For Immediate Release: Febraury 9, 2009
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

First Public Workshop to Discuss $120 Million Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program

California Energy Commission staff is holding a series of public workshops on the draft Investment Plan for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (AB 118). On February 10, the first workshop will be held in Fresno. Members of the public are encouraged to participate.

When: Beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Where: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District - Governing Boardroom - 1990 East Gettysburg Avenue - Fresno

Who: Energy Commission staff is currently finalizing the Investment Plan for the AB 118 Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. At this workshop, staff will explain the draft Investment Plan and funding recommendations for the Program. The agenda will include presentations that provide an overview of emerging programs and technologies to the Fresno region.

What: The Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118 (Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007), is a new state program responding to the need to reduce greenhouse gases and our dependence on petroleum. The program will provide approximately $75 million in the first year and up to $120 million in following years encouraging companies and individuals to develop and produce energy efficient vehicles and fuels. Eligible projects will include but are not limited to:

  • Programs that develop or improve alternative and renewable fuels;
  • Fuel infrastructure projects, such as fueling stations and recharging centers;
  • Projects that retrofit medium-or heavy-duty fleet vehicles for higher fuel efficiencies;
  • Employment training programs to support industry and "green collar" jobs.

Why: The Investment Plan is crucial to implementing the program. The Investment Plan will establish priorities and opportunities for the program, and describe how funding will complement existing public and private investments, including existing state programs. Additional information on the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (AB 118) is available at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/altfuels/

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