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CEC Grants More Than $36 Million for Clean Freight and RNG Projects

May 22, 2017

The CEC has awarded more than $36 million to clean transportation projects in California, with $24 million for clean freight transportation projects at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and $12 million for other clean transportation projects, including two new RNG facilities.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District and the Long Beach Harbor Department received $10 million each, and the Los Angeles Harbor Department received $4.5 million for field demonstrations of zero- or near-zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles at the ports. The funds were awarded through the SB 118 grant program to support California’s Sustainable Freight Action Plan.

The CEC also approved SB 118 grants of $3 million each for two RNG projects. The city of Manteca will build a biomethane facility that will produce 140,000 dges of RNG annually from organic waste. The RNG will displace gasoline and diesel used by the city’s refuse fleet; Manteca has begun purchasing new CNG refuse trucks as part of the program.

Coalition member CR&R Inc. will use its grant award to build a third anaerobic digester and biogas cleanup system at its material recovery facility in Perris, with the goal of expanding the production of biomethane from municipal organic waste. The waste and recycling company will be able to process an additional 229 tons of waste daily and make an additional 966,482 dges of RNG a year, enough to transition the rest of its CNG fleet to run on RNG and to inject excess RNG directly into the natural gas pipeline for other consumers.

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