Bill Text: NH HB1691 | 2018 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Authorizing the utilization of a portion of the Volkswagen settlement as a funding source for zero emission vehicle infrastructure in New Hampshire.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-1)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-11-13 - To Be Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Finance [HB1691 Detail]

Download: New_Hampshire-2018-HB1691-Introduced.html

HB 1691-FN - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2018 SESSION

18-2629

05/03

 

HOUSE BILL 1691-FN

 

AN ACT authorizing the utilization of a portion of the Volkswagen settlement as a funding source for zero emission vehicle infrastructure in New Hampshire.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Oxenham, Sull. 1; Rep. Shepardson, Ches. 10; Rep. Danielson, Hills. 7; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21

 

COMMITTEE: Finance

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill authorizes the governor's office of strategic initiatives to use a portion of the Volkswagen settlement as a funding source for zero emission vehicle infrastructure.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

18-2629

05/03

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT authorizing the utilization of a portion of the Volkswagen settlement as a funding source for zero emission vehicle infrastructure in New Hampshire.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Findings Statement.  On January 4, 2016, the United States filed a complaint against Volkswagen and its related companies, alleging violations of the Clean Air Act with regard to certain diesel vehicles manufactured between 2009 and 2015.  The complaint alleged that the vehicles contained "defeat devices" in the form of computer software, designed to cheat on federal emissions tests, enabling the vehicles to emit levels of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) up to 40 times the federal emissions standard without detection.  On June 28, 2016, a partial consent decree was approved by the court which requires Volkswagen to: (i) remove from commerce in the United States or perform an emissions modification on at least 85 percent of the affected vehicles covered by the decree; (ii) pay $2,700,000,000 into an environmental mitigation trust designed to fully mitigate the excess NOx emissions from the affected vehicles; and (iii) invest $2,000,000,000 over a period of up to 10 years on actions to promote the use of technology for zero emission vehicles and zero emission vehicle technology in the United States.

2  Governor's Office of Strategic Initiatives; Volkswagen Settlement; Zero Emission Vehicle Technology and Infrastructure Development.  The governor's office of strategic initiatives is hereby authorized and directed to use the full 15 percent allowable under the terms of the agreement for the acquisition, installation, operation, and maintenance of new light duty zero emission vehicle supply equipment.  In utilizing these funds, the highest priority shall be placed on the establishment of high speed charging corridors for zero emission vehicles along the New Hampshire portions of Interstate 93 and Interstate 89.  The individual charging stations shall include no fewer than 2 high speed chargers.  The chargers  shall be placed in areas that are publicly available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year; they shall be readily accessible from the respective highway, preferably within a distance of no more than one mile; and they shall be spaced at regular intervals of no more than 30 miles distance.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

 

LBAO

18-2629

11/8/17

 

HB 1691-FN- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT authorizing the utilization of a portion of the Volkswagen settlement as a funding source for zero emission vehicle infrastructure in New Hampshire.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [ X ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

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METHODOLOGY:

This bill authorizes the Governor's Office of Strategic Initiatives to use the full 15 percent allowable under the terms of the Volkswagen settlement agreement for the acquisition, installation, operation and maintenance of new light duty zero emission vehicle supply equipment, specifically, high speed electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment.  The bill establishes the I93 and I89 corridors as priority investment locations.   The Office indicates the state may request one third of available funds in each of the first three years after being named a beneficiary, which is assumed to occur by the end of this calendar year.  The state is not required to take a minimum amount in any given year and the bill does not specify that the 15 percent must be spent in any given time frame.  It may take one or more years to properly site, develop and install any EV charging project.  The state has up to ten years to utilize the settlement funds.  Therefore state expenditures in any given year are indeterminable.  Partnerships with counties and/or municipalities in determining charging station locations are also possible and may involve unknown expenditures and revenues for those local entities that choose to partner with the state.

 

Information was provided by the Department of Environmental Services from the U.S. Department of Energy on the cost of individual high speed public charging stations (DC Fast Charging) as specified in the bill.  These estimates indicate costs may vary according to number of charging units, number of ports, required infrastructure and installation costs, including electrical service availability.  Estimates range from $10,000 to $100,000 per unit.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Governor's Office of Strategic Initiatives, Department of Justice, and Department of Environmental Services

 

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