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                   Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary
                           Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair

                                           1455 (Kehoe)
          
          Hearing Date:  05/27/2010           Amended: 04/26/2010
          Consultant:  Brendan McCarthy   Policy Vote: EU&C 10-0, T&H 8-0














































          SB 1455 (Kehoe), Page 2


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          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.
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                            Fiscal Impact (in thousands)

           Major Provisions         2010-11      2011-12       2012-13     Fund
           
          Website development    minor and absorbable.            General  
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          * Energy Resources Program Account.
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          STAFF COMMENTS: SUSPENSE FILE. AS PROPOSED TO BE AMENDED.
          
          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  
          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.







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          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.
          
          As proposed to be amended by the author, the California Energy  
          Commission would be required to create a website with links to  
          web pages developed by utilities that include information about  
          electric vehicles.