Oregon truckers will soon have more access to compressed natural gas (CNG) stations, thanks to $4 million in federal grants.
The Oregon Department of Transportation selected eight projects to receive federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Funds after soliciting applications in February for projects that help meet Gov. John Kitzhaber’s 10-year Energy Action Plan goal to convert 20 percent of Oregon’s large trucking fleets to alternative fuels.
The winning projects include seven CNG fueling stations and one natural gas station that will use reclaimed methane captured at the Clean Water Services sewage plant in Washington County.
Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon, accounting for 37 percent of the state total. Oregon currently has 446 alternative fuel stations, but just four public CNG stations, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center.
This is great news for Oregonians, as we continue to expand fuel alternatives for consumers and business fleets. And Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program is the clear next step to providing choice at the pump.
Learn more about Oregon’s Clean Fuels Program, and the need for action in the 2015 legislative session: www.cleanfuelswork.com