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Energy Commission approves US$8-million grant for hydrogen fuel cell station

The fuel cell station will source its hydrogen from renewable biogas

The California Energy Commission has voted to approve an US$8-million grant to develop a high-capacity hydrogen fuelling station to service and promote the expansion of zero-emission fuel cell electric Class 8 drayage trucks at the Port of Long Beach. Drayage trucks transport freight from a port to a warehouse or other location.

Promotion of fuel cell electric Class 8 drayage trucks can address the use of older vehicles with little or no emission controls that operate at the port. Promoting the use of zero-emission vehicles will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution at the nation’s second busiest container port.

The station will source hydrogen from 100% renewable biogas.

The Energy Commission also approved a plan outlining actions that California can take to improve clean energy access in the low-income multifamily building sector. The Clean Energy in Low-Income Multi-Family Buildings (CLIMB) Action Plan also creates a foundation for long-term change in accelerating the adoption of distributed energy resources in the multifamily housing sector.

The plan was developed through a collaborative effort between the Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and other partner agencies. The plan implements recommendations from an Energy Commission Low-Income Barriers Study.

The Energy Commission also approved a recommendation allowing the cities of Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, and Riverside, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, to enter a power sales contract to procure energy from an 840-MW natural gas facility called the Intermountain Power Project Repowering Project.

The natural gas energy procured will replace electricity procured from a coal fired plant. The Intermountain Power Project Agency in western Utah operates the project.

The Energy Commission also adopted the Renewables Portfolio Standard 2014-2016 Retail Sellers Procurement Verification Report. This report provides the results of the Energy Commission’s verification of Renewables Portfolio Standard claims submitted by retail sellers for 2014 to 2016.

After adoption, Energy Commission staff will provide the final adopted report to the CPUC to complete verification and compliance findings for retail sellers.

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