Money Matters

Monday, October 18, 2010

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A lot of the questions CALSTART Members have revolve around sources of funding.  We try to keep you up to date through our FYI’s and we’ll be doing that through the CALSTART Currents, too, as funding sources become available.  To get started, here is a small sampling of agencies and funding sources related to transportation both nationally and in California.

The Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Cities Program provides funds for the incremental cost of alternative fueled and advanced technology vehicles and alternative fuel infrastructure.  2011 is when the next solicitation is expected.  Clean Cities Coordinators can answer questions on getting started.  

The DOE Transportation Electrification Program provided Recovery Act funding for demonstration, development, evaluation, and education projects.  No information is available on future plans for additional funding.

The Environmental Protection Agency National Clean Diesel Campaign is the umbrella for four programs including the National Clean Diesel Campaign, State Clean Diesel Campaign, SmartWay Clean Diesel Finance Program, and the Clean Diesel Emerging Technologies Program.  The range of what is funded includes EPA-verified and certified technologies; deployment of innovative technologies; and revolving loans or funding programs.

California has the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment (Carl Moyer) Program which awards funds annually to projects that can demonstrate the greatest emissions benefits per grant dollars awarded.  The funds cover the incremental cost between a diesel engine and an alternatively fueled engine.  Funds come from the California State Legislature. 

The California Energy Commission's (CEC) Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program authorizes the Energy Commission to develop and deploy alternative and renewable fuels and advanced transportation technologies to help attain the state's climate change policies. The CEC’s annual program budget of approximately $100 million uses grants, loans, loan guarantees, revolving loans, and other appropriate measures to meet their goals.