California Energy Commission Letterhead

In the Matter of:
Proposed Adoption of Regulations for
the Administration of the Alternative
and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle
Technology Program

Docket No. 08-OIR-1

NOTICE OF COMMITTEE
WORKSHOP

 

Notice of Committee Workshop

Documents for Workshop

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) Transportation Committee will conduct a workshop to review draft regulatory language for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (Program) established by Assembly Bill (AB) 118 (Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007). Commissioner and Vice Chair James D. Boyd, Presiding Member of the Transportation Committee, and Commissioner Karen Douglas, Associate Member of the Transportation Committee, will both be in attendance. Other Commissioners may attend and participate. The workshop will be held:

MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2008
10 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Presentations and audio from the meeting will be broadcast via our WebEx web conferencing system. For details on how to participate via WebEx, please see the "Participation through WebEx" section at the end of this notice.

Purpose

On January 30, 2008, the Energy Commission approved an Order Instituting Rulemaking (OIR 06-0130-05) to adopt guidelines, definitions, and other provisions as deemed necessary for the administration of the Program. The primary purpose of the rulemaking is to develop and adopt regulations that are necessary to clarify ambiguities in statute and create certainty and transparency in the administration of the Program.

On July 8, 2008, a Committee workshop was held to discuss the following key provisions of AB 118 to determine whether existing statutory language provides sufficient guidance and clarity to effectively administer the Program:

  1. Full Fuel Cycle Assessment
  2. Fuel and Vehicle Technology Definitions
  3. Sustainability Goals
  4. Revenue Streams
  5. Measure Program Results
  6. Anti-Backsliding Guidelines (Regulations developed by the California Air Resources Board)
  7. Existing Law/Regulation Parameters
  8. Advisory Committee
  9. Investment Plan
  10. Ratepayer Benefits

The Committee is proposing regulations for the following key provisions only:

  1. Fuel and Vehicle Technology Definitions
  2. Existing Law/Regulation Parameters
  3. Advisory Committee
  4. Investment Plan
  5. Sustainability Goals

The purpose of the August 11, 2008, Committee workshop is to present and discuss draft regulatory language needed to provide sufficient guidance and clarity for Fuel and Vehicle Technology Definitions; Existing Law/Regulation Parameters; the Advisory Committee; and Investment Plan. A subsequent workshop will be scheduled for a later date to discuss draft regulatory language for Sustainability Goals.

The draft regulatory language will be posted on the Energy Commission's website prior to the Committee Workshop. The Energy Commission is interested in receiving input on the draft regulatory language for these topics.

Background

AB 118 created the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (Program). The legislation authorizes the Energy Commission to spend approximately $120 million per year for over seven years to develop and deploy innovative technologies that transform California's fuel and vehicle types to help attain the state's climate change policies. The emphasis of this program is to deploy alternative and renewable fuels in the marketplace, without adopting any one preferred fuel or technology, and in doing so to decrease, on a life-cycle basis, greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollutants and multimedia environmental impacts, and to maintain the sustainability of the state's natural resources.

Under the program, the following are eligible for funding:

  • Alternative and renewable fuel projects to develop and improve alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels;
  • Demonstration and deployment projects that optimize alternative and renewable fuels for existing and developing engine technologies;
  • Projects to produce alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels in California;
  • Projects to decrease the overall impact of an alternative and renewable fuels lifecycle carbon footprint and increase sustainability;
  • Alternative and renewable fuel infrastructure, fueling stations, and equipment;
  • Projects to develop and improve light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle technologies that provide for better fuel efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions, alternative fuel usage and storage, or emission reductions;
  • Programs and projects that accelerate the commercialization of vehicles and alternative and renewable fuels including buy-down programs through near market and market-path deployments, advanced technology warranty or replacement insurance, development of market niches, and supply-chain development;
  • Program and projects to retrofit medium-and heavy-duty on-road and non-road vehicle fleets with technologies that create higher fuel efficiencies, including alternative and renewable fuel vehicles and technologies, idle management technology, and aerodynamic retrofits that decrease fuel consumption;
  • Infrastructure projects that promote alternative and renewable fuel infrastructure development connected with existing fleets, public transit, and existing transportation corridors;
  • Workforce training programs related to alternative and renewable fuel feedstock production and extraction, renewable fuel production, distribution, transport, and storage, high-performance and low-emission vehicle technology and high tower electronics, automotive computer systems, mass transit fleet conversion, servicing, and maintenance, and other sectors or occupations related to the purpose of the Program; and
  • Block grants administered by not-for-profit technology consortia for multiple projects, education and Program promotion within California, and development of alternative and renewable fuel and vehicle technology centers.

Written Comments

Written comments after the workshop must be submitted by 5 p.m. on August 18, 2008. Please include the docket number 08-OIR-1 and indicate Committee Workshop in the subject line or first paragraph of your comments. Please hand deliver or mail an original to:

California Energy Commission
Dockets Office, MS-4
Re: Docket No. 08-OIR-1
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

The Energy Commission encourages comments by electronic mail (e-mail). Please include your name or organization's in the name of the file. Those submitting comments by e-mail should provide them in either Microsoft Word format or as a Portable Document (PDF) to docket@energy.state.ca.us. One paper copy must also be sent to the Energy Commission's Docket Unit.

Participants may also provide an original and 10 copies at the beginning of the workshop. All written materials relating to this workshop will be filed with the Dockets Unit and become part of the public record in this proceeding.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days before the meeting.

The Energy Commission has set up an electronic list server to provide updates on the AB 118 incentive programs. If you want to receive notification by e-mail when information relating to AB 118 is posted in the websites, please sign up for e-mails at http://www.energy.ca.gov/listservers/index.html.

Please direct all news media inquiries to the Media Office by phone at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us. If you have questions regarding the workshop or the development of AB 118 regulations, please contact Aleecia Macias, Supervisor in the Emerging Fuels and Technology Office at (916) 654-4526, or Peter Ward, AB 118 Project Manager at (916) 654-4639. Alternatively, you can e-mail your comments to AB118@energy.state.ca.us.

Participation through WebEx, the Energy Commission's on-line meeting service

For computer logon with a direct phone number go to https://energy.webex.com and enter the unique meeting number 921 987 943, when prompted, enter your information and the meeting password meeting@10.

After you login, a prompt will appear on-screen for you to provide your phone number. In the Number box, type your area code and phone number and click OK to receive a call back on your phone for the audio of the meeting. International callers can use the "Country/Region" button to help make their connection.

Participation for callers with an extension phone number

Please go to https://energy.webex.com and enter the unique meeting number 921 987 943. When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password meeting@10. After you login, a prompt will ask for your phone number. CLICK CANCEL. Instead call (866) 469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada). When prompted, enter the meeting number above and your unique Attendee ID number which is listed in the top left area of your screen after you login. International callers can dial in using the "Show all global call-in numbers" link (also in the top left area).

Participation through audio only (no computer access)

Call (866) 469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) and when prompted enter the meeting number above. International callers can select their number from https://energy.webex.com/energy/globalcallin.php. If you have difficulty joining the meeting, please call the WebEx Technical Support number at (866) 229-3239. Please be aware that the meeting's WebEx audio and on-screen activity may be recorded.

________/ Signed /_______
JAMES D. BOYD
Vice Chair and Presiding Member
Transportation Committee
California Energy Commission

________/ Signed /_______
KAREN DOUGLAS
Commissioner and Associate Member
Transportation Committee
California Energy Commission

 

Note: California Energy Commission's formal name is State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission.