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Cal Energy to award up to $4M for off-road heavy-duty natural gas vehicle research and development

The California Energy Commission will award up to $4 million (GFO-16-501) to projects to to support the research and development of heavy-duty off-road vehicles powered by conventional or renewable natural gas.

Projects should incorporate advanced low emission engine technology currently available for heavy-duty on-road vehicles. Existing advanced natural gas engine technologies could be adapted to provide this market segment with a natural gas engine option capable of exceeding current, Tier 4, emission regulations while simultaneously meeting the performance needs of off-road applications.

The Energy Commission is seeking projects that exceed current CARB off-road vehicle regulations which can also meet potential future CARB off-road vehicle emission standards. Projects for this Solicitation must fall within one of the following project groups:

  • Group 1: Off-Road Research and Development- South Coast Air Basin

  • Group 2: Off-Road Research and Development-San Joaquin Valley Air Basin

  • Group 3: Off-Road Research and Development- California Ports and Military Bases

The minimum funding amount for each project group is $750,000. The maximum funding amount is $1,500,000.

This solicitation will award projects under the Natural Gas RD&D program, also called the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Natural Gas, which is funded by a ratepayer surcharge on all natural gas consumed in California. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) established the surcharge and program in August 2004. The purpose of the program is to benefit California natural gas ratepayers. The surcharge funds public benefit activities designed to increase natural gas end-use efficiency and advance science or technology.

Program funds for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 total $24 million, 17% of which will be allocated for natural gas-related transportation research.

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