Author: Transportation Committee
House of Representatives
January Session, 2019
Substitute House Bill No. 7205
House of Representatives, April 4, 2019
The Committee on Transportation reported through REP. LEMAR of the 96th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.
AN ACT CONCERNING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN CONNECTICUT.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
1Section 1. Section
2following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2019):
3(a) The fleet average for cars or light duty trucks purchased by the
4state shall: (1) On and after October 1, 2001, have a United States
5Environmental Protection Agency estimated highway gasoline mileage
6rating of at least
72003, have a United States Environmental Protection Agency estimated
8highway gasoline mileage rating of at least forty miles per gallon, (2)
9comply with the requirements set forth in 10 CFR 490 concerning the
11vehicle fleet, and (3) obtain the best achievable mileage per pound of
12carbon dioxide emitted in its class. The
13purchased by the state to comply with said requirements shall be
14capable of operating on natural gas or electricity or any other system
15acceptable to the United States Department of Energy that operates on
16fuel that is available in the state.
17(b) Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section, (1) on and
18after January 1, 2008: (A) At least fifty per cent of all cars and light
19duty trucks purchased or leased by the state shall be
20hybrid electric or
21vehicles purchased or leased by the state shall be certified to the
22California Air Resources Board's Low Emission Vehicle II Ultra Low
23Emission Vehicle Standard, and (C) all
24and hybrid vehicles purchased or leased by the state shall, at a
25minimum, be certified to the California Air Resource Board's Low
26Emission Vehicle II Ultra Low Emission Vehicle Standard, [and] (2) on
27and after January 1, 2012, one hundred per cent of such cars and light
28duty trucks shall be
29electric vehicles, and (3) on and after January 1, 2030, at least fifty per
30cent of such cars and light duty trucks shall be
31(c) On and after January 1, 2030, at least thirty per cent of all buses
32purchased or leased by the state shall be
33(d) If the Commissioner of Administrative Services determines that
34the vehicles required by the provisions of [this subsection] subsections
35(b) and (c) of this section are not available for purchase or lease, the
36Commissioner of Administrative Services shall include an explanation
37of such determination in the annual report described in subsection [(e)]
38(g) of this section.
39[(c)] (e) The provisions of subsections (a) [and (b)] to (c), inclusive,
40of this section shall not apply to any emergency vehicle.
41[(d)] (f) As used in this section, (1) the terms "car" and "light duty
42truck" have the same meaning as provided in the United States
43Department of Energy Publication
44publication, (2) "emergency vehicle" means a vehicle used by the
45Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Emergency Services and
46Public Protection, Department of Energy and Environmental
47 Protection, Department of Correction, State Capitol Police, Department
48 of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Department of
49 Developmental Services, Department of Social Services, Department of
50 Children and Families, Department of Transportation, Judicial
51Department, Board of Pardons and Paroles, Board of Regents for
52Higher Education, The University of Connecticut or The University of
53Connecticut Health Center for law enforcement or emergency response
54purposes, [and] (3) "hybrid" means a passenger car that draws
55acceleration energy from two
56consists of either an internal combustion or heat engine which uses
57combustible fuel and a rechargeable energy storage system, and, for
58any passenger car or light duty truck with a model year of 2004 or
59newer, that is certified to meet or exceed the California LEV (Low
60Emission Vehicle) II LEV Standard, and (4)
61means a battery electric vehicle, hybrid electric vehicle,
62electric vehicle and any vehicle that meets the requirements of section
64[(e)] (g) On or before January 1, 2008, and annually thereafter, the
65Commissioner of Administrative Services, in consultation with the
66Commissioner of Transportation, shall file a report with the joint
67standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of
68matters relating to government administration, the environment and
69energy that includes: (1) Details on the composition of the state fleet,
70including, but not limited to, a listing of all vehicles owned, leased or
71used by the Departments of Transportation and Emergency Services
72and Public Protection, the make, model and fuel type of vehicles that
73compose the state fleet and the amount of fuel, including alternative
74fuels, that each vehicle uses, (2) any changes to the determination
75made by the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection
76pursuant to subsection (a) of section 35 of public act
77special session or any update concerning the waiver application
78submitted pursuant to subsection (a) of section 35 of public act
79the June special session, as applicable, (3) any changes or amendments
80to the plan required by subsection (b) of section 35 of public act
81the June special session, [and] (4) any changes or amendments to the
82plan required by subsection (c) of section 35 of public act
83June special session, (5) a vehicle purchasing and procurement three-
84year plan that aligns with the requirements of subdivision (3) of
85subsection (b) of this section and subsection (c) of this section, and (6)
86an assessment of the availability of
87duty trucks and the feasibility of the state purchasing or leasing zero-
88emission medium and heavy duty trucks. The Departments of
89Transportation and Emergency Services and Public Protection shall
90submit all data requested of said departments by the Department of
91Administrative Services in connection with the preparation of such
93[(f)] (h) The Commissioner of Administrative Services may enter
94into any agreement necessary to carry out the provisions of subsection
95[(e)] (g) of this section.
99possible, consider the use of and impact on
101(j) The Commissioner of Administrative Services, in consultation
102with the Commissioner of Transportation, shall study the feasibility of
103creating a competitive bid process for the aggregate procurement of
105whether such aggregate procurement would achieve a cost savings on
106the purchase of such vehicles and buses and related administrative
107 costs. On or before January 1, 2020, the Commissioner of
108Administrative Services shall report, in accordance with the provisions
110committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters
111relating to government administration and transportation. The
112Commissioner of Administrative Services may proceed with such
113aggregate procurement if the commissioner determines such aggregate
114procurement would achieve a cost savings.
115Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2019) (a) There is established a
116Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate
117Board, which shall be within the Department of Energy and
118Environmental Protection for administrative purposes only. The board
119shall consist of the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental
120Protection or the commissioner's designee, the Commissioner of
121Consumer Protection or the commissioner's designee, the president of
122the Connecticut Green Bank or the president's designee and three
126representative of an organization that represents the interests of an
127environmental justice community, as defined in subsection (a) of
129leader of the House of Representatives, and one representative of an
130association representing automotive retailers in the state, appointed by
131the speaker of the House of Representatives. The Commissioner of
132Energy and Environmental Protection may appoint to the board
133additional representatives from other industrial fleet or transportation
134companies. The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental
135Protection shall serve as chairperson of the board. The board shall
136meet at such times at it deems necessary.
137(b) On and after January 1, 2020, until December 31, 2025, the board
138shall, from resources available through state appropriated funds,
139establish and administer a program to provide rebates that total at
140least three million dollars annually to residents of this state who (1)
141purchase or lease a battery electric vehicle,
142vehicle or fuel cell electric vehicle, or (2) purchase a used hydrogen
143vehicle or electric vehicle. The board shall establish and revise, as
144necessary, appropriate rebate levels and maximum income eligibility
145for rebates for used hydrogen vehicles or electric vehicles. The board
146shall evaluate such program on an annual basis.
147(c) There is established an account to be known as the "Connecticut
148hydrogen and electric automobile purchase rebate program account"
149which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General
150Fund. The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be
151deposited in the account. Moneys in the account shall be expended by
152the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate
153Board for the purposes of administering the program established
154pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.
155Sec. 3. Section
156following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2020):
157(a) As used in this section, "motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle, as
158defined in section
160(b) On and after January 1,  2020, the Commissioner of Motor
161Vehicles shall charge a fee of [five] ten dollars, in addition to any other
162fees required for registration, for each new motor vehicle. Said fee may
163be identified as the "greenhouse gas reduction fee" on any registration
164form, or combined with the fee specified by subdivision (3) of
165subsection (k) of section
166fee shall be deposited into the [General Fund] Connecticut hydrogen
167and electric automobile purchase rebate program account established
168pursuant to subsection (c) of section 2 of this act.
169Sec. 4. (Effective October 1, 2019) The sum of three million dollars is
170appropriated to the Department of Energy and Environmental
171Protection, from the General Fund, for the fiscal years ending June 30,
1722020, and June 30, 2021, for deposit in the Connecticut hydrogen and
173electric automobile purchase rebate program account established
174pursuant to subsection (c) of section 2 of this act.
This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:
Statement of Legislative Commissioners:
In Section 2(b), "and" was changed to "or" for accuracy.
TRA Joint Favorable Subst.
The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.
OFA Fiscal Note
Municipal Impact: None
Section 1 of the bill requires the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), with the Department of Transportation (DOT), to study the feasibility of creating a competitive bid process for procurement of
Section 2 establishes the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program to provide rebates in the amount of $3.0 million annually for the purchase or lease of new or used hydrogen or electric vehicles.
Section 3 increases the greenhouse gas reduction fee, from $5 to $10, that is required for the registration of new motor vehicles and directs
its revenue to the CHEAPR account. The fee increase is anticipated to result in an annual revenue gain of approximately $8.5 million into the newly established account. 1
Section 4, the bill appropriates $3 million in both FY 20 and FY 21 from the General Fund to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for deposit in the CHEAPR program account established in Section 2.
In summary, the annualized revenue gain in both FY 20 and FY 21 to the CHEAPR program's account is estimated to be $11.5 million.
The Out Years
The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the number of motor vehicle registrations.
1This is based on the current number of registrations, which was approximately 1.7 million in 2017 and 2018.
OLR Bill Analysis sHB 7205
AN ACT CONCERNING THE ACCESSIBILITY OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN CONNECTICUT.
This bill establishes standards and requires agency studies to assist the state with increasing the number of
Regarding state vehicles, it:
1.requires, beginning January 1, 2030, minimum percentages of cars, light duty trucks, and buses purchased or leased for the state fleet to be
2.expands the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) commissioner's annual legislative reporting requirements to include a procurement plan that aligns with these state fleet requirements and a feasibility assessment for the state's purchase or lease of
3.requires the DAS commissioner to study the feasibility of creating a competitive bid process for procurement of zero- emission vehicles and buses, and authorizes the commissioner to proceed if it would achieve cost savings.
Regarding resident vehicles, the bill:
1.establishes the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate (CHEAPR) program to provide rebates for the purchase or lease of new or used hydrogen or electric vehicles, based on an existing pilot program (see BACKGROUND); and
2.creates an administrative board to oversee the CHEAPR program and establishes a General Fund account with state appropriations and a revenue stream to fund it.
The bill also makes conforming and technical changes.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2019, except that the changes to the greenhouse gas reduction fee are effective January 1, 2020.
INCREASING PERCENTAGE OF
Starting on January 1, 2030, the bill requires that at least 50% of the cars and light duty trucks and at least 30% of the buses purchased or leased by the state be
1.the Motor Vehicles, Emergency Services and Public Protection, Energy and Environmental Protection, Correction, Mental Health and Addiction Services, Developmental Services, Social Services, Children and Families, Transportation, and Judicial departments;
2.the Board of Pardons and Paroles and State Capitol Police; and
3.the Board of Regents for Higher Education, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Connecticut Health Center.
DAS ANNUAL REPORTING
The bill adds two topics to DAS's existing annual reporting requirements to the legislature. First, the DAS commissioner must produce a
assess the availability of
The bill requires the DAS commissioner, in consultation with the DOT commissioner, to study the feasibility of creating a competitive bid process for the aggregate procurement of
STATE RESIDENT REBATE PROGRAM
The bill establishes the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Board within the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and requires it to create and administer the CHEAPR program, from January 1, 2020 until December 31, 2025. Under the bill, the program must provide rebates of at least $3 million annually to residents who (1) purchase or lease a battery,
Administrative Board Membership
Under the bill, the CHEAPR board must consist of:
1. the DEEP and Consumer Protection commissioners and the
Connecticut Green Bank president, or their respective designees;
2.a member from an environmental organization knowledgeable in electric vehicle policy, appointed by the Senate president;
3.a member from an organization representing environmental justice community interests, appointed by the House minority leader; and
4.a member from an association representing Connecticut automotive retailers, appointed by the House speaker.
The bill authorizes the DEEP commissioner to appoint additional members to the board from other industrial fleet or transportation companies. The DEEP commissioner will serve as the board chairperson, and the board may meet as it deems necessary.
The bill establishes a CHEAPR program account as a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund and requires its funding be used towards administering the CHEAPR program. It also increases the greenhouse gas reduction fee that is required for the registration of new motor vehicles from $5 to $10 and directs its revenue to the CHEAPR program's account, instead of the General Fund as under current law. Additionally, the bill appropriates $3 million in fiscal years 2020 and 2021 from the General Fund to DEEP for deposit in the CHEAPR program account.
CHEAPR was created administratively in 2015 as a pilot program. It was developed by DEEP in partnership with Eversource Energy, Avangrid (i.e., the United Illuminating Company), and the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association. The program is managed on a day-
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