On October 5, 2011, the ACUA was awarded the Government Green Fleet award at the national Green Fleet Conference in Dallas. The ACUA ranked 15th at the 2010 awards and moved up 10 spots for a 5th place ranking in this year’s application! The Government Green Fleet award is open to all Federal, State, and Local Government Fleets in North America. The Government Green Fleet Award recognizes public fleets for leadership and setting an example for other public agencies. “The ACUA is dedicated to pursuing new renewable transportation projects for the operation of the ACUA Solid Waste and Wastewater facilities and the residents of Atlantic County” said Richard S. Dovey, President of the ACUA.
The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) continues to look for ways to incorporate renewable transportation technologies to utilize in fleet operations at both their Solid Waste and Wastewater facilities in Atlantic County, New Jersey. The ACUA has committed to reducing its energy use and its carbon footprint through the purchase of low emitting, fuel-efficient vehicles as part of its fleet replacement program.
The ACUA uses alternative fuels such as biodiesel, compressed natural gas (CNG), and electricity in its fleet operations. The majority of the ACUA’s Solid Waste collection fleet is currently fueled by biodiesel, converting its entire fleet of 106 on and off road vehicles in 2004. ACUA is now in the process of transitioning its refuse collection fleet to CNG, and currently has fifteen (15) CNG trucks collecting trash and recycling and fueling up at the ACUA’s fast fill CNG station. Through the New Jersey Clean Cities Coalition (NJCCC), which was awarded a Clean Cities grant, ACUA was able to offset $1.9 million of the cost of the CNG vehicles and station. Eventually, the ACUA plans to transition its entire refuse fleet to CNG, which greatly reduces emissions and costs less than the current rates for diesel.
The ACUA also has three electric charging stations located at both the ACUA’s Wastewater Treatment and Solid Waste Facilities. The charging stations charge the ACUA’s three Electric Vehicles (EVs), which include a Ford Ranger EV pickup truck, as well as a low speed GEM vehicle and a converted Rhino ATV EV used onsite. The ACUA also demonstrated a Toyota Prius "Plug-In" through Toyota’s Demonstrator Program to test new plug-in technology. Along with a reservation for the Nissan Leaf EV, which was submitted in April, 2010, the ACUA continues to monitor for alternatively fueled transportation vehicle technology to incorporate into its fleet.
For more information on ACUA’s operations and renewable projects you may visit http://www.acua.com. To learn more about the Government Green Fleet award you may visit http://www.the100bestfleets.com/gf_about.htm at the 100 Best Fleets website.