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Budget Summary FY2015

Outside Section 205
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Zero emissions vehicle commission

SECTION 205.   (a) There shall be a zero emission vehicle commission to study the economic and environmental benefits and costs of increased use of zero emission vehicles in the commonwealth. For the purposes of this commission, zero emission vehicles shall include electric vehicles, both battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and fuel cell vehicles.

(b) The commission shall consist of 27 members: (i) the secretary of energy and environmental affairs or a designee who shall serve as chair; (ii) 2 of whom shall be undersecretaries of the executive office of energy and environmental affairs or their designees; (iii) the secretary of transportation or a designee; (iv) the commissioner of energy resources or a designee; (v) the commissioner of environmental protection or a designee; (vi) the deputy director of the division of standards or a designee; (vii) 1 of whom shall be appointed by the mayor of the city of Boston; (viii) 2 of whom shall be appointed by the Massachusetts Municipal Association; and (ix) 17 members to be appointed by the governor, 3 of whom shall be representatives of the environmental community, 2 of whom shall be representatives of the business community, 1 of whom shall be a representative of parking garage or lot owners or operators, 2 of whom shall be representatives of an electric distribution company, 2 of whom shall be franchised motor vehicle dealers who possess a class 1 license under sections 58 and 59 of chapter 140 of the General Laws and sell electric vehicles as a segment of their vehicle inventory, 1 of whom shall be a representative of a municipal light plant organization, 2 of whom shall be representatives of electric vehicle charging infrastructure manufacturers, 1 of whom shall be a representative of a hydrogen fueling infrastructure manufacturer and 3 of whom shall be representatives of electric or fuel cell vehicle manufacturers. The secretary of energy and environmental affairs may appoint additional non-voting members. The study shall include, but not be limited to, recommendations for policies to: (A) further expand access to electric and fuel cell vehicle infrastructure in the commonwealth; (B) encourage the purchase and lease of electric and fuel cell vehicles; (C) reduce the up-front costs associated with electric and fuel cell vehicle purchases; and (D) identify strategies for removing barriers to electric and fuel cell vehicle deployment. The commission shall file an action plan based on the work of the Massachusetts electric vehicle task force by September 30, 2014. A full report of the commission's findings and recommendations, including any draft legislation, shall be filed with the clerks of the house of representatives and senate by April 15, 2015.