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Greentech Media: California Legislative Roundup: What Passed, and What Didn’t

Posted by Jeff St. John on Sep 5, 2018

This Greentech Media piece reviews key energy and environmental bills of California’s just-ended session, from clean energy and batteries to EV charging and green buildings. AEE’s perspective is included, quoting Amisha Rai, senior director of California policy, on passage of AB 2127. Link to the full article here. Excerpts below:

We’ve already covered the highest-profile bills that managed to win enough votes to move on to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for a signature by Sept. 30. Those include SB 100 and its new 100 percent clean energy mandate; SB 700 and its extension of behind-the-meter energy storage incentives; and AB 901, the sprawling and controversial bill to give utilities including Pacific Gas & Electric ways to manage the multibillion-dollar costs of wildfires past and future. 

While SB 100’s zero-carbon energy mandate doesn’t specifically include EVs, several EV-related bills passed this session aimed at meeting Gov. Brown’s goal of 5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2030, and bringing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030…

… AB 2127 would direct the California Energy Commission (CEC) to work with the CPUC and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on assessing statewide EV charging infrastructure needs, linking the CPUC’s oversight of utility EV charging programs with the CEC’s long-range carbon reduction goals. According to Amisha Rai, senior director for California policy for AB 1722 backer Advanced Energy Economy, the bill "will result in more efficient use of public dollars and smarter implementation of the state's ongoing ZEV [zero-emission vehicle] efforts." 

See the complete Greentech Media story here.



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