The California Energy Commission (CEC) is seeking proposals to develop or expand “centers for alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology.” The CEC is making $4.7 million available, and expects to make at least three awards in three regions of the state.
The centers the CEC has in mind can serve various purposes, including:
- Identifying strategic opportunities for local agencies and companies to develop and demonstrate advanced technology vehicles.
- Providing a neutral site for individual companies to collaborate on technology demonstrations.
- Centralizing the attention of fleet managers interested in alternative fuels and advanced vehicles.
- Integrating vehicle technology as it is developed with workforce training efforts.
- Providing a cohesive platform for seeking outside funds, whether from the private sector (such as venture capital) or public sector (such as federal and state funds).
The CEC funds are to be used for to develop and operate a center serving these functions – applicants are responsible for securing funding for the various activities at the center. Eligible projects must be located in California, and must support local agencies and businesses.