The June 15 meeting of the California Energy Commission covered a wide variety of industry issues, from approving an array of resolutions related to zero-emission vehicle infrastructure proposals to innovative charging sources to mobile renewable backup generation.

The commission approved nine resolutions regarding the implementation of both medium- and heavy duty zero-emission vehicles as well as for the hydrogen refueling and electric-vehicle charging infrastructure. The projects included a $200,000 grant to East Bay Community Energy to create a blueprint that identifies what is needed to fast track zero-emission trucks used for moving goods in both Alameda and San Joaquin Counties. Along with commercial use, one of the resolutions was to quickly identify a plan and resources for school bus fleets across the entire state for the Center for Transportation and the Environment, Inc.

Ontario Airport will also be receiving a $200,000 grant to create a blueprint to replace 300 zero-emission ground support vehicles, while the San Francisco Department of the Environment received slightly less than $200,000 to develop and modify a changing infrastructure to serve all zero-emission fleets, including the City of San Francisco’s fleet. Overall, the nine resolutions gave a total of nearly $1.8 million to nine California entities to expedite the implementation of zero-emission vehicles in municipal, state and other business areas.

Regarding innovative charging solutions, the commission passed five resolutions to approve charging solutions for the same medium- and heavy duty zero emissions vehicles. This included EVmatch Inc. which will use a $728,250 grant to install 120 new shared, reservable EV charging stations at multi-unit residential properties in Santa Clara, Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. The grant will also serve as an incubator in lessons learned for residential multi-unit buildings that can be applied in the future.

The commission also approved a resolution for a $998,320 grant to develop and demonstrate a mobile fast-charging solution for workplaces that can it hopes can be duplicated in the near future. The applicability will also be for public charging and fast-charging solutions that can be used in emergency situations. The five resolutions provided a total of nearly $4.2 million to identify innovative charging solutions.

Finally, another major action the CEC took during the June meeting was passing five proposals to fund research and development to provide mobile renewable backup generation for grid outages in emergency situations and public-safety power shutoffs.  

The approval includes a nearly $2-million grant to the Electrical Power Research Institute to demonstrate four resilience-enhancing mobile renewable backup generation systems that would serve as a backup energy source during wildfires, natural disasters and other public safety shutoff events. For San Diego County, the commission approved a $1.5-million grant for Uprise Energy to demonstrate the ability of its 10-kW mobile power station to provide not only backup generation, but to reduce GHG emissions and air pollutants across the county.

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