For Immediate Release: December 12, 2012
Media Contact: Alison apRoberts - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Energy Commission Awards More Than $2.5 Million
for Clean Transportation Projects
Funded Projects Include Converting Food Waste Into Fuel for Garbage Trucks


SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today approved funding of $2,605,370 for projects that will move the state closer to a clean energy future. These awards support the state's pioneering climate change policies.

"These awards will put more clean energy vehicles on the road, and provide support for an innovative project that turns food waste into renewable fuel," said Energy Commissioner Carla Peterman. "These investments are crucial to transforming the state's transportation sector, while creating jobs and improving air quality for all Californians."

The approved awards were made through the Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. The program is slated to invest approximately $90 million during this fiscal year to encourage the development and use of new technologies and alternative and renewable fuels, with the goal of reducing dependence on foreign oil and improving the environment. It is funded through surcharges on vehicle and boating registration, and smog check and license plate fees.

The investments of public money through this program are safeguarded by matching fund requirements for awardees, and by making payments on a reimbursement basis.

The award recipients are:

Environ Strategy Consultants, Inc., in Orange (Orange County), will receive $1,211,370 to design and install a new system to pre-process solid food waste for use in two existing anaerobic digesters at a solid waste facility in Chino. The digesters will use the waste to produce biomethane to be converted into renewable compressed natural gas fuel.

In this pilot project, enough compressed natural gas will be generated to displace 750 to 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel, and to power heavy-duty garbage collection trucks and an on-site generator producing renewable electricity for the facility. This fuel has 88 percent lower carbon intensity than ultra-low-sulfur diesel. The project will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by diverting food waste from landfills that release methane gas directly into the atmosphere.

City of Monterey Park (Los Angeles County) will receive $300,000 to upgrade the city's outdated compressed natural gas fueling station. The station will provide fueling for the public, the city's transit system, and public works vehicles. Monterey Park will contribute $475,634 in matching funds for this project.

In addition, buy-down incentives totaling $1,094,000 were awarded for alternative-fuel vehicles. These incentives help to pay the difference between the cost of conventional gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicles and new vehicles that use less-polluting 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.

The buy-down incentives approved today go to the following companies:

Galpin Ford, in North Hills (Los Angeles County), will receive a total of $86,000. Of that, $66,000 is reserved for the buy-down of 11 propane vehicles of 8,501 to 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Vehicles in this weight range are typically light- or medium-duty trucks or vans. In addition, $20,000 is reserved for two propane vehicles of 14,001 to 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Vehicles in this weight range are typically medium-duty trucks or vans.

Nations Bus Corp., in Inglewood (Los Angeles County), will receive $280,000 for the buy-down of 28 propane vehicles of 14,001 to 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.

Big Valley Ford, Inc., in Stockton (San Joaquin County), will receive $48,000 for the buy-down of eight propane vehicles of 8,501 to 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.

West Coast Bus Sales, Inc., in Oakland (Alameda County), will receive a total of $680,000. Of that, $600,000 is reserved for the buy-down of 30 natural gas vehicles of 14,001 to 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, and $80,000 is reserved for the buy-down of 10 natural gas vehicles of 8,501 to 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.



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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.

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