INTRODUCED BY   Senator Kehoe

                        FEBRUARY 19, 2010

   An act to amend Section 44272 of the Health and Safety Code,
relating to energy.


   SB 1340, as introduced, Kehoe. Energy: alternative fuels and
vehicle technologies.
   Existing law establishes the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and
Vehicle Technology Program, administered by the State Energy
Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy
Commission), to provide to specified entities, upon appropriation by
the Legislature, grants, loans, loan guarantees, revolving loans, or
other appropriate measures, for the development and deployment of
innovative technologies that transform California's fuel and vehicle
types to help attain the state's climate change goals. Existing law
specifies that only certain projects or programs are eligible for
   This bill would, additionally, specify projects eligible for
funding under the program to include a program to provide funding for
homeowners who purchase an electric vehicle to offset costs
associated with modifying electrical sources to include an in-home
electric vehicle charging station.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


  SECTION 1.  Section 44272 of the Health and Safety Code is amended
to read:
   44272.  (a) The Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle
Technology Program is hereby created. The program shall be
administered by the commission. The commission shall implement the
program by regulation pursuant to the requirements of Chapter 3.5
(commencing with Section 11340) of Division 3 of Title 2 of the
Government Code. The program shall provide, upon appropriation by the
Legislature, competitive grants, revolving loans, loan guarantees,
loans, or other appropriate funding measures, to public agencies,
vehicle and technology entities, businesses and projects,
public-private partnerships, workforce training partnerships and
collaboratives, fleet owners, consumers, recreational boaters, and
academic institutions to develop and deploy innovative technologies
that transform California's fuel and vehicle types to help attain the
state's climate change policies. The emphasis of this program shall
be to develop and deploy technology and alternative and renewable
fuels in the marketplace, without adopting any one preferred fuel or
   (b) A project funded by the commission shall be approved at a
noticed public hearing of the commission and shall be consistent with
the priorities established by the investment plan adopted pursuant
to Section 44272.5.
   (c) The commission shall provide preferences to those projects
that maximize the goals of the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and
Vehicle Technology Program, based on the following criteria, as
   (1) The project's ability to provide a measurable transition from
the nearly exclusive use of petroleum fuels to a diverse portfolio of
viable alternative fuels that meet petroleum reduction and
alternative fuel use goals.
   (2) The project's consistency with existing and future state
climate change policy and low-carbon fuel standards.
   (3) The project's ability to reduce criteria air pollutants and
air toxics and reduce or avoid multimedia environmental impacts.
   (4) The project's ability to decrease, on a life-cycle basis, the
discharge of water pollutants or any other substances known to damage
human health or the environment, in comparison to the production and
use of California Phase 2 Reformulated Gasoline or diesel fuel
produced and sold pursuant to California diesel fuel regulations set
forth in Article 2 (commencing with Section 2280) of Chapter 5 of
Division 3 of Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations.
   (5) The project does not adversely impact the sustainability of
the state's natural resources, especially state and federal lands.
   (6) The project provides nonstate matching funds.
   (7) The project provides economic benefits for California by
promoting California-based technology firms, jobs, and businesses.
   (8) The project uses existing or proposed fueling infrastructure
to maximize the outcome of the project.
   (9) The project's ability to reduce on a life-cycle assessment
greenhouse gas emissions by at least 10 percent, and higher
percentages in the future, from current reformulated gasoline and
diesel fuel standards established by the state board.
   (10) The project's use of alternative fuel blends of at least 20
percent, and higher blend ratios in the future, with a preference for
projects with higher blends.
   (11) The project drives new technology advancement for vehicles,
vessels, engines, and other equipment, and promotes the deployment of
that technology in the marketplace.
   (d) Only the following shall be eligible for funding:
   (1) Alternative and renewable fuel projects to develop and improve
alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels, including electricity,
ethanol, dimethyl ether, renewable diesel, natural gas, hydrogen, and
biomethane, among others, and their feedstocks that have high
potential for long-term or short-term commercialization, including
projects that lead to sustainable feedstocks.
   (2) Demonstration and deployment projects that optimize
alternative and renewable fuels for existing and developing engine
   (3) Projects to produce alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels
in California.
   (4) Projects to decrease the overall impact of an alternative and
renewable fuel's life cycle carbon footprint and increase
   (5) Alternative and renewable fuel infrastructure, fueling
stations, and equipment. The preference in paragraph (10) of
subdivision (c) shall not apply to renewable diesel or biodiesel
infrastructure, fueling stations, and equipment used solely for
renewable diesel or biodiesel fuel.
   (6) Projects to develop and improve light-, medium-, and
heavy-duty vehicle technologies that provide for better fuel
efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions, alternative fuel usage
and storage, or emission reductions, including propulsion systems,
advanced internal combustion engines with a 40 percent or better
efficiency level over the current market standard, light-weight
materials, energy storage, control systems and system integration,
physical measurement and metering systems and software, development
of design standards and testing and certification protocols, battery
recycling and reuse, engine and fuel optimization electronic and
electrified components, hybrid technology, plug-in hybrid technology,
battery electric vehicle technology, fuel cell technology, and
conversions of hybrid technology to plug-in technology through the
installation of safety certified supplemental battery modules.
   (7) Programs and projects that accelerate the commercialization of
vehicles and alternative and renewable fuels including buy-down
programs through near-market and market-path deployments, advanced
technology warranty or replacement insurance, development of market
niches, supply-chain development, and research related to the
pedestrian safety impacts of vehicle technologies and alternative and
renewable fuels.
   (8) Programs and projects to retrofit medium- and heavy-duty
on-road and nonroad vehicle fleets with technologies that create
higher fuel efficiencies, including alternative and renewable fuel
vehicles and technologies, idle management technology, and
aerodynamic retrofits that decrease fuel consumption.
   (9) Infrastructure projects that promote alternative and renewable
fuel infrastructure development connected with existing fleets,
public transit, and existing transportation corridors, including
physical measurement or metering equipment and truck stop
   (10) Workforce training programs related to alternative and
renewable fuel feedstock production and extraction, renewable fuel
production, distribution, transport, and storage, high-performance
and low-emission vehicle technology and high tower electronics,
automotive computer systems, mass transit fleet conversion,
servicing, and maintenance, and other sectors or occupations related
to the purposes of this chapter.
   (11) Block grants administered by not-for-profit technology
entities for multiple projects, education and program promotion
within California, and development of alternative and renewable fuel
and vehicle technology centers.
   (12) Life-cycle and multimedia analyses, sustainability and
environmental impact evaluations, and market, financial, and
technology assessments performed by a state agency to determine the
impacts of increasing the use of low-carbon transportation fuels and
technologies, and to assist in the preparation of the investment plan
and program implementation. 
   (13) A program to provide funding for homeowners who purchase an
electric vehicle to offset costs associated with modifying electrical
sources to include an in-home electric vehicle charging station.

   (e) The commission may make a single source or sole source award
pursuant to this section for applied research. The same requirements
set forth in Section 25620.5 of the Public Resources Code shall apply
to awards made on a single source basis or a sole source basis. This
subdivision does not authorize the commission to make a single
source or sole source award for a project or activity other than for
applied research.  The commission may pursuant to this
subdivision make a single source or sole source award for the applied
research to be conducted by the Quiet Motorized Road Vehicle and
Safe Mobility Committee created pursuant to Section 25227 of the
Public Resources Code, if Senate Bill 1174 of the 2007-08 Regular
Session, which would add that section, is enacted. 
   (f) Until January 1, 2012, the commission may contract with the
Treasurer to expend funds through programs implemented by the
Treasurer, if that expenditure is consistent with all of the
requirements of this chapter.