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For immediate release: April 18, 2002
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

State Awards Funds for
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Stations

Sacramento - Eleven projects have been awarded grants totaling $ 813,063 in the State's continuing effort to displace petroleum-based motor fuels in the transportation sector.

The California Energy Commission grants will help pay the cost of equipment for new fueling stations and the expansion of some existing facilities for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs). The stations will service public fleets, including transit and school buses, airport taxicabs and shuttles, cars, and heavy-duty and medium-duty trucks - vehicles powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied propane gas (LPG).

The total costs for all the projects amount to more than $3.6 million. For every dollar of State funding, the participating agencies have earmarked an average of $3 each to achieve long term success in promoting alternatives to petroleum fuels.

Grant winners under the Commission's Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Program were: the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, $100,000; the Calexico Unified School District, $100,000; the City of Anaheim, through Yellow Cab of Northern Orange County, $100,000; the City of Visalia, $100,000; the City of Lancaster, through Power Systems Associates, $100,000; the City of Riverside, $30,000 for expansion of its CNG facility; and the City of San Clemente, $100,000.

Additional grants went to the Lucia Mar School District in Arroyo Grande, the CalTrans office in Bakersfield and the San Luis Obispo Air Pollution Control District through Delta Liquid Energy, using $30,000 for expansion of LPG stations in those areas; the Caltrans facility in Pomona, through the Delta Liquid Energy, $93,063 for expansion of its LPG facility; the San Jose Unified School District, $30,000 through Pinnacle CNG Company for expansion of its

CNG facility; and the Yolo/Solano Air Pollution Control District and State of California Office of Fleet Administration, through the Pinnacle CNG Company, $30,000 for expansion of their common CNG facility in West Sacramento.

The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Program seeks to displace petroleum-based motor fuels and assist California in attaining health-based air quality standards. Top priority for the program is to deploy low-emission alternative fuel vehicles, especially for cities, counties, local educational agencies, State fleets and project participants of the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor (ICTC).

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For further information, contact:

Thomas Hiltner, Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District, (831) 426-6080
Augustin Ramirez, Calexico Unified School District, (760) 768-3877
Larry Slagle, Yellow Cab of Northern Orange County, (714) 535-0156
Monty Cox, City of Visalia, (559) 713-4100
Kirk Fowkes, Power Systems Associates, (562) 463-6083
Cis LeRoy, Riverside Transit Authority, (909) 565-5000
Mark Somerville, City of San Clemente, (949) 361-8317
Greg Vlasek, Pinnacle Energy Company (916) 944-4094
William Platz Delta Liquid Energy, (805) 2391327

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