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The California Energy Commission approved $578,261 to projects that will boost the number of CNG-fueled buses in two school districts in Southern California by providing compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling infrastructure. The awards were made through the Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, created by Assembly Bill 118.

For the current fiscal year, the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program is slated to 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.

The award recipients are:

  • Los Angeles Unified School District will receive $300,000 to install 30 single compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling units at the newly constructed San Julian Bus Lot. This expansion of the district’s CNG fueling infrastructure will allow the district to fuel its existing CNG school buses and to continue replacing older diesel buses with lower emission CNG buses. As the district’s diesel bus fleet is replaced, it is estimated that it will eliminate emissions of more than 1,400 pounds of particulate matter per year and greenhouse gas emissions of 600 metric tons per year.

    With more than 640,000 students the Los Angeles Unified School District is the second largest district in the nation. Its boundaries cover more than 720 square miles and include more than 1,000 schools.

  • Walnut Valley Unified School District (Los Angeles County) will receive $278,261 to update and expand its existing compressed natural gas (CNG) station so that it can fuel 16 buses simultaneously. This will allow the district to refuel existing CNG buses and to continue replacing older diesel buses with lower-emission CNG buses. The district expects the fueling equipment to allow it to replace 11 more outdated buses with new CNG buses in the next two years. It is estimated that replacing the district's diesel bus fleet will eliminate about 30 pounds of particulate matter and 13 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, as well as saving approximately $49,500 in fuel cost.

    The school district is located in the southeast part of the San Gabriel Valley and serves portions of the cities of Walnut, Diamond Bar and West Covina. It serves more than 14,000 students in 15 schools.

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