Plug-In Porterville Blueprint

Air quality in Porterville is poor and Porterville is committed to implement zero emission solutions. Porterville is working with CALSTART to develop the Plug-In Porterville Blueprint to mitigate emissions from transportation and power generation.


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What is the Plug-In Porterville Blueprint project doing?
•    Porterville is ranked among the top 1% for worst pollution burden and highest poverty rates in California when considering the ozone, fine particles, poverty, unemployment, and related health concerns. Part of this is the location between Bakersfield and Fresno in the San Joaquin Valley is under an atmospheric inversion layer, where the air warms as it rises and pushes the cold polluted air lower. To improve the air quality in Porterville, the city and CALSTART are going to look at ways to offset the carbon emission from power generation, transportation, and more.

Plug-In Porterville aims to mitigate pollution by exploring charging needs of zero emission fleets and expanding the availability of cleaner energy, both for transportation and power, in the region. To accomplish that, this project is focused on designing a microgrid that will support the local transit system, private industry, and municipal fleets. 

We know that to make a solution for Porterville, we need to work with the community so we’re starting with community engagement and outreach with stakeholders (community members, municipal offices, and private fleets). The amount of engagement and feedback will directly impact the project’s planning process and guarantee a community driven outcome. If you, or someone you know, wants to get involved be sure to subscribe to our emails.
What benefits are we anticipating?
•    Acquiring and including community and other stakeholder feedback throughout the planning process will ensure that the project directly benefits the communities of Porterville, what that looks like is at least partially up to you! You can get involved by subscribing to our emails.
•    Create new job and business opportunities for community members interested in working for and advancing the zero-emission public transit industry in Porterville.
•    Connect disadvantaged, low-income, priority communities, and tribal lands with the public transportation services in the Porterville region.
•    Reduce greenhouse gas emissions overall, improving the climate and positively impacting localized health in low-income and disadvantaged communities.
•    Help the local transit system to overcome barriers in achieving California's energy goals by evaluating the current fleet and costs to upgrade to zero-emission vehicles.
•    Identifying additional charging locations using grid mapping systems 

•    Funding Opportunities
•    HVIP (California’s Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project) will connect purchasers with dealers who can help them receive a point-of-sale discount for qualified zero-emission vehicles.
•    EnergIIZE (California’s Energy Infrastructure Incedntives for Zero-Emission Commercial Vehicles Project) will connect fleets with incentive funding through four funding lanes.
•    CORE (California’s Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project) will connect purchasers with dealers who can help them receive a point-of-sale discount for qualified zero-emission equipment.
•    GMERP (Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program) is run by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and provides incentives to quickly reduce emissions from freight movement along California’s trade corridors.
Contact Us
•    If you have questions not related to opportunities to participate, please email


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