For Immediate Release: June 1, 1999
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989

California Wins Share of U.S. Funds
for Energy Efficiency Projects

The U. S. Department of Energy has awarded California nearly $1.25 million to fund 10 projects promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The 10 State Energy Program (SEP) projects, to be administered by the California Energy Commission, promote energy partnerships between governments and private industries.

U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson says SEP grants underscore the productive relationship between the DOE and state energy offices across the country. "I am pleased that we were able to fund solid, important projects which help create a cleaner environment and a stronger economy through the increased use of energy efficient technologies."

Out of the 32 projects submitted by California, nearly a third won federal grants. "Many of them are from local governments here in California and we were impressed with the high quality of projects we submitted to the Department of Energy," said William Keese, Chairman of the Energy Commission. "These proposals represent significant improvements in the industrial sector, in buildings, transportation and utilities, and demonstrate how our State is leading the nation in energy innovation."

The federal money will be used to leverage State contributions and private investment in these California projects:

  1. Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Los Angeles ($150,000)

    EV Rental Cars, along with LA Department of Water and Power, Budget Rent-a-Car and select hotels and offices in the Greater LA area, will install up to 50 charging stations to encourage the shift of corporate car rentals from gas to electric vehicles.

  2. Alternative Fueled Street Sweepers, Fremont ($50,000)

    To help meet or exceed clean air standards, the Bay-area city of Fremont will purchase two compressed natural gas (CNG) powered street sweepers, replacing diesel-powered models.

  3. Clean Fuel Taxi Project, Coachella Valley ($100,000)

    The Coachella Valley Clean Cities Region is launching the nation's largest fleet of alternate fueled taxicabs, as government and private industry put on the road 50 natural gas powered Fords - 50 percent of the resort area's fleet. DOE funds will help reduce the cost of each vehicle, and Pickens Fuel Corp. will build three new fueling stations.

  4. CNG rapid fueling station, San Diego International Airport ($50,000)

    The San Diego Unified Port District will install a CNG Quick-Fueler at San Diego's airport to encourage replacing all ground support equipment and fleet vehicles with less polluting AFV models.

  5. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling station, Santa Fe Springs ($100,000)

    As part of the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor - the nation's first route established to encourage truck fuels other than diesel - a fueling depot will be established along the Golden State and Riverside freeways by the Vons Companies. It is estimated that the fueling station will eventually displace over 800,000 gallons of diesel fuel a year.

  6. Coordinator, South Bay Clean Cities Coalition ($20,000)

    Funds will help to hire an administrator to coordinate the activities of this alliance of Southern California cities. The part-time position will promote the goals of DOE's Clean Cities Program such as encouraging clean fuel vehicles and fueling stations.

  7. Extend the Rebuild America approach to Sacramento and Orange Counties ($180,000)

    The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) will take the lead in Rebuild America's projects in the Sacramento region. SMUD will spearhead the hiring of a resource manager to address energy efficiency in participating K-12 schools. The funds will also help the program expand to Orange County, which has not been previously served by Rebuild. With the new areas, Rebuild will be able to serve five population centers totaling 22 million residents.

  8. Municipal Case Studies for Distributed Energy Resources ($199,944)

    The grant will enable the California Energy Commission to do actual case studies of distributed generation and integrated land-use planning/permit streamlining and unbundling of electricity distribution services. The Commission will partner with the California Alliance for Distributed Energy Resources (CADER), City of Irvine and the Association of Bay Area Governments. A previous SEP grant gave the Commission resources to focus on the barriers to distributed energy resources.

  9. Nonresidential Building Quality Assurance ($200,000)

    Funds will help improve the energy performance of state and federal nonresidential buildings through efficiency standards. Objectives include developing technical background for future changes to the Standards and identifying specific approaches to providing reliable energy savings to building owners. The project will be a partnership among the Energy Commission, the Pacific Gas & Electric Company and the New Buildings Institute. In addition the States of California and Oregon will exchange information on work products and research results.

  10. Builder Training on Energy Codes ($200,000)

    The project seeks to continue improving the energy efficiency and quality construction of homes in California and Nevada through a partnership with the California Building Industry. The partnership provides training to production builders on ways to improve compliance with energy efficiency codes in both states.

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