CARB Unveils $25 Million Alternative Fuels Spending Plan

By Published On: October 20, 2006

The California Air Resources Board unveiled a plan October 19 for spending a one-time $25 million appropriation in its current budget to support development of alternative fuels in California. It developed the plan jointly with the California Energy Commission. “Alternative fuels have not had this much money for a number of years,” said Peter Ward, adviser to CEC commissioner James Boyd. Under the plan, CARB will provide $7 million to help install “E-85” fueling stations – dispensing vehicle fuel with an ethanol content of 85 percent. The air board will spend $5 million to increase production of biofuels and $8.5 million to demonstrate alternative-fueled vehicles, such as plug-in hybrids and zero-emissions buses. In addition, it will spend $3.5 million to research the air quality and other environmental effects of alternative fuels. Public education on alternative fuels will get $1 million. Proposals will be due early next year, and CARB will select projects to fund by June 30, 2007, according to Catherine Witherspoon, air board executive officer. – Willaim J. Kelly

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