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AB-1184 Vehicular air pollution: incentives. (2017-2018)

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 to meet the state’s climate goals will require widespread transportation decarbonization.
(b) Continuing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is critical for the protection of all areas of the state, but especially for the state’s low-income communities. The state’s low-income communities are disproportionately impacted by the deleterious effects of climate change on public health.
(c) California’s low-income populations continue to face disproportionate impacts from substandard air quality in the form of higher rates of respiratory illnesses, hospitalizations, and premature death. Climate change also is expected to have disproportionate impacts on low-income and other vulnerable communities in the state.
(d) Seven of the 10 cities with the most severe air pollution in the United States are in California. California has the largest proportion of its population, over 40 percent, living close to busy roadways and exposed to an elevated risk of air pollution and health impacts.
(e) It is the goal of the Legislature to support transportation decarbonization and the widespread deployment of zero-emission vehicles throughout the state; to establish a self-sufficient zero-emission industry in which zero-emission vehicles are a viable and economic option for all consumers and businesses by 2030; and to promote jobs, business growth, and the public health through the smart planning of reliable energy resources and deployment of clean transportation technology.
(f) Accelerating the transition to zero-emission vehicles in the state will reduce fuel bills and transportation costs across the state for all residents, will increase opportunities to promote grid management policies, and will have the potential to facilitate integration of eligible renewable energy resources that bring benefits to electric customers, support advanced transportation businesses and jobs, and deliver billions of dollars per year in climate, health, and energy benefits.
(g) Widespread transportation decarbonization requires increased participation and access for low- and moderate-income communities and other consumers of zero-emission vehicles, and increased use of those vehicles in those communities and by other consumers to enhance overall air quality, lower the emissions of greenhouse gases, and promote general benefits to those communities and other consumers.
(h) Zero-emission vehicles provide a new source of load for electric utilities that increase grid asset utilization, which could result in reduced rates for all electric customers. Electrical corporations should support the transition to these vehicles.
(i) In addition to electric customer protection objectives, other objectives of energy resource planning and investment are to minimize the cost to society of reliable energy services provided in the state, improve the environment and power grid management, and encourage the diversity of energy sources through better integration of eligible renewable energy resources, including wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy, and energy storage.
(j) Widespread transportation decarbonization should stimulate innovation and competition, enable consumer options in charging equipment and services, attract private capital investments, and create high-quality jobs for residents.
(k) Deploying zero-emission vehicles should be consistent and complementary with policies to develop charging infrastructure throughout the state. These efforts should facilitate increased sales of zero-emission vehicles by making refueling and charging easily accessible and should provide the opportunity to access fuels that are cleaner and less costly than gasoline or other fossil fuels in public and private locations.
(l) Providing incentives for the purchase, lease, use, and effective grid integration of zero-emission vehicles in the near-term will accelerate deployment and availability of these vehicles in the state and globally, deliver associated health and climate benefits, and provide overall economic benefits to drivers, electric customers, and the state as a whole.
(m) Incentives for zero-emission vehicles will further the following goals:
(1) One million zero-emission vehicles by 2022 and establishing a self-sustaining market, as stated in the Charge Ahead California Initiative (Chapter 8.5 (commencing with Section 44258) of Part 5 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code).
(2) Governor Brown’s target of 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025.
(3) Governor Brown’s recent public statements to set a further ambitious target of 5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2030, to be on track to achieve an 80 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 2050.
SEC. 2.
 (a) On or before January 1, 2019, the State Air Resources Board, pursuant to Section 9795 of the Government Code, shall submit to the Legislature a report regarding the operation of the vehicle incentive programs that includes both of the following:
(1) The funding levels necessary to support continuous, year-round operation of each of its zero-emission vehicle and near-zero emission vehicle incentive programs.
(2) Changes to the zero-emission vehicle incentive programs that are necessary to increase market penetration of zero-emission vehicles.
(b) The State Air Resources Board may contract with a third party for the preparation of the report required pursuant to subdivision (a).