Gov. John Kitzhaber announced awards for eight projects that will advance alternative fuels across the state. Oregon Department of Transportation will award a total of $4 million in federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Funds to spur the compressed natural gas market in Oregon and diversify fuel options for local consumers. Projects were selected based on a variety of factors, including location, reduction in air emissions, and public benefit.
The Governor’s 10-Year Energy Action Plan calls for converting 20 percent of Oregon’s large fleets to alternative fuels in the next 10 years. “Today we take an important step forward in diversifying our fuel supply. These awards will support projects that help Oregonians transition to lower-cost, lower-carbon clean fuel,” Governor Kitzhaber said.
The award recipients – seven CNG fueling stations and one renewable natural gas fueling station – will be used for different services, including transit, public fleets, and waste haulers. The winning projects are: City of Wilsonville, City of Bend, Clean Water Services (Hillsboro), Smalley Trucking (Sutherlin), Tyree Oil (Roseburg), Fitz Enterprise (NE Portland), Metro (NW Portland) and TriMet (Beaverton). The announcement comes the same week as the opening of a new public CNG fueling station in Eugene.
“A resilient economy is less reliant on the boom/bust cycle of a single fuel source,” said ODOT Director Matt Garrett. “Diversifying our fuel supply provides options and helps businesses and local governments save money on their fuel bills, freeing up money they can reinvest.”
Source: Government of Oregon