Leonardo Academy and GAIN Clean Fuel Secure $500,000 Grant to Build CNG Station in Maryland
MADISON, Wis., June 16, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Leonardo Academy announced this week that the Maryland Energy Administration has awarded the Maryland Natural Gas Refueling Station Grant, which Leonardo Academy submitted on behalf of GAIN Clean Fuel. The grant award, totaling approximately $500,000, will support GAIN® Clean Fuel‘s construction of a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in Baltimore, MD.
GAIN has partnered with Northeast Foods of Baltimore, MD (NEF), a key supplier of buns to McDonald’s restaurants since 1965, to provide two fast-fill dispensers with two pumps each (total of four pumps) to dispense CNG at 1601 62nd Street in Baltimore, near NEF’s Baltimore distribution facility. The station will provide CNG to NEF’s fleet of delivery trucks, and will also be open to the public.
Leonardo Academy is working with GAIN Clean Fuel, a brand of U.S. Oil, to procure funding in multiple states in order to promote the use of CNG nationwide. The use of CNG, a much cleaner-burning fuel than conventional gasoline or diesel fuel, greatly reduces the output of particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and carbon dioxide (the most prevalent greenhouse gas) from vehicular use. Converting America’s diesel trucking fleet is a critical component of reducing these emissions due to the number of diesel-fueled trucks on America’s highways. Before fleets will convert to using CNG, however, stations—such as the one being built in Maryland—must be available to meet fleets’ refueling needs as they transport goods across the country.
Leonardo Academy’s president Michael Arny stated, “Leonardo Academy is proud to assist GAIN Clean Fuel in its efforts to make CNG readily available and thus improve our air quality and slow global warming. Securing grant funding for clean fueling stations is a key part of our efforts to achieve the sustainable transportation of people and goods throughout the country.”
Arny also stated, “Leonardo Academy congratulates all the organizations that are making this new stations possible: GAIN Clean Fuel, NEF, and the Maryland Energy Administration.”
GAIN is the brand name for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Clean Fueling stations developed by U.S. Oil, located in Appleton, Wisconsin. Introduced in 2011, GAIN CNG is quickly becoming one of the most sought after fuel alternatives, especially for American manufacturing companies with large transportation needs.
U.S Oil currently has 38 GAIN Clean Fuel stations open or under construction across the country. GAIN is planning to construct more than 100 new sites nationwide over the next three years. The rapidly expanding national network of compressed natural gas stations offers regional and national carriers an environmentally-friendly, lower cost fueling option for fleets.
About Northeast Foods of Baltimore
Northeast Foods is a Baltimore-based bakery and distribution company dedicated to a continuous improvement process that includes leveraging employee and supplier resources. In the early 1960’s, John Paterakis and Ray Kroc partnered to create a state-of-the-art bakery division specializing in baking and serving multi-chain casual dining operations. Still family owned and operated, Northeast Foods and H&S Bakery have nine divisions operating in seven states, with distribution in 23 states and still growing.
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