Alt Fuel Readiness Planning
Tri-County Hydrogen Readiness Plan
In May 2016 the first hydrogen fueling station opened on the Central Coast of California.The station is located at 150 S. La Cumbre Road in Santa Barbara.In 2015, The CEC announced funding for 28 new stations, which when constructed will result in 41 total stations in California. Additional stations will be funded by the CEC until there are at least 100 station across the state by 2020.In preparation for the expansion of the hydrogen network, C5 and partners in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties have been working on a Tri-County Hydrogen Readiness Plan (Plan), to assist local municipalities and stakeholder in siting and install hydrogen stations. A copy of the final Plan is now available.
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Readiness Plan
The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Readiness Plan for the California Central Coast is intended to guide the development of Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) readiness policies and infrastructure for the Tri-County region. The development and deployment of AFV-ready infrastructure, policies, and incentives on the Central Coast will encourage local residents and fleet managers to purchase and utilize AFVs over conventional vehicles. Key benefits of adopting AFVs include improvement in local air quality, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions that impact climate change, increased use of local and renewable energy sources, including solar energy and sustainable biofuels, more efficient use of existing grid energy via off-peak PEV charging and energy storage, and increased energy security through reduction in the use of petroleum fuels. The Alternative Fuel Vehicle Readiness Plan can be found here.
EV Community Readiness Planning
Plug‐in Central Coast (PCC) was initiated in 2011 as the regional PEV Coordinating Council for Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties. The planning process for the Plug‐in Central Coast was initiated by the joint efforts of C5 – the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition – and its key members, including the Air Pollution Control Districts of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties, and the Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara. Key leaders from these organizations formed the Steering Committee of Plug‐in Central Coast and successfully obtained two grants for Tri‐County EV planning: $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy for Phase I of the Central Coast PEV Readiness Plan and a $200,000 grant from the California Energy Commission for Phase II of the regional PEV Readiness Plan.
The Final EV Community Readiness Plan includes the following key elements.
- Streamlining construction permitting and inspection processes
- Implementing training and education programs
- Updating building codes
- Updating zoning and parking rules
- Creating and implementing a plan for effective marketing and outreach
- Public charging site selection
- Working with local employers to encourage workplace charging
- Working with utilities to manage grid impacts
- Addressing Multi‐unit Dwellings (MUD)
- Purchasing PEVs for local government fleets
- Creating new incentives and expanded outreach efforts
- Encouraging renewable energy
- Establishing a formal Regional Coordination Council to follow‐through on initiatives
For more information:
• EV Community Readiness Plan Maps can be found by clicking on the link.
• Community Planning Guide for Electric Vehicles – Advanced Energy Corporation
• Community Toolkit for PEV Readiness – California PEV Collaboration
• Accessibility and Signage Guidelines – California PEV Collaboration
• Financial Incentive List for PEVs – California PEV Commission
• Streamlining the Permitting and Inspection Process – California PEV Commission
• PEVs in Multi-Family Housing Units – UCLA Luskin School for Public Affairs