Amended in Assembly March 18, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 2426

Introduced by Assembly Member Low

February 19, 2016

An act tobegin delete amend Section 44270.3end deletebegin insert add and repeal Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 39950) of Part 2 of Division 26end insert of the Health and Safety Code, relating tobegin delete air resources.end deletebegin insert vehicular air pollution.end insert


AB 2426, as amended, Low. begin deleteAlternative and renewable fuel and vehicle technology. end deletebegin insertWorkplace Charging Station Grant Program.end insert

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.begin delete Existing law defines various terms for purposes of those programs.end deletebegin insert Existing law requires the commission to allocate $20,000,000 annually to fund the number of publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations identified by the State Air Resources Board as being needed, as specified, until at least 100 stations are in operation.end insert

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

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This bill would require the state board, until January 1, 2021, to establish and implement the Workplace Charging Stations Grant Program to award grants to eligible applicants, as defined, for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in commercial parking facilities for employees and visitors. The bill would require eligible applicants awarded grants pursuant to the program to report annually to the state board on certain usage statistics of the charging stations. The bill would require the state board, on or before July 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, to submit to the Legislature a report on the program, as provided. The bill would repeal the above provision on January 1, 2022.

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Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: begin deleteno end deletebegin insertyesend insert. State-mandated local program: no.

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

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begin insertChapter 10 (commencing with Section 39950) is
2added to Part 2 of Division 26 of the end insert
begin insertHealth and Safety Codeend insertbegin insert, to
3read:end insert

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5Chapter  begin insert10.end insert Workplace Charging Stations Grant



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For purposes of this chapter, the following definitions

10(a) “Eligible applicant” means a commercial property owner
11or lessee providing parking facilities for employees and visitors.

12(b) “Program” means the Workplace Charging Stations Grant
13Program established pursuant to Section 39951.


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(a) The state board, until January, 1, 2021, shall
15establish and implement the Workplace Charging Stations Grant
16Program to award grants to eligible applicants for the installation
17of electric vehicle charging stations in their parking facilities.

18(b) (1) The state board may award to an eligible applicant two
19thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500) for the first Level 2
20charging port installed and an additional five hundred dollars
21($500) for each additional Level 2 charging port installed.

P3    1(2) The maximum grant that may be awarded to an eligible
2applicant pursuant to the program is six thousand dollars ($6,000)
3per facility.


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(a) In considering an application for a grant, the state
5board shall consider the cost effectiveness of the proposed
6installation, the potential for timely completion and operation of
7the electric vehicle charging station, and the overall economic
8benefits to California of the proposed installation.

9(b) The state board shall give priority to proposed installations
10that meet one or more of the following criteria:

11(1) The eligible applicant has made a binding commitment to
12make the electric vehicle charging stations readily available to
13employees and the public at no fee for charging for at least the
14first three years of the operation of the stations.

15(2) The charging stations are available to employees and other
16members of the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

17(3) The charging stations are installed in disadvantaged
18communities, as identified pursuant to Section 39711.

19(4) The charging stations are located at or near a major traffic


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(a) Eligible applicants receiving grants pursuant to
22this chapter shall report annually to the state board on the

24(1) The number of charging sessions delivered for each charging
25station for which a grant was awarded.

26(2) The amount electricity delivered for each charging session.

27(3) The total amount of time an electric vehicle is plugged in
28for each charging session.

29(4) The amount of downtime of each charging station for
30maintenance and repair.

31(5) The maintenance or repair events of each charging station.

32(b) (1) On or before July 1, 2018, and annually thereafter, until
33July 1, 2020, the state board shall submit a report to the
34Legislature providing a survey of the data submitted pursuant to
35subdivision (a) for the prior calendar year, identifying the benefits
36and problems with the program, and recommending improvements
37to the program.

38(2) On or before July 1, 2021, the state board shall submit to
39the Legislature a final report providing an overall survey of the
40program and identifying the benefits accrued from the program.

P4    1(3) The reports required pursuant to paragraph (1) or (2) shall
2be submitted in accordance with Section 9795 of the Government


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This chapter shall remain in effect only until January
51, 2022, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted
6statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2022, deletes or extends
7that date.

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



For the purposes of this chapter, the following
11definitions shall apply:

12(a) “Benefit-cost score,” for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel
13and Vehicle Technology Program created pursuant to Section
1444272, means a project’s expected or potential greenhouse gas
15emissions reduction per dollar awarded by the commission to the
16project from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle
17Technology Fund.

18(b) “Commission” means the State Energy Resources
19Conservation and Development Commission.

20(c) “Full fuel-cycle assessment” or “life-cycle assessment”
21means evaluating and comparing the full environmental and health
22impacts of each step in the life cycle of a fuel, including, but not
23limited to, all of the following:

24(1) Feedstock production, extraction, cultivation, transport, and
25storage, and the transportation and use of water and changes in
26land use and land cover therein.

27(2) Fuel production, manufacture, distribution, marketing,
28transport, and storage, and the transportation and use of water

30(3) Vehicle operation, including refueling, combustion,
31conversion, permeation, and evaporation.

32(d) “Vehicle technology” means any vehicle, boat, off-road
33equipment, or locomotive, or component thereof, including its
34engine, propulsion system, transmission, or construction materials.

35(e) For purposes of the Air Quality Improvement Program
36created pursuant to Section 44274, the following definitions shall

38(1) “Benefit-cost score” means the reasonably expected or
39potential criteria pollutant emission reductions achieved per dollar
40awarded by the board for the project.

P5    1(2) “Project” means a category of investments identified for
2potential funding by the board, including, but not limited to,
3competitive grants, revolving loans, loan guarantees, loans,
4vouchers, rebates, and other appropriate funding measures for
5specific vehicles, equipment, technologies, or initiatives authorized
6by Section 44274.

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