Category/Topic
Environment
State or Federal?
State
Summary
The School Bus Replacement for California Public School Districts and County Offices of Education provides funding for the replacement of the oldest school buses in California with electric buses or buses that use compressed natural gas (CNG). Priority consideration will be given to school buses that operate in a disadvantaged community and public school districts and county offices of education that had a majority of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals as reported in the 2017-18 First Principal Apportionment (P-1).

The School Bus Replacement Program will contain three complementary funding components, as follows:

1. Replace the oldest school buses in California, with priority consideration given to school buses that operate in a disadvantaged community, and public school districts and COE that have a majority of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. This component is divided into 2 phases.

- Phase 1 (this solicitation): Solicit public school districts/COE to establish a list of buses eligible for replacement based on applications received.
- Phase 2: Solicit manufacturers to design, construct, and deliver the replacement electric buses to school districts and COE awarded in Phase 1. This phase is a separate solicitation which is planned for release in late 2018.

2. Provide fueling infrastructure to support awarded school buses. The Energy Commission is planning to provide up to $60,000 per awarded electric school bus for electric vehicle charging infrastructure for a maximum of about $13 million and is planning to provide up to $500,000 per applicant for CNG fueling infrastructure for a maximum amount of $2.4 million to school districts/COE that are awarded funds for a school bus under this solicitation.

3. Provide workforce training and development opportunities and resources to support electric school bus maintenance, charging, and operations. The Energy Commission is providing these resources to school districts/COE that are awarded funds for an electric school bus under this solicitation.
Eligible Entities
K-12 School Districts, Local Public Agencies
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants are California public school districts and county offices of education.

Proposed projects must:
- Be for the purchase of new battery electric or CNG school bus(es); and,
- Replaced diesel buses must be scrapped and removed from service.

Not all eligible applicants have the bus route profiles suited for an electric school bus. To provide flexibility for these unique situations, applicants may be allowed to apply for replacement of a diesel school bus with a CNG school bus. To be eligible for a CNG school bus an applicant must demonstrate that an electric bus would not be sufficient to meet the needs of the applicant’s regular school bus routes. To demonstrate this, the applicant must submit a Route Profile Evaluation and must complete the CNG Application Questions in Attachment 2. The Route Profile Evaluation and the applicant’s answers to the CNG Application Questions must establish at least 2 of the following criteria for the school district/COE total bus fleet:

- Average route distance traveled daily exceeds 90 miles.
- More than 20% of service days have temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit, or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit during the hours the bus is operated.
- 40% of routes are on roads with speed limits of 45 mph or higher.
- 50% of routes include a 15% grade.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Sep 20, 2018
Due Date Notes
The deadline for written questions are due June 15, 2018.

The application deadline is September 20, 2018.
Most Recent RFP Release Date
May 31, 2018
Annual or Multi-Year?
Annual
Preliminary Items
There will be one Pre-Application Workshop; participation in this meeting is optional but encouraged. The Pre-Application Workshop will be held through in-person participation, WebEx, and conference call at the date, time and location listed below. Please call (916) 654-4381 or refer to the Energy Commission's website at www.energy.ca.gov/contracts.index.html to confirm the date and time.

June 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
California Energy Commission
Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room (Formerly Hearing Room A)
1516 9th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Match Required?
No
Funder
California Energy Commission
Total Amount Available for All Grants
$94,100,000
Competition Notes
A total of $75 million from SB 110 and $19.1 from ARFVTP is expected to be available for awards under this solicitation. The $75 million of SB 110 funds will be awarded evenly among four regions in CA: Northern, Central, Southern, and Los Angeles County. Each region will receive $18.75 million to replace the oldest diesel buses in their individual regions. A school district or county office of education can receive a maximum of 10 school buses.

For electric school bus awardees, applicants will receive a maximum of $60,000 per awarded bus.

For CNG school bus awardees, applicants will receive a maximum of $165,000 per CNG school bus and $500,000 for CNG infrastructure.
Further Information
Crystal Presley-Willis, Commission Agreement Officer
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-18
Sacramento, California 95814
Telephone: (916) 653-6110
FAX: (916) 654-4423
E-mail: crystal.presley-willis@energy.ca.gov
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