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1972 – 50 years of service to the commercial industrial retail real estate industry – 2022.


July 8, 2011

AB 631 (Ma; D-San Francisco) a bill which clarifies that properties providing Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations in their parking lots are not considered public utilities, passed the Senate Energy Committee on a bi-partisan vote.

AB 631 codifies the summary conclusion of the July 2010 Phase 1 Decision (D, 100-07—044) in the Alternative-Fueled Vehicle Rulemaking (R. 09-08-009). In that decision the CPUC concluded that based on current law providers of EV charging services were not considered or regulated as public utilities.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) projects the number of EV charging stations could grow from approximately 32,000 in 2011 to 1.5 million by 2020. By putting this decision into state law, AB 631 provides regulatory certainty to businesses that want to provide EV charging services and will induce more businesses to install EV charging infrastructure.

As the demand for EV charging stations from tenants/patrons grows – and as mandates are adopted in some jurisdictiond to provide such services – this bill is essential. It will allow investors to recover capital costs in equipment without undefined and unnecessary regulation, and allows properties the flexibility to provide such services for free, charge a per use fee, or negotiate it into a lease.

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