California legislature passes $2-billion bill extending clean vehicle and fuel incentives through 2023
The California State Senate and Assembly approved a measure that would continue the state’s clean vehicle and fuel incentives through 2023. Assembly Bill 8, authored by Assemblymember Henry T. Perea, with Senator Fran Pavley as principal co-author, would provide more than $2 billion in funding to help fleets and consumers purchase clean and low carbon cars, trucks, buses, and construction equipment. It is now with Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.
The programs that would be extended include the AB 118 clean fuel and vehicle programs and the Carl Moyer and AB 923 local air district funds for diesel emission reduction. Funding for the programs is provided through a dedicated revenue stream of fees that expire at the end of 2015, including smog abatement fees, vessel registration fees, and equipment identification plate fees. The bill extends those fees through 2023.
The bill also requires the annual allocation of $20 million for the construction of hydrogen fueling stations until there are at least 100 publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations in California.
The bill also adds intelligent transportation systems as a category of projects eligible for funding under the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The bill would require the commission and the state board, in making awards under both the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program and the Air Quality Improvement Program, to provide a preference to projects with higher benefit-cost scores.
The Senate voted to pass AB 8 on a bipartisan 29-6 vote. The bill went back to the Assembly for concurrence, where it garnered the required ⅔ majority.