HHP Summit 2017

California Energy Commission

Ten Battery Trucks for San Diego Port

July 20, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, money awarded, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Energy Commission Supports $8.2 Million Plan:
Vehicles from BYD, EDI and TransPower for Seven Tenants

BYD, Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. and TransPower are to supply seven battery electric freight vehicles for seven port operators under a new California Energy Commission-backed program, the San Diego Port Tenants Association said late yesterday. updated July 21
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CEC Offers Money for Off-Road NGVs

July 15, 2016 in CNG, industrial, LNG, money available, NGVs, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Existing Heavy Duty NGV Gear to be Adapted for Off-Road Use
In the Los Angeles Area & Central Valley, and at Ports & Bases

California’s South Coast (i.e. the Los Angeles area), the Central valley, ports and military bases are the emphases as the California Commission is offering $4 million to support R&D into off-road natural gas vehicles. The goal is to apply existing commercial technology for heavy duty NGVs to the off-road sector.

CEC-logo-since1975-119x107CEC notes that “the state’s most severely polluted regions, the San Joaquin Valley and the South Coast air basins, require extensive deployment of zero- and near-zero-emission technologies to meet current and future clean air standards.”

Projects funded under the new grant funding opportunity, Off-Road Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Vehicle Research and Development (GFO-16-501) “should incorporate advanced low emission engine technology currently available for heavy-duty on-road vehicles.


Two Workshops this Month

“Existing advanced natural gas engine technologies could be adapted to provide this market segment with a natural gas engine option capable of exceeding current, Tier 4, emission regulations while simultaneously meeting the performance needs of off-road applications,” the agency says.

  • CEC is holding a workshop at the South Coast Air Quality Management District office in Diamond Bar on the morning of Tuesday, July 26.
  • CEC is holding a workshop at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District office in Modesto on the morning of Friday, July 29.

“Specifically, this solicitation will focus on heavy-duty off-road vehicles that are used in distribution hubs, including but not limited to ports, freight facilities, military hubs, commodity yards and agricultural locations,” the agency states.

The deadline to submit written questions is August 1.

GFO-16-501 applications are due September 9.


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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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Petaluma Biogas for Collection Vehicles

March 28, 2016 in Biofuels, Biomethane, CNG, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Approximately 150,000 GGEs Annually from Food & Beverage Waste,
CEC, Anteing $3 Million, Sees ‘A Scalable Model for Other Communities’

The City of Petaluma, north of San Francisco, is getting ready to produce biomethane fuel via anaerobic digestion at an existing wastewater recycling facility – and will use it to power garbage collection vehicles.
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CEC NGVs Workshop with NREL March 8

February 29, 2016 in Conference/Meeting, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Organizations Want Feedback on Joint Research Roadmap

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a public workshop with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to solicit public feedback and input on the two organizations’ 2015 Natural Gas Vehicle Research Roadmap.


The California Energy Commission is hosting a natural gas vehicles workshop with the with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Sacramento on March 8.

The California Energy Commission is hosting a natural gas vehicles workshop with the with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Sacramento on March 8.

The draft document, which updates a report dating from 2009, was released at this past fall’s NGV Tech Forum in San Francisco. The CEC-hosted workshop is slated for Tuesday, March 8 at CEC headquarters in Sacramento.

“The roadmap serves as a guiding document to describe the strategic research, development, demonstration, and deployment needed to enhance the viability of the natural gas vehicle market in California,” states a meeting notice.

Huge Potential

“As a transportation fuel, natural gas could offset over 750 million gallons of diesel per year by 2022, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million metric tons per year, and saving the state approximately $1.35 billion in fueling costs annually,” states the draft report.

CEC and NREL will take stakeholder input on three priority areas for future NGVs funding: engine development and vehicle integration, fueling infrastructure and storage, and technical and strategic studies.


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CEC Funding for Seaport Vehicles

February 3, 2016 in Alternative Fuels, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$18 Million with an Emphasis on Pre-Commercial Technologies,
Includes $2 Million for Natural Gas Vehicle Deployment Projects

The California Energy Commission is supporting fuel-saving and greenhouse gas-reducing technologies at the state’s ports, seeking to speed the commercialization of alternative propulsion technologies and technologies that achieve fuel savings of 40% or better.
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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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City of San Mateo Biomethane for 2016

December 22, 2015 in Biomethane, CNG, milestones, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Backs City CNG Station by Unison Solutions

The City of San Mateo held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new compressed natural gas fueling station for light duty municipal vehicles this month. The station, to be built next year south of the San Francisco International Airport, will be supplied with biogas from the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
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GTrans’ Repowered Electric Drive Buses

October 20, 2015 in Electric Drive, money awarded, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$2.7 Million from the California Energy Commission to Support Project
As Fully Battery Electric BYD Bus Purchased Too for Comparison Purposes,
City of Gardena Transit Agency Considers Full Fleet Electrification by 2022

The City of Gardena (Los Angeles) is taking advantage of a $2.7 million award by the California Energy Commission to deploy and gather data on five 100% battery electric buses in disadvantaged areas. One of the GTrans agency’s 40-foot New Flyer low-floor buses has already been converted by Complete Coach Works and four others are in line. updated October 21
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Funding a Near Zero ISX 12G Variant

October 13, 2015 in Companies, NGVs, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Partners Would Like to See Mid-2017 Market Debut for the Engine

The South Coast Air Quality Management District and allied organizations in California are looking to put together a $5.25 million funding package for a “Near Zero” version of the dedicated-natural gas 11.9-liter ISX12 G engine by Cummins Westport.
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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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New Flyer Xcelsior, Hydrogenics Fuel Cell

August 18, 2015 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, money awarded, Technology, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Funding Xcelsior-Platform Vehicle Test with SunLine

New Flyer Industries reports that the California Energy Commission has approved a $2.1 million grant to conduct an advanced demonstration project involving a New Flyer XE40 Xcelsior electric transit bus with a 60-kilowatt Hydrogenics CelerityPlus fuel cell. The bus will be operated by Southern California’s SunLine Transit.
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ITS at UC Irvine Launches CEC NGVIP

August 5, 2015 in money available, NGVs by Joe Annotti  |  No Comments

California’s $10.2 Million Incentive Program for NGVs Opens Friday

The California Energy Commission-funded Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project opens for business for private and public non-transit applicants on Friday, August 7. NGVIP is being administered on behalf of CEC by the Institute of Transportation Studies, at UC Irvine.

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NGVIP has $10,187,000 available “to reduce the purchase price of new on-road natural gas vehicles.” CEC wants to expand the use of “a domestically produced non-petroleum fuel that is a low-cost alternative to gasoline and diesel and has lower carbon emissions characteristics.”

“The incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis and at varying levels depending on the gross vehicle weight,” CEC says.

$25,000 Maximum

NGVIP incentives range from $1,000 for the lightest natural gas vehicles to $25,000 for NGVs with a GVW in excess of 33,001 pounds.


To be eligible, vehicles must be new, model year 2014 or later. The vehicle must also be listed in CARB’s Certification Program and must be registered and operated on natural gas in California (at least 90% of the time) for at least three years. They vehicles must have engines prepped for natural gas with fully warranted fuel systems.

Only vehicles purchased after August 7th and earning approval from the CEC will be receive the incentives.

Details of the program are available in the NGVIP Application Manual (direct link to PDF).


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Source: California Energy Commission with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

 

California Wants DC Fast Chargers

July 27, 2015 in Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

CEC Has $10 Million for North-South Corridors

The California Energy Commission is looking for suppliers of DC fast-charger for electric vehicles to help the state complete it portion of a north-south portion of an electric charging highway corridor, allowing EVs to charge between the Oregon border and south to Baja California.


WCEHThe agency has $10 million to spend under solicitation GFO-15-601. Chargers are to be installed along Interstate-5, U.S. Highway 101 and State Route 99.

The solicitation identifies seven primary and two secondary corridors. CEC anticipates that the largest investment will be between the Oregon border and Red Bluff, South of Redding, Calif. – connecting the California network to the West Coast Electric Highway in Oregon and Washington.

Sacramento Workshop on August 7

The agency will accept written questions on the GFO-15-601 DC fast-charge solicitation until August 7, on the morning of which it will host a pre-application workshop, in Sacramento.

The deadline to submit application is November 19. CEC anticipates posted the winners in January to be confirmed at the Commission board meeting in March.


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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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Navy Looking for Hundreds of EVs

July 8, 2015 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sacramento Meeting to Discuss Leasing Options on July 21

The California Energy Commission gave notice Tuesday that the Department of the Navy is planning to lease approximately 300 to 600 passenger-carrying electric vehicles, with an initial focus on the sedan fleet, to be used at various Navy and Marine Corps installations within the State of California.
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