The California Energy Commission Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) is making up to $1,194,659 in grant funds available to develop a new center or expand an existing center for alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in Central California. (PON-14-606)
The solicitation is open to both public and private entities. To be eligible, applicants must have a business presence in California.
To be an “Eligible Project” for this solicitation, the proposed center must: 1) be located in Central California: San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, or Kern County; 2) support two or more local agencies and businesses within the region; 3) be open to the public without membership fees; and 4) conduct one or more of the following activities:
Increase Public Awareness: The proposed center will conduct regular outreach events, educational workshops, and other activities to increase public awareness and promote adoption and use of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies.
Permitting Processes Streamlining and Standardization and CEQA and Permitting Training and Assistance: Streamline and standardize permitting processes, and provide education about the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and permitting processes to encourage development of alternative fuels and vehicle technology infrastructure.
Commercial Outreach and Education: Conduct regular outreach events and educational workshops targeting fleet owners and operators to promote the adoption and use of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies in regional fleets.
Stakeholder Collaboration: Identify and collaborate with local and regional entities in Central California to develop, demonstrate, and deploy alternative fuels, fueling infrastructure, and/or alternative fueled vehicles.
For the purposes of the solicitation:
Alternative fuels include, but are not limited to electricity, natural gas, biogas, hydrogen, ethanol, biodiesel, and renewable diesel.
Alternative fueling systems include commercial, institutional and/or residential demonstrations of fuel dispensing systems for the above-listed alternative fuels.
Alternative vehicle technologies include, but are not limited to:
- Electric drive cars, trucks, shuttles, buses, or off-road equipment.
- Natural gas/biogas cars, trucks, shuttles, buses, or off-road equipment.
- Hydrogen fuel cell cars, trucks, shuttles, buses, or off-road equipment.
- Various hybrid configurations of the above listed technologies.
- Technologies for efficiency, emissions reductions, and/or optimization.