For Immediate Release: September 12, 2012
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Energy Commission Awards More than $580,000
for Clean Transportation Projects

Sacramento - The Energy Commission today unanimously approved funding of $582,000 for the development of two compressed natural gas fueling facilities and for buy-downs of alternative-fuel vehicles.

"These awards will help put cleaner cars on our roadways, and expand the availability of alternative fuels," said Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman. "These are investments that will reduce air pollution, create jobs and support the development of clean transportation options in California."

The awards are made through the Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. The program provides approximately $100 million annually to encourage the development and use of new technologies and alternative and renewable fuels, with the goal of reducing dependence on foreign oil, improving the environment and fulfilling the state's pioneering climate change policies. It is funded through a small surcharge on vehicle and boating registration and smog check fees.

The Energy Commission's AB118 investments on behalf of the public are safeguarded by adhering to payouts on a reimbursement basis, and by requiring match funding that leverages other private and public funding, attracting additional investment in clean-energy technology.

The award recipients are:

  • Southern California Gas Company will receive $216,000 to design, build and operate a compressed natural gas fueling station at its facility in Lancaster (Los Angeles County). The fueling station will be open 24 hours, seven days a week for the public as well as the gas company's 37 vehicles that use compressed natural gas. The gas company will contribute $650,000 in matching funds for the project.
  • CR&R Inc., a recycling and waste collection company, will receive $300,000 to build and operate a slow-fill compressed natural gas fueling station at its Material Recovery and Transfer Station in the city of Perris (Riverside County). The station will serve 25 compressed natural gas vehicles, including solid waste disposal trucks and street sweepers. CR&R Inc. plans to convert an additional 100 diesel fleet vehicles to compressed natural gas vehicles by 2020. The company will contribute $831,140 in matching funds for this project.
  • Galpin Motors, Inc. in North Hills (Los Angeles County) will receive $66,000 in vehicle buy-down funding for the purchase of 11 propane gas vehicles in the 8,501 to 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight category. Vehicles in this weight category are typically vans or trucks. These payments help to pay the difference between the cost of conventional gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles and new vehicles that use alternative fuels, such as propane or natural gas. Eligible vehicles meet all emission requirements of the California Air Resources Board and are fully warranted by their manufacturers. Purchased vehicles must be registered and driven in California at least 90 percent of the time for three years.

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The Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, six basic responsibilities guide the Energy Commission as it sets state energy policy: forecasting future energy needs; licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; promoting energy efficiency and conservation by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards; supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; developing renewable energy resources and alternative renewable energy technologies for buildings, industry and transportation; planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.