The California Energy Commission (CEC) has selected 11 biofuel projects projects—including gasoline substitutes, diesel substitutes and biomethane projects—for $43,633,421 in awards under a grant solicitation released in January for the development of new, or the modification of, existing California-based biofuel production facilities that can sustainably produce low carbon transportation fuels.
The grant solicitation had announced a total of $24 million available for projects funded by the solicitation; however, the Energy Commission, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to increase or reduce the amount of funds available.
The CEC selected four diesel substitute projects for a total of $19,183,421 in funding. One of the recipients (Crimson Renewable Energy) had been selected in May as the only Round 1 awardee.
|Crimson Renewable Energy LP||Bakersfield Biodiesel Production Plant Expansion Project—Phase II||$5,000,000|
|American Biodiesel, Inc. dba Community Fuels||Increased efficiency for processing low carbon intensity biodiesel feedstocks at an existing biorefinery||$4,183,421|
|AltAir Fuels, LLC||Commercial Scale Biofuels Production Facility||$5,000,000|
|UrbanX Renewables Group, Inc.||Modifying and Expanding an Existing Biodiesel Facility to a Feedstock Flexible NOx-Neutral Renewable Diesel BioRefinery||$5,000,000|
Three gasoline substitute projects made the cut, for a total of $9,000,000 in awards.
|Calgren Renewable Fuels||CALGREN: California In State Sorghum Program||$3,000,000|
|Pacific Ethanol Development LLC||Pacific Ethanol: California In State Sorghum Program||$3,000,000|
|Aemetis, Inc.||The Aemetis Low-Carbon Sorghum Ethanol Project||$3,000,000|
Finally, four biomethane projects were selected, for a total of $15,450,000 in funding.
|Recology Inc.||Recology Hay Road Anaerobic Digester Facility||$5,000,000|
|City of San Mateo||Wastewater Digester Gas to Biomethane for Vehicle Fuel||$2,450,000|
|City of Napa||Napa Renewable Resources Project—Anaerobic Digestion to RNG||$3,000,000|
|Colony Energy Partners Tulare LLC||Demonstration of the Colony Organic Power System (CEOPS) at the Endeavor Facility||$5,000,000|