Technical Assistance, Project Development, Funding Support
The new, California Energy Commission-funded San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center is to “provide technical assistance, project development expertise, and support with acquiring funding for San Joaquin Valley vehicle fleet owners, local governments, businesses, and residents,” Calstart said today.
The Fresno-based SJVCTC will be headed by Joseph Oldham, former acquisition specialist with the City of Fresno and longtime backer of alternative fuel vehicles there.
“The new Center’s goal is to accelerate the use of clean vehicles and fuels,” Calstart said. “Its work will expand the use of zero-emission vehicles, clean trucks, and high-efficiency non-road equipment.”
‘Part of a Larger Strategy’
“The San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center is part of a larger strategy to address regional clean-air needs across the state,” Janea Scott, lead transportation commissioner at CEC, says in Calstart’s announcement.
“The Energy Commission is pleased to provide a $1.2 million grant to fund this center, which will help local residents, governments and businesses collaborate on advanced transportation solutions and accelerate their progress toward meeting the Valley’s clean-air goals,” she said.
‘A National Network’
“The San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center is a great new regional resource that will play an important role in helping to improve air quality and reduce emissions from vehicles,” said San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (Valley Air) executive director Seyed Sadredin.
“The center has strong connections and relations with a national network of manufacturers, suppliers, and fleets that we will be able to utilize to improve our transportation system,” he said.
In addition to the California Energy Commission grant, the Southern California Gas Company provided $200,000 in matching funds to support the center’s mission.
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Source: Calstart with Fleets & Fuels follow-up