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SB-643 Fuel cell electric vehicle fueling infrastructure and fuel production: working group: statewide assessment.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 05/03/2021 10:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Senate  May 03, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  April 13, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  March 22, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 643


Introduced by Senator Archuleta
(Coauthors: Senators Newman and Rubio)

February 19, 2021


An act to add and repeal Section 43871 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to air pollution.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 643, as amended, Archuleta. Fuel cell electric vehicle fueling infrastructure and fuel production: working group: statewide assessment.
Existing law generally designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency with the primary responsibility for the control of vehicular air pollution. Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), in partnership with the state board, and in consultation with specified state agencies, to develop and adopt a state plan to increase the use of alternative fuels.
This bill would, until January 1, 2030, require the state board, in consultation with the Energy Commission and the Public Utilities Commission, to create a working group group, as provided, to prepare a statewide assessment of the fuel cell electric vehicle fueling infrastructure and fuel production needed to support the adoption of zero-emission trucks, buses, and off-road vehicles at levels necessary for the state to meet specified goals and requirements relating to vehicular air pollution. The bill would require the statewide assessment to consider all necessary fuel production and distribution infrastructure, as specified, to meet those goals and requirements and to examine existing and future fuel production and distribution infrastructure needs throughout the state, including in low-income communities. The bill would require the working group to complete the statewide assessment to be completed on or before December 31, 2023, and the working group to update the statewide assessment at least once every 2 years.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 43871 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

43871.
 (a) The state board, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and the Public Utilities Commission, shall create a working group to prepare a statewide assessment of the fuel cell electric vehicle fueling infrastructure and fuel production needed to support the adoption of zero-emission trucks, buses, and off-road vehicles at levels necessary for the state to meet the goals and requirements of Executive Order No. N-79-20 and any state board regulatory action that requires or allows zero-emission vehicles in the heavy-duty vehicle and off-road sectors.
(b) The state board shall, on or before April 1, 2022, convene the working group, and shall seek public engagement on the statewide assessment process on or before August 1, 2022.
(c) The chair of the state board shall appoint the following members to the working group:
(1) Three members who either serve as members of the state board or are employed by the state board.
(2) Two members who either serve as members of the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission or are employed by the commission.
(3) Two members who either serve as members of the Public Utilities Commission or are employed by the commission.
(d) The statewide assessment shall consider all necessary fuel production and distribution infrastructure, including, but not limited to, dispensing equipment, distribution equipment, production equipment, storage equipment, and supporting hardware and software, all vehicle categories, road, highway, and off-road electrification, port and airport electrification, and other programs to accelerate the adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles to meet the goals and requirements described in subdivision (a). The statewide assessment shall examine existing and future fuel production and distribution infrastructure needs throughout the state, including in low-income communities. The statewide assessment shall also list synergies and estimate the potential for hydrogen to contribute to emissions reductions across sectors, including including, but not limited to, the truck, bus, off-road vehicle, locomotive, maritime, and aviation sectors. The statewide assessment shall take into consideration the process for creating hydrogen and include an evaluation of the ability of hydrogen to enable a more renewable grid, provide grid services, decarbonize hard-to-electrify industries and remote locations, contribute to microgrids, and improve energy resilience.
(e) The state board shall regularly seek data and input relating to fuel cell electric vehicle fuel production and fueling infrastructure from the Public Utilities Commission, the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, and interested stakeholders, including, but not limited to, electrical corporations, gas corporations, local publicly owned electric utilities, state and local transportation and transit agencies, fueling infrastructure developers, fuel producers, environmental groups, fuel cell manufacturers, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle manufacturers.
(f) The statewide assessment shall be completed by December 31, 2023, and posted by the state board on its internet website. The working group shall update the statewide assessment at least once every two years and the state board shall post the updated statewide assessment on its internet website.
(g) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2030, and as of that date is repealed.