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Legislation Watch | 07.17.17

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July 17, 2017

The Coalition is tracking the following bills and others that affect alternative fuels and vehicles throughout the legislative session. July 21 is the last day for legislators to vote on bills before the Legislature adjourns for its summer recess. It will reconvene on Aug. 21.

AB 151 | Authors: Burke and Cooper

In brief: Requires CARB to approve a scoping plan for achieving the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and allows the agency to use market-based compliance mechanisms, such as the cap-and-trade program, to implement the act.
Details: The bill establishes the Compliance Offsets Protocol Task Force to approve new offsets protocols for a market-based compliance mechanism and to adopt a regulation ensuring that statewide GHGs fall to at least 40 percent below the 1990 level by 2030.
Status: Superseded by AB 398.

AB 302 | Author: Gipson (sponsored by the Coalition)

In brief: Gives the South Coast AQMD the authority to adopt rules and regulations requiring operators of public and commercial fleet vehicles to purchase and run zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles in the district. Read the fact sheet.
Status: Now a two-year bill.

AB 378 | Authors: Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Holden

In brief: Authorizes the cap-and-trade program through 2030 and requires CARB to adopt air pollution emissions standards for industrial facilities that are subject to the cap-and-trade program. Prohibits CARB from allocating allowances to facilities that do not meet the emissions standards.
Details: Authorizes CARB to adopt or revise regulations that establish a market-based compliance mechanism from Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2030, to ensure that GHG emissions fall to at least 40 percent below the 1990 level by 2030. Also authorizes CARB to adopt no-trade zones or facility-specific declining GHG emissions limits in areas where pollution has significant health impacts. Requires CARB to adopt the most effective and equitable mix of emissions reduction measures.
Status: Superseded by AB 398.

AB 398 | Author: Eduardo Garcia

In brief: Extends the cap-and-trade program through Jan. 1, 2030. Establishes a system of declining annual aggregate emissions limits for sources that emit GHGs and requires CARB to set a ceiling on the price of allowances and decrease the number of offsets allowed. CARB must also establish a system for decreasing the cap on GHG emissions from Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2030.
Details: Requires CARB to update the GHG emissions scoping plan by Jan. 1, 2018, and ensure that all GHG rules and regulations it adopts are consistent with the plan. Establishes the Compliance Offsets Protocol Task Force to provide guidance to CARB on increasing offset projects that prioritize disadvantaged communities, and the Independent Emissions Market Advisory Committee to report on the cap-and-trade program. Also prohibits an air district from implementing a cap-and-trade program to reduce carbon dioxide from stationary sources until Jan. 1, 2031.
Status: Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

AB 476 | Author: Gipson (sponsored by the Coalition)

In brief: Defines a heavy-duty vehicle as having a manufacturer’s maximum gross vehicle weight of 26,001 or more pounds.
Details: Existing law defines a heavy-duty vehicle as having a manufacturer’s maximum gross vehicle weight of 6,001 or more pounds.
Status: Now a two-year bill.

AB 544 | Author: Bloom

In brief: Allows drivers of high-occupancy vehicles, superlow- and ultralow-emission vehicles, partial zero-emission vehicles, or transitional zero-emission vehicles to use HOV lanes for four years after vehicle identifiers are issued.
Details: These provisions would be repealed on Sept. 30, 2025.
Status: Re-referred to Senate Appropriations Committee.

AB 617 | Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Santiago

In brief: Requires CARB to develop a uniform statewide system for annual reporting of criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants emitted from stationary sources. Also calls for CARB to prepare a monitoring plan for criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants and use the plan to choose the highest-priority locations for community air monitoring systems; the first location must be selected by July 1, 2019.
Details: Requires CARB to prepare a statewide strategy by Oct. 1, 2018, for reducing emissions of toxic air contaminants and criteria pollutants in highly polluted communities, and update it every five years.
Status: Read a second time, amended, and re-referred to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

AB 739 | Author: Chau (opposed by the Coalition unless amended)

In brief: Requires that by Dec. 31, 2025, at least 15 percent of all state-purchased vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,000 pounds or more be zero emission, and that by Dec. 31, 2030, at least 30 percent of those vehicles be zero emission.
Details: The Coalition has requested amendments to include near-zero options for heavy-duty vehicles, allowing state fleets to start reducing emissions immediately.
Status: Re-referred to the Senate Governmental Organization Committee.

AB 1073 | Author: Eduardo Garcia

In brief: Extends funding for early commercial deployment of zero- and near-zero-emission heavy-duty truck technology to Dec. 31, 2020.
Details: Existing law requires CARB to allocate, until Jan. 1, 2018, at least 20 percent of funding for a specified class of projects to support the early commercial deployment of market-ready zero- and near-zero-emission heavy-duty truck technology.
Status: Hearing postponed by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

AB 1683 | Author: Burke

In brief: Requires the Strategic Growth Council, which awards competitive grants through the Transformative Climate Communities Program, to report to the Legislature on investments made, specific projects funded, and locations selected by Jan. 1, 2019.
Status: Referred to the Senate Rules Committee.

SB 100 | Author: De León

In brief: Revises the goals of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program to achieve the California Public Utility Commission’s 50 percent renewable resources target by Dec. 31, 2026, and a 60 percent target by Dec. 31, 2030. Also calls for zero-carbon resources to generate all electricity sold at retail by Dec. 31, 2045.
Details: The original bill included RNG as an acceptable renewable energy resource, but was amended to specify zero-carbon only. The Coalition is working to reinstate RNG as a tool for California to achieve a 100 percent renewable portfolio.
Status: Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee.

SB 775 | Author: Wieckowski

In brief: Authorizes CARB to continue to use the cap-and-trade program to regulate sources of GHG emissions and requires the board to adopt a regulation establishing a market-based program of emission limits as part of the cap-and-trade program. The bill establishes the Economic Competitive Assurance Program, which ensures competitive conditions and economic parity among businesses that are subject to the cap-and-trade program and similar sellers that are not; the bill also establishes the California Climate Infrastructure Fund, the California Climate Dividend Fund (which makes payments to consumers), and the California Climate and Clean Energy Research Fund. The bill takes effect immediately as an urgency statute.
Details: The initial minimum reserve price for allowances must be set at $20 per allowance, and an initial auction offer price must be set at $30 per allowance. The minimum reserve price increases each quarter by $1.25, and the auction offer price increases by $2.50.
Status: Superseded by AB 398.

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