The California Energy Commission has approved funding of $35 million to projects that will accelerate the development of green fuels and technology in California. These investments reduce the state’s dependence on foreign oil, improve the environment and help California attain its climate change policies.
The state of California is already the clear leader when it comes to developing green energy, according to a report sponsored by the Portland Development Commission and Business Oregon. The most populous state ranked number one in almost every category mentioned in the report.
One reason is that in April 2011 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a requirement that California get 33% of its electricity from renewable sources, such as wind and solar energy, by the year 2020.
Now these new awards demonstrate again that California is committed to developing a green energy economy.
“These awards support a diversity of alternative fuel and vehicle types, including biodiesel production, natural gas vehicle technologies and incentives, and E85 fueling stations, which together provide a crucial boost to the development of clean energy transportation in the state. They will enable the deployment of more advanced technology vehicles on the roadways – and support the development of the fueling infrastructure needed to keep them rolling,” said Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman. “Investing in these innovative projects will benefit all Californians by improving our air quality, creating jobs, and providing the diverse transportation options that we need today and in the future.”
And the awards go to:
CALSTART Inc. will receive $14.5 million to demonstrate medium- and heavy-duty vehicles using advanced technology and alternative fuels.
Propel Biofuels Inc. will receive $10.1 million as a share of the cost to install 101 new E85 (ethanol) fueling facilities at existing gas fueling stations statewide.
SacPort Biofuels Corp. will receive $5 million to develop, build and test a pilot facility to demonstrate an innovative gasification process to produce renewable biomass diesel from local municipal solid waste, including green refuse, railroad ties, construction and demolition waste, and plastics that typically wind up in landfills.
Gas Technology Institute, a nonprofit energy research and development organization, will receive $4.6 million for two projects: a demonstration of three plug-in hybrid trucks, in partnership with US Hybrid Corp.; and a demonstration of a natural gas version of the heavy-duty Navistar MaxxForce 13 diesel engine, in partnership with Clean Air Power.
Springboard Biodiesel LLC, will receive $758,200 to develop and build a pilot biodiesel production facility in Chico, where Springboard is based. The facility is expected to provide low-cost biodiesel in rural Northern California, which currently lacks such fuel options.
Whole Energy Pacifica LLC will receive $125,274 to design, build and install a fuel-blending system at an existing biodiesel terminal in Richmond. The new system will provide accurate, uniform blending of diesel and biodiesel. The biodiesel at this facility is predominantly made from used cooking oils.
Reynolds Buick-GMC will receive a buy-down incentive of $16,000 for two natural gas-fueled medium-duty vehicles of 8,501 to 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Such incentives are designed to help pay the difference between the cost of conventional gas- or diesel-powered vehicles and new ones that use propane or natural gas.
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