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AB-641 Transportation electrification: local publicly owned electric utilities.(2021-2022)



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Amended  IN  Senate  July 15, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  June 14, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 27, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 25, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 641


Introduced by Assembly Member Holden

February 12, 2021


An act to add Section 9624 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to transportation electrification.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 641, as amended, Holden. Transportation electrification: local publicly owned electric utilities.
Existing law requires a local publicly owned electric utility with an annual electrical demand exceeding 700 gigawatts, determined as provided, to adopt an integrated resource plan to meet certain goals. Existing law requires the local publicly owned electric utility, as a part of its integrated resource plan update, to consider establishing electric vehicle grid integration strategies and evaluating how its electric vehicle grid integration programs further the electric vehicle grid integration strategies it has established.
This bill would require each local publicly owned electric utility to facilitate and ensure the availability of infrastructure for the at least one station for public charging of passenger motor vehicles within its service territory. The bill would require each local publicly owned electric utility to develop and adopt a transportation electrification plan, individually, or in collaboration with other local publicly owned electric utilities, local governments, or local or regional transportation planning organizations, to include certain information to support the level of electric vehicle adoption required for the state to meet certain goals. The bill would require local publicly owned electric utilities to make their adopted plans available on their internet websites. The bill would deem a local publicly owned electric utility that has adopted an integrated resource plan or a transportation electrification plan before January 1, 2022, to be in compliance with the bill’s requirements and would require the utility to update the adopted plan at least once every 5 years. Because the bill would increase the duties of local publicly owned electric utilities, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 9624 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

9624.
 (a) Each local publicly owned electric utility shall facilitate and ensure the availability of infrastructure for the at least one station for public charging of passenger motor vehicles within its service territory.
(b) (1) Each local publicly owned electric utility shall develop a transportation electrification plan, individually, or in collaboration with other local publicly owned electric utilities, local governments, or local or regional transportation planning organizations, to support the levels of electric vehicle adoption required for the state to meet the goals of putting at least 5,000,000 8,000,000 zero-emission vehicles on California roads by 2030 and of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases to 40 percent below the 1990 level by 2030.
(2) Local publicly owned electric utilities are encouraged to include, to the extent possible, the following information in the plan:
(A) Methods to deploy, or facilitate the deployment of, charging infrastructure for light-duty plug-in electric vehicles for residential, public, and workplace settings and that support medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, and public transit within its service territory.
(B) Incentives, such as electricity rate structures or rebates that promote transportation electrification and allow for affordable fueling and efficient integration into the electricity grid.
(C) Plans to coordinate with adjacent or similarly situated utilities to meet broader community or regional infrastructure needs and ensure harmonious interterritory operations of electric transportation technologies.
(D) Programs to promote transportation electrification in communities identified as disadvantaged communities pursuant to Section 39711 of the Health and Safety Code or low-income communities as defined in Section 39713 of the Health and Safety Code.
(E) Customer education and outreach efforts being implemented to inform customers about programs, tariffs, and other opportunities to advance transportation electrification.
(F) How transportation electrification planning is aligned with federal, statewide, or local air pollution reduction and zero-emission-vehicle initiatives, or a combination of those initiatives.
(3) The plan shall be proposed, reviewed, and adopted by the governing board in a public meeting.
(c) Each local publicly owned electric utility shall ensure that a copy of the plan required by this section is available on its internet website.
(d) (1) A local publicly owned electric utility that has adopted an integrated resource plan developed pursuant to Section 9621 or a transportation electrification plan before January 1, 2022, is deemed to be in compliance with this section.
(2) A local publicly owned electric utility satisfying this subdivision shall update the adopted integrated resource plan or transportation electrification plan at least once every five years.
(e) This section does not require local publicly owned electric utilities to maintain or repair charging infrastructure that they do not own.

SEC. 2.

 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, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code.