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$1 Million for Alternative Fuel Vehicles for Bay Area Air District

In the largest of 20 grants nationwide to boost alternative fuel vehicles, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District has received $1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to help businesses and local governments transform their fleets.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to help more local companies and municipalities use alternative fuel for their vehicles and fleets.

The grant will go toward the California Fleets and Workplace Alternative Fuels Project, which aims to reduce barriers for companies and governments to use alternative fuel, such as issues with permitting, district spokesman Ralph Borrmann said.

The air district will be responsible for handling the grant and dividing the money up and dispensing it to partners that will provide service and support for fleets of vehicles, such as those used by cities, counties or businesses, director of strategic incentives at the district Damien Breen said.

"The core of the program is designed so that we're removing barriers for employers and fleets," he said. "So they can adopt these alternative fuel vehicles."

The grant, which serves partners throughout the state, will dedicate $300,000 to Bay Area cities, counties and businesses, Breen said.

The project plans to provide workshops to introduce best practices to employers and fleet owners, along with safety training to first responders who will come across alternative fuel vehicles as part of their work.

The grant hopes to continue and expand use of alternative fuels, renewable fuels and other measures that reduce air pollution by providing streamlined information and support.

The grant program will launch in February 2013 and will continue over a two-year period and includes plans after the first year for a statewide summit with the governor to discuss alternative fuel vehicle adoption, Breen said.

--- Bay City News

George Barich December 08, 2012 at 07:09 PM
What a travesty and waste. Public schools in crisis, city infrastructures crumbling, local charities on the brink of cutting staff, homelessness on the rise, billions of damage on the east coast....and this insanity continues. The BAAQMD is a joke. They took me to court and sued me for $1,000 for smoking a chicken in my backyard after a neighbor complained to the fire department. I fought them all in Sonoma County court. I brought in my witnesses and so did they. I cross examined them all. The court awarded the BAAQMD $25 which was essentially a ruling in my favor. I went to their SF office and paid them in pennies. I still smoke chicken and BBQ in the backyard often. On Save the Air Day, I make it a point to drive my SMOG exempt classic cars as often as possible.
G Man December 08, 2012 at 08:18 PM
George, you took the words right out of my mouth. They whine about schools not having enough money yet they raise taxes and spend money on this crap. The same goes for the not-so-SMART train and the high speed rail. And the powers that be still can't understand why people are FLEEING the state.
George Barich December 10, 2012 at 04:14 AM
These agencies are out of control, trying to regulate nearly every aspect of our lives until we conform to the globalist agenda. In Sebastopol recently, they banned using your fireplace, but you can cook whatever you want in your kitchen, place a store bought fire pit in your backyard and sit around it and smoke all the pot your body can handle. Am I missing something here? Now, I understand the EPA has determined that water is a pollutant. Great story on FOX News about what Virginia is dealing with as the government is planning to tear down houses and return the property to native grasses to act as a recharge area for rain water. Virginia is challenging the feds in court.

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