Texas Gets Stimulus Dough for Alternative Fuel Projects

Say hello to gas stations of the future

By Holly LaFon
|  Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009  |  Updated 5:00 PM CDT
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Texas Gets Stimulus Dough for Alternative Fuel Projects

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Funding for alternative fuel conversions, alternative fuel stations, and purchasing alternative fuel vehicles will be dispensed soon.

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"Money is awesome" seems to be the federal government's motto these days. What better way to spend it than defeating its arch foe -- decidedly un-awesome greenhouse emissions?

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced last week that cities, counties, school districts and other local government entities can get stimulus money to pay for programs that will supposedly help stave off global warming or, it seems, just have "alternative" in the title. Funding for alternative fuel conversions, alternative fuel stations, and purchasing alternative fuel vehicles will be dispensed soon.

The state comptroller's State Energy Conservation Office will oversee the funding, and state agencies have 30 days to submit applications. With the infusion of funds, the next few years should also bring an increase in the number of alternative fueling stations popping up in our landscape.

Texas received $38 million for projects in three categories.

Holly LaFon has written for various local publications including D Magazine and Examiner.

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