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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 alternative fuels, 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 2017, the Coalition sharpened its advocacy for a technology-neutral approach, and focused on gaining incentives and removing barriers to the adoption of zero- and near-zero-emission technologies. The industry saw wins with these Coalition-supported bills.

  • AB 398 extends the cap-and-trade program to 2030, identifies low- and zero-carbon alternatives as a funding priority for cap-and-trade revenues, and enacts the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. This vote was a landmark in bipartisan support for climate change legislation.
  • AB 1073 extends funding for early commercial deployment of zero- and near-zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle technology to Dec. 31, 2020.
  • AB 109 and AB 134 (the State Budget Act) is a landmark funding package that allocates $560 million from $1.5 billion in cap-and-trade program revenue to programs that NGVs qualify for.

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.