The California Energy Commission, formally the Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, is California’s primary energy policy and planning agency. Created in 1974 and headquartered in Sacramento, the Commission has responsibility for activities that include forecasting future energy needs, promoting energy efficiency through appliance and building standards, and supporting renewable energy technologies. The Commission is a division of the California Natural Resources Agency, which is under the direction of Cabinet Secretary John Laird. One of its prominent responsibilities is maintenance of the California Energy Code. Wikipedia.
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Electricity Journal | Year: 2010
Opportunities for VPPs and microgrids will only increase dramatically with time, as the traditional system of building larger and larger centralized and polluting power plants by utilities charging a regulated rate of return fades. The key questions are: how soon will these new business models thrive - and who will be in the driver's;s seat? © 2010 Elsevier Inc.
News Article | April 6, 2016
On March 16, the California Energy Commission held a workshop asking specific questions to be addressed as input to the RETI process. In response to the questions asked, Ben Matek, Industry Analyst & Research Projects Manager, provided the following response.
« German report on VW diesel scandal finds large gap between lab and real-world NOx emissions for German automakers; 630K vehicles in voluntary recall | Main | Volkswagen AG decides not to release interim report on diesel emissions investigation; cites current negotiations with US authorities » The California Energy Commission will host a workshop Monday, 25 April, in which executives from four companies including ChargePoint and Green Charge Networks, two non-profits, one municipal utility district and one state agency will discuss the successes and challenges of developing electric vehicle charging technology in California. This workshop will influence future funding opportunities at the Commission through its Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which provides up to $100 million a year for alternative fuels and vehicle technology development. The workshop will be broadcast through WebEx for those unable to attend at the Energy Commission headquarters at 1516 9th Street, Sacramento, CA. Agenda, presentations and details on how to participate are available. The workshop will be followed by an invitation-only event where further panel discussions will occur at the University of California, Davis. To take advantage of the many electric vehicle high technology executives in town for the event, the US Department of Energy will host an invitation-only round table focused on medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle infrastructure on April 27 in Sacramento. Background. Beginning in 2008, the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) has funded the installation of 7,490 electric vehicle (EV) Level 1, Level 2, and DC fast chargers at a variety of residential, multi-unit dwelling, commercial, workplace, and connector locations throughout the state. This represents roughly 80% of EV chargers installed in California since that date. The Energy Commission also contributed funding to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to provide rebates for 10,700 light-duty electric vehicles and 150 medium- and heavy-duty hybrid electric trucks as part of the initial vehicle incentive program. As of February 2016, electric vehicle cumulative growth exceeds 189,000 in California (or 45% of US electric vehicle sales), and includes the first 29 advanced electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicle technology demonstration projects. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved two investor owned utility pilot projects and continues to deliberate on a third utility proposal to allow utility rate basing of EV infrastructure costs that would significantly increase the number of EV chargers installed in the state. The CPUC has also reached a settlement agreement to dedicate $100 million for investment in electric vehicle charger installations in California. The Energy Commission elicited testimony and analytical studies from several stakeholders in the 2013 and 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Reports (IEPR), who noted the plausibility of increasing alternative and renewable transportation fuels two- to six-fold by 2020 compared to 2008. The ARB concurred with this possibility through independent illustrative scenarios developed for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. In adopting the 2014 IEPR, the Energy Commission recommended exploring methods to better incorporate data collection, analysis and lessons learned from past ARFVTP investments to evaluate projects, market growth and business plans for target technologies and sectors. The 2014 IEPR also recommended action to identify, assess and initiate funding strategies that further leverage funds commensurate with the commercialization phases of technology and project development. This workshop is an initial step to establish an annual Technology Merit Review for ARFVTP projects and technology sectors, which might adopt and adapt aspects of similar activities conducted by the US Department of Energy.
« Paice files complaint against VW Group with ITC alleging hybrid patent infringement | Main | FTA selects 7 projects to receive $22.5M in grants for battery-electric and fuel cell buses, infrastructure » California Air Resources Board (ARB) Chair Mary Nichols today is leading a rally of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles with Energy Commissioner Janea Scott and Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) Deputy Director Tyson Eckerle on a 400-mile journey from Los Angeles to ARB headquarters in Sacramento in celebration of Earth Day. The rally is intended to highlight that these hydrogen-fueled electric vehicles are now available for sale or lease, and there is a rapidly growing statewide network of hydrogen filling stations to support them. California leads the US in developing hydrogen fueling stations, with 15 retail stations open now and more than 30 additional in development. In an effort to put my money where my mouth is, I’ve become an early adopter of electric vehicles and just recently extended my range with a new fuel cell electric vehicle. Thanks to California’s hydrogen infrastructure investments, my Toyota Mirai FCEV can get me anywhere I need to go. This rally puts the network to the test and gives us a fun opportunity to highlight that hydrogen-powered cars are essential to meeting our climate goals and a crucial tool in the state’s effort to clean up our air—especially in the Central Valley. Fuel cell electric vehicles in the rally include models from Toyota, Hyundai, and Mercedes-Benz. The California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology Program is providing cost-sharing for an initial network of at least 100 stations through 2023 by investing up to $20 million each year for stations located where customers driving fuel cell electric vehicles live, work and travel. About $100 million has been invested to date to support the construction, operation and maintenance of 49 hydrogen refueling stations, including a mobile refueler. There are more than 300 fuel cell electric vehicles on the road in California today; ARB staff projects 6,650 fuel cell electric vehicles will be registered in the state in 2017, and 10,500 in 2018.
« New software, electric motors for 2017 Ford Fusion hybrid and plug-in hybrid | Main | Global Bioenergies and Lanzatech strengthen cooperation to broaden feedstock flexibility of renewable isobutene process » British Columbia—based Powertech Labs’ hydrogen fueling station, located onsite at the company’s headquarters, has increased the number of vehicles that it services. The station, the only 70 MPa fast-fill hydrogen fueling station in Canada, currently meets the fueling needs for Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai fuel cell electric vehicles, with a total of 9 vehicles using the station. Since 1 February 2015, the station has dispensed more than 900 kilograms of hydrogen, and has seen more than 500 vehicle fills. Since July 30, as more cars were brought online, usage has more than doubled. Over the past 10 months, the station has had only three days of downtime. Powertech’s station is self-serve with PIN access, and is open Monday to Friday. The station provides electrolyzer-produced hydrogen, and is capable of 70 MPa and 35 MPa dispensing. Since 2001, Powertech has designed and constructed 12 turnkey, compressed hydrogen fueling stations across North America, including one current public retail location and three upcoming public stations in California. Powertech has partnered with a number of companies who were awarded California Energy Commission (CEC) grants by providing the hydrogen fueling station equipment. The stations are designed to fuel 70 MPa fuel cell vehicles in accordance with industry standards as well as next-generation and custom fueling protocols. Powertech was also the first company in North America to get ETL National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2 certification for its hydrogen station system. The hydrogen station designs are supported by engineers from Powertech’s high-pressure testing facilities, used to test fuel systems, high-pressure components, and fueling protocols for hydrogen systems. The technical experience gained from testing hydrogen vehicle fuel systems is applied to the design of the hydrogen fueling stations to ensure that Powertech stays on the cutting edge of technology. For continuous improvement, Powertech has access to feedback from three sources: the Testing group, the Fabrication group, and through the operation of its own station. This feedback is utilized to adjust and modify station designs for improved service and reliability. The stations are designed, fabricated, and tested at Powertech’s facility. With the exception of the station at the company headquarters in Surrey, BC, Powertech’s Hydrogen Station business is focused on the sale of turnkey systems. Powertech pioneered the design of turnkey, containerized hydrogen fueling station packages. Other firsts include the world’s first 700 bar fast fill station, first hydrogen station capable of fueling four fuel cell vehicles simultaneously, and first retail-style dispenser. Powertech Labs Inc. is one of the largest testing and research laboratories in North America. Outside of the utilities industry, Powertech provides routine testing capabilities, product development, research and consulting services to support an array of industrial-type operations, electrical equipment manufacturers and automotive original equipment manufacturers.