For immediate release: July 2, 2001
Media Contact: Precy Della - 916-654-4989

School Districts to Get Clean-Powered Buses


SACRAMENTO -- The California Energy Commission announced today that at least 52 school districts across California soon will get brand new low emission school buses to replace the old vehicles in their fleets.

The Energy Commission has approved agreements it had signed earlier with these districts that took part in the Low Emission School Bus Program. The agreements will allocate money from the program to the school districts, which in turn will buy the school buses fueled by either low-sulfur diesel or natural gas. In some cases, the Energy Commission will also assist in setting up natural gas fueling stations for the buses.

A total of 66 clean powered buses -- 37 powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) three by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and 26 by clean diesel -- will be procured by districts from Shasta County to Imperial County. (A complete list of districts and the buses each will get is attached).

"Amid the energy crisis, California is doing everything it can to reduce a school's power bills, whether for electricity or for bus fuel, "said Energy Commission Chairman William A. Keese. " The great thing about these school buses is that they are also safer for children and cleaner for the environment."

In the 2000-2001 State budget, Governor Gray Davis provided $50 million to the low emission program to continue the replacement or retrofit of school buses to improve the health and safety of school children.

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is running the $12.5 million retrofit program. The California Energy Commission will spend $7.5 million for the 66 clean powered buses and some fueling stations for the school districts within the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, Antelope Valley Air Pollution Control District, and the remaining air districts not specifically identified by the ARB to receive or administer their own school bus replacement funds.

The remainder of the program money, about $30 million, will be managed by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the Monterey Bay Air Pollution Control District, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Pollution Control District, the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District, and the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District.

The idea is either to phase out or retrofit all aging buses throughout the State. More than 44 percent of school buses in California are older than 13 years, while 12 percent of the vehicles are more than 23 years old.

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Listing of Districts Receiving New Buses

SCHOOL DISTRICT

CITY

TOTAL Diesel

TOTAL CNG

TOTAL LPG

%

Dollars Awarded

Dollars Infrastructure

Dollars Total Awarded

Modoc Joint USD

Alturas

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

Armona Union Elem SD

Armona

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

Lucia Mar USD

Arroyo Grande

 

 

2

 

$172,064

 

$172,064

Mid Placer Public School T

Auburn

1

 

 

15

$96,032

 

$96,032

Beardsley Elem SD

Bakersfield

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

Fairfax School District

Bakersfield

 

1

   

$117,452

 

$117,452

Fruitvale SD

Bakersfield

 

1

   

$117,452

 

$117,452

Kern High SD

Bakersfield

 

1

   

$117,452

 

$117,452

Lakeside Union SD

Bakersfield

 

1

   

$117,452

$13,000

$130,452

Panama BuenaVista SD

Bakersfield

 

1

   

$117,452

 

$117,452

Calexico USD

Calexico

 

2

   

$234,904

 

$234,904

Chowchilla Elem SD

Chowchilla

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

El Nido Elem SD

El Nido

1

 

 

15

$96,032

 

$96,032

Eureka City School Yard

Eureka

 

1

 

15

$127,452

 

$127,452

Forest Hill USD

Forest Hill

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

Central USD

Fresno

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

Sierra USD

Fresno

 

1

   

$127,452

 

$127,452

Manzanita Elem SD

Gridley

 

1

   

$117,452

 

$117,452

Kings River Hardwick USD

Hanford

1

 

 

15

$96,032

 

$96,032

Lakeside Union Elementary SD

Hanford

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

Hesperia USD

Hesperia

 

1

   

$117,452

$13,000

$130,452

Antelope Valley STA

Lancaster

1

3

   

$438,388

 

$438,388

Laytonville USD

Laytonville

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

McSwain Jt Union SD

Merced

 

1

   

$117,452

 

$117,452

Hart -Ransom U Elem SD

Modesto

 

1

   

$117,452

$13,000

$130,452

Modesto City Schools

Modesto

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

Paradise USD

Paradise

 

2

   

$234,904

 

$234,904

Paso Robles Public School

Paso Robles

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

Gateway USD

Redding

1

 

 

15

$96,032

 

$96,032

Shasta Union SD

Redding

 

2

 

15

$254,904

$26,000

$280,904

Kings Canyon

Reedly

1

1

   

$203,484

 

$203,484

Sierra Sand USD

Ridgecrest

 

1

 

15

$127,452

$13,000

$140,452

Southwest Tr Agency

Riverdale

 

2

   

$234,904

 

$234,904

Rocklin USD

Rocklin

 

1

   

$117,452

 

$117,452

Salida USD

Salida

2

 

   

$172,064

 

$172,064

Sanger USD

Sanger

 

2

 

15

$254,904

 

$254,904

Goleta USD

Santa Barbara

1

1

   

$203,484

$13,000

$216,484

Blockan Union SD

Santa Maria

 

 

1

 

$86,032

 

$86,032

Maple SD

Shafter

 

1

   

$117,452

$13,000

$130,452

Merced River SD

Snelling

 

1

   

$117,452

 

$117,452

Lincoln USD

Stockton

 

1

   

$117,452

 

$117,452

Strathmore Union SD

Strathmore

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

Sunnyside U Elem SD

Strathmore

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

Tehachapi USD

Tehachapi

 

1

   

$117,452

 

$117,452

Lindsay USD

Tulare

1

 

 

15

$96,032

 

$96,032

Tulare JUHSD

Tulare

 

1

   

$117,452

$13,000

$130,452

Vacaville USD

Vacaville

1

 

 

15

$96,032

 

$96,032

Visalia USD

Visalia

 

2

   

$234,904

$26,000

$260,904

Washington USD

West Sacramento

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

Westwood Unified SD

Westwood

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

Woodland USD

Woodland

1

 

   

$86,032

 

$86,032

Yuba City USD

Yuba City

 

2

 

15

$254,904

$26,000

$280,904

Total Number of

School Districts

52

26

37

3

11

$6,990,652

$169,000

$7,159,652

Total Number of Buses

66

       



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