BILL ANALYSIS Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair 1340 (Kehoe) Hearing Date: 05/10/2010 Amended: 04/22/2010 Consultant: Brendan McCarthy Policy Vote: T&H 6-1, EQ5-0 _________________________________________________________________ ____ BILL SUMMARY: SB 1340 authorizes the California Energy Commission to provide financial assistance, under an existing program, for electricity infrastructure upgrades needed for residential home owners to charge hybrid or electric vehicles. _________________________________________________________________ ____ Fiscal Impact (in thousands) Major Provisions 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Fund Developing grant criteria Up to $140 Special * * Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund. _________________________________________________________________ ____ STAFF COMMENTS: Under current law (AB 118, Nunez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007), the California Energy Commission is authorized to provide grants, loans, or loan guarantees to develop and deploy innovative transportation technologies. The purpose of this program is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from transportation in the state. Current law authorizes the Energy Commission to provide financial assistance for a variety of processes and technologies, including: low-carbon fuels, alternative and renewable fuel infrastructure, retrofits of heavy duty vehicles to reduce emissions, workforce training programs, and other uses. The program is supported primarily by fees on vehicle registrations, plus $10 million per year in electricity ratepayer funds from the Public Interest Research, Development and Demonstration Fund. In the 2010-11 budget year, the Commission proposes to spend $108 million in this program. SB 1340 authorizes the Energy Commission to provide financial assistance for a cost-effective program to provide funding to residential homeowners to upgrade their electrical infrastructure, in order to facilitate charging plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles. The bill also deletes an obsolete code reference. The Energy Commission has interpreted current law to allow it to provide financial assistance to homeowners for electricity upgrades, as the Energy Commission considers this alternative fuel infrastructure. Thus the bill does not impose any cost pressure to provide additional financial assistance. However, because the bill requires financial assistance for residential electricity system upgrades to be cost effective, the Energy Commission anticipates some additional workload to develop criteria for cost effectiveness before grants could be made under the bill. Staff estimates this will require up to $140,000 over one year.