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          Date of Hearing:   August 4, 2010

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                Felipe Fuentes, Chair

                    SB 1455 (Kehoe) - As Amended:  June 30, 2010 

          Policy Committee:                               
          UtilitiesVote:14-0
                        Transportation                        14-0  
          (Consent)

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:               

           SUMMARY  

          This bill requires the California Energy Commission (CEC), in  
          consultation with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), to  
          develop a website containing links to the websites of the  
          electrical investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and publicly-owned  
          electrical utilities or to other websites containing the  
          following information on plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) or  
          fully electric vehicles (EVs):

          1)Resources for a consumer to find out if his or her residence  
            will require a utility upgrade.
          2)Basic charging circuit requirements.
          3)Utility rate options.
          4)Load management techniques.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          Minor absorbable costs to the CEC and the PUC to develop the  
          required website.

           COMMENTS  

           Purpose  . The author states that with the transportation sector  
          making up 40% of the state's greenhouse gas emissions, it is in  
          the best interest of the state to ensure that PHEVs and EVs be  
          part of the solution to achieve transportation sector greenhouse  
          gas emission reductions.  It is therefore important for the  
          state to help consumers find useful information that will help  
          them make informed decisions about the relationship between  








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          their home, the energy grid and purchasing a PHEV or EV.   
          Providing important and useful links from energy utilities and  
          other internet web sites will help educate consumers.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916) 319-2081