This solicitation is open to California eligible public entities that can meet the requirements of this solicitation. For purposes of this solicitation, eligible public entities includes, but is not limited to, those entities that have a direct role in the development, planning, permitting, or oversight of alternative fuel infrastructure such as cities, counties, air, water, and fire districts, and regional planning entities.
FUNDING CATEGORY ALLOCATIONS AND AWARD AMOUNTS
The following table shows categories of the funding allocations by category and minimum/maximum award amounts.
Total Funding Available
PEV Readiness Plan
Up to $300,000
PEV Readiness Plan
Up to $300,000
Up to $300,000
All projects must be located in California.
Specific eligible activities are listed under each funding category (delineated as a., b., c., etc.) with the activity title listed in bold-face type.
1. CATEGORY A - PEV Readiness Plan Implementation: The Applicant must
refer to an existing and adopted regional PEV Readiness Plan and must
outreach to the local Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordination Council(s) (PEVCC).
See Attachment 11 for the Councils. The following implementation activities are
a. Permitting and Inspection Process: Implement the streamlining of
permitting and inspection processes, including outreach to city permitting
offices and inspectors, development of online permitting and information
websites, dissemination of best practices and standardization of permit
fees. Work with the ZEV Infrastructure Project Manager in the Governor’s
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ZEV Readiness accelerate the permitting and establishment of fast charging
b. EVCS Installation Process: Coordinate with contractors, inspectors and
utilities to improve electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) installation
process in residential multi-unit dwellings, public sites, workplaces, and
c. EVCS Siting: Outreach to potential charging infrastructure host sites
such as small, medium, and large workplaces; multi-unit dwellings; and
corridor sites for fast charging. Refer to existing PEV regional
infrastructure plans if available and involve the relevant utility company.
d. Signage: Install directional “trailblazer1
” signage on local streets and
roadways and/or signage at public PEV charging stations that informs
drivers of prices per unit of measure and applicable charging voltages.
e. PEV Awareness: Host and participate in “Green Car” shows, Ride and
Drives, “Electric Vehicle (EV) 101” workshops to promote PEV awareness
for consumers, businesses, and local government officials.
NOTE: A maximum of $50,000 of Energy Commission funding may be
utilized for PEV Awareness activities.
f. Local Government Code Adoption and Training: Adopt residential
and/or nonresidential voluntary measures in California Green Building
Standards Code California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 11,
A4.106.8 Electric vehicle (EV) charging and A126.96.36.199 Electric vehicle
charging. This activity may provide training to city planners, city permitting
staff, inspectors, and builders to implement codes by mid-2015.
NOTE: A maximum of $20,000 of Energy Commission funding per city
and a maximum of $60,000 of Energy Commission funding per
application may be utilized for Local Government Code Adoption and
2. CATEGORY B - PEV Readiness Plan Development: This funding category is
for regions that do not have a PEV Readiness Plan adopted or currently under
development. Applicants must first develop a PEVCC adopted draft PEV
Readiness Plan before conducting any activities under this solicitation. See
Attachment 12 for the Councils.
a. PEV Readiness Plan Development: Applicants must demonstrate that
they are referring to existing PEV Readiness Plans for guidance (See
Section I.K., Reference Documents/Information). The plan must include at
least the following activities:
1. A description of the planning region, status of PEVs and charging
infrastructure in the region, barriers to PEV adoption, and
strategies to advance PEV adoption.
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2. Estimates of a number of PEVs in use for the planning period of
the Readiness Plan.
3. Regional Charging Infrastructure Plan, including:
Region-specific guidelines for PEV infrastructure
deployment for residential single- and multi-dwelling units,
workplaces, commercial and public areas, and fast
charging units in strategic locations.
Regional charge port infrastructure location identification,
quantity and investment required to implement the
installation of the infrastructure beginning in 2016.
Locations may include public access on public property,
commercial property, highway corridors, and workplaces.
Region-specific planning data, including the use of
previous studies, employer/workplace engagement,
transportation studies, and estimates of PEV deployment,
to support infrastructure deployment.
4. Guidance on, including PEV-friendly building codes, zoning,
parking rules, local ordinances, installation checklists, and
streamlining of EVCS/EVSE permitting, installation, and inspection
5. Plans for PEV education and training for regional stakeholders.
6. Steps involved in carrying out a 1-2 year, 3-5 year and 5-10 year
plan for estimating future PEV development needs.
NOTE: A maximum of $200,000 of Energy Commission funds may be
used to develop a Regional PEV Readiness Plan.
b. PEV Implementation Activities: Applicants who are applying for
Category B may choose to fund one or more eligible PEV Implementation
Activities listed under Category A once the Regional PEV Readiness Plan
has been adopted by a PEVCC and the selected activities are consistent
with the adopted Regional PEV Readiness Plan.
3. CATEGORY C – FCEV Readiness: The Applicant must refer to an existing
regional planning document, either from another organization or their own (such
as an environmental plan, a city plan, and/or a general plan) which can be used
for FCEV planning. The Applicant must state which plan they referto in the
project description table in the Application Form (Attachment 1).
At least one of the following eligible FCEV or hydrogen station related activities
must be addressed in the application:
a. Regional Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure Plan: Develop and
implement a Regional Hydrogen Refueling Infrastructure Plan to guide
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and to support market expansion of FCEVs and hydrogen production.
Evaluate the opportunity for hydrogen refueling in a city or region.
b. Streamlining the Permitting Process for Hydrogen Refueling
Stations: Develop guidelines and best practices for streamlining the
permitting of hydrogen refueling stations. This activity may include:
1) Determining requirements for hydrogen refueling station
permitting, i.e. plot plans and equipment plans.
2) Outreach to city/county permitting offices and inspectors.
3) Integrating hydrogen refueling stations applications with existing
online permit application/approval systems and websites.
4) Analyzing and evaluating permit applications (via contract with an
expert, i.e., civil engineer) for a hydrogen refueling stations.
5) Promoting an understanding and awareness of California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) evaluations for hydrogen
refueling stations and how to conduct them.
c. Promotion of FCEV Use: Develop plans to promote the use of FCEVs.
This activity may include:
1) Developing and implementing a pilot project for car sharing and
car-pooling using FCEVs.
2) Promoting preferential FCEV parking in public places.
3) Planning and conducting outreach activities that support the
rollout of FCEVs and/or hydrogen refueling stations and work with
local officials and communities on the planning and outreach. The
activity(ies) may include:
Developing materials that provide information about how
hydrogen is used as a transportation fuel.
Conducting workshops and town hall meetings about
hydrogen used as a transportation fuel and also
California’s hydrogen station refueling network.
d. Training: Training activities may include:
1) Leveraging existing training materials and develop new materials
as needed for the evaluation of a hydrogen refueling station and
the California Fire Code applicability to station site and equipment.
2) Providing training to local officials on the California Fire Code and
implementation of the Code to assist with hydrogen refueling
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e. Safety Assessments: Develop First Responders Guidelines for
responding to incidents in the vicinity of hydrogen refueling stations.
f. Incorporation of FCEVs in Municipal Fleets: This activity may include:
1) Conducting a usage assessment of all vehicles in the municipality
to determine which fleet applications are best suited for FCEVs,
and plan for replacing municipal fleets with FCEVs.
2) Incorporating future fleet demand considerations into ongoing
planning activities for hydrogen refueling infrastructure, in
consultation with associated California Air Resources Board
(CARB) programs and fleet operators.
3) Developing a FCEV fleet demonstration plan that may include
buses. Include longevity, California Highway Patrol (CHP)
considerations, and needs for warranties for the equipment.
4) Evaluating and clean up public lots for future hydrogen refueling
station sites for municipal fleets.
g. Signage: Install directional signage and/or signage at public FCEV
refueling stations to inform drivers. To the extent that hydrogen is
accurately dispensed as 1kg, provide information about the retail price.
h. Site Readiness: Identify and evaluate public lots for future hydrogen
refueling station sites.