California biofuels grant funding workshop March 30

The California governor's budget proposal contains $62 million in potential biofuel program grants under the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program
By Ron Kotrba | March 23, 2016

The California Energy Commission is hosting a biofuels workshop March 30 at its Sacramento headquarters to explain the 2016-’17 goals of its biofuels program and solicit feedback from industry stakeholders on new concepts for upcoming grants offered by the commission.

The purpose of the workshop, according to the CEC, is to strengthen stakeholder partnerships by establishing a permanent, regular public forum for planning and strategizing California biofuel investments.

The CEC says one of its goals for the workshop is to gather input for an upcoming solicitation in biofuel production and discuss the development and formation of industry sector-specific working groups. Funding strategies, eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria, emerging issues and opportunities in the biofuel sector will all be discussed, in addition to responding to questions and comments from attendees.

According to Linda Rapattoni, information officer with the CEC, the governor’s budget proposal for 2016-’17 contains an additional $25 million for biofuel funding for a total of $62 million in potential grants.

“The CEC is inviting all stakeholders ranging from private businesses and biofuel companies to public entities and environmental groups to engage in this discussion, which will shape the next solicitations for grant proposals,” Rapattoni said. “This workshop will be the first of anticipated annual workshops on our biofuels funding program.”

If you can’t attend the workshop in person, which will be at the CEC headquarters (1516 Ninth Street, Sacramento), there is an option to attend remotely via telephone and/or computer. Click here for information on how to participate.   

The workshop is being held March 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pacific time.