California Energy Commission to Hold Public Workshop on $46M+ in Grants for Biomethane, Medium-and Heavy-Duty Advanced Vehicle Technology, and Alt and Renewable Fuel Infrastructure
The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a public workshop on 15 December to discuss three grant solicitations to be funded by the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Program (Program). The solicitations will focus on biomethane production, medium- and heavy-duty advanced vehicle technology, and alternative and renewable fuel infrastructure. A minimum of $46 million will be available from the three solicitations.
The workshop, which will also provide access via Webex and conference call, will provide information on the grant solicitation process, including required proposal information, review and scoring criteria, project selection and award, terms and conditions, and timeline. The three solicitations include:
Biomethane Production. Available funding is $21.5 million. The Energy Commission is seeking to fund projects that involve the design, construction and operation of biomethane production facilities. The intent of this solicitation is to encourage the development of a new industry in California to produce a transportation fuel that is one of the most effective greenhouse gas reduction strategies, and that can significantly reduce petroleum fuel demand, stimulate economic development, and reduce environmental impacts associated with the State’s major waste sources.
The Energy Commission reserves the right to increase this total amount to $26 million without issuing a new solicitation.
Medium- and Heavy-Duty Advanced Vehicle Technology. Available funding is $9.5 million. The Energy Commission is seeking to fund projects that develop the commercialization of advanced medium- and heavy-duty vehicle technologies. The intent of this solicitation is to provide funding to advance the state-of-the-art in medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to significantly reduce the demand for petroleum fuels and greenhouse gas emissions in this critical market sector.
The Energy Commission reserves the right to increase this total amount to $12 million without issuing a new solicitation.
Alternative and Renewable Fuel Infrastructure. Available funding is $13.8 million. The Energy Commission is seeking to fund projects that develop infrastructure necessary to store, distribute and dispense the following transportation fuels:
- Biomass-based diesel, and
- Natural gas.
The intent of this solicitation is to upgrade public and private infrastructure investments, expand the network of public-access and fleet fueling stations and charging sites based on the population of existing and anticipated vehicles, and put in place infrastructure that will ultimately be needed to accommodate transportation fuels with very low greenhouse gas emissions.
The Energy Commission reserves the right to increase this total amount to $17 million without issuing a new solicitation.
Background. Assembly Bill 118 (Nùñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007), created the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The statute, subsequently amended by AB 109 (Nùñez) Chapter 313, Statutes of 2008), authorizes the Energy Commission to develop and deploy alternative and renewable fuels and advanced transportation technologies to help attain the state’s climate change policies.
The Energy Commission has an annual program budget of approximately $100 million and provides financial support for projects that:
Develop and improve alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels;
Optimize alternative and renewable fuels for existing and developing engine technologies;
Produce alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels in California;
Decrease, on a full fuel cycle basis, the overall impact and carbon footprint of alternative and renewable fuels and increase sustainability;
Expand fuel infrastructure, fueling stations, and equipment;
Improve light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle technologies;
Retrofit medium- and heavy-duty on-road and non-road vehicle fleets;
Expand infrastructure connected with existing fleets, public transit, and transportation corridors; and
Establish workforce training programs, conduct public education and promotion, and create technology centers.
CEC Investment Plan for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (CEC-600-2009-008-CTF)