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

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Date Published: 06/29/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  June 29, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  May 20, 2021
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: 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 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 state board to regularly seek data and input relating to fuel cell electric vehicle fuel production and fueling infrastructure from specified state agencies and interested stakeholders. The bill would require the state board to complete the statewide assessment on or before December 31, 2023, and to update the statewide assessment at least once every 2 3 years. The bill would require the state board to post the initial and updated statewide assessments on its internet website. The bill would provide that the statewide assessment does not constitute a directive instituting a mandate on state funding or limit the ability of the state board to award funds related to specified categories of projects on a competitive basis.
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 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 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 heavy-duty and off-road 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, 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.
(c) 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, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, 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.
(d) The state board shall complete the statewide assessment by December 31, 2023, and shall post the statewide assessment on its internet website. The state board shall update the statewide assessment at least once every two three years and shall post the updated statewide assessment on its internet website.
(e) The statewide assessment prepared pursuant to this section does not constitute a directive instituting a mandate on state funding.
(f) This section does not limit the ability of the state board to award funds related to any of the following on a competitive basis:
(1) Alternative and renewable fuel development, production, demonstration, and deployment projects.
(2) Alternative and renewable fuel infrastructure projects, including, but not limited to, fueling stations and equipment.
(3) Projects to develop and improve light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle technologies, including zero-emission and near-zero emission vehicles and vehicle technologies.

(e)

(g) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2030, and as of that date is repealed.