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.
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
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
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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Source: CEC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up