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Funding Announcement: $24M in Grants for Advanced Biofuel Producers in CA  

Thursday, January 16, 2014

$24 million in grants for advanced biofuel producers were announced this week by the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The grants will be made available for pilot/demonstration and commercial-scale facilities, allocating:

  •  $9 million for diesel substitutes
  • $9 million for gasoline substitutes
  • $6 million for biomethane.

Funding will be awarded to new facilities and/or existing facilities that increase production or lower carbon emissions of advanced biofuels and are located and operating within California at up to 50% of total project costs. Pilot/demonstration facility grants are capped at $3 million and commercial facility grants at $5 million.

All gasoline substitutes must be below CARB’s baseline for corn ethanol and diesel substitutes below the baseline for biodiesel. Corn grain is NOT an eligible feedstock; however, corn oil and corn stover are eligible. If using municipal solid waste as a feedstock, only the biogenic fraction of the waste stream is eligible.

An informational  workshop about the grants will be held at the CEC’s headquarters in Sacramento at 1:00pm PST on January 31st as well as being delivered through WebEx and conference call. Please refer to the funding announcement for location and access details.

Applications are due at 3:00pm PST on March 11th. The CEC plans to announce award recipients in April.

For more information, please contact Kevin Piper of CEC’s Contracts, Grants and Loans Office at (916) 654-4845 or Please find the funding announcement and all supporting documents here:

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