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S. 2241: RECHARGE Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 24, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2241

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 24, 2021

(for himself and Mr. Whitehouse) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

To amend the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 to require States to consider measures to promote greater electrification of the transportation sector, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Responsibly and Equitably Change How Auto-charging Rates Get Evaluated Act or the RECHARGE Act.

2.

Consideration of measures to promote greater electrification of the transportation sector

(a)

In general

Section 111(d) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2621(d)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(20)

Electric vehicle charging programs

Each State shall consider measures to promote greater electrification of the transportation sector, including the establishment of rates that—

(A)

promote affordable and equitable electric vehicle charging options for residential, commercial, and public electric vehicle charging infrastructure;

(B)

improve the customer experience associated with electric vehicle charging, including by reducing charging times for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles;

(C)

accelerate both third-party investment and investments by electric utilities in electric vehicle charging stations for light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles; and

(D)

appropriately recover the marginal costs of delivering electricity to electric vehicles and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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(b)

Compliance

(1)

Time limitation

Section 112(b) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2622(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(7)
(A)

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this paragraph, each State regulatory authority (with respect to each electric utility for which the State has ratemaking authority) and each nonregulated utility shall commence consideration under section 111, or set a hearing date for consideration, with respect to the standard established by paragraph (20) of section 111(d).

(B)

Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this paragraph, each State regulatory authority (with respect to each electric utility for which the State has ratemaking authority), and each nonregulated electric utility shall complete the consideration and make the determination under section 111 with respect to the standard established by paragraph (20) of section 111(d).

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(2)

Failure to comply

Section 112(c) of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2622(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following: In the case of the standard established by paragraph (20) of section 111(d), the reference contained in this subsection to the date of enactment of this Act shall be deemed to be a reference to the date of enactment of that paragraph..

(3)

Prior State actions

(A)

In general

Section 112 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2622) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(g)

Prior State actions

Subsections (b) and (c) shall not apply to the standard established by paragraph (20) of section 111(d) in the case of any electric utility in a State if, before the date of enactment of this subsection—

(1)

the State has implemented for the electric utility the standard (or a comparable standard);

(2)

the State regulatory authority for the State or the relevant nonregulated electric utility has conducted a proceeding to consider implementation of the standard (or a comparable standard) for the electric utility; or

(3)

the State legislature has voted on the implementation of the standard (or a comparable standard) for the electric utility during the 3-year period ending on that date of enactment.

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(B)

Cross-reference

Section 124 of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2634) is amended—

(i)

by striking this subsection each place it appears and inserting this section; and

(ii)

by adding at the end the following: In the case of the standard established by paragraph (20) of section 111(d), the reference contained in this section to the date of enactment of this Act shall be deemed to be a reference to the date of enactment of that paragraph..