Welcome to the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition's (C5) website. C5 is a group of local stakeholders whose mission is to expand the use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and fueling infrastructure throughout the Central Coast. C5 is best described as a clearinghouse for people to get together and learn more about AFVs (e.g., what is available, how to purchase AFVs, and where to fuel them).
Every year, each Clean Cities coalition submits to DOE an annual report of its activities and accomplishments for the previous calendar year; check out the Clean Cities Annual Report - 2016.
Toyota is making some exciting moves in the realm of renewable, clean energy. The company is planning to build a power plant in California that turns the agricultural waste into water, electricity, and hydrogen. The plant, will be located at the Port of Long Beach in California, and will be “the world's first commercial-scale 100% renewable power and hydrogen generation plant," writes USA Today. Toyota is expecting the plant to come online in about 2020.
10 Big-Name Corporations Launch 100% Electric Vehicle Campaign At Climate Week NYC
A group of new big-name businesses including Baidu, IKEA, and Vattenfall have launched EV100, the first initiative of its kind to fast-track the uptake of electric vehicles and accompanying infrastructure. EV100 is looking to bring together companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs). Learn more here.
Energy Department Announces $4 Million for Medium/Heavy-Duty, On-Road Natural Gas Engine Research
the Energy Department announced up to $4 million for research projects on medium- and heavy-duty natural gas engine technologies. The Department's Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) funds early-stage, high-risk research to generate knowledge upon which industry can develop and deploy innovative transportation energy technologies that improve efficiency, lower costs for families and businesses, and increase the use of secure, domestic energy sources. For more information and application requirements click here.
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Alternative Fuels News
For updated info on what is happening in the world of alternative fuels and AFVs visit the Office of Energy Efficiency and and Renewable Energy news site.
Readiness Planning Efforts on the Central Coast
In 2011, stakeholders from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties formed a Coordinating Council called Plug-In Central Coast. The Council's mission is to encourage the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles (including electric, hydrogen, compressed natural gas, and propane) on the Central Coast. The Council includes the three Air Pollution Control Districts of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties; the Clean Cities Coalition of the Central Coast (C5); and the Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara. Since 2011 the Council has been successful in securing grant funding for the Tri-County region and have completed an Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan (2011), an Alternative Fuel Readiness Plan (2016), and a Hydrogen Readiness Plan (2015). Read about the Readiness Plans here.
Learn about local, state, and federal grants available here.
Check out useful tools, apps, and handbooks on alternative fuels.