SACRAMENTO, CA - The California Energy Commission has awarded $2.5 million for research projects tackling a range of issues including climate change, electric fuel and energy storage. 

Among the seven projects that have already received approval is a $200,000 study of the technological, economic and regulatory barriers involved in scaling up electric fuel for transportation purposes. The research will be performed by the Institute of Transportation Studies' Transportation Sustainability Research Center at UC Berkeley. One goal is to better understand the regulatory changes that can be made to reduce the cost of plug-in electric vehicle batteries. 

The funds for the various projects will come from the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.