BILL NUMBER: SB 1455	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  APRIL 13, 2010

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Kehoe

                        FEBRUARY 19, 2010

   An act to add Section 740.12 to the Public Utilities Code,
relating to electric vehicles.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 1455, as amended, Kehoe.  Electric vehicles: electric
vehicle owner education handbook.   Plug-in hybrid and
electric ve   hicles: Internet Web site. 
   Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has
regulatory authority over public utilities, including electrical
corporations and gas corporations, as defined. Existing law requires
the PUC, in cooperation with  the State Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), the
State Air Resources Board (state board), air quality management
districts and air pollution control districts, electrical and gas
corporations, and the motor vehicle industry   specified
entities  , to evaluate and implement policies to promote the
development of equipment and infrastructure needed to facilitate the
use of electric power and natural gas to fuel low-emission vehicles.
   Existing law requires the PUC, in consultation with  the
Energy Commission, the state board, electrical corporations, and the
motor vehicle industry   specified entities  , to
evaluate policies to develop infrastructure sufficient to overcome
any barriers to the widespread deployment and use of plug-in hybrid
and electric vehicles and, by July 1, 2011, to adopt rules that
address related matters.
   This bill would require, by January 1, 2013, the PUC, in
consultation with  the Energy Commission, electrical
corporations, the motor vehicle industry, and the California Electric
Transportation Coalition   specified entities  ,
to develop an  electric vehicle owner handbook containing
specified information   Internet Web site for consumers
who are considering the purchase of a plug-in hybrid or a fully
electric vehicle with certain information regarding the costs and
charging infrastructure associated with fueling such a vehicle 
. 
   Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or any
order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the
commission is a crime.  
   Because the provisions of this bill are within the act and require
action by the commission to implement its requirements, a violation
of these provisions would impose a state-mandated local program by
creating a new crime.  
   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.
State-mandated local program:  yes   no  .


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 740.12 is added to the Public Utilities Code,
to read:
   740.12.   (a)    By January 1,
2013, the commission, in consultation with the  State Energy
Conservation and Development   Energy  Commission,
electrical corporations, the motor vehicle industry, and the
California Electric Transportation Coalition, shall develop 
an electric vehicle owner education handbook.  
   (b) The handbook shall contain information that does all of the
following:  
   (1) Notifies an owner of an electric vehicle about the necessary
energy requirements for safely using an electric vehicle charging
device from a garage or an in-home outlet, by means of an attached or
detached dwelling unit that provides electricity.  

   (2) Notifies an owner of an electric vehicle who should be
contacted to ensure that electrical features at the charging location
conform to any applicable code. 
    (3)     Provides
examples of hazards to avoid when charging an electric vehicle and
examples of a safe charging environment.   an Internet
Web site to inform consumers who are considering the purchase of a
plug-in hybrid or a fully electric vehicle of the costs and charging
infrastructure associated with fueling that vehicle. The Internet Web
site shall include information as follows:  
   (a) Information to assist a consumer in determining whether a
vehicle will require a utility service upgrade.  
   (b) Basic charging circuit requirements.  
   (c) Rate options.  
   (d) Load management techniques.  
   (e) Any other information the commission determines to be
necessary to fully inform a consumer considering the purchase of a
plug-in hybrid or an electric vehicle of the essential costs of, and
infrastructure required for, charging that vehicle.  
  SEC. 2.    No reimbursement is required by this
act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local
agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a
new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or
changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of
Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a
crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the
California Constitution.