Webinar for Pre-Solicitation Concepts for Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Manufacturing

Notice of Webinar for Pre-Solicitation Concepts for Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Manufacturing. California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) staff will conduct a public webinar to discuss a pre-solicitation concept for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure manufacturing. The Energy Commission is seeking input from stakeholders on a proposed solicitation concept for a future solicitation for eligible manufacturers of electric vehicle (EV) chargers and components and hydrogen refueling station (HRS) components and equipment. The webinar will be held on:

October 15, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Remote Access Available by Computer or Phone via WebEx™ (Instructions below)

Background Assembly Bill 118 (Núñez, Chapter 750, Statutes of 2007), created the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP). The statute authorizes the Energy Commission to develop and deploy alternative and renewable fuels and advanced transportation technologies to help attain the state’s climate change policies. AB 8 (Perea, Chapter 401, Statutes of 2013) reauthorized the ARFVTP through January 1, 2024.

Since 2009, the ARFVTP has awarded $49 million for grants to co-fund manufacturing projects mostly for ZEV production. ARFVTP manufacturing investments spur significant direct and indirect job creation, tax revenue, and regional economic development. In January 2018, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-48-18, which calls for the Energy Commission to support the development and installation of 250,000 EV charging stations and 200 HRS by 2025 to support market growth to five million ZEVs by 2030. On May 4, 2018, the Energy Commission hosted a roundtable discussion in Long Beach titled "Bringing Zero-Emission Infrastructure Technology Manufacturing to California." Discussion centered on actions California and local governments could take to expand or recruit California-based manufacturing in all or part of the ZEV infrastructure supply chain while harnessing economic growth and job creation. On August 6, 2018, the Energy Commission conducted a Fuels and Transportation Technology Merit Review Workshop to highlight lessons learned from previous ARFVTP funding awards. The workshop also explored challenges and opportunities to locate, expand, and recruit manufacturers of vehicles, infrastructure, and supply chain components in California. Discussion included California workforce development relating to existing and future projects.

The “2018-2019 Investment Plan Update for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program” describes funding for ZEV infrastructure including investments in manufacturing and workforce development.1 This webinar presents a pre-solicitation concept (attached) for a ZEV infrastructure manufacturing solicitation. Comments, discussion, and feedback to the concept will be solicited during and after the webinar. Energy Commission staff will evaluate the input that will be used to inform the development of a solicitation. This webinar will: • Review the ARFVTP investment portfolio for manufacturing. • Describe the solicitation and agreement development process. • Facilitate stakeholder discussion on the pre-solicitation concept. Potential solicitation applicants and ZEV infrastructure stakeholders are strongly encouraged to attend and participate. The draft agenda is provided at the end of this meeting notice. The pre-solicitation concept is available at http://www.energy.ca.gov/altfuels/notices/index.html.

Public Comment Oral Comments: Staff will accept oral comments during the workshop. Comments may be limited to three minutes per speaker. Comments may become part of the public record in this proceeding.

Written Comments: Written comments should be submitted to the Dockets Unit by 5:00 p.m. on October 17, 2018. Written comments will be also accepted at the webinar. However, the Energy Commission may not have time to review them before the conclusion of the webinar. Please note that your written and oral comments, attachments, and associated contact information (e.g., your address, phone number, and email address) become part of the viewable public record. This information may become available via Google, Yahoo, and any other search engines.

Please submit comments to the Energy Commission using the e-commenting at https://efiling.energy.ca.gov/Ecomment/Ecomment.aspx?docketnumber=15-MISC-04. In the “Comment Title” box, indicate “ZEV Infrastructure Manufacturing.”

Please enter your contact information, any organization name, and a comment title describing the subject of your comments. You may include comments in the box titled “Comment Text” or attach a file in a downloadable, searchable format in Microsoft® Word (.doc, .docx) or Adobe® Acrobat® (.pdf). Maximum file size is 10 MB.

Written comments may also be submitted by emailing them (include the docket number 15-MISC-04 and ZEV Infrastructure Manufacturing in the subject line) to the Docket Unit at: docket@energy.ca.gov

If you prefer, you may send a paper copy of your comments to: California Energy Commission Docket Unit, MS-4 Re: Docket No. 15-MISC-04 1516 Ninth Street Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

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