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ACUA Annouces Funding for Compressed Natural Gas Fueling Station and Trucks

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority announced a funding award which will go toward transitioning ACUA’s fleet of collection vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG) and building a CNG filling station which will be open and available to municipal and private fleets.

The ACUA, along with its four New Jersey partners, have been awarded $14.9 million in funding from the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Recovery Act awards for alternative and advanced vehicles.  Atlantic County Utilities Authority President Richard Dovey will discuss the importance of this funding and how it will be used on Friday, November 20 at 11:30 am at the Haneman Environmental Park, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Twp.

WHO:  The ACUA and the other New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition Members receiving funding through the US Department of Energy Clean Cities program will be implementing projects using compressed natural gas around the state.  The Clean Cities program has awarded almost $300 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to 25 projects across the country.

In Atlantic County, the ACUA and the Jitney Association of Atlantic City will use Clean Cities funding to adopt CNG as an alternative to standard diesel fuel for their fleets. Other NJ Clean Cities Coalition members include Central Jersey Waste of Trenton, Waste Management of Camden and the City of Newark.  Chuck Feinberg, Chairman of the NJ Clean Cities Coalition will talk about the importance of this initiative and the impact of the funding on transportation and the environment in New Jersey.  Other invited guests include state and federal legislators serving our region, Atlantic County Executive, Dennis Levinson, local officials and businesses, and others from transportation and alternative fuel sectors.

WHAT: Funding to support the construction of a new CNG filling station and new collection vehicles that will run on CNG in Atlantic County. CNG fuel will also be available to municipal fleets and other private fleets. Natural gas is produced both domestically and worldwide at a relatively low cost. CNG is cleaner burning than gasoline or diesel fuel. Vehicles that operate on natural gas show an average reduction in ozone-forming emissions of 80 percent compared to gasoline vehicles.  The ACUA’s portion of the award is $1.9 million.

Funding from the Clean Cities program will accelerate the transformation of our country’s fleets, putting over 9,000 efficient, alternative fueled vehicles on the road, and helping to build the infrastructure to support them with 542 fueling stations. These projects are anticipated to help displace 38 million gallons of petroleum per year.

In New Jersey, ACUA’s Coalition Partners will deploy 277 heavy duty natural gas garbage trucks and shuttle buses and four new CNG fueling stations throughout Newark, Camden, Trenton, Egg Harbor Township and Atlantic City, and displacing 1.8 million gallons of petroleum annually.

WHERE: ACUA’s Haneman Environmental Park, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Twp. NJ

WHEN: Friday, November 20 at 11:30 am.  The ACUA will share available information regarding the anticipated timeline for building the station and transitioning the fleet.

WHY:  The US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program seeks to advance the use of alternative fuels and vehicle technologies which will increase our domestic energy security, enhance economic development and improve regional air quality. 

In New Jersey, the diesel retrofit law was passed with the goal of reducing the amount of particulate matter emissions from diesel vehicles. The retrofit mandate initially targets refuse collection fleets and will be expanded to include school buses, commercial buses, and eventually all publicly owned diesel vehicles. The common retrofit options that are prescribed under the NJ Department of Environmental Protection guidelines are Diesel Oxidation Catalysts and Diesel Particulate Filters which are installed on vehicle tailpipes to decrease emissions. CNG goes beyond the New Jersey DEP requirements and replacing diesel collection vehicles with CNG trucks will greatly reduce particulate emissions from the ACUA’s fleet.    

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