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AB-1970 Low-carbon fuels: electric trucks and charging stations: zero-emission vans.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/26/2018 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 25, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  May 01, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 12, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 15, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1970


Introduced by Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia

January 31, 2018


An act to add Section 25229 Sections 25229, 25229.1, and 25229.2 to the Public Resources Code, relating to greenhouse gases.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1970, as amended, Eduardo Garcia. Low-carbon fuels. fuels: electric trucks and charging stations: zero-emission vans.
Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, in partnership with the State Air Resources Board, Board and in consultation with specified state agencies, to develop and adopt a state plan to increase the use of alternative fuels, as defined.
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. Pursuant to the act, the state board has adopted the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard regulations.
This bill would require the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission commission to develop a pilot program for 3 a pilot projects, project, as specified, for the development of innovative low-carbon fuel, as defined.
This bill would require the commission to develop a pilot program to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and improve air quality at a marine terminal located in a disadvantaged community located in the County of San Diego through the purchase of electric yard trucks and charging stations.
This bill would require the commission to develop a pilot program in the County of Riverside to purchase zero-emission vans to be used by the Corona Regional Medical Center to transport low-income and disabled patients and to provide transportation for low-income senior citizens in the City of Eastvale.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Counties of Riverside and San Diego.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) In California, petroleum-based fuels contribute to the largest source of carbon emissions.
(b) To mitigate this issue, state policy goals are driving research and development to reduce petroleum use by seeking economic and technically viable low-carbon fuel alternatives derived from locally sourced California feedstocks from various waste streams.
(c) The state needs additional viable, cost-effective clean energy and transportation solutions for reducing methane, greenhouse gas, and oxides of nitrogen emissions, which together significantly contribute to climate change and poor air quality and impact the health of communities throughout the state.
(d) Employing smart and innovative strategies to reduce emissions from the state’s agriculture and food waste sectors can create new sources of innovative renewable low-carbon fuels for the transportation and energy sectors and further enhance economic development and air quality benefits in the state’s most impacted communities.
(e) The state’s methane emissions can be converted into clean-burning renewable-gas-based fuels to replace petroleum diesel, thereby enabling problematic waste streams to be transformed into petroleum diesel fuel replacement.
(f) Newer next-generation low-carbon fuels have the potential to offer significant climate and air quality benefits and, thus, the state should provide a similar level of focus and support for these innovative low-carbon fuels as has been spent over the years on first generation low-carbon fuels.
(g) While it is important to displace the demand for conventional petroleum-based fuels, the Legislature also believes that helping to spur the development and deployment of innovative next-generation fuel technologies by California-based companies also is an important contribution California can and should make to facilitate emissions reductions here and around the world.

SEC. 2.

 Section 25229 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

25229.
 (a) For purposes of this section, “innovative low-carbon fuel” means a renewable fuel that is generated from an eligible renewable energy resource that meets all of the following:
(1) The quantity of consumption per calendar year of the renewable fuel is not expected to exceed the energy equivalent of 30,000,000 gallons of petroleum-based fuel.
(2) The carbon intensity of the renewable fuel is capable of meeting a carbon intensity value of at least 60 percent lower than the petroleum-based fuel baseline carbon intensity value pursuant to the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard regulations (Subarticle 7 (commencing with Section 95480) of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations.) Regulations).
(3) The renewable fuel production technology is at technology-readiness level 6 or greater, as defined in the federal Department of Energy’s Technology Readiness Assessment Guide.
(4) The renewable fuel produces lower levels of emissions of criteria air pollutants than petroleum-based fuels when being used.
(b) The State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission commission shall develop a pilot program for three one pilot projects project for the development of innovative low-carbon fuel.
(c) Priority shall be given to a project that demonstrates a minimum of four of the following:
(1) Utilizes feedstocks derived from in-state-sourced waste streams.
(2) Maximizes local workforce and economic benefits.
(3) Provides multiple environmental and public health cobenefits, including reducing significant emissions of methane, criteria air pollutants, and toxic air contaminants.
(4) Leverages additional public or private funding.
(5) Produces innovative renewable fuel capable of achieving cost-effective reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases and criteria air pollutants on a dollar-per-metric-ton basis when considering fuel production, vehicle acquisition, and fueling infrastructure costs.

SEC. 3.

 Section 25229.1 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

25229.1.
 The commission shall develop one pilot program to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and improve air quality at a marine terminal located in a disadvantaged community, as identified pursuant to Section 39711 of the Health and Safety Code, located in the County of San Diego through the purchase of electric yard trucks and charging stations.

SEC. 4.

 Section 25229.2 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

25229.2.
 The commission shall develop one pilot program in the County of Riverside to purchase zero-emission vans to be used by the Corona Regional Medical Center to transport low-income and disabled patients and to provide transportation for low-income senior citizens in the City of Eastvale.

SEC. 5.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique needs of the disadvantaged community located by the marine terminal in the County of San Diego historically burdened by the adverse health impacts of air pollution and the unique needs of the disadvantaged communities of the County of Riverside disproportionately burdened by the adverse health impacts of air pollution.