The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) will open the area’s first publically accessible Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station Thursday, October 14 at 11 am. In May, ACUA began using CNG trucks to collect trash and recycling across the County and region. ACUA has five trucks on the road and plans to add ten more CNG trucks in next year, eventually converting its entire fleet of collection vehicles to CNG.
“This new fueling station will service the ACUA’s growing fleet of CNG trucks, and will also be the first in the region to make compressed natural gas fuel available to other public and private fleets,” said Richard S. Dovey, ACUA President.
“ACUA’s fueling station is an important step in building the infrastructure to support the use of this clean, domestic fuel,” County Executive Dennis Levinson explained. “Access to this station offers fleets that operate in and around Atlantic County an opportunity to consider a greener, alternative fuel.”
Funding assistance for the station was awarded to the ACUA and other New Jersey entities through the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition (NJCCC) which aims to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector by expanding the markets for alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. Other NJCCC partners include Central Jersey Waste of Trenton, Waste Management of Camden and the City of Newark and the Atlantic City Jitney Association, which is switching its entire fleet of 190 jitneys to CNG, and will be filling up at the ACUA until their own filling station comes on line.
Statewide, the New Jersey Clean Cities Project will deploy 277 heavy duty natural gas garbage trucks and shuttle buses and aid in the construction of four new CNG fueling stations throughout Newark, Camden, Trenton, Egg Harbor Township and Atlantic City. These initiatives are anticipated to displace 1.8 million gallons of petroleum annually, and to accelerate the transformation of fleets, putting efficient, alternative fueled vehicles on the road, and helping to build the infrastructure to support them.
The ACUA’s CNG fueling station, located at the ACUA’s Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township, will provide “fast fill” dispensers, which can fuel a CNG truck in the same time it takes to fill a regular diesel truck, and will serve both the ACUA and third party fleets. The station is designed with the capacity for future expansion which may include a “time fill” option for fueling ACUA vehicles overnight. The ACUA’s fueling station was designed and built by Clean Energy.
Construction on the station began during the summer and its opening coincides with the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey events. Across the nation, events like the ACUA’s celebration are intended to educate the public about alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles and the difference these vehicles can make in the nation's energy security and quest for cleaner air. These events are coordinated by partners of the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC).
Natural gas accounts for one quarter of our nation’s energy supply. “As a natural gas utility, South Jersey Gas is excited to see the growing acceptance and availability of natural gas as a smart alternative to gasoline and diesel fuels,” said Bob Fatzinger, Vice President of Customer & Distribution Operations for South Jersey Gas. "We’re pleased to work with the ACUA to develop and promote this clean, energy efficient technology throughout South Jersey."
CNG reduces particulate matter emissions by 94%, carbon monoxide emissions by 75%, nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 49%, and Carbon dioxide emissions by 25%. These environmental benefits are coupled with significant savings for fleet operators. Current prices for CNG provide a savings of $0.50 per gallon equivalent compared to diesel. An additional benefit; CNG trucks run 50% quieter than diesel trucks. Fleets across the country, including Waste Management, UPS, AT&T and the US Postal Service are moving to this clean, less expensive alternative to diesel.
The public is invited to the ACUA’s opening celebration which will showcase a variety of natural gas vehicles being used across New Jersey and information on the economic and environmental benefits of CNG.
In memory of John J. Heinz Jr. the ACUA will honor his service to the ACUA and the community during the event.
The location of the ACUA’s new CNG fueling station is at the intersection of Delilah Road and Heinz Court in Egg Harbor Township.
For additional information, contact the ACUA at 609-272-6950 or go to www.acua.com.
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