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Utility Dive: California passes bill to coordinate EV charger planning

Posted by Advanced Energy Economy on Aug 29, 2018

This Utility Dive article discusses California’s passage of AB 2127, an Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure bill, on Monday. The bill, passed by the California State Senate 38-0, was introduced by Assemblymember Phil Ting. Amisha Rai, senior director of California Policy for AEE, is quoted. Link to the full article here. Excerpts below:

The California State Senate on Monday voted 38-0 to pass an electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure bill, which would give the California Energy Commission (CEC) authority to issue statewide assessments of infrastructure needs.

A.B. 2127 seeks to promote better planning for EV infrastructure build-out across all vehicle classes. The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Phil Ting, would help meet Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's goal of 5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) on the road by 2030.

A.B. 2127 "will result in more efficient use of public dollars and smarter implementation of the state's ongoing ZEV efforts," Amisha Rai, senior director for California policy for AEE, said in a statement.

Ensuring organized development of charging infrastructure will help expand EVs as potential customers wait for more indicators about charging station access.

Concerted state efforts to shift to electric vehicles carry even more weight as the Trump administration has moved to revoke the waiver allowing California to set its own vehicle emissions standard. California and the dozen states that follow its regulations have vowed to fight the decision, and this month the state released a plan that would require California automobiles to satisfy its more ambitious fuel efficiency standards if the federal government weakens its own rules.

Link to the full UD article here.

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