Increasing clean transportation options throughout the state, the California Energy Commission has approved several project, including three specifically related to natural and renewable gas projects. “The funded projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants to protect our environment and improve the health of all Californians,” said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller.
The awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118. The program, which is essential to fulfilling the state’s pioneering climate-change policies, is slated to invest approximately $90 million during this fiscal year to develop new transportation technologies, as well as alternative and renewable fuels. It is paid for through surcharges on vehicle and boating registrations, and smog check and license plate fees.
The award recipients are:
Blue Line Transfer, Inc., will receive $2,590,929 to build an anaerobic digestion facility in South San Francisco. This facility is slated to convert 9,000 tons per year of food and plant waste into biomethane that will be used to produce compressed natural gas for a fleet of five refuse and recycling collection vehicles. The fuel produced will be enough to replace 56,000 gallons of conventional diesel. The project is expected to create three permanent full-time jobs. Blue Line Transfer is based in South San Francisco (San Mateo County).
Sacramento Municipal Utility District will receive $1,819,166 to facilitate the completion of a project to demonstrate a patented process developed at the Argonne National Laboratory to optimize the production of biomethane and reduce carbon dioxide from anaerobic digestion. The project will be demonstrated at the American River Packaging organic waste recycling facility in Natomas.
Paso Robles Waste & Recycle, will receive $300,000 to build a compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station to serve a new fleet of CNG refuse haulers, as well as providing public fueling. CNG is much less polluting than conventional diesel. More than 50,000 gallons of conventional diesel fuel will be displaced by CNG annually by the five refuse trucks that will be initially used in the project. Once completed, the project is expected to create two permanent jobs. Paso Robles is located in San Luis Obispo County.
(This article compiled using information from a California Energy Commission press release)