DRIVE: California's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program

Strategic Partnerships

To maximize program funds and leverage limited dollars, the Energy Commission has enlisted the support and expertise of numerous key agencies. Below is an overview of each agency with a link to more information.

California Air Resources Board

The California Air Resources Board’s (ARB) mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state. The ARB administers key programs that strongly influence the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP). These programs include the Air Quality Improvement Program and the Low Carbon Fuel Standard


CalRecycle is the state's leading authority on recycling, waste reduction, and product reuse. Officially known as the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, CalRecycle plays an important role in the stewardship of California's vast resources and promotes innovation in technology to encourage economic and environmental sustainability. An important component to CalRecycle’s mission is to increase the diversion of organic materials from landfill disposal for beneficial uses such as energy production, in the form of both biofuels and biopower.

Employment Development Department

The Employment Development Department administers one of the largest public employment services operations in the world. The Job Service (JS) program offers employment services at hundreds of locations throughout the state and connects one million job seekers with employers each year.

Employment Training Panel

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) provides financial assistance to California businesses to support customized worker training. ETP plays an important role in California’s workforce system by assisting businesses in providing lifelong learning opportunities to their incumbent and new hire workers.

California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA)

Under the State Treasurer's office, CAEATFA has implemented the Advanced Transportation and Alternative Source Manufacturing Sales and Use Tax Exclusion Program (SB 71 Program). Under the SB 71 Program CAEATFA approves sales and use tax exclusions (STE) for eligible projects on property utilized for the design, manufacture, production or assembly of advanced transportation technologies or alternative source products, components or systems. The SB 71 Program promotes the creation of California-based manufacturing, California-based jobs, and the reduction of greenhouse gases, air and water pollution, or energy consumption.

California Biomass Collaborative

The California Biomass Collaborative, administered out of UC Davis, works to enhance the sustainable management and development of biomass in California for the production of renewable energy and biofuels. The Collaborative coordinates government with industry for resource inventory and generation assessment; facility performance reporting and evaluations; technology research, development, demonstration, and deployment; the study of policy issues and implications; developing standards; research management; education and training; and extension and public outreach.

Plug In Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center

Funded by the Energy Commission’s PIER program, the Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Research Center performs and coordinates innovative research on consumer response, environmental impacts, and vehicle technology with goals to provide technology and policy guidance to the state, and to help solve research questions and address commercialization issues for PHEVs.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Backed by 33 years of achievement, NREL leads the way in helping meet the growing demand for clean energy.

Clean Cities

Clean Cities strives to advance the nation's economic, environmental and energy security by supporting local decisions to adopt practices that contribute to the reduction of petroleum consumption. Clean Cities has a network of nearly 100 volunteer coalitions, which develop partnerships in the public and private sectors to promote alternative and renewable fuels, fuel economy measures, idle reduction technologies, and new technologies as they emerge. Clean Cities is part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program.

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy’s mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

University of California

The Institute of Transportation Studies is a University of California organized research unit with branches at Irvine, Davis, Riverside and Berkeley that was established to foster research, education, and training in the field of transportation.

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