California Energy Commission Backs NGVs, EVs, Hydrogen
With $11.2 Million for NGVs to Be Administered by UC Irvine
The California Energy Commission has approved $12.1 million for new projects as part of ARFVTP, the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, with the bulk of the money – $11.2 million – going for natural gas vehicles.
And, in a new twist, the NGV money will be channeled through the University of California, Irvine. Administrative funds are coming not from the ARFVTP cache, but from the agency’s program support budget, freeing up a significant amount of money for the projects themselves.
“The major change that we are making to the process is to provide incentives/vouchers directly to vehicle purchasers,” says Andre Freeman, a fuels and transportation division specialist with CEC. “We are currently shooting for a March/April public workshop, and releasing the funds closer to summer,” he told F&F.
Freeman notes that as the new program with UC Irvine takes shape, ARFVTP incentives for NGVs for fleets remain available via the agency’s NGVIP initiative.
In addition to the incentives “to put more natural gas vehicles on California roads,” CEC has approved
$600,000 for the U.S. General Services Administration to install at least 50 electric vehicle charging stations in existing federal facilities in California; and
- $300,000 for Linde for operation and maintenance costs and data collection at the firm’s hydrogen fueling station that opened last month in West Sacramento (F&F, December 15).
Also during its first business meeting of the new year, CEC approved $4 million to help fund two geothermal projects, and $3.5 million will help fund local energy efficiency projects.
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Source: California Energy Commission with Fleets & Fuels follow-up