CTEHxclusive: More alternative fuels to come out of Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project

Feb 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Energy, Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Justice, LNG, Transportation

The Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project had the kick off meeting Feb. 17, 2010, in Hartford.

The Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition, Inc. (GNHCCC), together with over 30 partner organizations will develop and implement a state-wide, fuel-neutral effort that will deploy 183 alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) through incremental funding and provide fueling capability for 21 additional fleet vehicles and infrastructure necessary to directly support the vehicle deployments as part of the Connecticut Clean Cities Future Fuels Project.

Also see this story in the Register Citizen about an announcement from Gov. M. Jodi Rell:

The Governor announced today that Connecticut has moved closer to those goals with the newly released preliminary recommendations from her Electric Vehicles Infrastructure Council that is examining ways the state can accommodate electric vehicles (EVs) through public policy, infrastructure and education.

via Governor Rell announces electric vehicles are closer to coming to Connecticut – The Register Citizen.

According to the Future Fuels website, the project will increase the utilization of alternative fuels; strengthen the availability of alternative fuels for fleets and commercial consumers along major corridors in the state; raise awareness and foster greater understanding of alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies through a targeted outreach and education effort; create and retain jobs; reduce dependence on foreign oil; reduce harmful emissions; and contribute to a sustainable alternative fuels market.

The project will utilize more than $13 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Energy and more than $13.5 million in non-federal funds which will be contributed by project partners to offset the incremental cost of providing: four public access and six private fleet access fueling stations and deploying 181 compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid natural gas (LNG) vehicles and two light duty hybrid vehicles through project funding; providing fuel for six hydrogen-powered transit buses; eight light-duty CNG vehicles; and, seven light-duty electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in the state of Connecticut (planned purchase of first commercially available EV or PHEV).

Over the next four years, the CT Clean Cities Future Fuels Project will:

Make five alternative fuels available at new sites;
In 10 distinctive locations (see list below);
Deploy 183 vehicles as part of the project;
Provide fueling for more than 20 vehicles purchased outside the project;
Engage more than 30 team member organizations;
Collect data and report to the U.S. Department of Energy and CT residents;
Train first responders, site personnel and technicians; and,
Implement the largest education, outreach and marketing campaign in the history of clean cities or alternative fuels in the state of Connecticut.

Stations will be located in the following towns:

Bridgeport – 1 LNG/CNG Station Public Access
West Haven – 1 CNG Station Public Access
Bloomfield – 1 CNG Station Public Access
Windsor Locks – 1 CNG Station, Electric Charger, & B20 Public Access
Glastonbury – 1 CNG Station
Fairfield – 1 CNG Station
Meriden – 1 CNG Station
Norwich – at CMEEC, 2 Electric Chargers
Norwich – at NPU, 1 B20, an efficiency upgrade to existing CNG, and 8 Electric Chargers
Hartford – 1 Hydrogen Station

The benefits of the program include:

Savings of more than 5.8 million gallons of diesel and other fuels during in-fleet life span, which is the equivalent to over 1,000 fuel tanker trucks; and a reduction of almost 11 million pounds of greenhouse gases; nearly 500,000 pounds of carbon monoxide; more than 300,000 pounds of nitrogen oxides; more than 50,000 pounds of volatile organic compounds; and, more than 3,000 pounds of fine particulate matter.

For more information and updates visit the project’s website at http://www.ct-futurefuels.com.

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