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June 28, 2002

DOE Awards $4.6 Million to Advance Alternative Fuels and Vehicles

DOE announced on June 28th its award of $4.6 million in competitive grants to 24 states and the District of Columbia for building local markets for alternative fuels and vehicles. The funds will go to 55 communities that participate in the department's Clean Cities program. Those communities will use the funds to purchase alternative fuel vehicles, develop refueling stations and infrastructure, deploy alternative fuel school buses, and develop alternative fuel vehicle platforms. See the DOE press release.

Clean Cities projects help establish partnerships between federal, state, and local governments to promote and increase the use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. About 80 communities participate in DOE's Clean Cities Program, which is part of DOE's new "Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program," one of 11 main programs within DOE's reorganized Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

DOE's Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) has helped develop a technology that may help accelerate the development of alternative fuel infrastructure. A new small-scale natural gas liquefaction facility, designed by INEEL, is now being tested in Sacramento, California. Since typical liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities cost about $10 million and occupy up to 6 acres of land, they tend to be few and far between, requiring LNG to be shipped long distances to fueling facilities. The new technology is expected to yield LNG facilities costing only $450,000 and requiring only 240 square feet of space. The Pacific Gas and Electric Company installed the new plant, which is now undergoing a 3- to 6-month startup and operational testing phase. See the INEEL press release.

LNG is a clean-burning alternative fuel typically used in heavy vehicles. For more information, see the Natural Gas page on the Alternative Fuels Data Center Web site.