ARRA Funds Approved for State’s Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Other Programs
Long Island Localities Link to Natural Gas Refueling Facility
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has approved New York State’s plan for federal stimulus funding through the State Energy Program (SEP) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), according to a Governor David A. Paterson press release. USD 91.2 million of the 123 million SEP Plan will be used to complement current grant programs to municipalities, schools, hospitals, public colleges and universities, and not-for-profit organizations for the installation of eligible energy efficiency measures, renewable energy systems, and purchase of alternative fuel vehicles.
Projects may include light- and medium-duty vehicles fueled by natural gas, propane, hydrogen, or those that use electricity either stored or generated on board as the primary fuel. Funds for technical assistance studies also will be available starting this month to assist customers in evaluating their energy-related projects.
Long Island, NY
Two Long Island towns have strengthened their commitment to emissions reduction by securing natural gas supply from a planned Kings Park pumping station, according to a Newsday.com report. Smithtown and Huntington will both increase their CNG vehicle fleets and experience more stable fuel prices in the coming years. Huntington already contracts out two-thirds of its garbage pickup and will now mandate CNG vehicles in new tenders. Smithtown has already switched over to all CNG garbage trucks, and has four snowplows, seven cars and a street sweeper powered by CNG. The Kings Park station is to be built by California based Clean Energy.