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  • CPUC Alternative Fueled Vehicle Proceeding R.09-08-009 ignoring CNG until 2011

    The current focus of the proceeding is on electric vehicles and there is discussion that natural gas vehicles should be addressed in Phase III in January 2011.

    Phase III or New Proceeding:
    Estimated start date - January 2011
    • The issues identified for Phase III or, perhaps, for a new proceeding, would include all matters that the Commission may decide not to address until at least January 2011. These issues could include, issues related to the value of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard credits under different scenarios, other matters related to natural gas vehicles, Smart Grid and interoperability issues, the need for separate residential meters and the related questions of whether upgrades to the AMI infrastructure are needed, billing system upgrades, ratepayer cost allocation for capacity increases related to commercial charging stations or electric system upgrades, and any other matters.
    We should get involved and put pressure on the commission to include natural gas vehicles in an earlier phase. Why make electric vehicles a priority, when natural gas vehicles are already on the road in much greater numbers?

    Decisions in this proceeding could impact a number of CNG issues, including natural gas pricing and subsidies/tax breaks for home fueling equipment.

    More information at http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/hottopics.../090814_ev.htm

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    Re: CPUC Alternative Fueled Vehicle Proceeding R.09-08-009 ignoring CNG until 2011

    Let me get this straight...

    Honda and others are pursuing hydrogen vehicles, which rely on natural gas to create the hydrogen;

    There is alreay a network of natural gas refueling stations in place;

    Chrysler drops development of their electric cars; http://content.usatoday.com/communit...11/620001133/1

    Electric cars are only as clean as the source of electricity;

    The majority ofhte electric in this country is generated by coal burning power plants;

    And these guys want to put electric cars ahead of natural gas powered vehicles. Apparently natural gas cars are not as sexy as electric cars.

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