Thursday, August 27, 2009

Dublin grant request part of $11 million stimulus funds for Clean Fuels Ohio

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $11.04 million in economic stimulus funding to Clean Fuels Ohio through the U.S. DOE Clean Cities Grant program.

Part of this grant reflects a request from the City of Dublin for $1.5 million dollars to convert 44 city vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) and add the necessary infrastructure to dispense CNG at the City’s existing refueling station at the Service Center on Shier-Rings Road.
During the next few months Dublin will work with Clean Fuels Ohio, finalizing project details. Those details will be presented to Dublin City Council, which will determine whether accepting the grant funds will be beneficial to the City.

The City also will explore providing limited access to the CNG fueling stations for the public. The City of Dublin will partner with IGS Energy and FirmGreen Incorporated, which would share in the associated

Statewide, funds will support deployment of 283 alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles plus refueling infrastructure for 26 government and private sector partners.

The deployment of these 283 vehicles will displace an average of 875,927 gallons of petroleum fuel per year, with most fleets expecting vehicles to perform a minimum of 10 years service. This reduction in petroleum fuel directly relates to major reductions in harmful transportation emissions such as carbon dioxide, volatile organic carbons, nitrous oxide, particulate matter, and others. The project is designed to stimulate broader, ongoing activity in all of these advanced transportation fuel and vehicle technologies.

This large collaborative project was made possible only through the generous support of Clean Fuels Ohio members, particularly contributors to CFO’s Federal Funding and Project Development Coalition. These include: SWACO, AeroVironment, IGS Energy, City of Dublin, the Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Ferrellgas, MedCorp Inc., the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, and Worthington Industries. Clean Fuels Ohio expressed gratitude for the vision, expertise, and financial support of these partners as well as the hard work of the twenty-six grant partners.

Clean Fuels Ohio is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and efficient vehicles to the transportation industry, government officials and the general public. We provide technical support to transportation professionals, advocate for sustainable transportation energy policies and serve as a resource clearinghouse for fleets, policy makers and the public. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, we work extensively around the state in collaboration with local partners.


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