Federal Stimulus Funding Supports Construction of Natural Gas Fueling Station and Purchase of New Clean-Fuel Vehicles
September 13, 2011
SYRACUSE, NY (September 13, 2011) Upstate New York's newest alternative transportation fuel station available to the general public is now open, as Assemblyman Donald Miller and Matthew Millea, Deputy County Executive for physical services – Onondaga County, today joined officials from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Clean Communities of CNY, a U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Coalition, and National Grid to launch a state-of-the-art Compressed Natural Gas fueling station in Cicero, N.Y. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. will operate and maintain the new station which will be open to all motorists and serve National Grid's growing natural gas fleet.
As part of the project, National Grid added 28 new compressed natural gas vehicles to its upstate New York fleet. The investment will help reduce tailpipe emissions from National Grid's corporate vehicle fleet and offer motorists access to a public fueling station. Based on Department of Energy audit figures, the station is expected to create an estimated 52 new green jobs and spur sustainable economic development as a result. The station is located at 7496 Round Pond Rd., Cicero, N.Y., a suburb of Syracuse.
Funding for the project is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's $300 million Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction Solicitation through the federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. NYSERDA was awarded the funds in a competitive process with National Grid and Clean Communities of CNY as sub-applicants. With more than $2.5 million in ARRA Clean Cities funding, National Grid constructed CNG stations in Albany and Cicero that expanded its network of company owned CNG fueling stations to 15. This network supports National Grid's fleet of approximately 450 CNG vehicles throughout the company's service territory.
Noting the successful use launch of the Syracuse area station, Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli said, “I commend National Grid, NYSERDA, and Clean Communities of CNY for investing in our region's sustainable future. By opening the facility in Onondaga County and making it available to the public, National Grid has provided an alternative fuel source that will curb harmful emissions and help to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, in addition to creating new “green” jobs.” Assemblyman Donald Miller stated, "This is another example of National Grid and NYSERDA.s continuing efforts, also partnering with Clean Communities of CNY and Clean Energy Fuels, to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. I'm looking forward to the day when New York will be an international market maker in clean-fuels -- growing jobs, preserving our environment, and promoting America's energy independence."
County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, “This is a tremendous opportunity for Onondaga County and all of Central New York. I am grateful for NYSERDA's continuing efforts to foster public private partnerships and I applaud National Grid's leadership in climate change reduction and the use of alternative fuels.” funds are helping to build a transportation system that emits fewer harmful emissions and is less dependent on imported petroleum. I commend the leaders of National Grid for their commitment to advancing clean-fuels and vehicles, and thank our congressional delegation for their work to secure these stimulus funds that will create new jobs and help improve our environment.”
Ed White, vice president Customer and Business Strategy of National Grid said, “This collaboration among NYSERDA, Clean Cities, and National Grid is a model of a public-private partnership working for New York State and the environment. Projects such as this are exactly what National Grid is here to help make happen in Central New York and across New York State.”
In cities and other areas of heavy traffic, localized air pollution can increase health risks to cancer, heart disease, asthma, and emphysema. To address these issues, NYSERDA's Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program uses federal and state funding to implement alternative fuel vehicle projects that work to curb harmful emissions and help reduce New York's dependence on imported petroleum. Since 1996, NYSERDA has awarded more than $67 million in federal and state resources to support the purchase of alternative-fuel vehicles and the installation of alternative-fuel infrastructure for public and private transportation fleets.
The Cicero station is one of 11 projects in central New York receiving federal ARRA Clean Cities support totaling approximately $3.5 million, $2.8 million of which was designated to Onondaga County. These funds will help local governments, school districts, and college and universities purchase electric, hybrid-electric, and clean-fuel vehicles that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve local air quality.
About National Grid
National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help consumers increase energy efficiency and save money while helping businesses create clean energy solutions. NYSERDA's professionals help New Yorkers reduce energy consumption, increase the use of renewable energy, protect our environment and create clean energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975. For more information visit www.NYSERDA.ny.gov.
About Clean Energy Fuels Corp.
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (Nasdaq: CLNE) is the largest provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America and a global leader in the expanding natural gas vehicle market. It has operations in CNG and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicle fueling, construction and operation of CNG and LNG fueling stations, biomethane production, vehicle conversion, and compressor technology. Clean Energy fuels over 22,700 vehicles at 238 strategic locations across the United States and Canada with a broad customer base in the refuse, transit, trucking, shuttle, taxi, airport and municipal fleet markets. More information at www.cleanenergyfuels.com.
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