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AB-33 Transportation electrification: electric vehicle service equipment: electrical corporations: rates.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/30/2017 12:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 30, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 33


Introduced by Assembly Member Quirk

December 05, 2016


An act to add Section 740.16 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to transportation electrification.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 33, as amended, Quirk. Transportation electrification: electric vehicle service equipment: electrical corporations: rates.
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 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 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.
This bill would require the PUC, by March 30, 2018, in consultation with the state board and the Energy Commission, to authorize consider authorizing electrical corporations to offer programs and investments in electric vehicle service equipment, as defined, installed in residential garages of customers who purchase a used electric vehicle. The If authorized by the PUC, the bill would require that the programs and investments be designed to accelerate widespread transportation electrification, achieve ratepayer benefits, reduce dependence on petroleum, meet air quality standards, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The PUC would be required to approve, or modify and approve, If authorized, the bill would require the PUC to decide, or modify and decide, whether to approve each proposal to offer these programs and investments that is filed by an electrical corporation within 6 months of the date of filing of the completed proposal. The If the program is approved, the bill would provide that a participant in the program shall would receive electrical service at a grid-integrated rate, as defined. The bill would require that a program approved by the PUC include a reasonable mechanism for cost recovery by the electrical corporation and would require that the PUC ensure that this cost recovery is nonbypassable and recoverable from all ratepayers. corporation.
Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the PUC is 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 PUC 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.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) It is the policy of the state and the intent of the Legislature to encourage transportation electrification.
(b) To reach the aggressive goals for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, the entire state fleet, both public and private, will need to make a dramatic transition to vehicles that emit far less of greenhouse gases.
(c) In 2012 the Governor issued an executive order directing the state government to help accelerate the market for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) calling for 1.5 million ZEVs in California by 2025. In November 2016, cumulative sales of ZEVs in California since 2010 were predicted to hit over 250,000. This is significantly less than the 1.5 million needed by 2025 in order to meet state goals.
(d) The establishment of adequate infrastructure to support one million ZEVs by 2020 in anticipation of the 1.5 million ZEVs on California roads by 2025 is also significantly behind schedule.
(e) These goals are stepping stones toward the greater 2050 goal of virtually all personal transportation in the state being based on ZEVs. More needs to be done to install electric vehicle infrastructure that will support and enable these critical zero-emission vehicle goals.
(f) According to United States Census data, over 49 percent of California’s housing structures were built prior to 1960 and over 87 percent were built prior to 1980. Older homes and neighborhoods may require upgrades to electrical panels, lines, and transformers to accommodate the demand for charging electric vehicles.
(g) Encouraging the growth of the secondary electric vehicle market could provide an opportunity to increase the use of electric vehicles in disadvantaged communities.

SEC. 2.

 Section 740.16 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

740.16.
 (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Electric vehicle” means both battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
(2) “Electric vehicle service equipment” means an electrical device allowing persons to safely charge an electric vehicle at not less than Level 2, including any needed electrical panel, line, and transformer upgrades. “Electric vehicle service equipment” may include direct current fast chargers that convert alternating current to direct current, bypass an electric vehicle’s onboard charging unit, and provide direct current directly to the vehicle’s batteries using a charging port.
(3) “Grid-integrated rate” means an electrical service rate design that reflects dynamic electrical grid conditions.
(4) “Residential garage” means a garage or carport attached to or reserved for a single detached dwelling or a single attached dwelling in a two- to four-unit residential building.
(b) By March 30, 2018, in an existing proceeding, the commission, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board and the Energy Commission, shall authorize consider authorizing electrical corporations to offer programs and investments in electric vehicle service equipment installed in residential garages of customers who purchase used electric vehicles. The If authorized by the commission, the programs and investments shall be designed to accelerate widespread transportation electrification, achieve ratepayer benefits, reduce dependence on petroleum, meet air quality standards, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The If authorized, the commission shall approve, or modify and approve, decide, or modify and decide, whether to approve each proposal filed by an electrical corporation pursuant to this section within six months of the date of filing of the completed proposal.
(c) Customers of an electrical corporation participating in a residential garage electric vehicle charging program pursuant to this section shall receive electrical service pursuant to a grid-integrated rate.
(d) An electrical corporation’s residential garage electric vehicle charging program authorized by the commission pursuant to subdivision (b) shall include a reasonable mechanism for cost recovery by the electrical corporation.

(e)The commission shall ensure that all cost recovery by an electrical corporation pursuant to this section is nonbypassable and recoverable from all ratepayers.

SEC. 3.

 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.