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AB-1418 Transportation electrification: electric school buses.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today

 This act shall be known, and may be cited, as the Zero-Emission School Bus Act of 2019.
SEC. 2.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) California has expressed a robust desire to engage in widespread transportation electrification through the enactment of the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (Chapter 547 of the Statutes of 2015), which includes the electrification of school buses. In addition, other efforts to achieve ambient air quality and greenhouse gas emissions reduction standards necessitate a shift in the way California transports people and goods, including advancing and integrating zero-emission technologies into our transportation system.
(b) Technological development in zero-emission school buses makes them an important category to pursue as part of a steady and reasonable shift away from school buses that combust fossil fuels. This shift is necessary for California to meet its air quality and greenhouse gas emission reduction standards, in addition to protecting the health of schoolchildren from toxic diesel exhaust and other air pollution.
(c) Several programs in California are providing funding for the purchase of school buses, including, but not limited to, the Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program, the Rural School Bus Pilot Project, the Carl Moyer Air Quality Standards Attainment Program (Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 44275) of Part 5 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety Code), the community air protection incentives established pursuant to Chapter 136 of the Statutes of 2017, the Volkswagen settlement funds, and the School Bus Replacement Program in the Clean Energy Job Creation Program established pursuant to Section 26227.2 of the Public Resources Code.
(d) It is necessary to ensure state programs are better coordinated to ensure school districts and their contracted bus transport companies have the resources and programs necessary to shift to zero-emission school buses.

SEC. 3.

 Section 25232 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

 The commission shall develop a centralized clearinghouse for both of the following:
(a) Information and resources regarding manufacturers and pricing of zero-emission school buses.
(b) Information and resources about incentive programs for zero-emission school buses and associated charging or fueling infrastructure to aid schools and other entities providing transportation services to pupils.

SEC. 4.

 Section 740.18 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

 (a) In addition to the requirements of subdivision (b) of Section 740.12, the commission shall assess if the applications filed by an electrical corporation regarding transportation electrification provide sufficient resources to achieve a 100-percent shift to zero-emission school buses in that electrical corporation’s service territory.
(b) If the commission makes a determination that more needs to be done to support the advancement to 100 percent zero-emission school buses, the commission shall direct electrical corporations to file additional applications to provide sufficient electrical charging infrastructure for the total transformation of school buses away from diesel, gasoline, propane, and natural gas combustion to zero-emission options.
(c) (1) The commission shall determine whether electrical corporations shall pursue school buses as an electrical grid resource to aid in addressing peak demand, including providing an incentive structure to ease burdens, if any exist, to schools shifting to zero-emission school buses.
(2) To the extent the commission finds electric school buses are a viable resource for electrical grid stability and reliability or emergency response and resiliency services, the commission shall direct the electrical corporations to submit applications for projects that will aid in achieving the conversion of the state’s school buses to zero emission that can provide these grid services.

SEC. 5.

 Section 9509 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

 By March 15, 2020, and by March 15 of every second year thereafter, each local publicly owned electric utility shall report to the Energy Commission both of the following:
(a) The local publicly owned electric utility’s investment in charging infrastructure to achieve a conversion to zero-emission school buses in its service territory.
(b) The use by the local publicly owned electric utility of electric school buses as grid stability and reliability resources or for emergency response and resiliency services.
SEC. 6.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because a local agency or school district has the authority to levy service charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act or because 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.