Green Transportation Projects Receive $5 Million Boost

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Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013 9:23 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Energy Commission approved $4,979,070 to projects that will support increased numbers of cleaner, alternative fuel vehicles on California roadways. The awards were made through the Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118.

"The AB 118 program is supporting a wide range of clean-energy transportation projects across the state," said Energy Commissioner Janea A. Scott. "The awards the Commission made today will provide more fast-charge stations for electric vehicles, natural gas fueling upgrades, and buy-downs to put more propane school buses in use."

For the current fiscal year, the Commission will invest approximately $90 million to encourage the development and use of new technologies, and alternative and renewable fuels, to help the state meet its climate change goals.

The state's investments in these projects are safeguarded by matching fund requirements for awardees, and by making payments on a reimbursement basis, after invoices are reviewed and approved.

Green Charge Networks will receive $2,087,153 to install, operate, collect data and assess the performance of fast-charging electric vehicle infrastructure at 16 sites. Direct current fast-charging systems typically charge a vehicle battery to 80 percent of capacity in just 30 minutes. These charging sites will be located at 7-Eleven convenience stores, and will provide a charging network in Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties. The agreement includes $2.5 million in match funding. Green Charge's California offices are located in Huntington Beach.

This award will help to advance the goals laid out in Governor Brown's Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan. The plan directs state government to support and facilitate the rapid commercialization of zero-emission vehicles in California, with a target of having sufficient ZEV infrastructure installed to support 1 million ZEVs by 2020.

City of Sacramento will receive $600,000 to install new liquefied natural gas fueling equipment and refurbish existing LNG equipment in the city's corporate yard in the south area of the city. A minimum of 30 percent of the LNG dispensed for city vehicles will be from renewable sources. The agreement includes $600,000 in match funding.

A-Z Bus Sales, Inc., in Colton, will receive $500,000 in vehicle buy-down incentive reservations for 25 propane school buses of 14,001 pounds or greater gross vehicle weight. These incentives are reserved by vehicle manufacturers or their designated dealers, and the purchase prices for buyers are reduced by the incentive amounts. Buyers are required to register and operate the vehicles in California at least 90 percent of the time for three years.

The incentives are designed to help pay the difference between alternative-fuel vehicles and conventional vehicles. They are available only for new natural gas and propane vehicles that meet all the emission requirements of the California Air Resources Board.

City of Santa Clarita will receive $300,000 to install a self-serve, commercial, compressed natural gas fueling facility capable of fueling up to four vehicles at a time. The Santa Clarity Valley currently has one public CNG station, located close to Interstate 5. This project will increase access to CNG fueling along the State Route 14 corridor. The agreement includes $900,000 in match funding.

County of Santa Clara will receive $300,000 to purchase and install a publicly accessible compressed natural gas fueling station at a county fleet management facility in San Jose. This will reduce county fleet operating costs and facilitate the county's purchase of new CNG buses and vehicles. The county estimates the project will result in eventual fuel cost savings of $266,764 annually. Replacing older, high-polluting buses and vehicles with new CNG buses and vehicles can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement includes $714,000 in match funding.

Murrieta Valley Unified School District will receive $300,000 to construct the first phase of its planned compressed natural gas fueling infrastructure. This will support the district's plan to replace its aging fleet of 50 diesel school buses with natural gas buses. The agreement includes $175,000 in match funding.

Waste Management Collection and Recycling will receive $300,000 to upgrade an existing compressed natural gas fueling station in the city of Moreno Valley. This publicly accessible station, located at 17700 Indian Street, will support Waste Management's expanding fleet of CNG powered solid waste collection vehicles. The agreement includes $398,564 in match funding.

Poway Unified School District will receive $299,157 to replace two compressed natural gas station compressors and a control panel to provide reliable refueling for the district's 35 CNG school buses, as well as provide public CNG vehicle refueling.

City of Anaheim will receive $292,760 to upgrade an existing compressed natural gas station to support the city's 47-vehicle CNG fleet and provide fueling capacity for the city's planned acquisition over the next five years of five large CNG work vehicles, such as street sweepers and garbage trucks, and nine passenger-sized CNG vehicles. The agreement includes $342,972 in match funding.

SOURCE: California Energy Commission

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