Alternative Fuels and Vehicle Compatibility Research

Summary

SCH Number
2010078111
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Alternative Fuels and Vehicle Compatibility Research
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
This proposed project is an initial evaluate of various combinations of mixed-alcohol alternative fuels with vehicles representative of the current and future California vehicle fleet. This program will evaluate various mixtures of alcohols in both conventional vehicles and flex-fuel vehicles (FFVs), with an emphasis on emissions, performance, and compatibility. The project is proposed to incorporate: Phase I would be detailed program planning phase that would incorporate reviewing on-going studies, developing advisory/stakeholder groups, and identify appropriate vehicle technologies/fuel formulations for the testing program. Phase II will be a more focused testing program that incorporate tailpipe emissions testing for vehicles and small non-road engines as a primary focus, but would also examine issues such as vehicle/fuel compatibility. It is anticipated that this project could be expanded to a larger, more comprehensive program or research center designed evaluate and develop combinations of alternative fuels with traditional and advanced vehicle/engine technologies.

Contact Information
Reynaldo Gonzalez
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 653-4264

Location

Cities
Riverside
Counties
Riverside

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Other
Type, Section or Code
15061 (b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The activity is covered by the general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA. The Common Sense Exemption applies to this project by virtue that the tailpipe emissions which will be released to the atmosphere by the tasks outlined in the scope of work are so insignificant that there is no possibility they will have a significant effect on the environment.
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