received pursuant to the provisions of this division, whether as proceeds from the sale of bonds, notes, or other evidences of indebtedness or as revenues, shall be deemed to be trust funds to be held and applied solely as provided in this division. Any bank or trust company with which such moneys shall be deposited shall act as trustee of such moneys and shall hold and apply the same for the purposes hereof, subject to such regulations as the resolution authorizing the bonds of any issue or the trust agreements securing such bonds may provide.


26034. Any holder of bonds, notes, or other obligations issued under the provisions of this division or any of the coupons appertaining thereto, and the trustee or trustees under any trust agreement, except to the extent the rights herein given may be restricted by any resolution authorizing the issuance of, or any such trust agreement securing, such bonds, notes, or other obligations, may, either at law or in equity, by suit, action, mandamus, or other proceedings, protect and enforce any and all rights under the laws of the state or granted hereunder or under such resolution or trust agreements, and may enforce and compel the performance of all duties required by this division or by such resolution or trust agreement to be performed by the authority or by any officer, employee, or agent thereof, including the fixing, charging, and collecting of the rates, rents, fees, and charges herein authorized and required by the provisions of such resolution or trust agreement to be fixed, established, and collected.

26035. The exercise of the powers granted by this division shall be in all respects for the benefit of the people of this state, for their health and welfare, and protection of the state's environment. Any bonds, notes, or other obligations issued under the provisions of this division, their transfer and the income therefrom, shall at all times be free from taxation of every kind by the state and by municipalities and other political subdivisions of the state. However, the preceding sentence shall not apply with respect to any bonds, notes, or other obligations, or the income therefrom, for any period during which such bonds, notes, or other obligations are held by (a) any participating party, (b) persons, organizations, trades, or businesses (whether or not incorporated, organized in this state, or affiliated with such participating party) owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by such participating party, or (c) persons, organizations, trades or businesses (whether or not incorporated, organized in this state, or affiliated with such participating party) which own or control, directly or indirectly, such participating party.


26036. If the jurisdiction of the authority to order a proposed act is not affected, an omission of any officer or the authority in the proceedings under this division or any other defect in the proceedings shall not invalidate the proceedings for issuance of bonds pursuant to this division.


26037. An action may be brought pursuant to Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 860) of Title 10 of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure to determine the validity of any issuance or proposed issuance of bonds under this division and the legality and validity of all proceedings previously taken or proposed in a resolution of the authority to be taken for the authorization, issuance, sale and delivery of the bonds and for the payment of the principal thereof and interest thereon.


Chapter 2. Additional Powers And Duties

Ca Codes (prc:26040) Public Resources Code Section 26040



26040. (a) The authority may receive and utilize grants or loans from the federal government, a public agency, or any other source for carrying out the purposes of this division. (b) The authority may make a commitment to finance a project by a qualified participating party who requests financing from the authority prior to the participating party's efforts to secure federal matching funds available to promote the development of alternative sources of energy and advanced transportation technologies.


Chapter 3. General Fund Revenue Loss

Ca Codes (prc:26042-26042.4) Public Resources Code Section 26042-26042.4



26042. It is the intent of the Legislature that any loss of revenue to the General Fund occasioned by the purchase of bonds issued by the authority shall be restored to the General Fund from revenues, moneys, and remittances received by the State Lands Commission and allocated pursuant to Section 6217.


26042.2. On May 10, 1982, and on each May 10 thereafter, the authority shall make a determination of an amount equal to one-half of 1 percent of the total of all outstanding bonds issued pursuant to the provisions of Article 3 (commencing with Section 26020) of Chapter 1 as of May 1 of such year. The amount determined shall be deemed the General Fund revenue loss for the year. The authority shall inform the Controller of the determination made under this section.

26042.4. On May 15, 1982, and on each May 15 thereafter, the Controller shall transfer to the General Fund the amount determined by the authority pursuant to Section 26042.2 from the Energy and Resources Fund. This section shall become operative only if Assembly Bill No. 2973 of the 1979-80 Regular Session is chaptered and creates the Energy and Resources Fund.


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