California Energy Commission Letterhead

In the Matter of:
Implementation of Alternative and
Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology
Program

Docket No. 08-ALT-1

NOTICE OF STAFF WORKSHOP

 

Notice of Staff Workshop

Documents for Meeting

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) staff will conduct a workshop with Advisory Committee members to review the revised Investment Plan schedule and the proposed program funding allocation method for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program established under 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, the Associate Member of the Transportation Committee, may be in attendance. Other Commissioners may also attend and participate. The workshop will be held on:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2008
9 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room A
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Presentations and audio from the workshop 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.

Audio from this meeting will be broadcast over the Internet.
For details, please go to:
http://www.energy.ca.gov/webcast/

Purpose

The first meeting of the AB 118 Advisory Committee was held on May 19, 2008, when the roles and responsibilities of the Advisory Committee members were discussed and the schedule for the preparation of the AB 118 investment Plan was presented. The first draft Investment Plan was released on July 2, 2008.

At the second Advisory Committee meeting held on July 9, 2008, the draft Investment Plan was presented for review and comment. The Advisory Committee's primary comments on the draft Investment Plan were that the plan did not include a goal oriented allocation methodology to allocate program funds and lacked sufficient detail to determine whether the funding would be effective in achieving the state's climate change goals, and the other goals addressed in the statute. The Energy Commission is in the process of gathering additional information and analyses to best address the comments and to revise the Investment Plan in anticipation of the next formal Advisory Committee meeting now scheduled for October 6, 2008.

The purpose of the September 2, 2008 workshop is to allow the Advisory Committee to review the process of development for specific draft Investment Plan components now underway, and to review the following:

  • A new schedule for the completion and adoption of the Investment Plan by the Energy Commission; and
  • A Proposed Methodology to Allocate Program Funds.

The Energy Commission will seek strategic input from the Advisory Committee, interested stakeholders, and the public to further develop the Investment Plan. The meeting will be available via WebEx and will be recorded to assure all comments are captured.

Background

AB 118 (Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007) 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 will 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 decrease, on a life-cycle basis, air and water pollutants, reduce or avoid multimedia environmental impacts, and 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 September 9, 2008. Please include the docket number 08-ALT-1 and indicate Staff 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 in advance.

If you have questions regarding the Advisory Committee or the Investment Plan, please contact Ms. Aleecia Macias of the Emerging Fuels and Technology Office at the Energy Commission at (916) 654-4526 or e-mail at [AB118@energy.state.ca.us].

The Energy Commission has set up an electronic list server to provide updates on the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. If you want to receive notification by e-mail when information relating to the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program is posted in the website, please sign up for their list servers at http://www.energy.ca.gov/listservers/index.html.

For media inquires regarding the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, please contact the Energy Commission Media Office at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at [mediaoffice@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 924 714 258, when prompted, enter your information and the password meeting@9.

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 924 714 258. When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password meeting@9. 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.