Photo of CNG Station

Press Release: July 23, 2001


COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS (CNG) STATION GRAND OPENING


Photo of CNG Station A Grand Opening of Berkeley's first ultra-low emission Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station will be held at 1 pm, Friday, July 27 at the new station at 1101 2nd Street in Berkeley. In a joint public-private venture, the innovative new CNG station is on City of Berkeley property while the station equipment is owned and operated by Trillium USA under a license with the City. This station joins California's growing number of alternative fuel stations providing fuel for ultra-low emission CNG vehicles. Berkeley welcomes this station that will help us meet environmental clean air goals.

The California Energy Commission's Transportation Fund for Clean Air and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District provided funding for the station as part of their commitment to support ultra-low emission fuels, thereby reducing pollutants in the air.

To improve protection of air quality, the City of Berkeley began purchasing ultra-low emission CNG vehicles in 1997 for Public Works and Police vehicles along with its electric vehicles. As the new CNG station opens, the City of Berkeley continues to increase its fleet of CNG vehicles including sedans, trucks, refuse and recycling vehicles, a health and human services mini-bus, and other specialty vehicles.

Nearby businesses and agencies that already have CNG vehicles look forward to using this centrally located station. They include the Acme Bread Co., Berkeley Unified School District University of California, City of Albany, American Soil, Pacific Gas and Electric, and San Francisco Airport Shuttle Service, and State of California. In order to fill up a vehicle, drivers will need an access card and can receive one from Trillium USA by calling toll-free 1-800-920-1166. Trillium USA operates CNG fueling stations from Long Island, New York to Los Angeles to the San Francisco Airport. Trillium has participated in construction of over 50 natural gas fueling stations serving public and private vehicles. Station sizes range from small fleet demonstration stations to high-capacity transit fueling facilities.

The City of Berkeley and Trillium USA look forward to seeing you at the Grand Opening. For more information, please contact Patrick Keilch, Deputy Director of Public Works or Bill Ivie, Equipment Superintendent, City of Berkeley at 510.644-6620.

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