Grants Details

Zero Emission Vehicle Readiness - Alternative Fuel Readiness Plans
This Grant will expire on December 02, 2014
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PURPOSE OF SOLICITATION

The California Energy Commission’s (Energy Commission) Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology (ARFVT) Program announces the availability of up to $3,300,000 in grant funds to help prepare California for the increased use of alternative transportation fuels.  Grant funds will be awarded on a “first-come, first-served basis” for projects to develop Alternative Fuel Readiness Plans (Plans) that will provide strategies for the deployment of alternative fuel infrastructure (AFI) and encourage the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV’s); which includes for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

BACKGROUND

Assembly Bill 118 (Nùñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007), created the ARFVT Program. The statute, subsequently amended by AB 109 (Nùñez, Chapter 313, Statutes of 2008), authorizes the Energy Commission to develop and deploy alternative and renewable fuels and advanced transportation technologies to help attain the state’s climate change policies. The Energy Commission has an annual program budget of approximately $100 million and provides financial support for projects that:

• Develop and improve alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels;

• Optimize alternative and renewable fuels for existing and developing engine technologies;

• Produce alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels in California;

• Decrease, on a full fuel cycle basis, the overall impact and carbon footprint of alternative and renewable fuels and increase sustainability;

• Expand fuel infrastructure, fueling stations, and equipment;

• Improve light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle technologies;

• Retrofit medium- and heavy-duty on-road and non-road vehicle fleets;

• Expand infrastructure connected with existing fleets, public transit, and transportation corridors; and

• Establish workforce training programs, conduct public education and promotion, and create technology centers.

The statute requires the Energy Commission to adopt and update annually an investment plan to determine funding priorities and opportunities and describe how program funding will be used to complement other public and private investments.

PRE-APPLICATION WORKSHOP

There will be one Pre-Application Workshop; participation in this meeting is optional but encouraged.  The Pre-Application Workshop will be held through in-person participation, WebEx, and conference call.

September 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

California Energy Commission

Hearing Room A

1516 9th Street

Sacramento, CA  95814

 

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

This solicitation is open to California eligible public entities that can meet the requirements of this solicitation. For purposes of this solicitation, eligible public entities includes, but is not limited to, those entities that have a direct role in the development, planning, permitting, or  oversight of alternative fuel infrastructure such as cities, counties, air, water, and fire districts, and regional planning entities.

 

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

Grants will be awarded for the development of Plans which must include all of the following activities:

• Analyze existing and potential incentives for increased usage of alternative fuels.

• Identify challenges and sharing best practices for planning, permitting, deployment, maintenance, and inspection of AFI.

• Develop or make use of existing training materials or classes for fleet operators, planners, first responders, and decision-makers regarding AFI development if no training materials are available alternative fuels identified by the Plan. Describe how the materials or classes will support the use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles.

• Develop strategies and best practices to increase procurement and commercialization of alternative fuels, and describe ways to evaluate implementation of potential strategies and how the best practices information will be available to the public.

• Develop marketing analysis, materials, and outreach strategies that communicate the benefits of alternative fuel usage to targeted groups such as fleet owners/operators.

• Develop strategies to assist alternative fuel wholesalers/retailers, with the intent of increasing the availability and/or reducing the cost of alternative fuels.

 

MATCHING FUNDING REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible, Applications must include a minimum 20 percent match share.  Funds from the Energy Commission (e.g., awards from other Commission programs) cannot count towards the match share requirement.

APPLICATIONS

Applications are being accepted from September 9, 2014 through December 2, 2014 by 3:00 p.m. or until funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first.  For application format, required documents and submittal, please refer to the following website:  http://www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/PON-13-603/