Biomimicry Seminars

Biomimicry is about applying nature’s design, patterns, and strategies to developing products, policies, and processes. By applying nature’s underlying design principles to innovations, it is possible to solve many problems and design more efficient processes. Biomimicry San Diego is offering two free educational seminars on biomimicry at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center on September 8th and September[…]

State and Regional Incentives for Emissions Reductions in Transportation

The last post examined San Diego’s regional plans for reducing GHGs. Transportation demand and system management strategies, reduced conventional vehicle miles traveled, and a substantial increase in zero emission vehicles (ZEVs), along with state and federal transportation policy changes, are all necessary at an ambitious level to achieve California GHG reduction goals of 80% by[…]

San Diego Regional Planning for Greenhouse Gas Reduction and the Role of Electric Vehicles

In addition to considering the air quality benefits of zero emission vehicle (ZEV) adoption, as discussed in a recent post, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has extensively considered means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation countywide. The state-administered Advanced Clean Car Program and Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), and the San Diego[…]

Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project Accepting Applications

The California Energy Commission funded Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Project (NGVIP) will begin accepting applications on Friday, August 7, 2015. NGVIP provides incentives to reduce the purchase price of new on-road natural gas vehicles in California. The program has a total of $10.2 million in funding, and incentives range from $1,000 to $25,000 depending on[…]

ZEV Readiness Part II: Best Practices for Regional Electric Vehicle Programs

New regional electric vehicle charging plans contain many of the same key recommendations, along with unique components reflecting regional characteristics. Two distinct regions that offer insightful plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) plans include the San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD). While San Francisco[…]

DC Fast Charging Grant Available for North-South California Highway Corridors

The California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program announced a new grant last week for organizations interested in helping to expand direct current (DC) fast charging along California’s North-South highway corridors. Grant Funding Opportunity 15-601, “DC Fast Chargers for California’s North-South Corridor,” will offer up to $10 million for proposals that[…]