Florida Senate - 2020 SB 7018 By the Committee on Infrastructure and Security 596-02011-20 20207018__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to electric vehicle charging station 3 infrastructure; creating s. 366.945, F.S.; providing 4 legislative findings; requiring the Public Service 5 Commission, in consultation with the Department of 6 Transportation and the Office of Energy within the 7 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, to 8 develop and recommend, by a specified date, to the 9 Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker 10 of the House of Representatives a plan for the 11 development of electric vehicle charging station 12 infrastructure along the State Highway System; 13 authorizing the commission to consult with other 14 agencies as the commission deems appropriate; 15 requiring the plan to include recommendations for 16 legislation; authorizing the plan to include other 17 recommendations as determined by the commission; 18 providing the goals and objectives of the plan; 19 requiring the commission to file a status report with 20 the Governor and the Legislature by a specified date 21 containing any preliminary recommendations, including 22 recommendations for legislation; providing an 23 effective date. 24 25 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 26 27 Section 1. Section 366.945, Florida Statutes, is created to 28 read: 29 366.945 Electric vehicle charging stations; infrastructure 30 plan development.— 31 (1) The Legislature finds that: 32 (a) Climate change may have significant impacts to this 33 state which will require the development of avoidance, 34 adaptation, and mitigation strategies to address these potential 35 impacts on future state projects, plans, and programs; 36 (b) A significant portion of the carbon dioxide emissions 37 in this state are produced by the transportation sector; 38 (c) Electric vehicles can help reduce these emissions, 39 thereby helping to reduce the impact of climate change on this 40 state; 41 (d) The use of electric vehicles for non-local driving 42 requires adequate, reliable charging stations to address 43 electric vehicle battery range limitations; 44 (e) Having adequate, reliable charging stations along the 45 State Highway System will also help with evacuations during 46 hurricanes or other disasters; 47 (f) Ensuring the prompt installation of adequate, reliable 48 charging stations is in the public interest; and 49 (g) A recommended plan for electric vehicle charging 50 station infrastructure should be established to address changes 51 in the emerging electric vehicle market and necessary charging 52 infrastructure. 53 (2)(a) The commission, in coordination with the Department 54 of Transportation and the Office of Energy within the Department 55 of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shall develop and 56 recommend a plan for current and future plans for the 57 development of electric vehicle charging station infrastructure 58 along the State Highway System, as defined in s. 334.03(24). The 59 commission may consult with other agencies as the commission 60 deems appropriate. The recommended plan must be developed and 61 submitted to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the 62 Speaker of the House of Representatives by July 1, 2021. The 63 plan must include recommendations for legislation and may 64 include other recommendations as determined by the commission. 65 (b) The goals and objectives of the plan include, but are 66 not limited to, all of the following: 67 1. Projecting the increase in the use of electric vehicles 68 in this state over the next 20 years and determining how to 69 ensure an adequate supply of reliable electric vehicle charging 70 stations to support and encourage this growth in a manner 71 supporting a competitive market with ample consumer choice. 72 2. Evaluating and comparing the types of electric vehicle 73 charging stations available at present and that may become 74 available in the future, including the technology and 75 infrastructure incorporated in such stations, along with the 76 circumstances within which each type of station and 77 infrastructure is typically used, including fleet charging, for 78 the purpose of identifying any advantages to developing 79 particular types or uses of these stations. 80 3. Considering strategies to develop this supply of 81 charging stations, including, but not limited to, methods of 82 building partnerships with local governments, other state and 83 federal entities, electric utilities, the business community, 84 and the public in support of electric vehicle charging stations. 85 4. Identifying the types or characteristics of possible 86 locations for electric vehicle charging station infrastructure 87 along the State Highway System to support a supply of electric 88 vehicle charging stations that will: 89 a. Accomplish the goals and objectives of this section; 90 b. Support both short-range and long-range electric vehicle 91 travel; 92 c. Encourage the expansion of electric vehicle use in this 93 state; and 94 d. Adequately serve evacuation routes in this state. 95 5. Identifying any barriers to the use of electric vehicles 96 and electric vehicle charging station infrastructure both for 97 short-range and long-range electric vehicle travel along the 98 State Highway System. 99 6. Identifying an implementation strategy for expanding 100 electric vehicle and charging station infrastructure use in this 101 state. 102 7. Identifying the type of regulatory structure necessary 103 for the delivery of electricity to electric vehicles and 104 charging station infrastructure, including competitive neutral 105 policies and the participation of public utilities in the 106 marketplace. 107 8. Reviewing emerging technologies in the electric and 108 alternative vehicle market, including alternative fuel sources. 109 (c) By December 1, 2020, the commission shall file a status 110 report with the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the 111 Speaker of the House of Representatives containing any 112 preliminary recommendations, including recommendations for 113 legislation. 114 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.