The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) will offer a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) training on Tuesday, March 29. “The Business Case for CNG” will be held at the ACUA’s Recycling Center, 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Speakers include Chuck Feinberg, Chairman of the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition, who will provide an overview of renewable energy transportation and available incentives; Mike Cecere of Clean Energy, who will discuss the logistics of CNG use for vehicles; Todd Gordon from South Jersey Gas who will provide a description of current natural gas infrastructure throughout the region and Harry Gallagher who will share ACUA’s experience regarding the maintenance and safety requirements for operating a fleet of CNG vehicles.
ACUA began to transition its fleet of collection trucks to CNG in May, 2010 and opened the area’s first CNG fueling station accessible to third party fleets in October 2010. The Atlantic City Jitney Association has also replaced their entire fleet with CNG shuttle buses.
“ACUA’s decision to move to CNG involved extensive research and a thorough review of operational, economic and environmental considerations,” noted ACUA President Rick Dovey. “The Business Case for CNG” training distills this research for fleet operators and other parties interested in learning more about the potential to use natural gas as a cleaner, less expensive, domestically produced alternative to diesel fuel for their vehicles,”said Dovey.
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 significant savings per gallon equivalent compared to diesel. An additional benefit; CNG trucks run 50% quieter than diesel trucks. For these reasons, fleets across the country, including Waste Management, UPS, AT&T and the US Postal Service are moving to using CNG.
Following the training, attendees are invited to take a tour of the ACUA’s CNG station and to see how vehicles are fueled.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is recommended. To register, go to www.acua.com/cng or call (609) 272-6950.
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Shown right: Haroon Rashid fuels Jitney #105 with CNG at ACUA’s station