$15 million coming to Utah for alternative fuels

$15 million coming to Utah for alternative fuels

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Nearly $15 million in federal funds will help upgrade and expand Utah's network of compressed natural gas stations and increase the number of cars, trucks and buses that run on cleaner-burning fuel.

The money is part of $300 million in federal stimulus funds being distributed by the U.S. Department of Energy to expand the nation's fleet of alternative fuel and energy-efficient vehicles.

Robin Erickson, director of the Utah Clean Cities Coalition, says the money will help pay for 16 new compressed natural gas fueling stations scattered throughout the state and upgrades to the state's 24 existing fueling stations.

Some of the money will also pay for a portion of three new biofuel stations in Salt Lake City, Provo and Plymouth.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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