Blueprint for Development of ZEVs in the California Logging and Biomass Sector


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
Blueprint for Development of ZEVs in the California Logging and Biomass Sector
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Under grant agreement ZVI-21-013, the California Energy Commission will provide a $175,256 grant to Allotrope Partners LLC for a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) blueprint study. This project will consist of developing a planning document to assess and scope the potential to utilize ZEVs in the logging/biomass transport industry, in particular the potential to convert logging trucks delivering logs to sawmills and chip trucks delivering wood chips to biomass power plants. Hauling biomass and logs to power plants and sawmills respectively is an important sector for California with direct impacts on forest management and forest carbon throughout the state. Decarbonization of these processes can have a meaningful impact on those sectors and on addressing climate change, and serve as an example for other heavy industries that depend on heavy duty vehicles.

Contact Information

Kate Reid
Agency Name
California Energy Commission
Job Title
Air Resources Engineer
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Other Location Info
1301 Clay Street #71180 Oakland, CA 94612

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Cal. Code Reg.s, tit. 14, section 15306 (“Information Collection”)
Reasons for Exemption
Cal. Code Regs, tit. 14, §15306, Information Collection, provides that projects which consist of basic data collection, research and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource are categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA. This project consists of developing a planning document for possible, future deployment of zero emission vehicles and related infrastructure equipment. The project will not cause direct physical changes to the environment, and there will be no physical construction. This project involves data collection, technology assessment, public outreach, administrative coordination efforts, planning, and similar activities. Therefore, the proposed project will have no significant effect on the environment and is categorically exempt under section 15306.


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