California Spends Big Bucks To Add Charging Stations At State’s Federal Facilities

MAR 20 2015 BY STAFF 17

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The California Energy Commission is at it again, earmarking over $600,000 to install more charging stations.

These units, 50 or so, will be installed at the state’s various federal facilities.

Full press release below:

California Approves another $18 Million to Fund Clean Energy Projects

$12 million for alternative vehicles, $4 million for geothermal projects and $3.5 million for energy efficiency upgrades

SACRAMENTO – During its first business meeting of the new year, the California Energy Commission approved nearly $18 million to fund projects that will help the state meet its climate and energy goals. Twelve million dollars will go toward three alternative fuel projects, $4 million will help fund two geothermal projects and $3.5 million will help fund local energy efficiency projects.

The three alternative fuels projects will receive funding through the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP), which supports technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on petroleum-based fuels. Recipients include:

  • The Regents of the University of California: $11.2 million to administer an incentive program to put more natural gas vehicles on California roads.
  • U.S. General Services Administration: $600,000 to install at least 50 electric vehicle charging stations in existing federal facilities in California.
  • Linde LLC: $300,000 for operation and maintenance costs and data collection for a new hydrogen refueling station that opened in West Sacramento in December.

The two geothermal projects will receive funding through the Energy Commission’s Geothermal Grant and Loan Program, which provides funding for research and development of new or existing geothermal resources and technologies and is open to eligible private companies and local agencies. Funds come from royalty and lease payments made by geothermal developers operating on federal land in California. Recipients include:

The Modoc Joint Unified School District: $3.1 million to expand the existing geothermal heating system at Modoc High School to include two additional schools and the public pool in Alturas. The expanded system is projected to save the school district more than $4.2 million in fuel and electricity costs over 25 years.

Modoc County: $1.1 million for geothermal research, analysis and exploratory drilling in the Surprise Valley Hot Springs area. The funds will also be used to install and demonstrate the effectiveness of a small geothermal distributed energy unit at the Surprise Valley Hot Springs Resort. The unit will offset the electrical load of the Surprise Valley Hot Springs Resort and could save the resort more than $10,000 annually in electricity cost.

The Energy Commission also approved $3.5 million in loans through the Energy Conservation Assistance Act (ECAA) program for the cities of San Mateo and Morro Bay. ECAA provides zero- or low-interest loans to public entities for energy efficiency or energy generation projects. Loans are paid back within 20 years using savings from reduced energy costs. ECAA loan recipients include:

San Mateo: $3,000,000 loan at one percent interest to replace more than 5,000 streetlight fixtures with LED lighting. The project is expected to save about $270,000 annually in utility expenses. The city also anticipates receiving $404,000 in utility incentives. The simple payback on the loan is 11 years.

Morro Bay: $562,000 loan at one percent interest to replace 14 heating, ventilating and air conditioning units, install programmable thermostats and install four solar energy photovoltaic systems. The project is expected to save about $35,000 annually in utility expenses. The simple payback on the loan is 16 years.

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17 Comments on "California Spends Big Bucks To Add Charging Stations At State’s Federal Facilities"

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$12,000 per charging station?

I sure hope some are dual CCS/ChadeMo DC fast chargers for that much money.

GSP

Its also for the paperwork, approvals, … But i hope also for QC.

No, many thousands for pavement breaking, trenching, boring, then resealing and repaving. “will be installed at the state’s various federal facilities” would be more explicitly written as “the state’s various EXISTING federal facilities.” Which is why Palo Alto and others updated their code for 240V conduit in all new home construction.

The electric utility in the San Francisco area, PG&E, wants rate payers to fund $25,000 per install !!!

No, $12,000 will not get an installed DC charger. NOT EVEN CLOSE.

Still, 50 chargers for $600k is a lot better ROI than $1-3 million per hydrogen filling station.

$12000 is not that far off the Bosch CCS box, and it’s wall-mountable to reduce installation demands. Of course, it’s also 22kW, which is how they kept it small and mountable.

Meh . . . I can see it costing that much. It is not as easy as adding a charger to your garage. They need a public quality EVSE, often need to dig to bury cable, need various approvals, have much longer runs to get electricity, need to arrange some type of internet access, etc.

For comparison, how many hydrogen fueling stations will $600,000 pay for? (Answer: about half of one!)

Elon Musk has it right “fool cell”.

So the federal GSA has “allocated” the funds to place chargers on federal facilities in California, and the state EC has “approved” the funding?

Nope. The federal GSA is banned from funding their own installations, without an explicit approval from Congress. Hence, a state had to chip in.

Moreover, it is not that unusual for CEC, CARB and various other Cal agencies to provide funding to Federal agencies for research and other energy/air quality/and environmental type projects. If you go through CEC’s list of awardees over the last few years, you’ll see quite a few national labs listed (and I believe even DOE also).

The CEC updated their logo this year to get rid of that silly oil drop.

Hah, you beat me to it! 🙂

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“California Approves another $18 Million to Fund Clean Energy Projects

$12 million for alternative vehicles, $4 million for geothermal projects and $3.5 million for energy efficiency upgrades”

12 + 4 + 3.5 18

No wonder CA is always broke!

OT:

When are y’all gonna start using CEC’s new logo?

http://www.energy.ca.gov/images/seal.png

$12,000 for level 2 docking stations? Private car dealers do not spend this much since they either consolidate trenches or else they do ‘wall boxes’.

Seeing as GE now sells a durastation for $448 that’s 30 amps, they could encourage a lot of EV usage if they just put those in and gave the electricity away for free since there’s a big difference between $1000 installed and $11000 more.