The California Energy Commission on Wednesday approved awards of more than $17.2 million for green transportation projects, including more than $2.2 million to expand the state network of electric vehicle charging stations.
The awards were made through the CEC's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. The program is paid for through surcharges on vehicle and boating registrations, and smog check and license plate fees.
Most of the funds for EV charging stations went to Monrovia-based AeroVironment Inc., the firm charged with purchasing and installing the equipment.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District received about $1.8 million to help complete a project to demonstrate a process to optimize production of biomethane and reduce carbon dioxide from anaerobic digestion.