The California Energy Commission has floated AB 118 solicitations for alternative fuel (including hydrogen) infrastructure projects, and for biofuels production facilities.
CEC’s program opportunity notice – PON-11-602 – for alt fuels infrastructure covers E85/ethanol ($10.1 million), natural gas ($9.57 million), electricity (including DC fast-charging, $7 million), diesel substitutes ($3.14 million), and propane ($500,000). Among the projects to be given special preference are those for school districts and those involving renewable natural/biomethane. Initial available funding of $30.3 million could be raised to $60 million.
An application workshop was held on February 21. Proposals are due March 14.
Fueling Infrastructure & Biofuels Production
Hydrogen fuel infrastructure is covered by PON-11-609. First round funding of up to $15 million will be available for both new hydrogen vehicle fueling installations and upgrades of existing ones. Stations “must be located within or in close proximity to one of the four southern California early-adopter clusters which includes Irvine, Newport Beach, Santa Monica, Torrance, or the two northern California clusters, San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento,” the agency says. Extra money may be available for stations dispensing renewable hydrogen.
An application workshop on hydrogen infrastructure was held on February 22. Proposals are due March 15.
CEC is evaluating proposals for biofuels production facilities under PON-11-601. Funding of nearly $38 million is being made be available for new, low carbon facilities, CEC says, or for projects that lower the carbon intensity of fuels produced at existing facilities. Biomethane is earmarked for more than a third of the total, followed closely by gasoline substitutes and diesel substitutes.
The agency is also helping buy down the cost of natural gas and propane vehicles (F&F, February 13).
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