California School Fleets Upgrading Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Equipment

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved funding totaling approximately $575,000 to support two school districts' alternative fuel vehicle fleets.

Los Angeles Unified School District is receiving $300,000 to install 30 single compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling units at its newly constructed San Julian Bus Lot. This expansion of the district's CNG fueling infrastructure will allow the district to fuel its existing CNG school buses and to continue replacing older diesel buses with CNG buses.

Walnut Valley Unified School District, which is also in Los Angeles County, has been awarded $278,261 to update and expand its existing CNG station so that it can fuel 16 buses simultaneously.

The district expects the fueling equipment to allow it to replace 11 more outdated buses with new CNG buses in the next two years. It is estimated that replacing the district's diesel bus fleet with CNG-powered units will save approximately $49,500 in fuel costs annually.

The grants are being made through the CEC's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.

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