California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 2426

Introduced by Assembly Member Low

February 19, 2016

An act to amend Section 44270.3 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to air resources.


AB 2426, as introduced, Low. Alternative and renewable fuel and vehicle technology.

The California Alternative and Renewable Fuel, Vehicle Technology, Clean Air, and Carbon Reduction Act of 2007 requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to administer the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program to provide financial assistance for the development and deployment of innovative technologies that transform California’s fuel and vehicle types to help attain the state’s climate change policies. The act requires the State Air Resources Board to administer the Air Quality Improvement Program to fund projects to reduce criteria air pollutants, to improve air quality, and to fund research to determine and improve air quality impacts of alternative transportation fuels and vehicles, vessels, and equipment technologies. Existing law defines various terms for purposes of those programs.

This bill would make nonsubstantive changes in the provision defining those terms.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

P2    1


Section 44270.3 of the Health and Safety Code
2 is amended to read:



For the purposes of this chapter, the followingbegin delete terms
4have the following meanings:end delete
begin insert definitions shall apply:end insert

5(a) “Benefit-cost score,” for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel
6and Vehicle Technology Program created pursuant to Section
744272, means a project’s expected or potential greenhouse gas
8emissions reduction per dollar awarded by the commission to the
9project from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle
10Technology Fund.

11(b) “Commission” means the State Energy Resources
12Conservation and Development Commission.

13(c) “Full fuel-cycle assessment” or “life-cycle assessment”
14means evaluating and comparing the full environmental and health
15impacts of each step in the life cycle of a fuel, including, but not
16limited to, all of the following:

17(1) Feedstock production, extraction, cultivation, transport, and
18storage, and the transportation and use of water and changes in
19land use and land cover therein.

20(2) Fuel production, manufacture, distribution, marketing,
21transport, and storage, and the transportation and use of water

23(3) Vehicle operation, including refueling, combustion,
24conversion, permeation, and evaporation.

25(d) “Vehicle technology” means any vehicle, boat, off-road
26equipment, or locomotive, or component thereof, including its
27engine, propulsion system, transmission, or construction materials.

28(e) For purposes of the Air Quality Improvement Program
29created pursuant to Section 44274, the followingbegin delete terms have the
30following meanings:end delete
begin insert definitions shall apply:end insert

31(1) “Benefit-cost score” means the reasonably expected or
32potential criteria pollutant emission reductions achieved per dollar
33awarded by the board for the project.

34(2) “Project” means a category of investments identified for
35potential funding by the board, including, but not limited to,
36competitive grants, revolving loans, loan guarantees, loans,
37vouchers, rebates, and other appropriate funding measures for
P3    1specific vehicles, equipment, technologies, or initiatives authorized
2by Section 44274.