Baca Announces $9.9 Million In Recovery Funds To Inland Area For Clean Energy Projects
Today, Congressman Joe Baca (D-Rialto) announced he has received notice from the Department of Energy that the San Bernardino Associated Governments [SANBAG] will receive $9.95 million in funds from H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to assist in the construction of clean energy projects and facilities in the Inland Empire. The grant funding is designated through the Clean Cities Program, a government-industry partnership that works to reduce America's petroleum consumption in the transportation sector.
America must invest in home grown, renewable energy resources in order to move us away from our dependence on foreign oil and strengthen our future national security, said Rep. Baca. In the midst of the national recession and crippling state budget cuts, this Recovery Act funding will be used to create clean energy jobs here in the Inland Empire, and transition more vehicles to clean energy liquid natural gas.
The $9.95 million received by SANBAG will be used to support the J.B. Hunt LNG Truck Project's Made in America Initiative. The project will deploy 262 heavy-duty liquid natural gas (LNG) trucks in Southern California, and construct two LNG refueling stations in the Inland area, including one in San Bernardino. The Department of Energy estimates that the 262 LNG trucks will help displace more than 2.6 million gallons of petroleum annually.
I thank President Obama for his aggressive action to right our economy and work towards a clean-energy future, said Rep. Baca. I applaud the White House for its leadership in getting this necessary funding out to our local communities in an expedient manner. This federal grant money will help to transition the Inland area to a clean energy economy, move our nation off of foreign oil dependence, and create new, home-grown jobs.