CHAPTER 446c

AIR POLLUTION CONTROL

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Sec. 22a-185a. Assistance with establishing municipal air quality baseline and effect of Cricket Valley Energy Center.

Sec. 22a-201c. Greenhouse gas reduction fee.

Sec. 22a-202. Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Board. Rebate program.


Sec. 22a-185a. Assistance with establishing municipal air quality baseline and effect of Cricket Valley Energy Center. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection shall provide technical assistance and support to any municipality that purchases, leases or is provided the use of air monitoring equipment for the purpose of establishing an air quality baseline in such municipality and determining any effect on such baseline by the Cricket Valley Energy Center in the state of New York. Such technical assistance and support shall include, but not be limited to, the provision of information on best practices for the establishment of such baseline, guidance on the siting and placement of such air quality monitors, information concerning the maintenance and practices required to assure the accuracy of such monitors, proposed schedules for data retrieval from such monitors during the calendar year and review of and conclusion from the results of such data retrieval.

(P.A. 19-29, S. 1.)

Sec. 22a-201c. Greenhouse gas reduction fee. (a) For each registration of a new motor vehicle with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles pursuant to chapter 246, the person registering such vehicle shall pay to the commissioner a fee of ten dollars, in addition to any other fees required for registration, for registration for a biennial period for the following registration types: Passenger, motor home, combination or antique. Any person who is sixty-five years or older and who obtains a one-year registration for a new motor vehicle under section 14-49 for such registration type shall pay five dollars for the annual registration period.

(b) For each new registration or renewal of registration of any motor vehicle, except a new motor vehicle, with the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles pursuant to chapter 246, the person registering such vehicle shall pay to the commissioner a fee of five dollars for registration for a biennial period for the following registration types: Passenger, motor home, combination or antique. Any person who is sixty-five years or older and who obtains a one-year registration or one-year registration renewal for any motor vehicle, except a new motor vehicle, under section 14-49 for such registration type shall pay two dollars fifty cents for the annual registration period.

(c) The fee imposed by this subsection may be identified as the “greenhouse gas reduction fee” on any registration form, or combined with the fee specified by subdivision (3) of subsection (k) of section 14-164c on any registration form. The first three million dollars received from the payment of such fee shall be deposited into the Connecticut hydrogen and electric automobile purchase rebate program account, established pursuant to subsection (c) of section 22a-202. Any revenue from such fee in excess of the first three million dollars in each fiscal year shall be deposited into the General Fund. No part of the greenhouse gas reduction fee shall be subject to a refund under subsection (aa) of section 14-49.

(P.A. 06-161, S. 6; P.A. 08-98, S. 6; 08-124, S. 20; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3, S. 408; P.A. 13-209, S. 15; P.A. 19-117, S. 95.)

History: P.A. 08-98 amended Subsec. (b) to add references to Secs. 22a-174 and 22a-200a to 22a-200d re use of funds; P.A. 08-124 made a technical change in Subsec. (a), effective June 2, 2008; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 09-3 amended Subsec. (a) by replacing provision re deposit of receipts into federal Clean Air Act account with provision re deposit of receipts into General Fund, and amended Subsec. (b) to delete provision allowing Commissioner of Environmental Protection to draw upon funds deposited into account and to make a conforming change; P.A. 13-209 added new Subsec. (a) re definition of “motor vehicle”, redesignated existing Subsec. (a) as Subsec. (b) and deleted former Subsec. (b) re use of funds by Commissioner of Motor Vehicles; P.A. 19-117 deleted former Subsec. (a) defining “motor vehicle”, redesignated existing Subsec. (b) as new Subsec. (a) and substantially amended same including by deleting reference to January 1, 2007, replacing $5 fee with $10 fee, adding provisions re registration by person age 65 or older, added new Subsec. (b) re fee for new registration or renewal, designated existing provision re greenhouse reduction fee as Subsec. (c) and amended same by adding provisions re first $3,000,000 received from payment of fee to be deposited into Connecticut hydrogen and electric automobile purchase rebate program account, revenue in excess of $3,000,000 to be deposited into General Fund and fee not subject to refund, effective January 1, 2020.

Sec. 22a-202. Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Board. Rebate program. (a) There is established a Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Board, which shall be within the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for administrative purposes only. The board shall consist of the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection or the commissioner's designee, the Commissioner of Consumer Protection or the commissioner's designee, the president of the Connecticut Green Bank or the president's designee and six members appointed as follows: (1) One representative of an environmental organization knowledgeable in electric vehicle policy appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives; (2) one member appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate; (3) one representative of an organization that represents the interests of an environmental justice community, as defined in subsection (a) of section 22a-20a, appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives; (4) one representative of an association representing automotive retailers in the state appointed by the majority leader of the Senate; (5) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives; and (6) one member appointed by the minority leader of the Senate. The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection may appoint to the board not more than three additional representatives from other industrial fleet or transportation companies. The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, or the commissioner's designee, shall serve as chairperson of the board. The board shall meet at such times as it deems necessary.

(b) On and after January 1, 2020, until December 31, 2025, inclusive, the board shall establish and administer a program to provide rebates that total at least three million dollars annually to residents of this state who (1) purchase or lease a battery electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle or fuel cell electric vehicle, or (2) purchase a used hydrogen vehicle or electric vehicle. The board shall establish and revise, as necessary, appropriate rebate levels and maximum income eligibility for rebates for used hydrogen vehicles or electric vehicles. The board shall evaluate such program on an annual basis.

(c) There is established an account to be known as the “Connecticut hydrogen and electric automobile purchase rebate program account” which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account within the General Fund. The account shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the account. Moneys in the account shall be expended by the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Board for the purposes of administering the program established pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.

(P.A. 19-117, S. 94.)