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).
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
• 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;
infrastructure connected with existing fleets, public transit, and
transportation corridors; and
• Establish workforce
training programs, conduct public education and promotion, and create
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.
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
Hearing Room A
1516 9th Street
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.
Grants will be awarded
for the development of Plans which must include all of the following
• 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 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/