Energy Commission Releases 2013-2014 ARFVT Investment Plan
The California Energy Commission’s latest Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology investment plan “provides a solid foundation for the continued transformation of California’s transportation sector,” agency chair Robert Weisenmiller said Wednesday.
“The plan will guide the Commission in supporting projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, increase fuel diversity to reduce reliance on petroleum, and help create jobs,” Weisenmiller said in an agency release.
As with prior Plans, the ARFVT investment plan for fiscal year 2013-2014 will provide about $100 million for green vehicles and alternative fuels projects.
CEC’s Emerging Fuels & Technology Office will issue solicitations in connection with the new investment plan after commencement of the fiscal year on July 1.
‘One Million ZEVs by 2020’
The ARFVT program supports fuel and vehicle development to help attain the state’s climate change policies, as well as Governor Jerry Brown’s Zero Emission Vehicles Action Plan, “with a target of installing enough infrastructure to support 1 million ZEVs by 2020, and a 2025 target of having 1.5 million ZEVs on the state’s roads.”
Besides increased use electricity in transportation, CEC encourages and funds natural gas and biomethane, hydrogen, and such gasoline and diesel substitutes as cellulosic ethanol (derived from woody materials, including agricultural waste), and biodiesel from waste grease. Funding sources include small surcharges on vehicle and vessel registrations, and license plate and smog abatement fees.
According to the 2013-2014 ARFVT plan, CEC will invest
- $23 million for biofuels production and supply, with an emphasis on fuels made from waste-based and other low-carbon, sustainable materials;
- $20 million for hydrogen fueling infrastructure. An estimated 68 stations are needed to support the anticipated rollout of these vehicles in 2015-2017. Roughly 24 stations are built or in development;
- $15 million for medium- and heavy-duty electric truck and hybrid vehicle demonstration projects;
- $12 million for natural gas vehicle incentives. These incentives help to pay the difference between the cost of alternative-fuel vehicles and conventional vehicles. Buyers must agree to register and operate the vehicles in California at least 90% of the time for three years;
- $7 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, coordinated to fulfill the Governor’s ZEV Action Plan. Workplace, fleet and multi-unit dwelling projects will be given priority;
- $5 million for light-duty plug-in electric vehicle rebates to meet high demand for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, administered by the California Air Resources Board;
- $5 million for manufacturing projects, supporting economic development and clean transportation technology;
- $4 million to emerging opportunities. This allocation is not specifically tied to any single fuel or technology type, with a priority for projects that can leverage federal funding;
- $3.5 million for regional alternative fuel readiness and planning, building on previous projects supporting these efforts;
- $2 million for centers for alternative fuels and advanced vehicles to support collaborative efforts that promote innovation, demonstrate new technologies, leverage venture capital and federal funds, and provide workforce training;
- $2 million to workforce training and development; and
- $1.5 million for natural gas fueling infrastructure to support growing use of these alternative fuel vehicles by many entities, including school districts.
“We provide needed funding to cutting edge technologies,” Weisenmiller said. Using public money to supplement private sector investments and hedge financial risk is critical to getting new technology cars, trucks and fuels into our California markets.”
“Investments made through the program’s competitive solicitation process,” CEC says, “provide a crucial jump-start in funding to overcome market barriers for new fuels and technology, while leveraging additional investment from federal agencies, research institutions, private investors and other stakeholders.”
More than $390 million has been awarded to more than 220 projects, and the ARFVT awards have leveraged more than $450 million in additional private and public investment to date, CEC says.
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Source: California Energy Commission with Fleets & Fuels follow-up