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June 08, 2011

Secretary Steven Chu Highlights Grand Opening of Natural Gas Fueling Station in Camden

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu issued the following statement celebrating today's grand opening of a public compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Camden, New Jersey. Funded in part through the Department of Energy's portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the project is one of four stimulus-funded CNG fueling stations opening in New Jersey under DOE's Clean Cities initiative.

"This project illustrates how the Recovery Act is supporting the president's goal to reduce oil imports by one-third by 2025 and advancing clean energy technologies that can strengthen our nation's competitive edge," said Secretary Chu. "By expanding the use of alternative fuels such as natural gas, this project will increase our nation's energy security while reducing carbon pollution and lowering fuel costs for American businesses."

Background Information on Today's Announcement

The New Jersey Clean Cities coalition was awarded $15 million as one of the 25 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle projects funded through DOE's Clean Cities initiative. The initiative invested a total of $300 million under the Recovery Act in the 25 clean vehicle projects. The partners in the New Jersey Clean Cities coalition—the City of Newark, Waste Management, Central Jersey Waste, Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Atlantic City Jitney Association, and Clean Energy—contributed $38.7 million in cost-shared funding. When completed, the New Jersey coalition's project will deploy 272 alternative fuel vehicles and four new CNG fueling stations. Today's event celebrates the opening of 80 slow fill pumps to serve Waste Management's fleet of natural gas-powered refuse haulers and one public pump. The project is expected to displace more than 1,750,000 gasoline gallon equivalents per year, and annually reduce more than 600,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Program works with industry leaders to develop and deploy advanced transportation technologies. The Vehicle Technology Program's Clean Cities initiative supports local decisions to reduce petroleum consumption in transportation.

To learn more about DOE's Recovery Act investments, see DOE's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act website.