Existing law establishes the Clean Transportation Program, administered by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to provide financial assistance to develop and deploy innovative technologies that transform California’s fuel and vehicle types to help attain the state’s climate change policies. Existing law specifies projects that are eligible for financial assistance, including alternative and renewable fuel projects to develop and improve alternative and renewable low-carbon fuels, including, among other fuels, hydrogen.
Existing law (AB 118) specifies that the moneys in the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund (AB 118 Fund), upon appropriation by the Legislature, are to be used by the CEC to implement the program. Existing law, until January 1, 2024, requires the CEC to annually allocate $20,000,000, not to exceed 20% of the moneys appropriated by the Legislature from the AB 118 Fund, to fund the deployment of publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations.
This bill would, except for the Clean Transportation Program and moneys allocated from the AB 118 Fund, require the CEC to give a preference to projects for the construction and operation of publicly available hydrogen-fueling stations that provide fuel for all types of vehicles, including light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicles, in programs it administers providing financial assistance to those projects.
Committee Location: Held in Assembly Appropriations May 18, 2023.