SAN JOSE (KCBS)— Santa Clara County is planning to build a new natural gas refueling station in San Jose that will be open to the public. There are still a limited number of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in the Bay Area.

Santa Clara County only has five. One of them is at Mineta San Jose International Airport.

The county plans to add a new $1.2 million CNG station at a fleet maintenance facility in San Jose. $300,000 in grant funding comes from the California Energy Commission.

Proponents say it burns cleaner and is less expensive than regular gas.

“It just becomes another place that people can go for compressed natural gas,” said Board of Supervisors President Ken Yeager.

He hopes to convert 25 percent of the county’s vehicle fleet to natural gas within 10 years.

“At this point we’re looking at purchasing more CNG cars that run on natural gas.”

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