The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) has been ranked 10th in the 2013 Government Green Fleet Awards. The Government Green Fleet award is open to all federal, state and local government fleets in North America, and recognizes public fleets for leadership and setting an example for other public agencies. This is the fourth consecutive year that ACUA has been ranked. Click here to see the entire list of 2013 Government Green Fleet award winners.
“The Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) is continuously looking 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,” said ACUA President Rick Dovey. “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,” Dovey added.
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 16 CNG trucks collecting trash and recycling and fueling up at the ACUA’s fast fill CNG 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. Compressed natural gas is widely viewed as a bridge fuel which can help reduce our country’s dependency on petroleum.
ACUA also has four electric charging stations located at both the wastewater treatment and solid waste facilities. The charging stations charge ACUA’s electric fleet, which includes a Nissan Leaf, a Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid, a Ford Ranger EV pickup truck, as well as a low speed GEM vehicle and a converted Rhino ATV EV used onsite. For more information on ACUA’s operations and renewable projects, click here. To learn more about the Government Green Fleet award, click here.