July 2, 1997
Contact: Mathew Hargrove (Firestone)
(916) 445-8292
Gavin Payne (O’Connell)
(916) 445-5405
(Sacramento) -- Assemblyman Brooks Firestone (R-Los Olivos) and Senator Jack O’Connell (D-Carpinteria), announced that the California Energy Commission has approved a contract with the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (SBCAPCD) to demonstrate the use of dual-fuel engines in commuter buses.
The contract will be funded by a $150,000 grant from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.
Under terms of the contract, the SCBAPCD will demonstrate four Caterpillar C10 dual fuel engines that run on both diesel and compressed natural gas fuels in commuter buses leased from the City of Lompoc.
"Data generated from the demonstration will be useful to Caterpillar as it produces more refined versions of the 350-horsepower engine," said Senator O’Connell. "The demonstration in our own backyard hopes to fine tune the dual fuel engines to meet the needs of California medium-and heavy-duty compressed natural gas vehicle market."
"The agreement will advance the state’s goal of expanding the use of natural gas as a cleaner transportation fuel," said Assemblyman Firestone. "This demonstration is anotherplus for Santa Barbara’s image as an environmentally-conscious county."
Funds from NREL to the Energy Commission will be included in the $1.8 million total cost of the project. Other sponsors include the City of Lompoc, Power Systems Associate/Caterpillar, Melni Bus Company and Southern California Gas Company.
For further information, contact:
Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director, California Energy Commission, (916) 654-4989
Jeff Carmondy, Project Manager, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, (805) 961-8884.




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