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Legislative Achievements

The Coalition works to pass legislation that expands market access for NGVs, promotes investment in clean transportation technologies, and brings relief to communities that bear the highest air pollution burden.

Our work with legislators, state agencies, and allied alternative fuel, clean air and environmental justice organizations has yielded excellent progress toward these goals. Here are the top achievements from the past three years.

In 2016, the Coalition and its allies worked closely with the Legislature and the governor’s office to help push through major bills promoting cleaner transportation. The governor signed all five bills the Coalition actively supported.

  • SB 1383 required CARB to reduce short-lived climate pollutants by 2030.
  • AB 1613, the 2016 budget bill, appropriated $150 million for the heavy-duty truck sector from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
  • AB 2722 created the Transformative Climate Communities Program, which provides additional aid to the communities most affected by pollution and poverty.
  • SB 32, with its companion bill, AB 197, extended California’s greenhouse gas emission targets and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard to 2030.

The 2015 legislative session, marked by fierce competition for cap-and-trade funding and a battle over petroleum use reduction targets, was a disappointment for clean transportation advocates. Still, the Legislature passed three bills the Coalition backed.

  • AB 808 required the method of sale for all motor vehicle fuels and lubricants to be consistent with national standards, and mandated that California establish interim sales standards if there are no national standards.
  • SB 513 amended the Carl Moyer Program to expand eligibility to school buses, modify some cost-effectiveness criteria, and allow Moyer grants to be combined with other incentives, potentially enabling some funding to go to NGVs.
  • AB 692 required state agencies to choose very-low-carbon transportation fuels (defined as fuels having no more than 40 percent of the carbon intensity of the closest comparable petroleum fuels) for at least 3 percent of their fuel purchases, beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

In 2014, the Coalition worked to secure cap-and-trade funding for clean truck incentives and supported state and national efforts to establish petroleum fuel–equivalent standards for natural gas fuels.

  • SB 1204 channeled Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund monies toward developing zero- and near-zero-emission trucks, buses, and off-road vehicles. Thanks to the Coalition’s work with the California Trucking Association, the bill required that 20 percent of funding earmarked for truck incentives be spent on deploying commercially available trucks for the next three years.
  • AB 1907, which the Coalition sponsored, established the diesel gallon equivalent (dge) as the unit of sale for LNG and affirmed the gasoline gallon equivalent (gge) as the unit of sale for CNG.

 

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