SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The County of Santa Clara received a grant award of $300,000 from the California Energy Commission. The award will be matched with $900,000 in County funds to install a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station at the Fleet Management Facility at 2265 Junction Ave., San Jose. A single CNG dispenser will be installed with dual hoses – one for buses and large applications, one for smaller vehicles. Construction is expected to start within 12 months and be completed by 2015. Once completed, the station will be accessible to the public 24/7.
“Natural gas is one of the cleanest burning and most abundant sources of fuel,” said Supervisor Ken Yeager, President, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. “By installing a Compressed Natural Gas fueling station, we are encouraging the use of CNG vehicles to help decrease greenhouse gases and pollution in our area.”
It is estimated that a CNG vehicle emits 20%-30% less greenhouse gases and 95% less particulate matter than the equivalent gasoline or diesel-powered vehicle.
Currently, there are five CNG stations in Santa Clara County, including the following:
· PG&E, 308 Stockton Ave., San Jose, CA 95126
· San Jose Airport, 2151 Airport Blvd., San Jose, CA 95110 – the only station open 24/7
· San Jose School District, 2222 Unified Way, San Jose, CA 95125
· Specialty Solid Waste, 3351 Thomas Rd., Santa Clara, CA 95054
· PG&E, 10900 N. Blaney Ave., Cupertino, CA 95014
“The County of Santa Clara continues to exercise leadership in environmental stewardship,” said Supervisor Dave Cortese, Chair of the Board’s Finance Governmental Operations Committee. “The new Compressed Natural Gas fueling station will help the County to reduce its own carbon footprint while making it easier for the community to utilize alternative fuel vehicles.”
The County of Santa Clara has a fleet of 2,500 vehicles. The County’s goal is to convert 25% of its vehicles to CNG within 10 years. By doing so, the County will decrease its use of petroleum by 333,375 gallons per year.
“Compressed Natural Gas vehicles are a more environment-friendly alternative to regular gas-burning cars,” said David Snow, Facilities and Fleet Deputy Director. “This new fueling station will allow the County to replace end-of-life vehicles and buses with CNG vehicles and allow the County to realize cost savings in the operation of its fleet.”
In 2012, CNG fuel averaged $2.05 per gasoline/diesel gallon equivalent, compared to $4.03 for a gallon of gasoline and $4.23 for a gallon of diesel.
About CNG Vehicles
CNG vehicle is an alternative fuel vehicle that uses compressed natural gas as a cleaner alternative to other fossil fuels. Natural gas is composed primarily of methane. The main products of the combustion of natural gas are carbon dioxide and water vapor, the same compounds we exhale when we breathe.
CNG vehicles are widely available in many countries. The Asia-Pacific region leads the world with 6.8 million CNG vehicles, followed by Latin America with 4.2 million vehicles.
In the United States, CNG vehicles are just starting to catch on. As of 2009, the U.S. had a total of 114,270 CNG vehicles, mostly buses. Automobile companies such as Honda, Chrysler and Ford make CNG passenger vehicles and pick-up trucks.
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Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Brad Vance, Facilities and Fleet (408) 993-4711
Posted: May 13, 2013