BILL ANALYSIS Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair 1455 (Kehoe) Hearing Date: 05/10/2010 Amended: 04/26/2010 Consultant: Brendan McCarthy Policy Vote: EU&C 10-0, T&H 8-0 SB 1455 (Kehoe), Page 2 _________________________________________________________________ ____ BILL SUMMARY: SB 1455 requires the Public Utilities Commission to develop an internet web site providing consumers with information regarding the costs and infrastructure requirements of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. _________________________________________________________________ ____ Fiscal Impact (in thousands) Major Provisions 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Fund Developing information $106 Special * Website development $100 Special * * Public Utilities Commission Utilities Reimbursement Account. _________________________________________________________________ ____ STAFF COMMENTS: This bill meets the criteria for referral to the Suspense File. Current law (SB 626, Kehoe, Chapter 355, Statutes of 2009) requires the Public Utilities Commission to evaluate policies needed to overcome any barriers to the widespread deployment of hybrid and electric vehicles. The Commission is required, by July 1, 2011 to adopt rules to address the impacts on the electricity grid and other issues related to the increasing number of hybrid and electric vehicles in the state. The increasing number of hybrid and electric vehicles in the state is expected to require upgrades to the state's electricity transmission and distribution grid, including potential upgrades to individual household electricity connections. Concerns have been raised that consumers may not be aware that their existing household electricity system may not be adequate to charge a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle without system upgrades. SB 1455 requires the Public Utilities Commission to develop an internet web site that provides consumers who are considering the purchase of a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle with information on the potential costs and the infrastructure requirements to recharge those vehicles. The Commission is SB 1455 (Kehoe), Page 2 required to consult with the California Energy Commission, electric utilities, the motor vehicle industry, and the California Electric Transportation Coalition to develop the needed information. Staff estimates that the Commission will need an additional staff position to consult with required stakeholders and develop information for the website. In addition, the Commission will likely hire an outside consultant to create the website. There may also be minor ongoing costs to periodically update the website. SB 1437 (Kehoe) requires the Commission to analyze the costs and benefits to electricity ratepayers associated with the growing number of hybrid and electric vehicles in the state that will use the electricity grid to recharge their batteries. That bill is in the Assembly.