The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a $1.97m funding for the expansion and upgrade of a biodiesel production facility and buy-downs of alternative-fuel vehicles.

Yokayo Bio-fuels will receive $1,860,330 to expand its biodiesel production capacity from 1,400 gallons a day to 2,000 gallons a day by employing enzymatic production process.

CEC also awarded Big Valley Ford $114,000 for the buy-down of 19 propane gas vehicles

Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman said that the investments will help to reduce the state’s dependence on petroleum, put cleaner cars on its roadways and support the development of alternative fuels

"By reducing air pollution, creating green jobs and boosting the state’s clean transportation options, they benefit all Californians," added Peterman