In February, the California Air Resources Board released staff proposals on how ARB would spend the proposed $363 million in Low Carbon Transportation funding (from Cap and Trade revenues) if the Legislature approves the funding later this year. The staff proposals include funding plans for Low Carbon Fuels and for Heavy Duty Vehicles. ARB is holding workshops in March to discuss the draft plans. Details about the workshops are available on ARB’s website. The staff drafts are below.
The California Air Resources Board has developed a draft plan for reducing climate pollution from the transportation sector. BAC’s comments on the draft plan focus on the need for greater transparency, specific goals for large trucks that cause a disproportionate share of emissions, focus on lifecycle emissions, and incentives for the most cost-effective emissions reductions.
The California Energy Commission administers the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which provides approximately $100 million in funding per year. At a recent staff workshop, the CEC presented its staff proposal for the biofuels portion of that funding. The staff proposal stated that its goals are are to reduce carbon intensity, increase waste based fuels and fund technology transformation. The proposed funding allocations, however, prioritize very high volume production facilities, which excludes most waste based fuels that are more distributed in nature. See BAC Comments on Biofuels Solicitation Concepts.
The California Energy Commission adopts an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) every two years and an update every other year. CEC introduced the draft 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report in November, 2014.
BAC submitted comments to the CEC supporting biofuels, biogas and issues addressed by the 2014 IEPR. BAC makes specific recommendations to the CEC on how biofuels can provide immediate and significant GHG reductions, on the need to address pipeline access and cost issues for biogas, on the importance of leveraging funding for clean, low-carbon transportation, among other issues.
Read the Bioenergy Association of California comments here
Read the California Energy Commission 2014 draft IEPR here
Abstract to the IEPR Report:
The 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report Update provides the results of the California Energy Commission’s assessments of a variety of energy issues currently facing California. These issues include the role of transportation in meeting state climate, air quality, and energy goals; the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program; current and potential funding mechanisms to advance transportation policy; the status of statewide plug-in electric vehicle infrastructure; challenges and opportunities for electric vehicle infrastructure deployment; measuring success and defining metrics within the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program; market transformation benefits resulting from Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program investments; the state of hydrogen, zero-emission vehicle, biofuels, and natural gas technologies over the next ten years; transportation linkages with natural gas infrastructure; evaluation of methane emissions from the natural gas system and implications for the transportation system; changing trends in California’s sources of crude oil; the increasing use of crude-by-rail in California; the integration of environmental information in renewable energy planning processes; an update on electricity reliability planning for Southern California energy infrastructure; and an update to the electricity demand forecast.
In September 2014, the California Air Resources Board presented its draft Technology Assessment for fuels. Read BAC’s Comments on the draft assessment, urging CARB to include organic waste based fuels in its comparison of the relative emissions benefits of different transportation fuel options. BAC Comments on Technology Assessment
The Bioenergy Association of California strongly support the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology (ARFVT) Program. Many of our members have received ARFVT funding for projects that produce low carbon and carbon negative transportation fuels, providing immediate greenhouse gas reduction and other benefits for California. Unfortunately, the Investment Plan Update reduces funding for biofuels and recent program solicitations exclude waste to fuel projects altogether, despite increasing evidence that bioenergy helps to meet multiple state policy goals including greenhouse gas reduction, reduced landfill waste, mitigation of catastrophic wildfires, job creation and economic development. We urge the Commission, therefore, to consider the recommendations below to ensure that the ARFVT program maximizes immediate greenhouse gas reductions, leverages private sector investment, and provides immediate economic and environmental benefits in California.
The Bioenergy Association of California offers its strong support for re-adoption of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard with two additions that will help to achieve the standard and meet other state policy goals. In particular, we urge the Air Resources Board to:
- Finalize the fuel pathway and carbon intensity values for fuels derived from organic waste; and
- Provide long term certainty for the value of low carbon fuel credits through a price floor and support for a Green Credit Reserve (AB 2390, Muratsuchi), which will enable developers to finance projects to produce low carbon fuels.
Many of BAC’s members currently produce, or are developing projects that will produce, low carbon and carbon negative fuels made from organic waste, including diverted food and other municipal organic waste, biogas from wastewater treatment facilities and dairies, and other organic waste sources. Yet these projects barely begin to scratch the surface of the organic waste that is available to produce clean, low carbon transportation fuels.
Click to view the complete AB 118 Investment Plan – Staff Presentation pdf
Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program
Advisory Committee Meeting
Presentation by California Energy Commission staff on the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (AB 118). Program status update including funding opportunities by Jim McKinney, Program Manager, and update and scope of 2013-2014 Investment Plan.