By Sacramento Business Journal

The California Energy Commission has approved 11 awards that leverage almost $20 million in state funding with $9.3 million in federal stimulus and $39 million in private funds for projects that put more natural gas-powered, hybrid and electric trucks and buses on the road.

⿿While electric and hybrid cars get much of the media attention, advances in large, heavy-duty trucks and buses can replace millions of gallons of petroleum each year,⿝ energy commissioner Anthony Eggert said in a news release.

Among the awards approved Friday, the commission will provide $500,000 to the Sacramento Regional Transit District to install three compressed natural gas dispensers at its bus maintenance facility.

Besides Sacramento RTâ¿¿s existing bus fleet, Twin Rivers Unified School District and neighboring transit agencies also will use the fueling station. Partners will provide $4.2 million in matching funds for the project.

Buses supported by the station will displace more than 2.6 million gallons of petroleum-based diesel fuel each year, and reduce emissions by more than 7,600 tons of carbon dioxide, or greenhouse gas emissions, each year.

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