Monterey Park Opens CNG Station Funded by California Energy Commission
The City of Monterey Park has a new compressed natural gas (CNG) station, upgraded from an outdated fueling station at City Yard, which had slow fueling capacity and functional challenges because replacement parts were no longer available.
The station is one of 60 CNG or liquefied natural gas stations and five renewable gas stations in the state that have been funded through the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP).
“California is working to meet its climate and clean air goals and the transportation sector is responsible for about 40 percent of the greenhouse gas pollution in the state,” said Janea A. Scott, lead commissioner on transportation for the Energy Commission. “With CNG offering a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with gasoline and diesel, it is important to support projects such as this to realize near-term greenhouse gas reductions.”
More than 4,000 natural gas vehicles will soon be on California roads needing fuel stations. The Energy Commission considers CNG a good near-term alternative fuel to petroleum products while cleaner alternative fuels are developed. The fuel is particularly useful in medium- and heavy-duty trucks.
In addition to fueling stations, the Energy Commission has invested in CNG-fueled moving vans and in 180 CNG trucks at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports among other projects.
More about the ARFVTP can be found at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/drive/investing/