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AB-1184 Electric vehicles.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/30/2017 12:28 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 30, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 30, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1184


Introduced by Assembly Member Ting

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 740.17 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to electric vehicles.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1184, as amended, Ting. Electric vehicles.
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical corporations. Existing law requires the PUC, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), the State Air Resources Board (state board), electrical corporations, and the motor vehicle industry, to evaluate policies to develop infrastructure sufficient to overcome any barriers to the widespread deployment and use of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and, by July 1, 2011, to adopt rules that address specified related issues. Existing law requires the PUC, in cooperation with the Energy Commission, the state board, air quality management districts and air pollution control districts, electrical and gas corporations, and the motor vehicle industry, to evaluate and implement policies to promote the development of equipment and infrastructure needed to facilitate the use of electric power and natural gas to fuel low-emission vehicles. Existing law, enacted as part of the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015, requires the PUC, in consultation with the Energy Commission and the state board, to direct electrical corporations to file applications for programs and investments to accelerate widespread transportation electrification to reduce dependence on petroleum, meet air quality standards, achieve the goals set forth in the Charge Ahead California Initiative, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The PUC is required to approve, or modify and approve, programs and investments in transportation electrification, including those that deploy charging infrastructure, through a reasonable cost recovery mechanism, if they are consistent with the above-described purposes, do not unfairly compete with nonutility enterprises, include performance accountability measures, and are in the interests of ratepayers.
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, establishes the state board as the state agency responsible for monitoring and regulating sources emitting greenhouse gases. The act requires the state board to adopt a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, as defined, to be achieved by 2020, equivalent to the statewide greenhouse gas emissions levels in 1990. The state board is additionally required to adopt rules and regulations in an open public process to achieve the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The state board is authorized to include market-based compliance mechanisms in its regulations in furtherance of achieving a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit, as specified. Pursuant to the act, the state board has adopted the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard regulations.
The bill would require the PUC to establish the California Electric Vehicle Initiative, to be administered by electrical corporations, subject to the PUC’s supervision. supervision, and funded by credits earned by the electrical corporations pursuant to the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard regulations. The bill would require that the program incentivize the purchase of electric vehicles in the state.
The Public Utilities Act makes any public utility that violates the act, or that fails to comply with any part of any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the PUC, guilty of a crime.
Because the provisions of this bill would be a part of the act and because a violation of an order or decision of the commission implementing its requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program by creating a new crime.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 740.17 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

740.17.
 The commission shall establish a California Electric Vehicle Initiative, to be administered by electrical corporations, subject to the commission’s supervision. supervision, and funded by credits earned by electrical corporations pursuant to the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard regulations (Subarticle 7 (commencing with Section 95480) of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations). The program shall incentivize the purchase of electric vehicles in the state, including incentives to low-income households and incentives for electrical corporations for the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.