For immediate release: June 28, 2001
Media Contact: Percy Della - (916) 654-4989

State Grants Awarded for
Alternative Fueling Stations

Sacramento In an effort to displace petroleum and diesel as a motor fuel and boost California's ongoing battle against smog, the California Energy Commission has announced grants of close to $3 million to 16 public agencies around the State.

The Energy Commission grants will help shoulder the cost of fueling stations for natural gas-powered public fleets, including transit buses and garbage trucks. Total costs for all 16 projects amount to $16.3 million. For every dollar of state funding, the participating agencies have earmarked an average of $4 each to achieve long term success in promoting alternative fuels to gasoline.

Grant winners were the City of Los Angeles, $250,000; City of Anaheim, through Taormina Industries, $241,000; City of Fremont, $144,000; San Jose International Airport, $250,000; Yolo County Transit, $100,000; San Joaquin County, through D.O.N. Investments, $250,000; South Coast Air Quality Management District, a total of $695,000 for fueling stations in the cities of Diamond Bar, Montclair and San Bernardino; University of California, Santa Cruz, $125,000; City of Azusa through the Southern California Gas Company, $125,000; City of Monterey Park, $49,500; City of Burbank, $125,000; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, through Pinnacle CNG Company, $188,499; Madera County, $125,000; and the Morongo Band of Indians, $250,000.

Among the alternative fuel infrastructure program's objectives are to increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles, starting with fleets maintained by cities, counties, schools and other public agencies; to displace petroleum and diesel as a motor fuel; and to help California attain health-based air quality standards.

For further information, contact:

  1. Detrich B. Allen, General Manager LA Alternative Fleets, (213) 580-1045
  2. Bob Van Hazelen, Burbank Manager of Fleets and Buildings, (818) 238-3838
  3. John E. McNamara, Anaheim Manager, Environmental Affairs, (714) 238-3343
  4. Robert E. Townsend, Madera Road Commissioner, (559) 675-7811
  5. Greg Vlasek, Livermore Regional Manager Governmental Affairs, (916) 482-2004
  6. Ralph G. Tonseth, Director of Aviation, San Jose International Airport, (408) 501-7670
  7. Don Narten Jr., President, D.O.N. Investments, Stockton, (209) 463-0376
  8. Terry V. Bassett, Yolo Transit Executive Director, (530) 661-0816
  9. Tom Linton, Planning Director, Cabazon, (909) 849-8807
  10. Tony Vargas, Fremont Fleet Superintendent, (510) 713-5738
  11. Chung Liu, Deputy Executive Officer, SCAQMD, (909) 396-2105 (contact for San Bernardino, Diamond Bar and Montclair stations)
  12. Amy Ho, Monterey Park Transportation Manager, (626) 307-1260
  13. Stan Sinclair, Marketing Consultant, Southern California Gas Company, (213) 244-2665
  14. Ms. Teresa Buika, UC Santa Cruz Campus Transportation Planner, (531) 459-3826

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