SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The County has set aggressive goals for greenhouse gas emissions reductions that would reduce the government’s greenhouse gas emission by 80% before 2050 to reduce its carbon footprint. Today, the County of Santa Clara cut the ribbon for its new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station at its Fleet Division on Junction Road in San Jose. The project is a public-private partnership between the County and Integrys Energy Group, Inc., dba Trillium CNG, with offset funding from the California Energy Commission.
“The County is a leader in environmental stewardship with a long record of investments that encourage environmental conservation,” said President Dave Cortese, County Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “Today’s opening of this Compressed Natural Gas fueling station represents a chance to not only deploy alternative fuel vehicles for the County fleet, but also to make it easier for the public to choose environmentally friendly vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within this critical transportation corridor.”
The County has entered in to a concessionaire agreement with Trillium for the management and operation of the fueling station, including fuel prices and collecting station revenues. In exchange, Trillium will compensate the County a flat fee of $3,000 per month for the term of the contract, plus $0.25 per GGE of CNG dispensed. Although total revenue will depend on the amount of CNG dispensed, the County estimates the revenue from concession payments would total $87,000 per year. Additionally, this CNG fueling station will help the County to achieve at least 25 percent of its fleet as alternative fuel vehicles, saving at least $1.25 per gasoline gallon equivalent. The County expects to save a minimum of $7,500 per year in fuel costs within the first year of operation.
“A CNG fueling station at this location will be an attractive option for area commuters who want
to choose more fuel-efficient vehicles but have been waiting for more infrastructure to be in place,” said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith, who drives a CNG vehicle. “One of the important roles we play as a County is to help demonstrate the market viability for environmentally sound products.”
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Community Air Risk Evaluation Program and further studies have shown that Santa Clara County has several high risk pollution corridors that are adjacent to communities. By establishing a CNG fueling station and subsequently increasing the fleet of CNG vehicles, the County will be able to reduce harmful emissions from its vehicles. At the same time, the station will also provide a reliable, local source of CNG for both the County and the public.
The total project cost is $1,512,800, partially offset by a $300,000 reimbursement from a California Energy Commission (CEC) grant.
The California Energy Commission has provided a $300,000 grant towards the costs of the station, part of the $97 million for development and deployment of compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles and fueling stations statewide. The grant came through the Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Transportation Program (ARFVTP).
“The Energy Commission is excited to see this CNG station open in San Jose and provide a less polluting, alternative fuel to gasoline for first responder vehicles such as Santa Clara County Sheriff’s buses,” said Jim McKinney, manager of the Commission’s ARFVTP. “Compressed natural gas offers public health benefits, with its lower nitrogen oxide and particulate matter than gasoline and by reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent. The Commission views CNG as an economical, near-term alternative to petroleum while more advanced alternative fuels and vehicles are developed.”
Trillium CNG has designed, constructed and operated CNG fueling facilities for the past twenty years and is building a network of fueling stations across America. Larger US shipping companies are now using CNG fuel, including larger Class 8 semi-tractor trailer haulers. The County has a ten year operation and maintenance agreement with Trillium CNG and two five-year options to extend that contract.
The new CNG station, located at 2265 Junction Ave, San Jose, CA near Interstate 880 and Highway 101 and the San Jose Airport, will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It will have two dual-hose dispensers allowing two CNG vehicles to fuel at the same time, and will feature Trillium CNG’s proprietary fast-fill hydraulic intensifier compressor. The station will accept all major credit cards and fleet cards.
“We are excited to bring this environmentally-friendly, safe, economical fuel to not only our fleet vehicles, but to all CNG fueled vehicles in the San Jose area. It’s great we can partner with the County of Santa Clara who clearly understands the benefit of natural gas as a transportation fuel for fleet vehicles,” said Joel Jansen, Vice President, Trillium CNG.
The County fleet includes heavy duty, medium and light duty vehicles. Initially the CNG buses operated by the Sheriff’s Office to transport inmates will be serviced at the fueling station. In the year ahead, the County will be adding CNG vans
"CNG burns much cleaner, is more economical and is made right here in the USA," said Dave Snow, Deputy Director, Facilities and Fleet Department. "This is good for our air quality and will also have positive economic benefits for all county residents." Snow added, “The County will save on fuel costs and benefit financially from the fuel that is sold publicly. Everyone will benefit from cleaner air.”
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Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Laurel Anderson, Office of Public Affairs 408/299-5119; Dave Snow, Facilities and Fleet, (408) 993-4784; Val Gueorguiev, Trillium CNG, (801) 531-5525; Linda Rapattoni, Information Officer, Media & Public Communications, California Energy Commission, Linda.Rapattoni@energy.ca.gov, (916) 654-4989
Posted: Oct. 8, 2015