California Energy Commissioner Anthony Eggert, Director of California Governor Schwarzenegger’s Office of Economic Development (GoED) Joel Ayala, and officials from Propel Fuels, CALSTART, and East Bay Clean Cities, formally launched Propel’s San Francisco Bay Area operations, which will include more than 20 stations across the Bay, with up to 10 open by the year’s end.
|A Propel Clean Fuel Point. Click to enlarge.|
The event also announced a $10.9 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and California Energy Commission (CEC) to build and operate 75 retail renewable fuel stations throughout California over the next two years.
The station development project, known as the Low Carbon Fuel Infrastructure Investment Initiative (LCFI3), has the potential to displace 39 million gallons of petroleum and 187,500 tons of CO2 emissions per year. Propel will match this grant with $16 million in private investment to accelerate the build-out of its statewide network of Clean Fuel Points.
Approximately $6.9 million of the project funding was awarded by the US DOE Clean Cities’ Petroleum Reduction program, with another $4 million granted through the state of California’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology program.
Along with the new station build-out, alternative fuel education and community outreach are a piece of LCFI3. Propel will work with community partners CALSTART and East Bay Clean Cities to educate consumers and fleets on the wide spread benefits of low carbon, alternative fuels available today and those next generation fuels coming in the future.Propel has already begun construction of the station locations in major markets across California, with the network of 75 stations funded by this project to be complete by the end of 2011. Currently there are three locations open in the Bay Area (Fremont, Oakland, South San Jose) with additional sites planned for Downtown San Jose, North San Jose, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Livermore, and Concord in the coming months. More information on current and future Propel locations can be found at www.propelfuels.com.