During its first business meeting of 2015, the California Energy Commission approved nearly $18 million to fund projects that will help the state meet its climate and energy goals. Twelve million dollars will go toward three alternative fuel projects, $4 million will help fund two geothermal projects and $3.5 million will help fund local energy efficiency projects.
The three alternative fuels projects will receive funding through the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP), which supports technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on petroleum-based fuels. Recipients include:
• The Regents of the University of California: $11.2 million to administer an incentive program to put more natural gas vehicles on California roads.
• U.S. General Services Administration: $600,000 to install at least 50 electric vehicle charging stations in existing federal facilities in California.
• Linde LLC: $300,000 for operation and maintenance costs and data collection for a new hydrogen refueling station that opened in West Sacramento in December.
Source: California Energy Commission.