The transportation sector is the biggest contributor to CA's GHG emissions and accounts for approximately 40 percent of these emissions. As documented throughout numerous CA policy and regulatory materials, increased use of zero emissions vehicles (ZEV) provide multiple benefits in addition to reducing GHG emissions, such as reducing conventional pollutants, operating quietly and cleanly, allowing home refueling and lowering operating and fuel costs. As such, CA Governor's Executive Order B-16-2012 orders that the CA Air Resources Board, the CA Energy Commission, the Public Utilities Commission and other relevant agencies work with the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative and the CA Fuel Cell Partnership to achieve, among other benchmarks, the following:
By 2015, the State's major metropolitan areas will be able to accommodate ZEVs each with infrastructure plans and streamlined permitting; and
By 2020, the State's infrastructure will be able to support up to one million ZEVs.
All power will be provided from the existing electrical panel and the work includes installations of conduit, wiring, electrical connections and mounting equipment. Minor trenching may be required to bring power from local sources to proposed charging stations. Thus, the project consists of minor alteration of existing facilities and/or mechanical equipment involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing; including replacement or reconstruction of existing utility systems and/or facilities involving negligible or no expansion of capacity and/or minor alterations to land, including minor trenching and backfilling where surface is restored.