For Immediate Release: February 17, 2016
Media Contact: Michael A. Ward - 916-654-4989


Long Beach Workshop Examines Feasibility of
Natural Gas-Powered Off-Road Vehicles

Sacramento, Calif. — The California Energy Commission will host a public workshop in Long Beach, Feb. 19 to gather comments on the development of natural gas engine technologies for off-road vehicles.

The workshops will provide insight on the current off-road vehicle market, advanced technology needs and the market potential for natural gas-powered off-road vehicles.

Two of the state's most severely polluted regions are the San Joaquin Valley and the South Coast Air Basins, and off-road vehicles are one of the largest sources of NOx emissions in those areas. Later this year, the Energy Commission will release a grant solicitation aimed at developing and demonstrating cleaner engine technologies.

What: A workshop on the feasibility of natural gas engines and engine technologies for off-road vehicles.

Where: Long Beach City Hall City Council Chambers, 333 W Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

When: Friday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to noon

Who: Representatives from the Energy Commission, the off-road vehicle industry and the off-road vehicle community.

More information and instructions for participating remotely can be found in the workshop notice.

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The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. The agency was established by the California Legislature through the Warren-Alquist Act in 1974. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation and preparing for energy emergencies.