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For Immediate Release: October 22, 2003
Contact: Claudia Chandler - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Receives $2.48 Million From
Federal Government For Alternative Fuel Projects

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission is funding 18 projects throughout California to encourage the use of transportation fuels other than gasoline and diesel. At its Business Meeting today, the Energy Commission accepted $2.48 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to finance the projects.

The Energy Commission will use the grants to help purchase clean, alternative fueled school buses and other vehicles, and to build propane and compressed natural gas fueling stations around the State.

"California leads the nation when it comes to alternative fuels," said Energy Commissioner James Boyd. "The Commission's latest Integrated Energy Policy Report calls for alternative fuels to replace 20 percent of the State's on-road fuel consumption by the year 2020. By encouraging cleaner, alternative fueled vehicles, this policy helps to protect the air quality of our cities. Diversifying our transportation fuel supply also helps to cut the growing demand for petroleum in California, protecting consumers from price spikes and gasoline shortages."

The funds for the Energy Commission projects come from DOE's Clean Cities Special Energy Project Grant Solicitation program.

"The Energy Commission submitted 36 grants to the program, and received funding for 18, a remarkable achievement that attests to the quality of the local projects submitted," Boyd said. "California projects account for nearly half of all the funds available in the federal program."

These are the projects being funded under the Clean Cities Awards approved today:

Northern California

    City of Oakland: $150,000
    A public access CNG fueling station will be built in West Oakland.

    Clean Energy Fuels Corporation, San Francisco: $350,000 total
    Two $100,000 projects in San Francisco will demonstrate natural gas-powered taxis or shuttle vans. The corporation will also build a new $150,000 natural gas fueling station in San Francisco.

    Delta Liquid Energy, Sacramento: $250,000
    A total of six propane fueling stations will be built in Sacramento, West Sacramento, and Roseville.

    Port of Oakland, Oakland: $100,000
    The port will add medium duty, compressed natural gas-powered shuttle buses.

Central California

    Project Clean Air, Bakersfield: $25,000
    There are 12 Clean Cities Coalitions in California - public-private partnerships that encourage and administer alternative fuel projects in their area. The grant goes to help support the coalition that serves the San Joaquin Valley.

Southern California

    Bellflower Unified School District, Bellflower: $190,000
    The grant will provide the cost difference between diesel and alternative-fueled school buses.

    Buena Park School District, Buena Park: $290,000
    $190,000 will go to the district to pay the difference between diesel and alternative-fueled school buses. The district will also receive $100,000 for a compressed natural gas fueling station in Buena Park.

    City of Los Angeles: $150,000
    The grant will add natural gas infrastructure to the City's South Central Refuse Collection Yard near downtown.

    Clean Energy Fuels Corporation, Los Angeles: $250,000
    $100,000 helps pay for CNG-powered vans along the Interstate 210 and I-10 transportation corridor, serving Burbank, Ontario, Pomona, Covina, Los Angeles and other cities. $150,000 goes to build a CNG fueling station in Riverside.

    Clean Energy Fuels Corporation, Orange County: $150,000
    A CNG-fueling station will be built in Mission Viejo.

    Gas Equipment Systems, Inc., Los Angeles: $250,000
    Two CNG-fueling facilities will be built along Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway. A third will be added at Malibu Creek State Park, Malibu.

    Sunline Transit Agency, Thousand Palms: $25,000
    The grant goes to support the Clean Cities Coalition serving Palm Springs, Indio and Riverside County.

    Time Warner Cable, Palm Desert: $100,000
    The grant will help support a demonstration project for alternative fueled cargo vans throughout Southern California.

    XRT Express Reefer Trucking, Inc., Los Angeles: $200,000
    A demonstration project will use liquefied natural gas in on-road Class-8 tractors in use throughout Southern California.


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