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CEC $22 Million for EV Charging, NGVIP

April 19, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nearly $9 Million on EV-Supporting Infrastructure on Major Routes
As $12.6 Million Is Approved for Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project

The California Energy Commission has approved some $22 million to support the purchase of natural gas vehicles in the state and to install electric vehicle charging equipment along major routes.
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CEC Wants Help with Hydrogen Fueling

April 8, 2016 in Electric Drive, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$17.3 Million for Light Duty Vehicle Fueling under ARFVTP

The California Energy Commission is looking to fund light duty hydrogen vehicle fueling infrastructure projects under ARFVTP, its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The agency has as much as $17.3 million under the latest solicitation, which covers capital investment in new fueling outlets as well as operation and maintenance support.


CEC-logo-since1975“This solicitation places a preference on hydrogen refueling stations that fill hydrogen refueling station coverage gaps and hydrogen refueling capacity gaps in California,” the agency says. CEC is working with the California Air Resources Board – making use of CARB’s CHIT, the California Hydrogen Infrastructure Tool – to determine the best locations for additional hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

CEC is hosting pre-application workshop on ARFVTP solicitation GFO-15-605 in Sacramento on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 26. Proposals are due July 15.


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CEC Has Lots More ARFVTP Money

January 7, 2016 in Conference/Meeting, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Will Detail 2016-2017 Plan at January 21 Meeting in Long Beach

The California Energy Commission has released its draft 2016-2017 Investment Plan for its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, and will detail its $100 million spending vision – and take suggestions – at a public workshop later this month.

ARFVTP, the California Energy Commission’s sweeping Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, is entering its eighth year.

ARFVTP, the California Energy Commission’s sweeping Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, is entering its eighth year.

The goal of the plan, which reflects various California laws (notably AB 118 in 2007), executive orders and policies, is to identify “funding allocations for particular segments of the supply chain for alternative fuel or vehicle technologies,” CEC says.

The latest staff draft is the second version of the 2016-2017 Investment Plan Update, the agency notes, “and will be revised in subsequent versions after obtaining public input.”


Lower Emission than 1990’s

The ARFVTP workshop has been slated for Thursday, January 21 at Long Beach City Hall.

California’s “aggressive goals” include

  • a near-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020;
  • an interim goal of reducing GHG emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030; and
  • A long-term goal of reducing GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

“Achieving these goals will require significant technological and market changes within the transportation sector, which accounts for 37% of state greenhouse gas emissions,” states the draft summary.

Recent and expected ARFVTP funding by the California Energy Commission

Recent and expected ARFVTP funding by the California Energy Commission

CEC pegs cumulative ARFVTP funding through the end of December 2015 at $606 million, with the largest share, $96 million, going for 49 hydrogen fueling stations. Some $56.6 million has been awarded over the years for natural gas vehicle deployment, and $50.9 million for biomethane production.

With Biomethane, New Gas Engines Could Beat Electricity

According to the 2016-2017 draft, the standout items expected to be funded via solicitations in the coming months include medium and heavy duty vehicle technology demonstrations and scale-up (and related manufacturing) for $23 million, biofuel production and supply for $20 million, hydrogen fueling infrastructure for $20 million, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure for $17 million.

Cumulative ARFVTP awards to date, in millions of dollars

Cumulative ARFVTP awards to date, in millions of dollars

CEC staff takes strong note of the fact that emerging technologies are changing the ways in which the goals may be achieved – including engines that exceed the optional NOx reduction targets of the California Air Resources Board (F&F, October 6).

“These technologies, when combined with biomethane fuel, can reduce the life-cycle emissions of medium and heavy duty vehicles to levels near or equal to those of zero-emission electric vehicles,” CEC says, “and may be a primary initial technology for meeting the objectives of the California State Implementation Plans for ambient air quality standard attainment.”

Emerging Technologies Too

Beyond cleaner fuels and engines, “Emerging non-propulsion technologies, such as intelligent transportation systems for freight movement, may also provide an opportunity to reduce petroleum use as well as GHG and criteria pollutant emissions,” CEC says.

“Energy Commission staff will continue to monitor new opportunities and incorporate them into the ARFVTP investment plan update and solicitations when appropriate.”

Janea Scott, CEC’s lead commissioner for transportation, will attend the Long Beach workshop.


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CEC Biofuels Review on September 18

August 26, 2015 in Biofuels, Biomethane, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Biofuel And Biomethane ‘Lessons Learned and Pitfalls to Avoid’

The California Energy Commission is planning a Technology Merit Review “to highlight key ingredients for successful development of biofuel and biomethane projects.” The September 18 meeting in Sacramento will focus on existing and potential work funded by CEC’s ARFVTP, the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

CEC-logo-since1975“This workshop presents an opportunity to highlight key ingredients for success, lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid from several ARFVTP biofuel and biomethane project funding recipients,” the agency says.

 

Better Plans and Solicitations

“This information can benefit existing and future projects and help the Energy Commission adapt and improve future investment plans and solicitations.”

The workshop will include comments from independent peer reviewers of individual projects. The meeting “is an initial step to establish an annual Technology Merit Review for ARFVTP projects and technology sectors, which might adopt and adapt aspects of similar activities conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy.”


Janea Scott, the agency’s lead commissioner for transportation, will preside.


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CEC Funds eVehicle, Fuel Cell Projects

July 14, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, fuel cells, Hydrogen, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More than $10 Million for Demonstrations in Disadvantaged Areas

The California Energy Commission has approved more than $10 million in grants for four electric-drive vehicle projects including a zero emission fuel-cell truck to transport shipping containers, and battery-electric school buses.
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$12 Million More for Alt Fuels from CEC

January 20, 2015 in Electric Drive, Hydrogen, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

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.

CEC-logoAnd, 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

  • CEC will support operation and maintenance and data collection at Linde’s new fueling station in West Sacramento to the tune of $300,000.

    CEC will support operations and maintenance, and data collection at Linde’s new fueling station in West Sacramento to the tune of $300,000.

    $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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Linde Hydrogen in West Sacramento

December 15, 2014 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ramon Oil-Hosted, CEC-Backed, First Retail in California Capital,
Brings Latest Version of Ionic Compression Technology to the States

Linde has opened the first retail hydrogen fueling station in the Sacramento area. The Ramos Oil-hosted, California Energy Commission-backed facility has Quantum dispensers and can handle an initial 100 passenger car fills per day. It “moves California closer to its goal of having 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025,” CEC said.
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CEC Funds for AVT Manufacturing

September 10, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, Conference/Meeting, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$10 Million Available, Workshop on September 19

The California Energy Commission has approximately $10 million for advanced vehicle manufacturing facilities under ARFVT, the agency’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

CEC-logoThe agency seeks too help establish California factories that produce zero- or near zero-emission vehicles, or components for such vehicles.

The solicitation/Program Opportunity Notice (PON-14-604) encompasses electric, CNG/compressed natural gas, LNG/liquefied natural gas, E-85, biogas, renewable diesel, ethanol, DME/dimethyl ether, biomethane, and hydrogen/fuel cell vehicles.

The maximum funding amount that may be requested per proposal is $3 million, CEC says, and the minimum is $1 million. Cost-sharing of at least 50% is required.

CEC will host a pre-application workshop for the advanced vehicle manufacturing initiative in Sacramento on September 19.

Applications will be accepted until November 7.


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CEC Funds for ZEV Readiness

September 10, 2014 in Electric Drive, EVs, fuel cells, Infrastructure, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$3.3 Million Available, Workshop on September 18

The California Energy Commission has approximately $3.3 million available for zero emission vehicle readiness projects under ARFVT, the agency’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

CEC-logoThe new CEC solicitation/Program Opportunity Notice (PON-14-603) covers both plug-in and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

Readiness plans developed under PON-14-603 are to cover the permitting and inspection, the installation of charging and/or hydrogen fueling, siting, signage, and zero emission vehicle awareness.

CEC will host a pre-application workshop in Sacramento on September 18.

Applications will be accepted through December 2, or whenever funds or exhausted.


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$24.9 Million More from California

July 27, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, Electric Drive, Hydrogen, money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CEC Seeks Input on New Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Solicitation

CEC-logoThe California Energy Commission is preparing a new solicitation to fund medium and heavy duty advanced vehicle technology demonstrations. Total available funding for the ARFVTP-MD/HD (Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program –  Medium Duty/Heavy Duty) effort is just shy of $24.9 million.

CEC seeks to facilitate the development and commercialization of MHD vehicles for goods movement and freight transport. Pathways include natural gas vehicles, electric drive vehicles including hydrogen fuel cell power, and hybrid/range-extender combinations.

California Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program funding 2009-2014.

California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program funding 2009-2014.

The agency is planning for a competitive process, with applicants willing to put up matching funds, and maximum awards of $4 million.

CEC will take suggestions for the new solicitation, including how best match infrastructure requirements with the deployment of new technology vehicles, until this Thursday, July 31.


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$60 Million from CEC for H2, EVs, NGVs

July 23, 2014 in Alternative Fuels, Electric Drive, Hydrogen, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Wants 1.5 Million H2, All-Electric and Plug-Ins by 2025

The California Energy Commission has approved nearly a score of hydrogen fueling, battery electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle projects totaling nearly $50 million. Some $8.1 million has been allocated for EV placements too, as well as $4.3 million for natural gas vehicles.
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CEC: $18 Million for H2 Fueling?

June 11, 2013 in Conference/Meeting, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Agency Hosts Downtown Sacramento Display Too

The California Energy Commission board is to vote on nearly $19 million worth of hydrogen vehicle fueling projects in Sacramento Wednesday morning. At noon, the agency is hosting a downtown display of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. updated June 17
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California Biofuels Workshop

December 28, 2012 in Biofuels, Conference/Meeting by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sacramento Meeting on January 11 Precedes ARFVTP Solicitation

The California Energy Commission is holding a public workshop in Sacramento on January 11 in advance of an upcoming Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) solicitation on biofuels production.
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Wrightspeed to Get More from the CEC

June 22, 2012 in CNG, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California’s Wrightspeed is in line for an additional $5.789 million grant from the California Energy Commission in support of its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle development work.
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CEC Hydrogen Infrastructure Workshops

June 18, 2012 in Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The California Energy Commission is hosting a pair of workshops to clarify what’s needed as it prepares new hydrogen vehicle fueling infrastructure solicitations under its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.
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