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AB-2127 electric vehicle infrastructure: assessment and roadmap.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/08/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2127


Introduced by Assembly Member Ting

February 08, 2018


An act to add Section 25229 to the Public Resources Code, relating to electric vehicles.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2127, as introduced, Ting. electric vehicle infrastructure: assessment and roadmap.
Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), on a biennial basis, to adopt an integrated energy policy report containing an overview of major energy trends and issues facing the state. Existing requires the Energy Commission, as a part of the report, to conduct transportation forecasting and assessment activities that include, among other things, an assessment of trends in transportation fuels, technologies, and infrastructure supply and demand.
Existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), in consultation with the State Air Resources Board and the Energy Commission, to direct the electrical corporations to file applications for programs and investment to accelerate widespread transportation electrification to achieve certain state goals.
This bill would require the Energy Commission, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board and the PUC, to create a statewide assessment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure needed to support the levels of electric vehicle adoption needed for the state to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(1) Advanced clean vehicles and fuels are needed to reduce petroleum use, to meet air quality standards, to improve public health, and to achieve greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.
(2) Widespread transportation electrification requires increased access to the use of electricity as a transportation fuel.
(3) Deploying electric vehicles, enabled by charging infrastructure with the ability to record consumption and connect by remote communication technology, could assist in grid management, integrate generation from eligible renewable energy resources, and reduce fuel costs for vehicle drivers who charge in a manner consistent with electrical grid conditions.
(4) Deploying electric vehicle charging infrastructure will facilitate increased adoption of electric vehicles. The charging infrastructure should be based on open communication and payment standards that allow customers to readily access electricity as a fuel.
(5) The State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission should work with the State Air Resources Board and the Public Utilities Commission to direct electrical corporations to agree on and implement standards for charging infrastructure to ensure grid integration and cost effective use of public funds.
(b) It is the policy of the state and the intent of the Legislature to encourage transportation electrification as a means to achieve ambient air quality standards and the state’s climate goals.

SEC. 2.

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

25229.
 (a) The commission, working with the State Air Resources Board and the Public Utilities Commission, shall prepare a statewide assessment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure needs to support the levels of electric vehicle adoption required for the state to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
(b) The assessment shall consider all necessary charging infrastructure, including, but not limited to, the chargers, make-ready electrical equipment, and supporting hardware and software, all vehicle categories, road, highway, and offroad electrification, port and airport electrification, and other programs to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.
(c) The commission shall update the assessment at least once every five years.