CARB Is Talking Up $373 Million for Fiscal Year 2015-2016,
CEC Wants Input on How to Spend Next ARFVTP $100 Million
The California Air Resources Board today approved a $373 million funding plan covering agency investments in advanced technologies for fiscal year 2015-16, “from zero-emission heavy-duty trucks and buses to rebates for low- and zero-emission passenger vehicles.”
Separately, the California Energy Commission has extended until July 15 the deadline for comments on its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. ARFVTP has an annual budget of approximately $100 million.
The proposed CARB budget for the annual Funding Plan for Low Carbon Transportation Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program is up by $150 million over last year’s budget, and is subject to approval by the California legislature.
$200 Million for Light and $167.5 Million for Heavy Vehicles
“Action taken by the Board today to boost funding for clean vehicle programs is in direct response to growing demand, and the need to put more zero-emission vehicles on California’s roads and highways,” CARB chair Mary Nichols said in a release.
“This funding plan delivers clean air, less carbon pollution and provides financial incentives to allow all Californians to benefit from driving and owning the cleanest vehicles.”
CARB is proposing to invest $200 million in light-duty vehicles, with $167.5 million dedicated to heavy-duty vehicle and freight-equipment projects, including vouchers to help support the purchase of hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses.
CEC Interested in New and Smaller Grants
Among the heavy-duty vehicle investments are three new programs, including a trade-up pilot program to transition off-road agricultural equipment to cleaner technologies. (The remaining $5.5 million is held for administrative overhead and a reserve.)
CEC wants input on new funding in support of projects which do not readily fit into current ARFVTP investment plan categories and, among other possibilities, suggestions for a solicitation limited to small grants of $150,000 or less.
ARFVTP investment plan comments by July 15 to [email protected]
CEC has set July 9 for a staff meeting on NGVIP, its Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project.
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Source: California agencies with Fleets & Fuels follow-up