In 2018, the California Energy Commission invested $33 million in electric vehicle infrastructure from the Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP), with 40% of that funding being spent in disadvantaged communities.
At its business meeting on 10 April, the Energy Commission also heard a presentation on the 2018 Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group. The group, created by the Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, advises on programs proposed to achieve clean energy and pollution reduction in disadvantaged communities. In 2018, the group identified nine energy equity indicators relating to clean energy access, investment, and resilience in low-income or disadvantaged communities.
The Energy Commission adopted the Energy Program Investment Charge (EPIC) 2018 annual report. The report outlines the progress and status of activities funded by EPIC for investments in clean energy technologies and approaches that benefit ratepayers of California’s three largest investor-owned utilities.
The Energy Commission also approved more than $6 million in grants for eight public school districts, or joint powers authorities, to replace diesel school buses with compressed natural gas buses. The awards are from the School Bus Replacement Program , funded by the ARFVTP. These grants provide less-polluting natural gas school buses for routes less suited for an electric bus. In the near future, the Energy Commission will award funds for the purchase of all-electric school buses.