According to the 2040 Sacramento General Plan, the city has proposed banning new gasoline stations and adding to existing stations unless the sites provided electric vehicle charging. Fuel sites would be required to “provide 50kW or greater Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC) electric vehicle charging stations on site at a ratio of at least 1 new charging station per 1 new gas fuel nozzle,” as stated in LUP-4.13 in the plan.
The California Fuels and Convenience Alliance (CFCA) submitted a letter of opposition to the city, stating:
It is disheartening to see yet another city consider a regressive policy that disproportionately harms small, minority businesses and consumers the most. Gas station bans threaten local economies with increased job loss, decreased tax revenue and will only lead to more pain at the pump for consumers. Empowering businesses, promoting competition and considering the diverse economic landscapes within a community are vital elements in shaping a resilient future for the fuel and convenience industry.
The CFCA also stated that when enacting bans, “it is imperative to account for the intricate interconnections that exist with other major sectors.” The state association highlighted the major role that the fuel and convenience industry has on other industries.
“The fueling and convenience industry also supports $7.4 billion in labor statewide,” the CFCA wrote. “While there is an argument to shift these jobs to the electric and hydrogen sectors, the existing limiting infrastructure does a disservice to Californians who depend on the current fuel industry for their livelihoods.”
The CFCA conducted a study on the impacts of state and local bans on new construction and upgrades to fueling establishments in California. The study showed the negative consequences of such bans, with the loss of jobs, income and small business opportunities; loss of fueling options for customers; loss of opportunity to convert fueling establishments to other alternative fuels; and less competition and higher prices for gasoline.
The CFCA is urging its own members to submit comments to the Sacramento Planning and Design Commission.