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Clean Transportation Program a Priority for Reyes

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Sacramento - Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes (D -San Bernardino), has championed AB 1389 which would modernize the California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program (formerly known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program), yesterday passed the Assembly Floor and will be vetted by the Senate. The Clean Transportation Program provides incentives and grants to eligible entities in order to accelerate the deployment of advanced clean vehicle and fueling infrastructure technology.

“If we are going to meet the challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California we must be proactive in reforming and expanding our state’s clean transportation programs.” Majority Leader Eloise Gómez Reyes continued, “Transportation emissions make up nearly half of all emissions in California. The pollutants emitted from the transportation sector leave communities like mine with dirty air and public health hazards. Cleaning up the transportation sector is critical to demonstrating that environmental justice and economic development not only can co-exist but are complimentary to each other.”

“The transition to clean transportation requires innovation and collaboration. CALSTART is proud to support AB 1389 which seeks to modernize the Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program. With California’s commitments to dramatically cutting vehicle emissions, all our clean transportation funding programs should support and reflect our climate and clean air targets.” – Meredith Alexander, Policy Director

AB 1389 would update the Energy Commissions’ Clean Transportation Program for the first time since it was reauthorized in 2013. The investments this program provides have been critical in helping the state develop and deploy advanced clean fueling infrastructure. Additional updates to the program will strengthen it and be a critical tool for California to combat climate change.