Compressed Natural Gas(Aff)Matthew Hamilton, Eveready
In 2004, California produced 15.4 percent of its natural gas from in-state wells. The rest is imported by pipeline from Canada and the Rocky Mountain and Southwestern states. California gas utilities such asPacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Gas, and San Diego Gas & Electric distribute the fuel tocustomers. Most CNG vehicle fueling stations are owned and operated by private companies and localgovernments.
1.6 Funding From the Energy Commission
The Energy Commission has provided more than $4 million in grant cost-share funding for about 40CNG fueling stations, the incremental cost of light-duty vehicles, and purchase of 369 CNG-poweredschool buses. The Energy Commission has also funded research and development to improve the performance of natural gas engines.
2.1 Small, Efficient, and Safe
The refueling unit is a small, compact gas compressor capable of providing convenient overnight homerefueling for CNG vehicles. The appliance is safe, lightweight, and can deliver 3,000 or 3,600 pounds per square inch gauge (psig) of natural gas.
2.2 Past Incentives and Cost
[Brackets added]AQMD[Air Quality Management District]'s Governing Board today approved $400,000 in incentivesto assist consumers with the cost of purchasing or leasing a new natural gas home refueling appliance,developed by FuelMaker Corp. of Toronto.AQMD's incentive will match funding recently approved by the Mobile Source Air Pollution ReductionReview Committee (MSRC).
"The MSRC has a long history of supporting the development of natural gas fueling stations to serve the growing fleetvehicle market," noted Gwenn Norton-Perry, chair of the MSRC. "Now, with the option of home refueling, we have theopportunity to greatly expand individual consumer interest in a clean, affordable alternative to gasoline vehicles."
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